About: Rose’s Pawn Shop
It may come as a
surprise to hear the foot-stomping strains of Appalachian bluegrass channeled
through a rock band here in Los Angeles, but heartache, loss and regret have
always been the cornerstones of great music and this city has its share. In a
town better known for porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and
heartfelt as Rose's Pawn Shop, is a pleasant surprise.
Singer-songwriter Paul Givant grew up on the
disparate array of popular musical styles any late 20th century kid did. And in
that mishmash of rock, punk, country, pop, rap, and all the rest, it was
American Folk and Bluegrass music that rooted deepest in Paul, transforming him
and his songs. Having played in various rock bands since early high school, in
2004 Paul decided it was time to take his growing batch of old style/new school
folk songs, and build them into something greater, more ferocious. The songs
were there, volatile, almost flammable, but if they were to attain their
potential greatness, he was going to need help.
As so many fortuned events unfold, it was through a
series of chance meetings, twists of fate, and Craig's List, that Paul met
kindred spirits in Sebastian St. John, Derek O'Brien, Bill Clark, Derek
Swenson, and John Kraus. And in 2005 they began building the music and the band
that would soon be known as Rose's Pawn Shop. This group of young musicians
combined in their collective musical melting pot the old style American sounds
of Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, and Hank Williams, the high energy punk of The
Ramones, and The Pogues, and the melodic songwriting sensibilities of Elliott
Smith and The Beatles. They were creating something musically unique and yet
imbued with a familiarity and accessibility.
The final ingredient was added one fateful day when
Paul's scorned ex-girlfriend/former band mate in an act of revenge stole the
band's instruments and gear and took them down to the local pawn shop.
Priceless. Rose's Pawn Shop was born... The match was lit.
In spring of 2006 after months of playing live and
breaking ground around Los Angeles, the band recorded and released their debut
album "The Arsonist". The album quickly began receiving critical
praise from print and online publications as varied as "About.com",
"The Daily News", "Miles of Music", and "Music
Connection". A month after its release, Rose's Pawn Shop showcased and won
the grand prize in Billboard Magazine and Discmaker's: Independent Music World
Series. And in the summer of that year, the members of Rose's Pawn Shop dared
to quit their day jobs and hit the road, and what had started as a slow and
steady burn, began spreading like wildfire.
They have been touring the United States nearly
non-stop ever since. On any given day you might find Rose's Pawn Shop playing
the Georgia Theatre in Athens, busking the streets of Jackson Square in New
Orleans, opening for Jack White and The Raconteurs at the Henry Fonda Theatre
in Los Angeles, ripping the walls off the club in their month long residency at
the Parkside Lounge in New York City, or hitting the main stage of Floydfest in
Virginia. On any given day they're out there, growing their music, igniting
their passion, and converting an ever increasing congregation of loyal fans.
In early 2010, Rose's Pawn Shop entered the studio
with renowned producer Ethan Allen (Patty Griffin, Better Than Ezra, Counting
Crows, Luscious Jackson, The 88, Gram Rabbit) to record the second album,
"Dancing On the Gallows." In recording the new record, Rose's Pawn
Shop found themselves rising to new level song craft and sound experimentation,
while retaining the same fiery intensity and excitement of their early
material. The highly anticipated album is slated for an early August 2010
What do they sound like, you ask?
With an arsenal of banjos, guitars, mandolin, fiddle,
pedal steel, upright bass, and thundering drums, their sound is a wholesome
mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom's cookin'. It's sincere,
straight-forward and sexy as fuck, effortlessly combining such disparate
musical styles as rock, country, bluegrass, and punk to create an
incomprehensibly smooth and accessible sound for true believers and skeptics
With wisdom beyond their years, they fearlessly
confront traditional country music themes of loss, lamentation, and redemption,
while throwing in some drinking-songs for good measure. Sure, they're borrowing
pages from the books of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and Johnny Cash, but Rose's
Pawn Shop takes those pages, tears them up and sets them on fire with breakneck
speed, bluegrass instrumentation, 3- and 4- part vocal harmonies and lyrics
that'll break your heart.
Whether it's the dreamy snake-charm-thump of
"Lone Rider," the wistful whisky-soaked wisdom of "Down The Line,"
the honky-tonk ruckus of "Funeral Pyre," or the Gypsy-infused
mandolin twang of "Reckoning," Rose's Pawn Shop will hook you. Like
catfish from the creek, they'll reel you in. And they won't let you go.
And you'll be glad they did.
Because something happens when you hear these songs.
No matter how low you've sunk, something in the music finds you. It picks you
up and carries you home.
Paul Givant - Lead Vocals, Guitar & Banjo
John Kraus - Banjo, Electric Guitar &
Tim Weed - Fiddle, Mandolin & Vocals
Stephen Andrews - Upright Bass & Electric
Christian Hogan - Drums & Vocals
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