The Trouble with Rose is a rock band based in Washington, D.C., comprised of Kristy Jo “KJo” Winkler (vocals/keys), Eric Benjamin (guitars), Mike Fanuele (engineer/producer), Frank Minor (bass) and Gene Soares (drums). The band is releasing their self-titled debut EP The Trouble with Rose.
With a sound heavily influenced by Garbage, Gwen Stefani, Billie Eilish, PJ Harvey, Taylor Swift, among others, the vibe on this EP surrounds around a cadence that caters to fans of alternative, indie rock and pop rock. Relatively new to the scene, the band shows through their energetic performances their tight-knit chemistry. As they play together in many an invigorating jam-session, each band member’s contributions attest to their ever-evolving rapport. Packed with enthused vocals, raucous synergy and tight musicianship, these are all things that make The Trouble with Rose stand out among the pack. Without a doubt they are purveyors to the scene and are here to make a difference.
The Trouble with Rose opens with “Control” where a smattering of drums starts off this track. The guitars are hard-hitting and driven. The vocals are sung with gusto and flair. The guitar riffs soar on this song. The energy on this track is contagious with keys that are amped with a fully charged feel. Synths offer up an atmospheric vibe on the backdrop. A blazing guitar solo sounds off toward the two-and-a-half-minute mark. The coalescing of guitars, keys, bass lines and drums are dynamic.
Following is “Heartache,” where the guitars and bass lines are revving with a rhythmic pulse. The beat is jaunty and upbeat. This is a catchy song. The guitar riffs hit all the right marks with driven energy. The vocals are sung with emotion and power.
Melancholic noodling on the electric guitar paves the way to the start of “Never For Me.” This track is a definite slow burn. The ballad contains a sauntering groove. This is a departure from the high-energy coming from the previous song. The guitar riffs soar with airy notes. The vocals are somber-sounding with a grave feel. A strong sense of urgency underlines this dramatic track. This song mixes symphonic finishes into the rock vibe as the sound of lush strings traces this song toward the close.
On the closer “Tonight So Blue,” right from the get-go the band launches into a sizzling jam-session. The vocals come in full-throttle, sung with range and flair. The energy on this track is palpable. The vibe is infectious with real addicting pop rock cadences. The guitars really soar on this song, creating a wall of sound. A guitar solo launches toward the two-minute mark.
Brimming with contagious energy, these amped and fully charged tracks come alive with Winkler’s full-blown antics. Her showmanship demonstrates her finesse onstage. Her wild theatrics that teeters between soft and aggressive and the polarizing sounds shows off her penchant to color outside the lines. Known as a band that shuns both genre and trend, they are here to create music that will speak to people in this day and age. Connecting with listeners with their unique and intuitive perspective, The Trouble with Rose rekindles nostalgic fans with a classic rock vibe while also upholding a singular sound that is solely their own. Dynamite, sensual and filled with vitality, these are all words that describe The Trouble with Rose. Be sure you have a listen today!
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