After two years from releasing their first EP, Them Dirty Roses released their second EP, Trouble. It is a self funded project that tops the first EP by leaps and bounds. (If that is at all possible.) I have made no secret that these guys are one of my favorite bands out there today. I call them Southern Soul with Gritty Rock and Roll. I was fortunate to be one of the firsts to receive the new EP and I cannot begin to put into words how great this music is to roll your windows down and jam to. I spoke to the guys a couple of months ago to talk about the new music and what is next for the Roses.
Fans have been waiting for two years for the new music and of course I had to ask, “Why did it take so long?” The guys told me that they have been so busy on the road, spreading the name for the last 2 years, and self funded the EP. They are so proud to do things on their own terms and put out quality music. The writing on this EP was more personal. Everyone would work together to get behind what was being written.
I have my favorite on the EP, which is “Fix You”, but of course I had to ask the guys which were their favorites. “Back Home” and “Fix You” seem to be the common song among the guys. Andrew and Ben told me that “when they laid it down in the studio, it surprised us.” Frank told me that “Songs About You” was a fun song to play on drums, which I will say he does a phenomenal job on. James said his favorite was “Fix You” because “that is the only song I wrote by myself and is more personal to me.” James also said that it turned out as close as it could to the way he heard it in his. (I am glad that it was in his head, because the song kicks ass.)
I asked the guys to go through each song and the writing process. James told me the inspiration for “Fix You” comes from having those people you have in your life and seeing the problems they have. You beat yourself up because you can’t seem to make them happy and in hindsight as you get older, you realize it still isn’t you.
“Songs About You” was co-written by Brian Wesley as well as The Roses. Andrew had the first line about the girl and the guys started throwing out things and changed it up to be about life. So many songs are written about a girl and this one is for people who have that “southern belief” even if they are not from the south.
“Trouble” was written by a friend of theirs. They listened to the song, tweaked it here and there and is about planning on doing the right thing but end up doing the wrong thing. It is a song that anyone can relate too.
“Molly”, another one of my favorites, is an older song that was written a while back. The idea of having a girl’s name, but didn’t want to use a name of a girl he knew. (Please think back to “You’re So Vain”) We can thank Molly, the Maltese puppy, for running into the room.
“Back Home” was written awhile back. It deals with being away from home, not knowing anyone as well as contemplating the moves you made. It is one of those homesick songs that make you think about life’s choices and decisions.
So what can we expect from Them Dirty Roses in the upcoming year? More touring, more songs. The guys want to get better as writers and musicians. They performed at Spring Jam in Panama City the early part of April with several big name artist. The Roses are looking to get on XM and continue to expand the fan base. The guys are always working in collaboration together trying to use everyone’s idea. The Roses have seen the growth from the first EP to Trouble. They are hearing a lot of feedback at how they have grown and want to always put out the best music for the fans.
I see the growth in the band. I feel that being on the road together for the last 2 years has made the band a cohesive unit. They have really gotten to know each other and helped with the growth. In a world of cookie cutter, over produced music, people are starving for real meaningful music. Them Dirty Roses is a band that is ready to bring back that music that has heart and soul. They are bringing the music that makes you feel something and can I get a big “Amen” for bringing back songs with meaning.
If you haven’t checked out Them Dirty Roses, please visit their website, buy their EP, go to their shows. I promise you this is one band that will not disappoint. I have played this EP on loop for a long time. The music is well written, meaningful, gritty, true life Southern Rock. Trouble is a great representation of all that is Them Dirty Roses.