Rozu (Japanese for Rose) is a post-hardcore 4-piece from Denver, Colorado consisting of longtime artists Tim Graham on vocals, David Sundine on guitar, Brian Robertson on drums, and Henry Navarre on bass. With a hard-hitting debut EP on the horizon ROZU aims to take both local and national music scenes by storm. With full intention to tour constantly and consistently in support of their debut effort expected to release the latter half of 2018, ROZU is the next band to keep your eyes on, as their penchant for all things driving, melodic, and heavy make them a standout you won’t want to miss.
How would you describe your music?
The best way to describe our music so far is melodic metalcore. Expect in your face vocals with more melodic choruses. That’s just from this first single but we are truly a post hardcore band with the stuff we are currently writing, as if Underoath, Saosin, and The Word Alive all had a baby we would be that baby.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
The band is very fresh and new having just released our debut single. We all came together last January with previous projects falling off. The band consists of myself (Tim Graham-Vocals), DJ Sundine – Guitar, Henry Navarre – Bass, and Brian Robertson – Drums. DJ and I had this idea for a project and came up with this name and vision for what we wanted to do then we started looking for our other members and to be completely honest if Henry and Brian weren’t as stoked and committed to the idea of this as we were Rozu probably would have never been a thing. We all have so much experience on the stage having all played in many bands around our home town of Denver and we just wanted to all have something to take very seriously and focus solely on touring as much as possible.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Our influences are spread all across the board from Taking Back Sunday to Oceans Ate Alaska. For our future endeavours we want to really hone in on the music that all got us into the genre being that 2004-2008 post hardcore style. Still to this day we draw influence from like Chiodos, Underoath, The Used, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, and the list goes on and on. When it comes to musical heroes Underoath and Taking Back Sunday are just two amazing groups that have defined the genres in their own unique ways that all keep that special place within us and have made us who we are today.
What inspires you?
This sounds lame but we inspire each other. It’s so weird how we came together and just being in the same room as one another and having such a strong bond and connection at such an early time in this project it is truly inspiring to get shit done and music written. It’s incredible the power of positive energy has and is so nice to have everyone as excited and driven for this to work the way we want it to work.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
We currently are in the studio writing and I think that is our preferred route. We have all this technology at our disposal so we take full advantage at writing the best songs we possibly can and we literally have so much material right now that is ready to go that it is almost silly. We are about to drop so much content to keep our fans interested and as excited as we are for the next piece of this puzzle we are creating.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We haven’t performed quite yet but I’m pretty positive this song called ‘Let You Go’ that we literally just finished in the studio will be the banger and favourite song to play live.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Oh man the dream team tour would be Underoath, Oceans Ate Alaska, Thousand Below, and us opening because those bands are killing it and with the exception of Underoath good friends of ours so I can only imagine all the stories from that one.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
I think it is changing a lot everyday and it is exciting. Everyone is streaming and the industry is not too happy about it but it opens the doors for a lot more opportunities and forces bands to tour more and in smarter ways. Anyone can do this without a label now having Spotify being the norm and it leaves so much room to disperse moneys to other avenues when you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on distribution deals.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
My first tour ever with my old band I lost my shorts in the van and I was so hungry tired and completely losing my mind. There was a video somewhere on the internet of me singing this fucking jingle about me losing my damn shorts (that were in my bunk) and it makes me cry from laughing every time I see it. A lot of my funnier times come from me losing my mind being extremely hungry and sleep deprived.
What are your future plans?
We just wrapped up 4 songs that we are planning what to do with and will be releasing another single come August but, for right now we are just getting these songs dialled in and show ready to work on some tour dates coming later this fall. If you haven’t yet heard of us please check out our debut single ‘Dissolve’ below.
Thank you guys for having us and Thank you to all our fans! We can’t wait to see more of you!!!!