Arrica Rose & the …’s will be giving a rare hometown performance in Los Angeles April 13 at Hotel Cafe in celebration of the release of their latest EP. The Lucky EP, available March 22nd on pOprOck records, is the much-anticipated follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed Let Alone Sea. Working again with producer Dan Garcia at his Radio Hill studio in downtown Los Angeles, Rose delves further into her brand of retro-tinged California folk-pop. Drawing inspiration from timeless records made long ago, the EP hints at Americana, classic pop, and vintage rock all dressed up in Rose’s dreamy vocals and her band’s shimmering soundscapes. Arrica Rose coined the name The …’s (The Dot Dot Dots) to describe the collaborative nature of her project which evolved from a guitar-driven quartet into an intricate sonic tapestry including Andrew Sisters-esque harmonies, strings, horns, keys and pretty noise. Once again the Lucky EP delivers Arrica Rose & the …’s contemporary spin on a classic sound with memorable melodies and poignant lyrics that paint snapshot-like portraits of time past.
Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York“ 45 was the first record Arrica Rose stole from her parents at the age of 4. Later, she found out her great uncle Lou Monte was one of the first artists signed by Sinatra to Reprise Records and had considerable success with a string of Italian-themed novelty records. Rose’s father, a New York native transplanted to the San Fernando Valley, was a working actor who mostly played gangsters that met tragic ends (notoriously in The Godfather) while her mother was an educator and a writer in her spare time. Having studied piano throughout her childhood, Rose bought her first electric guitar at age 15. She learned the instrument while playing in an all girl punk-rock trio that never recorded a single note but performed live at Los Angeles area venues like The Smell and Cobalt Café with bands such as Commander Venus, Still Life, and Jimmy Eat World.
After high school, Rose took a short hiatus from music and attended USC film school. Soon, she found herself taking less film-production courses and more sound-design classes as well as scoring short films. She also began self-releasing her lo-fi home recordings on her own pOprOck records. Upon graduation she put together her backing band, The …’s, and soon recorded her debut full-length People Like Uswith co-producer Larry Crane (Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney) at Wavelab in Tucson AZ.
For Arrica Rose’s subsequent releases she teamed up with producer Dan Garcia recording at Radio Hill, a boutique Los Angeles studio that is home to a handmade, analog, mixing-console. Their first endeavor, La La Lost, was a Paste Magazine recommended album that charted on iTunes in Europe as well as on indie/college radio in the U.S and had songs featured on NBC’s Lipstick Jungle, The CW’s Nikitaand NikeWomen.com. Rose’s solo EP, Pretend I’m Fur,was an experiment in drum loops as well as Brazilian instruments that debuted at #32 on the US iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. This EP also included a cover of the Bee Gees’ “Tragedy” that Esquire.com deemed “one of the best covers of all time”. The band’s most recent LP, Let Alone Sea, garnered praise from iTunes, LA Weekly, LA Record and many more. The album landed on several Best of 2011 Lists including #19 on Blurt Magazine’s Top 50, Buzzbands top 100 local favorites, WXPN’s Sleepyhollow Best 25 Songs and Consequence of Sound described “Nothing Nada Nothing” as one of the best indie-rock tracks of the year.
In addition to her music projects, Arrica Rose is founder of I HEART Inc (www.iheartinc.com) an artist operated non-profit that raises money for charitable programs and organizations via unique creative projects and events. I HEART has been fortunate to enlist an amazing team of sponsors and supporters including Willie Nelson, Crosby Stills and Nash, Iron & Wine/Sub Pop Records, Rachel Maddow, Jack White, Jackson Browne, Hotel Café and many more.