Interview: THE NEW ROSES

The New Roses release their new studio album Nothing But Wild on Friday 2nd August. They started out back in 2007 and have released three albums to date. GRTR! put some questions to singer Timmy Rough about the new album, touring and more…

You’ve been making music for a few years now – sum up The New Roses in one sentence.

It’s honest working-class Rock & Roll music

If you had to sell me the new album “Nothing But Wild” in five words, what would they be?

I don’t sell, I rock.

If you could land your perfect tour tomorrow, what other bands would be on the bill?

The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd

Are there any plans for imminent dates in the UK?

Definitely! Now that our music from the new album is played on UK Rock Radio we have to reschedule our tour plan. It’s a good thing, it just takes a little more time. Anyway, we can’t wait to come back to the UK!

There was a feeling that rock music was in danger of fading away but with a number of classic bands reforming this seems to have given the genre a bit of a boost, do you get that feeling? Have you seen a regaining of ground for rock and metal over the last couple of years?

The world we live in has always been full of Rock & Roll. We grew up on that stuff and never did anything else. So, for us it has always been the same. So maybe I‘m the wrong guy to ask that question. But of course, we are very happy about the improvement of the band. We grew a lot over the last years and made it from a backyard BBQ band to an international act. So as far as we know, Rock & Roll is alive and well!

Has the event of social media meant that you feel closer to your fans these days? With Facebook, Twitter etc it does make it easier to interact. Do you see this as essential to a band’s survival now?

Definitely not for us! Our Facebook fan amount grows much slower than our actual real audience. I love that about the band because social media doesn’t bring you closer to anything. We always take time to talk to our fans after the show. We sign stuff, take pictures, laugh, share some stories. That’s what brings you together. The audience seems to feel the same way about that, and I appreciate it!

What are your plans for the rest of the year and 2020? Is there any other artist that you would like to collaborate with in that time?

We have a lot of great stuff waiting ahead. The new record. Shows in Russia, shows with The Scorpions, The Kiss KRUISE, festivals all over Europe and of course our “Nothing But Wild Tour” this fall. It’s gonna be one hell of a ride.

What have been the most memorable live shows from you and why? Is there a career highlight so far that you will look back on as a defining moment for you?

We started as a cover band playing for tips. So the evolution to a serious rock act is definitely packed with such memories, your first CD with your name on it, the first time you play in a big city with an actual audience, the first time you hear your voice on the radio, the gig at „Hellfest“ in France, or at the Champions League Finals, sharing the stage with KISS, ZZ Top, The Scorpions, Blackfoot, The Quireboys and so many more, the first Top 20 record. I could go on and on. Opening for KISS in Munich and looked at 15,000 people and thought: “Wow, it‘s you, man. This is your life! It‘s happening!” Love that feeling!!

How did you get your first break into the music business? What piece of advice would you pass onto budding musicians?

If you start a band there is no way too long, no gig too cheap and no goal too high. Just keep pushing!

Tour dates -

Fri, AUG 2 Wacken Open Air

Mon, AUG 5 Zissel Kassel, Germany

Wed, AUG 14 Festival Rock Oz’Arènes, Avenches, Switzerland

Fri, AUG 16 Domplatz Fulda, Germany

Sun, AUG 18 Kunstrasen, Bonn-bad Godesberg, Germany

Sat, AUG 31 Riverside Open Air, Aarburg, Switzerland

Tue, OCT 15 Full Metal Holiday, Palma De Mallorca, Spain

Thu, OCT 17 Knust, Hamburg, Germany

Fri, OCT 18 LUXOR, Koln, Germany

Sat, OCT 19 Musikzentrum, Hannover, Germany

Thu, OCT 24 das CANN Jugendhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

Fri, OCT 25 Z7 Summer Nights Open Air, Pratteln, Switzerland

Sat, OCT 26 Backstage Concerts, München, Germany

Wed, OCT 30-Sun, NOV 3 Kiss Kruise, Miami, FL

Wed, NOV 6 Hirsch, Nurnberg, Germany

Thu, NOV 7 Zeche, Bochum, Germany

Fri, NOV 8 BI NUU, Berlin, Germany

Sat, NOV 9 Metal Hammer Paradise, Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany

Wed, NOV 13 Szene, Wien, Austria

Thu, NOV 14 Dürer Kert, Budapest, Hungary

Fri, NOV 15 KOMMA Veranstaltungszentrum, Wörgl, Austria

Sat, NOV 16 Kulturzentrum Schlachthof e.V. Wiesbaden, Germany

Fri, NOV 22 Hellraiser, Leipzig, Germany

Sat, NOV 23 Winter Masters of Rock, Zlin, Czech Republic

Thu, DEC 5 Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg, Germany

Fri, DEC 6 Rosenhof GmbH, Osnabrück, Germany

Sat, DEC 14 Melkweg Oude Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Feb 7, 2020 Sala Bóveda, Barcelona, Spain

Feb 8, 2020 Nazca Club, Madrid, Spain

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