One of the threads that bind us here in Twangville is love for a soaring vocal, screaming guitar, driving rhythm, rock and roll song. Not the over-produced kind you get in some arena show, but one that has roots in a dimly lit bar in Memphis or Austin or Muscle Shoals. My latest find along those lines is LA-based duo Roses And Cigarettes and their new record Echoes And Silence. Compromised of singer Jenny Pagliaro and guitarist Angela Petrilli, the band excels in straight ahead rock.
Fast As I Can exemplifies that with its inspiration in Jenny’s fight with breast cancer. The title track and Back To You both follow that style. Bones On the Ground injects a little more soul in the vocals and stomp in the drums to give it a little southern rock feel. Bye Bye Blackbird slows things down, and Petrilli’s guitar sears through a lo-fi intro.
There’s also some variety on the record. Love Song features piano and violin and vocals that somehow do warmth and angst at the same time in a tune where the title turns out to be ironic. Whispers In the Wind is an acoustic number with a sweet, subtle choir in the background. Stranded is a slower duet with Marc Broussard pitching in with Jenny on vocals.
Sadly, Pagliari’s cancer leaves the future of Roses And Cigarettes uncertain. However, to paraphrase the band themselves in Fast As I Can, you can “live life as fast as you can” and hear the record now. If you like some occasional, or more frequent, rock that leaves you looking for 11 on the amp, go listen to Echoes And Silence.
About the author: I've actually driven from Tehatchapee to Tonopah. And I've seen Dallas from a DC-9 at night.