BIO - The Stoplight Roses are a rock'n'roll band from Atlanta, Georgia. Taking their name from the Nick Lowe song, and with a nod to The Jesus of Cool's vintage style of songwriting, they combine equal measures garage rock, power-pop, and alt.country.
ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM Atlanta band The Stoplight Roses have always strived to be a songwriting space for multiple voices, a mission statement that has often made their sound unclassifiable. With the new album, Baby Blue, they bring three unique writers to the mix: Mike Hodgin, Isaac Bishop, and Xane Peters. Genre on the album might hop from power-pop to alt.country, from cowpunk to garage rock, but there's a definite throughline in the lonesome subject matter, in the classic pop style. The goal is always to make fun rock'n'roll, but Baby Blue also has a dark undercurrent in the noisy jangle & twang of Doomsday Clock, or the funky groove of Kronos, both of which reflect the despair of the current political climate.
After some personnel changes, and spending the last few years building a name for themselves in Atlanta venues like The Earl, Star Bar, and Smith's Olde Bar, The Roses now have a solid lineup of musicians: founder Hodgin on rhythm guitar, Bishop on lead guitar and saxophone, Peters on bass, and Cooper Dozier on drums.
Recorded at Endre Tomaschek's Spinning Whale Studios in Charleston, SC, Baby Blue expands the sound of the band by adding horns and keys, and doubling down on harmonies. Everyone in the band is ultimately just a big fan of all kinds of music, and Baby Blue illustrates these wide-ranging influences by showcasing new styles the band hadn't toyed with before.
All Photos Xane Peters