Rosen Bridge A-Z

Having just released their sophomore EP Dreamcatcher, Rosen Bridge, a ‘spiritually driven metal band’ from Wales want to spread positivity. Of the album, vocalist Antony Jones had this to say:

“It’s about overcoming obstacles and chasing what your goals are. The artwork represents the journeys that people can take within their own thoughts, without looking like a self-help book cover.”

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Marcus: It’d probably be a song from long in the past that isn’t metal. It’s hard to pinpoint eactly what it is that made me want to play music. As you get older your taste develops and I’m still bumping into new songs that make me want to carry on. It’s probably just more music itself that makes me want to create it, rather than a paticular song.

Eddie: Definitely really hard to pinpoint, but a lot of CKY riffs back in the day made me really inspired to play guitar.

Best Album Ever Written:

Marcus: Sikth – Death of a Dead Day. It’s just the perfect blend of various different types of metal and ridiculously good songwriting. It’s just so interesting and creative.

Eddie: I love Protest the Hero’s – Kezia album, it’s one I always come back to and I can never get enough of the concept of it, it just adds another depth to the music.

Craziest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

Marcus: Probably staying in the van in an underground car park the night after a show in Newcastle next to a few homeless people fighting each other. Then waking up in the morning next to armed police and a parking ticket.

Eddie: Probably back in the day when we DIY’d a video for ‘truth’ from Entropy. We’d rented a really fancy holiday home to shoot in, and it was just such a crazy experience hanging out with all our mates in this 5 star place we just probably shouldn’t have been in.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Marcus: That ‘I was lost in the maze of my mind’ from our song ‘Brand New’ gets me everytime.

Eddie: Brand New in general really resonates with me, as some of the lyrics came in a pretty adverse time in my life.

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Marcus: Brand New, probably because it just came out organically from the whole band, and we all really vibed off each other.

Eddie: Yeah, probably the same as a lot of the material just came out there and then as a band. But that’s definitely a one off, because most of the time it takes ages for a song to make the cut.

Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

Marcus: Our hometown show in Bangor the other night was crazy. It’s so good to see the local scene coming together generally, but to be coming to see us makes us feel incredibly greatful and privileged.

Eddie: Yeah Bangor was amazing because it was the last day of tour and we really couldn’t believe how many people came out to see us.

Guest You’d Most Like To Feature On Your Record:

Marcus: Bjork.

Eddie: Bjork.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

Marcus: Probably when we were hearing the record come together in the studio, that’s just such a unique moment.

Eddie: Some of the shows recently have really left me beaming, I can never get over how happy I am playing live.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Marcus: Ant can really rap man.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

Marcus: Mostly ridiculous inside welsh slang jokes that we really can’t mention on here…

Eddie: We also like to play smoke on the water over every song in Practise, im just waiting for someone to do it live…

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Marcus: For Vega is usually a good one to get people moving!

Eddie: We start with summer nowdays and I think it’s a pretty cool way to get going.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

Marcus: Probably our recent trip from Hastings to Swansea, we had to split it through the night after our show and the day before the next one.

Most Inspiring Musician You’ve Ever Experienced:

Eddie: I met Larnell Lewis from Snarky Puppy recently and we had a massive philosophical conversation on approaches to playing and it was a bit of a life changer.

New Band You’d Recommend:

Marcus: Change of Loyalty.

Eddie: Malum Sky, crazy guitar skills.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Marcus: Sikth/Architects

Eddie: Issues maybe?

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

Marcus: Japan

Eddie: America, because I’ve never been.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

Marcus: You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent Release:

Eddie: It is quite literally about following your dreams, which is super cliche. But cliche’s are what they are with good cause.

See Us Live At:

Eddie: New Cross, London, August 5th with Our Hollow Our Home & some crazy good prog bands!

The Old Days Of Music Were Better Than Those Currently, do you agree?

Marcus: No, there’s loads of new music out there, that’s incredible. People just tend to get stuck in the past because they attach themselves to emotions there, instead of creating new experiences with new music.

Unusual Merchandise:

Marcus: Grinders

Eddie: We’ve got a lot of ideas for new Merch in the coming year, not sure how unusual we’ll get though.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

Marcus: we’re working on a full acoustic set so we can do a couple more events over the summer.

What Bands Have You Seen Live and Regretted:

Eddie: Not sure I want to call anyone out, but I saw a pretty big band a while back look completely uninterested in what they were doing throughout their whole set.

X-rays or any other treatments needed for band related in juries:

Eddie: Nothing that brutal yet. Fingers crossed we keep it that way.

You could have written any song in history, which would you pick:

Marcus: Architects – hollow crown

Eddie: Happy Birthday, I could do with them royalties.

Zoo animal that best describes the personality of your band:

Marcus: Red Panda

Eddie: Naked Mole Rat.

Take a look into Rosen Bridge’s music video ‘Dreamcatcher’

Have you ever wondered what went into the idea behind Rosen Bridge‘s music video ‘Dreamcatcher‘? Well you can check that all out below to get what the whole feeling and motive is behind everything!


