Upon listening to the sun-soaked sound of SILVER ROSE, it is nearly impossible to ignore the rose-tinted homage that the delectable brand of rock pays to decades gone by. The music is the passionate love affair of songwriter and musician Carla Sariñana, who – over the past decade – has been writing songs and playing bass in her band Ruido Rosa, before turning her sights on Los Angeles.
“I just wanted to make my own songs and start a shoegaze or psychedelic band,” says Sariñana. “I wanted to stop depending on other people and be able to finish a song by myself and listen to it and feel the things I’ve felt with other records and songs I love. I wanted to make songs I loved listening to over and over again.”
That sentiment is palpable in Silver Rose’s debut self-titled EP, which was released earlier this year. Across six tracks, Sariñana delivers hazy and vulnerable rock, infused with nostalgic tones, her guitar work evoking thoughts of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Mazzy Star. “[I didn’t] really know I was [channelling past eras], I just knew I wanted it to sound big and nostalgic. I made a conscious decision in focusing on melodies and certain different vocal and guitar effects that are influenced by bands of past eras, so it will obviously sound a little bit like that.” She finds the 70s irresistible due to the sheer creativity of the decade and the influence it had on those that followed. “Musically and fashion wise it’s my favourite.”
Her band, Ruido Rosa – which began in 2005 – created songs that were heaver, yet still maintain a classic rock influence. “In a way, its much easier [to write as a band] because we all talk about the song and give ideas. Sometimes when you are alone writing you become your worst enemy” Sariñana confesses. “In Ruido Rosa, Ale (Alejandra Moreno, the lead singer), generally writes the whole lyrics to the song and we discuss the topics, but in the end it’s her words. [In Silver Rose] I talk about certain feelings of my own and in my own words. It has been a bit therapeutic and liberating, especially musically; I tend to put more attention to that than the lyrics.”
On the Silver Rose EP, Sariñana crafted songs in both Spanish and English, though she states that this surprisingly was not a difficulty for her. “I guess it’s more about the sound to me; if there is consistency there you´ll have no problem. To me, it was easier to write in English and Spanish than in just one language, some songs sounded to me more in one language than the others. It really came naturally, so I decided to go with it.”
Clearly inspired to be creating material solely for herself, Sariñana has barely stopped writing since, and plans to play more shows as Silver Rose in the near future, but before she went back to the drawing board, she told us about the albums that have had the most influence on her sound.
Silver Rose’s self-titled EP is available to buy now.