In the last ten years, Kim Rose has fronted several rock bands, graced the stages of the legendary CBGB’s and The Elbow Room, recorded at Quad Studios and the (now-defunct) Hit Factory, gone to countless auditions and rehearsals, and endured a shelved album. It was then that she decided to take matters into her own hands, and, thus the notion of releasing a full-length album was conceived at the beginning of 2007. Recruiting some of the most talented musicians she had met during her years of playing the local scene (including multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barone, who co-wrote nearly half the album, drummer Anthony DeVizio and bassist Nate Stevens), she enlisted the guitarist from her former band, audio engineer Joe Muller, and her cousin, Scott Rettig, to helm the recording, mixing and mastering of the album.
Throughout the two-and-a-half years that led to the album’s completion, Kim and her core production crew endured job changes, moves, a marriage, the birth of a baby, three surgeries and the passing of several loved ones. And those were just the distractions overlooking the issues within the project itself! Overwhelmed by the number of life-altering changes, there were many times when the group was on the verge of calling it quits. However, as the adage goes, “Everything happens for a reason.”
Ushering out an era filled with tragic world events that were compounded by decadent living, celebrity obsession and overproduced music, Kim set out to construct a diverse collection of punchy rock songs that encompassed honest lyrics and cathartic choruses to help fill the void of real-life accessible music. Influenced by classic and ’90s rock, the dark-sounding debut album from Kim Rose, Year of Severed Ties, is lyrically centered around the courage it takes to keep pushing forward (“Change to Learn”), human relations (“Unjust,” “Reason Behind You”) and introspection (“Final Resolution”). The album’s songs are multidimensional snapshots of the last ten years of Kim’s life living in New York City, paying homage to her musical and personal struggles especially during the last few years.
“Music, great friends and laughter have always been key for me getting through the difficult times. I’m aware that the album discusses some pretty heavy stuff, but some of the lyrics are definitely tongue-in-cheek. Ironically, I have never laughed as much as I did during these past couple of years and I think that’s evident in the positive spin I try to put in each song. Most importantly, it’s coming from a very grateful place, extending tribute to specific events and people that helped shape my perspectives, inspiring me to finish what I started while reaffirming why writing music is the most therapeutic thing for me,” says Kim.
Year of Severed Ties, which some may argue is long overdue (see explanation above, ha ha), is an album that wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for the roads that led to it. Kim says with a smile, “Had it not been for the years of failed musical endeavors and the weird curveballs life tends to throw you, I would have never had access to the recording facilities, equipment, skill sets, talented musicians or the inspiration that this multifaceted project required.”
It is Kim’s humble hope that a line or a song or two helps you find some solace or helps reaffirm what you’re fighting for in this crazy world.