Interview: TIM GRAHAM of Colorado post-hardcore quartet ROZU on upcoming record and more.
Today we are catching up with Colorado post-hardcore quartet ROZU. After having a chat with the band last year after the release of a run of singles including Dissolve, Divide, Faceless and Anchor, we are teaming up once again with the band.
Our editor-in-chief Alex had the chance to sit down and have a chat with vocalist TIM GRAHAM to discuss their hard-hitting debut album on the horizon, their messages and lyrical themes, their writing and creative process, their challenges, best moments and a few sneak peeks on future plans.
ROZU came together in 2017 and take their name from the Japanese noun for Rose. The 4-piece is hailing from Denver, Colorado and is currently lining up Tim Graham on vocals, David Sundine on guitar, Brian Robertson on drums, and Henry Navarre on bass.
- BACKGROUND. Hello Tim and welcome at SICK AND SOUND. Let’s introduce ROZU by talking about how the band was put together and what you influences are.
Hey guys thank you for having us! Rozu is made up of myself (Tim Graham) Vocals, David Sundine (guitar), Brian Robertson (drums), and Henry Navarre (bass). We came together back in like 2017 with the idea for this band, David and I had been writing some music together and then later we brought in the other boys. Our influences for this band are Like Moths to Flames, Wage War, Underoath, and The Plot in You.
- What’s the message you wish to spread with your music and what main lyrical themes are important for you to discuss?
For me my lyrical content discusses my low points in life and the challenges I have faced on the day to day. Music is my therapy and helps me get all these feelings off of my chest. Yes, it is going to be a little heavy on the topics I write about, but the underlying message is that of Hope. Even though we all have these different walks of life we all have similar stories and I just want anyone that is going through these things feel that hope that life will get better and you can pull yourself out of that darkness.
- How do you see the soundscape you fit in and what goals do you set to yourself to create something outstanding?
We just want to be something different and push our boundaries to write the best songs we possibly can. Yeah, we are heavy, but we like to add different layers and elements into our music that gives it that unique Rozu sound. Staying true to our heavy roots while mixing things up from time to time is our biggest goal musically.
- Describe your sound in a few adjectives, what are its staples and unique features?
Aggressive, Melodic, and Passionate. I think vocally the passion I put into every single line helps the listener feel that pain or feeling I am discussing and truly feel like that is what makes the music unique.
- UPCOMING ALBUM. What were the most challenging aspects working on your new record?
Honestly, our biggest challenge is just us being 100% satisfied. We have been very snooty with this album and want it to be the absolute best music we can make, and with that comes the struggle of us scrapping at least 2 albums of music to get and create what we have at this moment. Pushing yourself to write the absolute best thing you can is always the challenging part.
- What was different for this album as opposed to your previous materials and how has the sound progressed or changed?
We just wanted to be better than the singles we have been releasing. We love those songs but the debut album is a big one so we really pushed our boundaries to make this something that will stand out above the rest. Adding these different elements and more singing to our music will probably be the biggest progression.
- What’s the general writing and creative process when you sit down and work on new materials?
We really just start with a chorus and getting that idea in the box. Then we really just riff around the chorus and at first just do what comes naturally. We then revisit everything and make our tweaks and changes to make it the best it can possibly be.
- LIVE EXPERIENCE. What are some of the most memorable things you have experienced at a show so far as musicians and fans of music?
As musicians our debut show was one for the books. Being able to pack a room your first show as a band and really having people care this much about what we are doing at that early stage for us was very humbling and lit our fire even more. We all went to the rebirth tour for Underoath together and that was a truly awesome night that inspired us at a greater level.
- FUTURE PLANS. What else do ROZU have in store in 2019? Let’s touch on your upcoming projects and any news you wish to share.
Just wrapping up this album and shooting some videos for our remaining singles. We will most likely just be releasing a single in December then planning to hit the road pretty hard in 2020.
Thank you for your time Tim. We are longing for your debut album to be dropped and keep on supporting ROZU into Europe and US!
Thank you guys so much for having us!
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