Olympia rock band Oh, Rose are set to release their debut full-length, entitled “While My Father Sleeps,” on August 23 via Park the Van. Filled with personal stories of familial complexity, struggle and love, it draws its deepest strengths from front-person Olivia Rose and serves as an ode to her mother, who passed away in January 2017.
“‘While My Father Sleeps’ is the title of the book my mother wrote throughout her life,” Rose says. “It involved her relationship with my grandfather, the way she could communicate with him through the poetry of Carl Sandburg and the writings of Truman Capote. Her storytelling always inspired me to tell my own through music. The album title and artwork serves as a bookend, the songs written between two moments. The front cover shows my mother reading to my brother and me outside the North Asheville library in the summer of 1995, the back is her headstone.”
She continues: “Though I didn’t write these songs in a state of grief, I came to know this album while I was grieving. When my mother died, I learned a new language, the language of death. At the same time, I was continuing to build strength and love within my community; my story isn’t uncommon. I hope my music finds a home with those who speak these same languages.”
Formed in 2014, the band developed a sizable following through persistent local performances within their hometown’s music scene. They released their debut EP, “That Do Now See,” that same year and followed that up with a mini album called “Seven” in 2015. As with their previous releases, “While My Father Sleeps” was recorded and mixed by band member Kevin Christopher in Olympia. The record was truly a collaborative experience with member writing their own instrumental parts with Rose tying it all together through her songwriting and gift for melody.
They recently released the first glimpse of the upcoming record with a new video. Directed and edited by the band, the clip for “25, Alive” finds them indulging in some bowling and performing at Westside Lanes in Olympia. The more serious tone of the lyrics seems at odds with this environment until you consider that devastation and hurt are often best explored within the confines of a comfortable and safe space. The guitars are dark and emphatically distorted, while Rose’s mesmerizing voice guides these sounds into a beautiful wash of knotty rhythms and agile melodies. The video then transitions to a rocky coast with the band walking alongside the surging waves, an apt visual accompaniment to the turmoil expressed within the song.
Check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below the video.
6/13 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club *
6/14 – Montreal, QC – Le National *
6/15 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club *
6/17 – Detroit, MI – El Club *
6/18 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
6/19 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line *
6/21 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar *
6/22 – Denver, CO – Gothic *
6/23 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban *
6/25 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre *
6/26 – Seattle, WA – Neptune *
6/27 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
6/28 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore *
* = w/ Yeasayer