The Black Roses Q&A

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.

The Black Roses
The Black Roses

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!

INHEAVEN – All There Is

Today’s Song Of The Day is All There Is by INHEAVEN.

South London quartet INHEAVEN are back with another great song that you just have to sing along to in All There Is.

This is a band who can not stop writing songs fit for stadium anthems! I’m sure if they purposely tried to write a bad song it would turn out great!


And the good news is INHEAVEN are going out on a big UK headline tour starting September and running through October.

Pre-sale tickets are available from 9am today. Click here to purchase.

Support for the tour comes from the excellent Pale Waves.

I’ll be there when they kick the tour off in Birmingham and you can see the full dates below…

September 14th – The Rainbow – Birmingham
September 15th – Moles – Bath
September 17th – Patterns – Brighton
September 21st – Think Tank – Newcastle
September 22nd – The Venue – Derby
September 23rd – The Bullingdon – Oxford
September 24th – Underground Festival – Gloucester
September 29th – The Bodega – Nottingham
September 30th – Studio 2 – Liverpool
October 1st – Southsea Festival – Portsmouth
October 5th – Clwb Ifor Bach – Cardiff
October 6th – The Underground – Plymouth
October 7th – Purple Turtle – Reading
October 8th – Neighbourhood Festival – Manchester
October 12th – O2 ABC 2 – Glasgow
October 13th – Adelphi – Hull
October 14th – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds
October 15th – Sound & Vision – Norwich
October 19th – The Boileroom – Guildford
October 20th – Boston Music Room – London
October 21st – The Cookie – Leicester
October 22nd – Ku – Stockton On Tees


FEWS & Yonaka Live

Time to catch up on a couple of gigs from last week.

Last Wednesday I went to see FEWS play at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath and then on the Friday I saw Yonaka play at The Sugarmill in Stoke.

This was my second time seeing FEWS and they really are a great live band. They sound just as good live as they do on record which is always the sign of a good band. And on record they have made one of the best debut albums of 2016 in MEANS.

The gig was in the smaller of the two rooms at Hare & Hounds and once again the room was partitioned off by a curtain to make it even smaller. Sadly numbers wise it wasn’t a great crowd turnout again but I’m sure those who were there would have enjoyed the set just as much as me.


The band told me on social media afterwards that they didn’t feel it was one their better performances but I personally had no complaints. It’s already got me licking my lips for the next time I see them live which I’m hoping may be in Manchester in October.

The guys still have a number of UK gigs lined up, see here for the full list.

One of the highlights of the night for me was getting to chat with David about the brilliance of former Swedish international footballer Tomas Brolin. As they have a song titled Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) I’ve requested one named after Brolin. I think he deserves it after helping Sweden to third place in the 1994 world cup!

You can see FEWS perform Ill below and also see them play new song La Guardia on my YouTube page.

Set list –

100 Goosebumps
If Things Go On Like This
The Queen
10 Things
Keep On Telling Myself
La Guardia
Drinking Games
The Zoo

And talking of great live bands…


Friday was my fourth time seeing Yonaka and once again they were supporting Black Peaks as they were when I saw them at The Asylum in Birmingham last Saturday.

I don’t really have much to add to what I said about them here when I wrote about The Asylum gig. I would just be repeating myself telling you how great they are.


I will add that Yonaka have become my favourite band not named Manic Street Preachers. No one will ever take the Manics title away as they’ve been my favourite band since 1991 but Yonaka are right underneath them. And that’s not because they bought me a beer before the gig on Friday! Honest. It’s the whole package, the great songs and the great people. It’s nice to have them as friends.

This was my first ever gig in Stoke, so hence my first ever visit to The Sugarmill and it’s a pretty cool venue. It also has a pub right next door to it but neither Yonaka or myself could work out whether it was part of the venue or two separate entities. Either way the pub had some nice beers on tap.

The Sugarmill
The Sugarmill

I’m actually not sure whether I should announce this but Yonaka have plans for a UK headline tour in November, so unless something comes up before then that I can get to I’ve got a little wait before seeing them again.

If I’m not supposed to have announced that then please pretend you didn’t read it!


You can see Yonaka performing Blue below and also see them play Drongo (I seem to keep filming Drongo for some reason) on my YouTube page.

Set list –

A Meaning

Palm Honey – Bones

Today’s Song Of The day is Bones by Palm Honey.

