by Brook Gardner-Durbin
Rose Gold is a self-described “Nightmare Pop” group based in Bozeman. “Bruised Fruit,” their second EP, will be released Friday, Nov. 1, at the Lindley Center at 7pm.
While most groups would be floating on cloud nine at the thought of an album release party, Rose Gold hasn’t stopped working for a moment: They’re already releasing teasers of their next project — another EP titled “Daddy” — on their Facebook page and planning tours.
“Our number one priority [right now] is getting recognized out-of-state,” said Birdie Bowie, the group’s 19-year-old lead singer. Rose Gold plans on touring during spring break of this next year to support this goal; a re-treading of their successful northwestern US tour last summer.
The group met Jason Walton (the bassist for the Metal group Agalloch) while in Portland on tour, and it turned out to be a valuable connection. Jason helped the group mix and master both EPs and produced the upcoming “Daddy.” Additionally, he helped the group go well beyond their goals of being recognized outside of Montana, as they will be touring across Europe next summer. “The plan is to go to Boise, Portland, Olympia, Seattle … we can sell a bunch of merch [merchandise] and get plane tickets,” said Birdie.
The other members of Rose Gold are senior Paul Bennett (drums) and sophomore Jeffery Strock (guitar). The two met in Music Technology classes at MSU, although Jeffery plans to switch to the film program. Jeffery and Birdie have known each other for four years and have performed together in other bands, including a precursor to Rose Gold called Exquisite Corpses.
“We’ve all sacrificed a lot,” said Birdie. “[The band] is not just a hobby anymore. If they’re [Jeffery and Paul] not in school and I’m not at work we’re either in the studio or sleeping. I know we can’t be doing this when we’re eighty, but we’ll take it as far as we can.”
The band has experienced some difficulties due to Birdie’s young age. At only nineteen, it has been hard for the band to find good venues to play because many bars are afraid to let someone underage in the door, even if they are only there as the entertainment. Additionally, her age has made it hard for some people to take the band seriously.
Not everyone has held the band back, however. “Bozeman has been super gracious,” stated Birdie. “A few places have even given us free passes [to other musician’s shows], because they know I’m not there to drink.”
By leading the way for other alternative artists, Rose Gold hopes to create a more diverse music scene in Bozeman. The songs from their “Bruised Fruit” EP are available on the band’s website, www.rosegoldband.bandcamp.com, and the songs from their next EP, “Daddy,” will be available on Nov. 14. The band can also be found on Facebook.