Rosechild is the hottest rock group you’ve never heard of

by Emily Wells

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We chatted with their guitarist and singer Haile Meirow about the group's new EP
I met Rosechild's frontwoman, Haile Meirow, in a 1975 GMC motorhome trailer, where she was having a jam session with a friend. I immediately noticed that her devastating coolness also came with a sweet warmth, a combination that carries into  songwriting with her band, the L.A.-based rock combo, Rosechild.

The group's new EP, "The Thrill of Being Lost," is loaded with similar dichotomies: chaos and tranquility, hypnosis and attention, communion and loneliness. They even previewed the sensitive, intimate tracks at a grungy East Hollywood strip club. With their ability to entertain unexpected multitudes, it's easy to imagine that their big break is right around the corner.

We chatted with Haile about the dynamics of the band and what they've got cooking next.

How did Rosechild form? How did you discover you were musically compatible?

A few years back I walked into a room to find Josh Martinez sitting in front of a computer and some speakers. I showed him some music I had been making on my own and he did the same for me. When I first moved to LA I lived in Koreatown and we would always meet on my rooftop and jam with our acoustic guitars. Everywhere we went we had our acoustics with us. We both knew that eventually we'd expand the project and find a band, it was just a matter of time. Rosechild has gone through many changes and taken years to be what it is now. It's all about the right fit and the connection you don't want to lose once you've found it.

How long have you been playing together, and how would you describe your style?

At the end of the day I think it's safe to say we are rock. Although every bit of us gets a chance to express something in a song that is off the beaten path. There are so many different styles of music that provoke a change of emotions and that's when our influences come into play. In what we write I think it's important to have ups and downs in the songs. There is nothing to believe if it's perfect.

What would you be doing if you hadn’t found each other?

I would probably be galloping on a horse in a pasture far away, being a total recluse. Floating in the ocean. Waiting for the rain to come and churning my own butter. I know I'd still be playing music, I couldn't tell you with who, but I'd still be looking for these guys to play with.

Tell us about your EP release at Cheetahs. Do you have a favorite song to perform?

Cheetahs was such a blast! When I got the idea to do it at a bikini bar-strip club I was a bit hesitant to bring the idea up to the guys. Seeing bands play around LA can often be boring. I wanted a venue that had attitude and desire. A place that felt like a colorful dream, where you could walk in and have the visuals surround you the whole night. The best part of the night was when some friends told me they had no idea they were walking in to see us play at a strip club.

Right now my favorite song to perform is Swear to God. It's got a really mellow, sultry beginning until the end where all the tension and pressure really kicks in. You can see it build and play out in everyone on stage. I think as a band we all find a sense of freedom in it.

What kind of pickles do you enjoy?

Kosher Butter Dill!

What’s up next for Rosechild?

I get so many visuals when writing music. I try to write down as many visions aside from just the lyrics to the song. Currently working on turning all of that into self directed music videos and short films. Our writing style has evolved since the recording of our latest EP. We tried to capture a live, raw sound on 'The Thrill of Being Lost' and now we're going to approach things in a different way this time. We're going to pull out those hidden layers and dig deep. We are so eager to get started on the next record. Nothing but writing is going on right now.

 

Download "The Thrill of Being Lost" EP on Rosechild's Bandcamp.

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