The complete gig, thanks to Dawnrazor67.
Great news Rose fans.
Founder ROA member Paul James Berry is back with a new album, and it’s released on the 4th November, 2016.
To mark the launch of the new album, PJB and I caught up over email recently.
JP: Can you say something about the famous UFO-Studios in Berlin and the recording process for your new album?
PJB: Well, I came across the studio a few years back while on tour and truthfully fell in love with the place, especially with the hall. I guess I’m quite sensitive to the vibes from certain buildings. For example, this place was an ancient brewery and the cellars doubled-up as a bunker in WW2, reputedly Gobbles and his family used it. The engineer took me round the place with a torch, it was really creepy and fascinating at the same time…… So earlier this year I booked a session, squatted in the middle of their great hall surrounded by microphones and recorded my songs. Just me singing and playing guitar, piano even a couple of songs on ukulele. All live no overdubs, except a guy that plays a phenomenal cello on a song and my dog that on backing vocals…..
JP: Now that the album is recorded what are your plans?
PJB: Sell the fucking thing and move on. Although I’ve recorded albums before this is really the first time that I’ve been 100% in control. Not just the songs & performance, butalso the mixing, artwork, promotion and the release. Everything! Of course this gives financial limitations to my ambitions, but it’s rewarding at the same time, a real learning curve. So I would like to find some cool partners across the world that share my vision and push it to the next level….
The next level is ‘Spitfire Jukebox 2’ which I want to be a bigger scenario, in colour – ha ha!! I’d like to work with more musicians, which I think would really push some song ideas I have to a completely different depth.
So there you go people, get online, buy the album and support the wonderful PJB. You can find more info on PJB’s various sites:
Thanks to YouTube user TravisBickle1963, a rare TV interview by Phil has turned up, promoting the release of the Always There mini LP. It features a video for single ‘Always There‘, which I had never seen before, so quite the little gem. Shame the interview questions are utter crap, so don’t expect to learn much!
Paul James Berry has just finished a little tour and shared some photo’s and a video. Enjoy
Remember you can keep up with all of Paul’s activity on his website here:
Thanks to super fan Richard Head, the video for Never Another Sunset has finally reappeared on YouTube.
Hello, its been a while.
I thought I would bring to your attention that The Rose’s gig at Zeche, Bochum, Germany on 25.01.1987 has been upload to the Dark Circle Blog. If you are into 80′s Goth this site should be a regular destination.
More info and download here.
Hey Rose fans, check out this new cover of Velveteen by Carnival Star. ProducerMark is behind the project, and he’s a huge supporter of the Rose, regularly playing them on his Indie Show - I recommend you check it out.
Taken from the “Era Sessions EP” – Velveteen is one of five covers featuring 5 bands and 5 albums from the late 70′s and early 80′s.
The EP features vocalists and musicians from various countries. Released as a tribute to those bands and musicians who remain a strong influence in the music of others around the world.
“Just heard Carnival Star’s cover of one of my old songs. At first I thought it was the fucking original…”
“Carnival Star’s version of Velveteen evoked an epoch of good memories that I had almost forgotten… The song was born from one of my simple chord sequence that was meant to go round and round and hypnotise the listener. Live it grew to become a real corker!
Cheers Carnival Star for the trip!”
Paul James Berry 2014
Founder & Guitarist – The Rose of Avalanche
The “Era Sessions EP” was recorded in various countries around the world with various musicians taking part during a five month period.
Scotland, England, Italy, Norway & USA to be exact.
The original concept behind recording these covers was simply for entertainment and to take a break from the recording and writing of the original album material for future release.
However, it soon became clear that the fun was producing some interesting results and that these tracks should go out for free as a tribute to the bands that many of us in Carnival Star regard as influences and inspirations to all of our music.
Staying true to the arrangements of the originals, our aim was to simply take the tracks and produce an EP that we enjoyed making and performing.
Released 11 May 2014
Recorded in Scotland, England, Italy, Norway & USA
- Union City Blue (Blondie Cover) – Vocals Allegra Lusini – Written by Nigel Harrison / Debbie Harry
- Velveteen (Rose of Avalanche Cover) – Vocals ProducerMark – Written by Paul J. Berry / Glenn Schultz / Philip Morris
- Walk Away (Sisters of Mercy Cover) – Vocals Liquid Grey – Written by Andrew Eldritch / Wayne Hussey
- The Drowning Man (The Cure Cover) – Vocals Zach Wiser (The Secret Post) – Written by Laurence Tolhurst / Robert Smith / Simon Gallup
- What Difference Does It Make (The Smiths Cover) – Vocals Captain T (The Sovran) – Written by Johnny Marr / Morrissey
- Bonus Track – UCB Cruel Brit Mix – Vocals Allegra Lusini – Written by Nigel Harrison / Debbie Harry – Re-mixed by Cruel Britannia
Music recorded and performed by ProducerMark
Co-produced by Liquid Grey
Remote Engineered by Cruel Britannia
Vocals recorded on location by the performers
A lovely fellow called Derek Edward Price has uploaded the full video recording of the last ever Rose gig from the Dutchess of York on 29th May 1993. You will see from the set list that there are a number of new tracks in the set (titles unknown) giving us a tantalising glimpse into what the 4th official studio album may have sounded like.
I have to say the new songs sounded pretty promising, but sadly it was never to be.
02 Something More Than Sex (?)
03 All Is Liberty (?)
04 I Don’t Wanna Sing This Song Again
05 I’m In Heaven
06 String A’ Beads
07 Lights On
08 If You Only Knew
09 Follow Me (?)
11 I Just Don’t Mind
12 Love Keeps Me Hanging On
13 Rules (?)
14 Somebody To Love (Jefferson Airplane cover)
15 Ride The Storm
16 Always There
17 Too Many Castles In The Sky
18 Step It Up (Stereo MC’s cover)
Just a little post to bring to you an awesome alternative music festival happening in the UK in 2014. This one is a ground breaker, being initially funded with a Kickstarter campaign, it really can claim to be for the fans, by the fans.
There is a Goth stage at the festival and I suspect many fans of the Rose will also like many of the bands already confirmed: Fields of The Nephilim, Eden House, Skeletal Family, March Violets and many more.
Click here for more info and tickets.