Artists We Love: Typhoid Rosie25th April 2016 • No comments
We’re not particularly into album reviews at Thirty Roses but one of our favorite bands just released a new record. Since we couldn’t pass up the chance to speak of their greatness an AWL feature seemed fitting. This edition of Artists We Love will be slightly different from the others because Typhoid Rosie is different. The nature of their album is different and my dynamic with songwriter and lead singer Rosie Rebel is unique. This will be more ‘first person’ than other AWLs and it may be a combination of information about a band I really love mixed with a little LiveJournal entry c.2000 thrown in for good measure.
I came to know of Brooklyn’s Typhoid Rosie the way I come to know a lot of artists; via Twitter. They followed me and sent a link to their song “Better to Know Now”. I listened, as I do every song I’m sent, and loved it at first listen. Something about it was different. This Rosie girl was different. And her name was Rosie, which endeared her to me immediately. I sent the band a direct message on Twitter, which I seldom do, to tell them that I really loved the song, and got a reply. It was an automated reply, which anyone who knows or has worked with me knows I’m not a proponent of. I sent another reply, hoping to get a human, but the band are busy people, which I understand, and the automator replied again, which irritated me further. A few minutes later lead singer and songwriter Rosie Rebel sent me a reply. She was gracious and lovely and I was irritated by the bot messages. I tend to tell musicians exactly what I think and I don’t doubt I was curt and probably pretty snotty about the entire thing. She fixed the bot and its repeat messages and we got to chatting about the most important thing; the music. Rosie told me about their album and how it came to be. She explained that she was relatively new to songwriting. She told me about her mother suffering an aneurysm at her Grandmother’s wake and dying later that day. She told me about her struggle to find her way after that and how she started to write songs. Not the: “you are the sun in the sky and your love will always be a rainbow” sort of songs about grief, though those certainly have their place. Instead, Rosie wrote songs about real grief. The ups and downs of the process and how raw it can leave you, how lost it leaves you, and how it changes you forever. I told her my own story of loss, about my fiancé and how, like her, I didn’t get to say goodbye. I told her his nickname was Rosie. We shared stories of our respective journeys and have been bonded by loss and music ever since. (You may remember we premiered Typhoid Rosie track “On the Day” at Thirty Roses).
Of course, none of that would mean anything if the music didn’t hold its own, but it does. Hearts Bleed Goodbye, which Rosie calls her ‘musical Taj Mahal’ is a really beautiful record. What could have easily turned into a maudlin, melodramatic, depressing sap-fest is a guitar and drum driven, catchy pop record. Much like the late Doug Hopkins, formerly of the Gin Blossoms, Rosie has a penchant for disguising sad lyrics in melodies so catchy that, unless you really pay attention, you may not notice. Of course, not all songs on Hearts Bleed Goodbye are about loss, which is the best part. The album touches on adulthood and being in different stages than your friends, being deceived, and well, life. Playing on the album are band members Matt Kursmark: (Guitar), Justin Rothberg: (Guitar), Dean Wartell: (Bass), Phil Wartell: (Drums), and Leah Farmer: (Keyboards). It is when the lyrics are at their most vulnerable that the band truly shine. In the album’s title track (“Heard that an angel got her wings/Shed her shell, and then she flew away…” “See the streets, they’re bustling with life/But inside I feel paralyzed/Inside I feel paralyzed..”) the music is powerful without sounding harsh or angry; a true juxtaposition of the grieving process. In other songs it’s just really fun, catchy music to sing and dance to.
Typhoid Rosie accomplished the difficult feat of making a record that deals with sad, sensitive subject-matter that sounds really fun. Hearts Bleed Goodbye is a must-listen and the perfect summer soundtrack. It’s available on all major digital retailers and streaming sites. Stop what you’re doing and listen to it. Now.
Visit the TyphoidRosie.com website for the latest tour info and social media links.