Good Morning Timmy, thank you for taking time out to chat to Bluesdoodles. The New Roses will be a new band to many readers of Bluesdoodles. So this is the perfect chance to talk about your album, ONE MORE for the ROAD and part of a tour we are all excited about.
As Tommy thanked Bluesdoodles for the opportunity the church bells rang out as they faded he laughed as said – Thanks again for the time and a welcome from the bells German Rock and Roll on the hour every hour!
BD: New Roses a hard rock band based in Germany, what were your first musical influences growing up in the German region Rheingau?
TR: We started as a Rock n’ Roll cover band I was a 17-18-year-old who impersonated my heroes. I didn’t plan to write songs, I just wanted to play the music I loved. From among others Queen, AC/DC, Paul Rogers and Black Sabbath. We played at a local bar, near the Headquarters of the US Army. This helped since certain bars were frequented only by soldiers and they loved rock n Roll. We found out about other bands including Lynyrd Skynyrd and not just about playing the music we learnt the language as well as we spent hours with the soldiers. We learned how rock n’ roll worked playing for four hours every night.
As we played I explored rock n’ roll music and it was helpful to me to start singing. I knew about chord changes etc. All the songs we played can be found in our music we have a big catalogue from Beatles to Lynyrd Skynryd and Metallica. You can hear the sounds in our music country, metal and hot rock n’ roll.
We love playing the music, playing about a hundred and twenty shows a year our shows are colourful we do not just turn up and play the chords and sing the words.
BD: As a new band for many who will be looking to buy tickets for your November UK tour, what Rock sound can they expect from The New Flowers?
TR: We look at every show as the most important show of our lives even small shows we turn up and play as if it is the most important. We know people travel many hours to see us play and they spend their hard earned money on tickets and merchandise. I have been on the other side of the stage to see bands large and small travelled, paid 100 bucks wanting to see them live excited to hear the music and then the band is drunk or just playing the songs with no enthusiasm I feel let down. We will never let our fans down when we play live.
New Roses appreciates the audience every time and will play to the max. We have enjoyed the journey so far with the experience of worldwide travel as a rock n’ roll band. We have played in the UK several times. We love it Rock N Roll is in the air. I can’t wait to feel that again it is kinda magical for us. We are looking forward to playing honest Rock n Roll, no costumes or theatre to our fans and spreading the music to new audiences.
BD: What inspired the name The New Roses?
TR: Firstly, it is nothing to do with Guns N Roses. It is just a name, it is not metal just nice wordplay and sounds Rock n Roll. Though we did play Guns N’ Roses when we were a cover band. Roses are deeply rooted symbol in rock. From rose Tattoo and beyond, the band are all these things. It is just a band name, there is no sorcery.
BD: The New Roses is a four piece with two guitarists yourself and Norman Bites, what is the chemistry between you and Norman and the rhythm section of Hardy & Urban Berz that makes The New Roses sound distinctive?
TR: Norman is definitely the first guitarist, while I am second in line. Not a decision made to do it like this. Maybe something to do with the fact that I never pictured myself as lead. I wanted to blend in. I write the songs for all the band members they develop as Urban applies the sound on his drums and the bass lines grow with Hardy on bass’s interpretations. We let the words influence the sound so it feels natural then we go and play them out on the road. They grow as they make people happy. I may not want to be in the spotlight but I have the same desire to play rock n’ roll. Allowing everyone to have their moment too shine for me it is a natural way of playing the music we create.
BD: ONE MORE For the ROAD, out on Napalm Records 2018 – what were the ideas behind the album?
TR: The title track we had the idea many years ago on our first trip to Spain. It was the first time we had been on a constant tour away from home. It was living the dream, the reality was it was exhausting, sometimes disappointing. We often felt powerless at first, then you can have a bad day but the show at the end made it all worth it. The next day you may be a poor man playing in a shopping mall or a rock n’ roll star. The song that you have to enjoy playing live. It is a good title track. The songs all have a different perspective, values with big hooks. We try to reach unknown territory push ourselves to try different things. Different categories with favourite lyrics and melodies that are strong when played in the studio and live on stage. When I play in the studio I picture myself on stage the connection I have with the audience. I am happy singing on all of the songs. Life Ain’t Easy (For A Boy With Long Hair) has been released as a video and a great song for the radio.
I never wanted to be a front man singer and songwriter. I just wanted to play the sax, playing Little Richard and Bill Haley. It was all I wanted. When the singer quit, I agreed to sing until we found a real singer I got used to being a singer on rock covers. The guitarist quit when I was about 21/22 so I started to practice and felt the desire to be not just playing covers I needed to do something that was new, I found the inspiration to write for yourself. Now we are an originals band with radio play, it is always weird to hear your voice on the radio. Songs have helped me through difficult periods, it is still weird for me as a music fan to be part of a band. I could have been a drummer, roadie or even driving the tour bus. Everything is crazy for me.
BD: What has happened to The Sax Playing?
TR: Yes, I do play the Sax. No not touched it for 10 years. I may have played the guitar since I was 22 and I need to practice 10 hours a day so that I can get to a certain level. Life is busy writing songs and 120 shows on tour in a year things get lost and one of them is the Sax.
BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
TR: Now, that is a difficult question so many great musicians that I love and inspire me.
Drums: Urban Berz, Ginger Baker or Jon Bonham
Guitar: Mark Schwarz. Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks and twenty more….
Keys: Chuck Leavell
Vocals: So many Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye ( Yes, I love soul music) and myself Timmy Rough it would be fun singing vocals with these guys.
Saxophone: Maceo Parker
The New Roses were founded in 2007
Timmy Rough – Vocals
Dizzy Presley – Guitar
Urban Berz – Drums
Stefan Kassner – Bass Guitar