Blake Roses has had a bit of a time of it. From the death of his dad, to helping raise his baby sister, to his fiancé breaking off their engagement - on Oh, Weatherly’s debut, he bares all.
Hey Blake, how’s it going? Excited for the album?
Hey! It's going great. We are very excited for our first full-length album. One of my biggest goals was to put out a full-length, so it's kind of like having an extra Christmas this year.
How long have you been working on ‘Lips Like Oxygen’ for, has it been a long time coming?
There are a couple of songs on the record that I've had in the works for a little over a year now, but most of the material was written about six months before recording. I took that time off work to buckle down and get in my feels.
What was it like teaming up with Jake Bundrick from Mayday Parade?
My experience with Jake was amazing. He's an incredibly talented, humble, and down to earth guy and I don't think this album would be the same without him.
Has he given you much band life advice?
There were a lot of "Dad moments" as Jake would call them where he'd help guide and give his input where it was needed. He definitely helped shed some light on what the music business is like and shared his own personal experiences.
Have you guys had to overcome many challenges during your time in the band?
We have had our fair share of challenges and setbacks within the past couple years that we've been together. Although we've wanted to throw in the towel at times, I think one of this band's most defining qualities is that we are able to push through failure until we see success.
What does being a musician mean to you?
Being a musician to me is having the power to help people with the same life struggles that pushed me into starting a band. I know what the lowest of lows are like and I've been there. Nothing feels more right to me than being able to make a difference in people's lives just by sharing my story.
To what extent do you use music to figure out how you feel about life?
I don't think I use music to figure out how I feel about life necessarily, but rather to express how I feel or felt about my darkest and brightest moments.
You’ve said the album is a tribute to the lessons you’ve learnt, and that you no longer expect anything from anyone but yourself - have you been let down a lot?
This album will definitely show that I have been let down on many cases and I've never quite shared this much personal information. I try not to look at it as being let down anymore, but more or less as a lesson learned. The lesson being, expect nothing from no one but yourself.
How would you describe the album’s vibe?
The album has a more poppy and sometimes punky vibe than our earlier releases, but it still has that good old-fashioned Oh, Weatherly emotional touch.
Has anyone had your lyrics tattooed on them yet?
I haven't actually seen any tattoos yet, but I've seen people saying they are getting them and I think that'd be pretty kewl. (Hint, hint.)
Are there any lyrics on ‘Lips Like Oxygen’ that particularly mean a lot to you?
In the song 'Where Have You Been' I have the most descriptive, personal lyrics I've ever written. Basically, every word in that song makes me feel a certain way and gets me every time. Also, my mom sang with me in it.
What’s on your bucket list for the next few years?
We are hoping that the next couple of years will bring a lot of tours. Speaking of, we were just added to the X-Ray International Touring Roster alongside All Time Low, All American Rejects, Eminem which is crazy. Definitely excited to see what comes from that. We've also been dabbling a bit with a band vlog and some other videos to keep things interesting, but in the meantime, I'll be writing new tunes for the future.
Taken from the August issue of Upset, out now. Oh, Weatherly’s debut album ‘Lips Like Oxygen’ is out 27th July.
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