Shoegaze and noise rock have experienced a renaissance in the past couple of years, two decades since their mid-90s heyday. Flag bearing bands like Slowdive, Ride, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and Lush are reuniting after calling it quits in the late 90s. But rather than simply cashing in on nostalgia, many of these acts are thriving, releasing spectacular new music in this stage of their careers. Infused with new blood like DIIV and Beach Fossils, the genre is currently sitting in a good spot. However, the UK and New York City are in danger of losing their monopoly on the signature sound as new artists are emerging, bringing with them a unique take on the “wall of sound” formula. Silver Rose, based out of Los Angeles and Mexico city, is one of those bands.
Silver Rose is the brainchild of Carla M. Sariñana, the bassist of Mexico City rock band Ruido Rosa. Formed while Sariñana was living in Los Angeles in 2015, this project is markedly different from the straight up rock she has normally produced, and she says that is kind of the point. Sariñana explains that Silver Rose is not only a way for her to play shoegaze and dream pop, both of which she loves, but also to challenge herself and her songwriting abilities.
Another way she challenged herself with the project was by writing lyrics in English. While she traditionally writes in Spanish, Sariñana says these English-language songs allowed her to hear that her voice worked well in English as well as Spanish. Being bilingual, and pushing her boundaries by expanding the language of the lyrics, has afforded her the choice of which to sing and allowed language to be dictated by the flow and feel of the music. To date, the fruit of the project has been a self titled six song EP, half of which is in English and half in Spanish, which the band released in 2016.
Sariñana has crafted a mix of shoegaze elements that takes the precise balance and structure of Slowdive, combines it with the upbeat pop sensibilities of Lush, and tops it off with sweet, gentle vocals similar to Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star. It is this unique combination of styles that allows Silver Rose to occupy a singular space in the shoegaze genre. But the final ingredient is the fact that the band was founded and is partially based in Los Angeles. Sariñana says that the “sounds” of LA, including the vibes, people, and music histories of the city inspired her and are ingrained in each of the tracks.
As for future plans, the group has tour dates for rest of the year, including a slot at Ruido Fest in Chicago. There is also plans to record new material, which the group is hopeful to release in 2018.