|Saturday 02 August 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
Rose’s Pawn Shop (cancelled)
Rose’s Pawn Shop is a tornado of Americana, alt-country, rock, folk, Celtic and Appalachian bluegrass. Their sound has been compared to such groups as Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, The Old 97''s, The Pogues, Old Crow Medicine Show, Uncle Tupelo, Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown, NickelCreek, Flogging Molly, and Wilco.
It may come as a surprise to hear the foot-stomping strains of Appalachian bluegrass channelled through a rock band from Los Angeles, but heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great music and LA has its share. In a city better known for porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Rose’s Pawn Shop is a pleasant surprise.
In 2006 the band recorded their debut album “The Arsonist” which received widespread critical acclaim. Since 2006 RPS has toured extensively, electrifying audiences with their high-energy stage show, punk-bluegrass-a-billy attitude and genre-blending, boot-stomping tunes. They have brought their high-energy, crowd-pleasing brand of amped-up Americana to festival, theatre, and club stages throughout the USA. In 2010 the band released their 2nd album “Dancing On the Gallows”, which exhibited a new level of song craft and sound experimentation, while retaining the same fiery intensity and excitement of their early material.
"Rose''s Pawn Shop is as close to authentic bluegrass roots as you can get from an L.A. band. This is a compliment, not a bash... Rose''s Pawn Shop makes a statement with their music. Life is hard and we''re gonna sing about it and get over it. Sometimes its upbeat, sometimes its slow and sorrowful. Regardless, they know their roots and that is remarkably bold" ~ KEXP.org
"You can feel the whole barn rumble on Dancing On The Gallows from Rose''s Pawn Shop, with booming bass drum, in your face fiddle, and runaway-train banjo. An impassioned vocal delivery that recalls a more countrified Jeff Lang and relentlessly driving momentum will, bluegrass fan or not, have the toe of your worn leather boot tapping in no time." ~ No Depression
"Who would have guessed that a group of twenty-somethings would create such a spectacular collection full of bluegrass & Appalachian sounding music. They are originally a rock band, too... This group infuses upright bass, drums, pedal steel, mandolin, fiddle, & banjos in an innovative way that is well beyond their years." ~ About.com
"...the energy and rhythm of the Pogues (if they were a bluegrass band), Charlie Daniels'' fiddle and sensitive vocals that reminded me of Ben Kweller''s recent Changing Horses." ~ CMT.com
"Everything about ''em is just right - the stellar interplay of its banjo/fiddle/mandolin/guitar/upright bass/drums lineup, the pitch-perfect three and four-part vocal harmonies, the dynamic songwriting... Rose''s Pawn Shop have the accessible edge of new school country/bluegrass and the volatility of the best punk bands, all filtered through the combustible instrumentalism of a nonpareil string band." ~ ASCAP