We picked the track “Dreamcatcher” from the EP of the same name, as our lead single, after quite heavy consideration against the others. It basically came down to how well we think the track represents us as a band and we believe it does that really well. We thought as a music video/single we’d go in all guns blazing with a quick moving and heavy song!

The video is quite a simple conceptual performance, with some really cool slow motion shots in there. We really like that it’s a good reflection of how our performance is live and we want people to see it and want to get to a show! We shot the video over in a rented venue over in Sheffield, where there was a rave still going on nearby from the night before! None of us had really had much sleep and so it was all a bit of an adventure getting up to Sheffield when we’d all been working and were a little nervous and stressed. The drive through the peak district in the morning was beautiful though.

We’ll admit that we didn’t have any accurate prepositions of how the video would turn out and gradually throughout the day with this rave going on, and with how cold it was in the venue, we were getting a little more uncomfortable and tired as it went on. However, it definitely paid off in the end. The VideoInk production team did an amazing job in such a short time that we had, getting the most out of it. We’re really stoked with how it turned out and the response has already been great, so it was all well worth it!

Rosen Bridge – Track By Track Feature of ‘Dreamcatcher’

With only a few more weeks before Rosen Bridge drop their anticipated EP ‘Dreamcatcher‘, the band are here to give you an idea of the story behind each track. You can check out the song meanings, written by vocalist Antony Jones, below!


Dreamcatcher: It’s about feeling trapped in somewhere you don’t want to be and hitting that point where you’re ready to lean into big decisions in life, the change and the opportunity.  It’s about that moment when you take responsibility for your own destiny and start fuelling yourself on determination. This is echoed in the instrumentation as well, the riffs in the song have a fast tempo and we wanted this to evoke a motivated feeling for the listener, for them to want to cut out the bad shit in their life and focus on what makes them thrive. As cheesy as it sounds, the song’s generally about making that change, for the better, with the music adding some colour to the canvas. A 9/8 breakdown in the middle section with a straight throw-back rockbeat over the top is an opportunity for us to let loose and really show the passion in the song, which is something we want the live crowds to feed into as well. A half-time groove for the chorus section in the track also adds some relief from the relentless pace of the riffs and gives some space for the big vocal hook to take centre stage.

Hold On: This is essentially our first radio friendly track where we wanted to reveal some of our more punky influences.  We keep the momentum going from the opening track but with a slightly bouncier vibe. The first clean sections of the EP make an appearance and show a lighter side to the band, without compromising any of the power of the heavier sections. Lyrically speaking, the song is an extension of Dreamcatcher, but further along on that journey. It’s about the realisation of your power to change and embrace your newly found confidence, about feeling great and pulling others up with you. The instrumentation of the song takes it a few minutes to form a backdrop for the catchy vocal hooks and melodies in the track; the chorus and middle 8 sections in particular, are vocally driven to emphasise message and vibe of song.

Never Grow: The premise of this song was born from dark place a few years back, when I looked at the world differently. Without trying to emphasise the melodrama, ‘Never Grow’ is all about a when you hit a wall and become frustrated by always making the same mistakes.  The mood of the music matches the vocal content and follows a dark and moody path which builds up to a big heavy crescendo, with a haunting vocal over the top of a huge half-time breakdown. This section has crowd chants written all over it… “Never – Grow”, which is what we want to hear when we’re throwing it down live. Essentially though, the lyrics in the song are an ode to the friends around you, who support you, despite your differences and how thankful you are when this happens.

Brand New: Arranging this track was great for the band; the challenge of blending the big, heavy sections with the lighter sounding melodies was difficult, but we enjoyed the A-tonal elements of this too much not to include on the EP. Following on from ‘Never Grow’, ‘Brand New’ hits you hard with a blast beat to get you started. This track is the heaviest on the EP and we’ve loved performing it live so far in our set. The stripped back vocal sections in verses reflect on the darker feel of Never grow before developing alongside the instrumentation. The vocals start to take on a new tone, mirroring on the overall positive feel of the EP, pointing towards your friends and family as the source of your strength. We decided on ending the song with a bang and threw in a huge 8-string section, tuned to A sharp (one octave below) and we absolutely love seeing people lose their minds when they hear this live. Brand New pulls together all of the themes from the earlier tracks and intensifies them, matched by the music, which is why saved this one for last.           

Rosen Bridge announce details for new EP

Rosen Bridge have announced the details for their upcoming EP “Dreamcatcher” due to be released on the 12th May.

Vocalist Antony Jones states:

“It’s about overcoming obstacles and chasing what your goals are. The artwork represents the journeys that people can take within their own thoughts, without looking like a self-help book cover.”

 

The band are also streaming the title track below

Rosen Bridge will be heading out on tour at the following dates

 

Rosen Bridge Live (more dates to be announced):

May 18th: AATMA, Manchester

May 20th: The Saddle, Chester

May 25th: The Bird’s Nest, Deptford

May 26th: The Harp Restrung, Folkestone

May 28th: 8 Bit, Swansea

May 29th: The Full Moon, Cardiff

 

Dreamcatcher Tracklisting:

1: Dreamcatcher

2: Hold On

3: Never Grow

4: Brand New