Nevada Rose is destined to break out in an epic way – especially if their new album Paint Me In Light on Tragic Hero Records is indicative of greater glories ahead. Meshing in post hardcore, thunderous breakdowns and pulsating EDM hooks to a dazzling effect, the party will be in your ears when playing the CD, and then out on the dance floor as Nevada Rose plan to tour incessantly this summer. The band is currently traveling across the country opening for label mates Everyone Dies In Utah, undoubtedly making a whole new collection of friends and fans along the way. Here is a recent interview we conducted with Nevada Rose to find out more about their kaleidoscopic of sound, life on the road, signing to Tragic Hero, and other colorful topics. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Nevada Rose, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Justin DiMarco and I play guitar and sing in Nevada Rose. We’ve been a band a little less then a year now.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out out of Roxbury, New Jersey. The music scene we have isn’t like our sound at all actually. That really classic hardcore sound like Hatebreed and Bane is really huge. Bands to check out who are doing really awesome things are Franchise, My Eyes Fall Victim and Handed To The Thousands.
How do you wind up signing with Tragic Hero Records?
After we got done recording our album with Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, Motionless In White, The Ghost Inside) we found management and immediately started getting attention from labels. Tragic Hero was one of them and we’ve always loved this label so when they happened to be the most aggressive to pursue us, it just kind of fell into place. We couldn’t be happier.
Is there any story or concept behind the album title Paint Me In Light?
Paint Me In Light was a concept we’ve always toyed with, even when trying to find a band name. We liked the idea of rebirth or cleansing with light and Adam had the idea of being “painted” with light. So basically it means to be cleansed with light. This band to us is a way for all of us to start a new chapter in our lives and start over, so we feel that coincides with the album name.
Select two songs from Paint Me In Light and what inspired the lyrics.
The Unrest is honestly my favorite song lyrically. Nicki wrote about how hard we’ve worked to get to this point and how this band is our lives. We have such high hopes for this band and we’ve set our bar extremely high that we won’t be satisfied till we get where we want to be.
I Was Born Single is about a dumb crazy girl. Everyone can relate to that one at some point haha.
What could one expect from a live Nevada Rose show?
We really pride ourselves in our live show. High energy with a lot of lights and club music mixed with breakdowns. We love getting the crowd engaged and having people feel like it’s just one big party. Absolutely a fun time always.
How has your tour with Everyone Dies In Utah been going and what have been some of the highlights?
Our tour has been awesome so far! The guys in EDIU are some of the nicest dudes we’ve met on the road and it’s cool because we are on the same label so there’s that bond from the start. I would say for me Phoenix, Arizona and Pendleton, Oregon have been my favorite so far. So many people came out and crowd response for every band was amazing.
Any strange or scary happenings on the road or at a Nevada Rose show?
On our way to Texas to start the tour, we stayed at a Walmart the first night. We had some lady come knock on our window and ask if she could get a ride somewhere. We kindly told her no. Also, we are from New Jersey so we don’t have mountains like out west so driving at night through mountain ranges is terrifying in itself for us.
If Nevada Rose could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
If we could open for any band past or present I think it would be when Attack Attack! just started out. They were ahead of the curve in terms of blending electronic music and hardcore. We’ve always looked back at them when they first started and said “they did it right.”
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Our music would be a jelly donut. A soft and gooey inside with EDM music and pop choruses with a layer of dough that has riffage and breakdowns.
What would you like a listener to remember the most after hearing Paint Me In Light for the first time?
I would like them to remember the mix of EDM and hardcore music the most. We really tried to blend the two and keep the listener guessing with each track.
What’s up next for Nevada Rose?
We plan to tour heavily to promote Paint Me In Light and we have some announcements soon for another tour into July-August. Into the fall/winter we will tour as well but have some huge names we may be supporting that we are very excited about.
Any final words of wisdom?
If you truly put your heart, mind, and soul into something you can accomplish anything. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions! Hope to see you guys play back out here in L.A. sometime soon!
Thank you for having me! Paint Me In Light is available everywhere June 17th!
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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