Bones is a cracking new indie pop/rock song by Reading’s Palm Honey.

Out of all the songs I’ve heard from them so far this is probably my favourite and shows why they are a band on the rise.

Palm Honey
Palm Honey

I saw the guys live back in January at The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham and they were very good. If you’d like to see them play then they currently have the following two gigs listed on their Facebook page…

September 10th – Always The Sun 2016 – Guildford
September 22nd – The Old Blue Last – London

Also be sure to check out the Q&A the band did for Morphettes earlier this year here.


Jenn Champion – No One

Today’s Song Of The Day is No One by Jenn Champion.

One of my favourite albums of 2014 was Cool Choices by S, the project of Jenn Ghetto as she was known then. Now she is back and slightly reinvented going under the name Jenn Champion with her band.

No One is a little more electronic in sound than the songs on Cool Choices but it still has a nice touch of melancholia about it and I really like it.

Jenn Champion
Jenn Champion

The No One E.P. is released on August 5th and you can pre-order it here on Jenn’s BandCamp page.

The E.P. is available digitally only and it comes with 6 remixes done by various Pacific Northwest producers.


Doe – Sincere

Today’s Song Of The Day is Sincere by Doe.

Some indie punk pop today from London’s Doe with Sincere, a catchy song that will definitely get your head nodding.

The band release their debut album ‘Some Things last Longer Than You’ on September 9th.


I had hoped to see Doe live at the start of the month at the Soup Kitchen in Manchester when they supported Martha but I was unable to get up north.

I’m now hoping I can get over to Nottingham on August 6th when they will be playing on a free lineup headlined by The Tuts at Rough Trade.

See upcoming live dates below.

August 6th – Rough Trade – Nottingham
August 12th – DIY Space For London – London
August 13th – Wharf Chambers – Leeds
August 14th – VegBar – London
August 20th – The Lexington – London
November 27th – The Lexington – London


Wy – In Bloom

Today’s Song of The Day is In Bloom by Wy.

Some dreamy melancholia today in the form of In Bloom by Swedish duo Wy.


Wy are Ebba and Michael and whilst I don’t know much about them I have read that they are currently working on a debut E.P.

Given how lush In Bloom is I’m already looking forward to hearing the E.P. once it’s completed.


Globelamp – Borderline

Today’s Song Of The Day is Borderline by Globelamp.

It’s Throwback Thursday and today we go back to 1984. Well, kind of…

1984 was year Madonna released Borderline as a single but this version by Globelamp, or to give her her real name Elizabeth Le Fey, was uploaded to SoundCloud around five months ago.

Whilst I would never claim to be a fan of Madonna I do like her mid 80’s songs as I heard them a lot at the time in my early teenage years. And yeah, I’m pretty sure I had a crush on her in the Like A Virgin video lol.


Borderline is actually my favourite Madonna song though so when I saw Elizabeth had done a cover of it I was naturally intrigued being a Globelamp fan.

And I don’t know if it’s because maybe the original is so dated now but I do actually prefer this version of the song. Probably because I love Elizabeth’s voice so much. It has quite a unique sound to it.

Once you have finished listening to this be sure to check out Elizabeth’s album The Orange Glow which you can purchase in various formats here.


Kamikaze Girls – Stitches

Today’s Song Of The Day is Stitches by Kamikaze Girls.

A nice bit of punk/riot grrrl today from Kamikaze Girls in the form of Stitches.

Stitches is taken from the bands debut E.P titled Sad which is released on September 2nd and is available to pre-order here.

Kamikaze Girls
Kamikaze Girls

Kamikaze Girls consists of vocalist and guitarist Lucinda Livingstone and drummer Conor Dawson. You can catch the duo live on the following dates…

July 24th – Neighbourhood 2016 at Picture House Social – Sheffield
August 12th – Green Door Store – Brighton
August 18th – Hangar – Dublin *
August 19th – The Stormy Tea Cup – Limerick *
August 26th – The Hope & Ruin – Brighton +
August 27th – Manchfest at The Star & Garter – Manchester
August 28th – The Cricketers – Kingston +
August 29th – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham +
September 23rd – DIY Space For London – London
September 24th – The Key Club – Leeds
October 1st – Southsea Fest – Portsmouth

* – With Apartments
+ – With The Winter Passing