Even in an era where so many songwriters are regularly asking questions about the state of the world at large, that loosely defined term, indie music, will always have a special place for the inner workings of the heart. Whether it’s fleeting glances shared across empty dance floors, lust that verges on criminal obsession or just finding, “the one”, and falling in love, Houston quartet Rose Ette have got you covered! The band, led by singer/guitarist Teresa Vicinanza, recently released their excellent debut album, Ignore The Feeling, one the year’s finest slices of dreamy indie-pop to date.
Rose Ette are a band who are unafraid to wear either their hearts or their influences on their sleeves; from the easy-jangle omnipresent on C-86, to the love-lorn doo-wop goes indie-pop of Camera Obscure and the fabulous fuzz of Speedy Ortiz or Sleater Kinney. Perhaps they never sound better on the melancholy wonder of the title track, Ignore The Feeling; a mélange of cooed vocals and slow-moving guitar lines, as the band sing of the pull of another, “your orbit swells and grows, not something that I can just undo”, before the whole thing fades to black on a gorgeously bombastic guitar solo. A brief and perfect introduction to the band, Ignore The Feeling is a record that seems to instantly slide into pride of place in your record collection, timeless pop which throws back to the past, while offering more than enough reasons to be very excited about wherever Rose Ette go next.
FTR: For those who don’t know who are Rose Ette?
Rose Ette is Teresa Vicinanza, Jessica Baldauf and Daniela Hernandez. We’re an indie pop band from Houston, Texas. We love cats, jamming, and most of all each other.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
Daniela – I remember it was with Peach Kelli Pop and locals Giant Kitty. It was my first time really playing lead guitar for a whole set, so I was a little nervous, but had a ton of fun. People told me afterward that I need to turn up my volume.
Jessica – I remember our practices leading up to the show being very inspiring and full of laughter. The show was definitely busy and many of our buddies were there. I was stoked to let people know what we were working on in our dingy practice space. As I left the stage that night, I knew we were doing something special.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
Teresa – I think music can inspire other avenues of creativity. Often when I write a song there is poetry, writing, and images that accompany it. Writing music is the most natural way for me to release an emotion or idea and then other forms of art often emerge from that.
Daniela – I actually was in art school when I began playing music in bands, and was mainly focused on photography and installation work at the time. I find playing music in a band really rewarding, when you can collaborate with your friends make something you’re proud of and perform it live.
Jessica – Though I deeply love making music, I don’t think it’s something that comes naturally to me. Part of my process is the challenge of finding out how to take what it’s in my head and make it work on an instrument. The struggle and satisfaction of solving that problem, is very rewarding. Additionally, being in a band offers the ability to explore a lot of other mediums, such as collage, video, photography, etc. For me, that means if I hit a wall then I can look to another medium for inspiration.
FTR: What can people expect from the Rose Ette live show?
Jessica- Y’all can expect a fun, energetic vibe. I’moften bouncing around while looking at Teresa or Dani since I’m not singing. I’ve also been known to do a sizable hop at least once per set.
FTR: What’s next for Rose Ette?
We just finished working on our first music video and will hopefully have a new EP out next year! Can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve been working on. 🙂
They Listen To…
Wire – Live At Rockpalast 1979
Teresa: I remember when I first saw this video I fell in love w the sound of Wire and how they were executing “pop” songs. I love how it still feels so fresh, even watching it today.
Siouxie & The Banshees – Spellbound
Teresa: I love the guitar tones and the way the guitar is played in this song.
Broadcast – Come On Let’s Go
Dani: I love the eeriness about this song, and how they’re coupled with the abstract visuals and effects in the video.
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Dani: This song sounds like the end credits for a coming of age teen movie, and the video is really nostalgic and fun.
Cibo Matto – Sugar Water
Jessica: I used to watch MTV patiently for hours just to see this video and it was worth it every time. I’ve always be moved by the slow, electronic groove and haunting vocal hook in this song.
Ignore The Feeling is out now via Miss Champagne Records. Click HERE for more information on Rose Ette