All this week, Behind the Setlist is previewing Volume, a music festival in Spokane, Washington that features 100 artists in 10 different venues across two days. Our Spokane team will be on the ground May 31 and June 1. Until then? We are listening to as many artists as we can, previewing those who turn our ears.
Pro Tip: Check out the official Volume Spotify playlist for a taste of every band.
Oh, Rose @ The Pin on May 31
Like the best experimental music, Oh, Rose is an enigma you can’t trust. Whatever genre you want them to be, they will find a way to betray you. And that’s the fun. Fresh off a record deal with Park the Van, the Olympia, Washington-based quartet are swinging by Spokane to launch their summer tour. The Across the American Continent Tour is exactly how it sounds, 20 dates across the U.S., many of them opening for Yeasayer. It’s an impressive feat for any indie band, these days, but it’s also encouraging to see more doors opening for experimental indie rock.
Behind the Setlist recently chatted with band members Olivia and Sarah over email, who gave their answers from the van. This conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
Can you give me a brief rundown on the band’s history?
Born in a bed in North Asheville, NC. Formed in various basements and living rooms around Olympia, Washington. Solidified on the road during countless U.S. tours in the past five years.
The sounds of Oh, Rose are so eclectic and diverse, often changing within the same song. It takes away the predictability, which is great. Can you share any insight into what the band’s songwriting process looks like?
Voice memos and improv.
What’s your favorite song to play live right now? Why?
“Flu.” Never get sick of it
What goes into the making of a great setlist?
A lot of anxiety. Hate to sound cheesy but honestly, like, feeding off of the energy of a space and the line-up. It’s pretty different every night depending on where we’re playing. That changes just about every night. A quiet moment in a bathroom with a pen. The same thing that goes into making a good mix CD — whose it for? Where are you when you make it? Timing. It’s reliant on flow and so always completely able to be altered.
If a Spokanite stumbles across Oh, Rose at Volume, what kind of show will they see?
Hard to say. Four Roses on ice? Ever heard of the band KISS?
Any plans for a new LP?
Our next album is coming out at the end of summer via Park the Van records.