Today Morphettes brings you an exclusive Q&A with London indie rock band The Black Roses.
A big thanks to lead singer & guitarist Anthony for taking the time to do the Q&A.
Morphettes: How would you describe your music to people who have yet to hear it?
Anthony: Energetic indie rock, similar to Arctic Monkeys muddled in with QOTSA and a little bit of The Stone Roses.
Morphettes: How did you come up with your band name? Any other names you nearly went with?
Anthony: Pulling words and phrases out of thin air really. There were some dreadful ones before we decided on “The Black Roses” which was the best of a bad bunch… There is a Slaves song called “Black Rose” which kind of in a weird way confirmed we should be called what we are now. To me anyway.
We were nearly called… “Birthday Cake” “The Horrorscopes” “The Heavy Snow”…plus many more that I’ve now forgotten!
Morphettes: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Anthony: Again…Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Strokes, Libertines and The Stone Roses have influenced us all a lot.
Morphettes: First concert you ever attended?
Anthony: The Enemy at Kings College in London I think!?
Morphettes: First album you can remember buying or owning?
Anthony: Possibly 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin’!
Morphettes: If you could be in any other band, or be any other solo artist for the day, who would you choose and why?
Anthony: Still living? The Rolling Stones for sure. The stories you could hear in 24 hours could keep you strapped back in your seat for hours upon end! Or The Beatles, for all of the same reasons!
Morphettes: Favourite song?
Anthony: Currently? I really like the new Alexandra Savior song “Shades”, or something I can always revert back to is any single from The Strokes’ first couple albums. Those songs never fail at a party.
Morphettes: Favourite album?
Anthony: Currently? really liking the new Spring King album! But can I have more than one?
Like a Top 5 in no particular order would be “With Love and Squalor” “Favorite Worst Nightmare” “Is this it” “2001” And The Beatles White Album.
Morphettes: Favourite film?
Tough, tough question. Oceans 11 I’ve watched too many times to remember. So maybe that. Currently? Loved Deadpool more recently. Love most super hero films! Unless it’s the Green Lantern. Awful.
Morphettes: What five people, dead or alive, would you choose to come to your dinner party and why?
Anthony: Will Ferrell (brings the laughs, no more needs to be said), John Lennon (would just be inspiring to be around and learn from), Margot Robbie!(she’s now Harley Quinn, which is cool), John McEnroe, he looks like he could handle his beverages and have a few good anecdotes too. Brings a sporty edge to the table as well. And lastly I’d go for Keith Murray from We Are Scientists as he always comes across as someone who is a great laugh and can handle his drinks!