“We write to battle our own demons. We perform to inspire others.”
Allison Teague Purifoy – Vocals
John Purifoy – Guitar
Blake Becton – Guitar
Mitch Harris – Bass
Justin “Caveman” Hester – Drums/Percussion
The head man himself at SRO Magazine, Johnny Falcon, is in the truest sense of the word a music-lover. All genre’s, nothing is off limits to him. He has a great ear, and when he likes something, and tells me to have a listen, I do. He knows my taste also, and he was excited by a contact he made through Facebook. Late in the day, ready to give in to my heavy eyelids, I checked his link to a band called Roses Unread, clever and catchy moniker by the way. Frankly, I was floored.
We contacted Roses Unread and asked if we could do a piece on them, they graciously said yes, and I hope to follow this up with an in-depth interview soon. Based out of Memphis, Tennessee Roses Unread was formed in 2007 and has 3 full length albums in their resume. Additionally, they are not signed with a record label yet! This is where I think the line to bang on their door needs to begin. Talk about a band on the edge of breaking through…!
Booming, hypnotic and immediately attention grabbing, it was a wonderful and badass surprise to hear the opening strains sung by a power house red-head in a little package! Give me a heavy metal line with a hard rocking woman on the mic any day. Allison Teague Purifoy finds similarity between herself and Italian heavy metal lead, Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil. If you are not familiar with this name, pull your head out of you’re a–! There is something to be said about a woman with power enough to lead a metal band, and when you listen to Roses Unread, you will know this is one of those special finds. At the risk of dating myself, for my money the best female voices in rock have always belonged to Ann and Nancy Wilson. Bringing myself more current, Amy Lee is one of my absolute favorites. Now looking forward, it really seems to me that Allison Purifoy has the chops to go far.
John Purifoy and Blake Becton pair up on guitar and positively tore the top of my head off! There is so much talent in these two, it again blows me away that I get to report on them as a yet unsigned band. The opening to Dislocate will immediately show you what I mean. As Purifoy shared with me, “I love writing and playing music that inspires people. I’m also a music gear nerd”. Well I’ve never met a nerd that rocked like him, but okay! When I asked Blake Becton to share something about himself, this is what he said, “I started out as a drummer and began playing guitar as a hobby. In the time it took to find a stable band, I became more of a songwriter, which led to me getting the guitar spot in Roses Unread and to my contributions to the song writing on the new album.”
The drums are tight and hypnotic, as “Caveman” rips them up! I hope to learn more about Justin Hester and bassist, Mitch Harris soon. This band is one that I want to cover in-depth and hope to be able to announce when they hit the national scene. I hear in Harris’ playing something that reminds me of Flea; his playing is pure and driving.
Roses Unread has just released their latest album, which contains twelve tracks. I am hard pressed to find a favorite. Currently I’m leaning toward Interlude, it is slower and haunting, and if you want to call it a rock ballad I suppose you could, though it is edgier than that. I just love it. Burn Out is hard core and well done, very polished. Without a Name is hard rock guitar at its best. The Intro has a wonderful display of everyone’s talents. I am going to include the video for Blind Lead the Blind, and if you are anything like me, you’ll be singing this to yourself long after it is over.
Be sure to check out Roses Unread at https://www.facebook.com/rosesunreadband and the official website, http://www.rosesunread.net/. Well this is my introduction of Roses Unread, stay tuned friends, and it is nowhere but up for them!
Love and hugs <3