“…it’s just like classic pop, Big Star and people like that.”
“imagine if Thin Lizzy happened to meet up with The Only Ones in the studio toward the
end of the 70’s and unleashed a power-pop and punk-infused masterpiece…”
-Beats Per Minute
On their new LP Purple, Blue & Crimson, Nashville, TN’s Oberon Rose draws from a wide swath of the western canon. Weaving together everything from folk, country, and blues to glam rock, and classic pop. Wherever the muse leads them, though, thought provoking lyrical imagery and engaging melodic hooks are always at the forefront.
The story of Oberon Rose begins with two friends/artists in New York City, Tommy Oberon and Rebecca Rose. Their idea to collaborate on songwriting arose organically. Working on a song idea, Oberon found himself at a loss for words, so he asked Rose to help with the lyrics. “Young Goodman Brown”, the song that kicked off Oberon Rose’s debut album, was born. Inspired to immerse themselves in the creative process of songwriting as a team, they decided to decamp to the solitude of Woodstock, NY to complete the album and start their own record label ThouART Records.
After putting a live band together and gigging in and around NYC, Boston, New Haven and Providence, the songwriting duo completed the recording of their second album, Tell Me All About It. It was met with great reviews in the indie music scene and a slew of shows and residencies followed.
“I think that Oberon Rose is still well on their way to superstardom and this is possibly their most accomplished and focused work to date.”
– Mark Druery/IndieShark
They soon began work on their third record, Holographic Blues. As habitual wanderers, they relocated again right before the release of this album, this time to Nashville, TN. Holographic Blues was also met with very favorable reviews and managed to make its way across the pond to get some good spins on SoHo Radio and BBC 6 in the UK. It also stayed on the US college music charts for 8 weeks and even cracked the top 25!
“The sound they make comes across as rocking, robust and decidedly their own.
Credit this outfit with serving up a truly exceptional effort.”
– Lee Zimmerman/Goldmine Magazine
Drawing inspiration from their new hometown’s long musical history, Oberon Rose began work on their newest record, Purple, Blue & Crimson. Written by Oberon and Rose in their home studio, the record is a profound example of what attention to detail and a lot of patience can achieve. “As with all of our records, I recorded, produced, engineered this record myself at our studio” tells Oberon. “It’s just a bare bones project studio that is not much more than a computer, a top-quality interface, a small selection of decent microphones and some good instruments.” Yet, what they ended up with is a finely polished piece of pop art.
“In a very abstract way, to me, the album is about life, death and rebirth.” explains Rose. “I like lyrics that are open to interpretation. Two people can listen to the same song and have two very different ideas of what the song is about. That is what excites me about lyrics, the endless possibilities that the listener brings to them.”
Purple, Blue & Crimson will be released on January 20th on ThouART Records. It features Tommy Oberon on lead & backing vocals, guitar, bass and keys. Rebecca Rose on backing vocals. The album was mixed by Kurt Riel and Tommy Oberon and was mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM Mastering.