Roses & Revolutions - 'Torch' (EP stream) (premiere)
The duo step away from singer-songwriter fare and move towards a broader sound on this winning new EP.
When they decided to tweak their sound on their second EP, Rochester, New York duo Roses & Revolutions had to have known they were on to something awfully good. Rooted in confessional singer-songwriter fare, guitarist Matt Merritt and singer Alyssa Coco have ventured further into pop on Torch, the sound broad enough to appeal to fans of alternative, mainstream country, and even R&B. Well-rounded and bolstered by tremendous hooks from start to finish, this is a record that deserves to be noticed.
Merritt and Coco have been kind enough to provide PopMatters with a track-by-track rundown of this endearing five-song EP.
“Start Over”: [It] began with a chant we came up with on the car ride to a gig. We kept repeating the hook "I want to start over" while tapping furiously on the dashboard. The song is about wanting to hit that reset button. It's about those times in our lives where we would give anything to snap our fingers, erase the past, and start fresh.”
“Let Go”: “This song is about not wanting to know the dirty details that go on behind the scenes. Sometimes if you peak behind the curtain and see the truth there is know turning back. So for now, the best thing to do may be to look the other way. The lyrics to this song came about by bringing a bottle of wine to our favorite park and just writing in the moment. It was one of the most organic songs we've ever written. We then isolated ourselves and listened to older recordings of artists like The Rolling Stones, CCR, & Tom Petty to write the drum & guitar parts. We wanted to really capture that laid back, feel good, rock feel.”
“Echo”: “‘Echo’ began as a vocal melody and 4 chords on the piano. The song is about the process of coping with the absence of someone. It deals with that weird, yet welcomed feeling that someone is still there with you even though they're not physically present.
“Bonnie & Clyde”: “‘Bonnie & Clyde’ was the first song we wrote for the EP. It was meant to be an anthem about going out in a blaze. It's a love song in the sense that when two people are united, nothing can stand their way. We wanted this song to have the same feel sonically, so we tracked a full room of marching snares to ignite the choruses. It's a fun one to play live.”
"Dear My Love": “We got an email to write a song for a coffee commercial for a Valentine's Day spot. They wanted a song that resembled a love letter put to music. The real catch was that they needed it by the next morning. We had a gig that night and wrote the majority of the tune in the car and in between sets. We recorded it the next morning before we hit the road for another NYC show. It was the first time we had done something like that and it was interesting to write with a deadline!”
Torch will be released 14 July. Purchase it at iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/torch-ep/id993012755