ROZU (Japanese for Rose) is a post-hardcore 4-piece from Denver, Colorado consisting of longtime artists Tim Graham on vocals, David Sundine on guitar, Brian Robertson on drums, and Henry Navarre on bass. With a hard-hitting debut EP on the horizon, ROZU aims to take both local and national music scenes by storm.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Tim: All we have going on right now is finalizing our album. Besides that, we are booking some tours for early 2020 and gearing up to release a new single in December.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Tim: We have been together since like 2017, that’s when the behind the scenes work really began and the early writing stages. We announced the band to the public in May 2018.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Tim: I think the motivation for all of us is that this is just what we want to do. Music really is all the outlet for all of us and really is kind of therapeutic. Our motivation is to just share our music and passion with as many people as we possibly can.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Tim: My music background really started professionally 6 years ago. I started being a tour manager and fell in love with the touring aspect and how much you get to see in this world. From there I ended up filling in vocals for the band I was on tour with then just kept going with it, taking lessons and getting as good as I possibly could at my craft.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Tim: I think our true image is the image of hope. Our music is heavy, but I take it upon myself to write very passionate lyrics about the everyday struggles of my life and all of my low points, within those reflections I write about the positive message behind these events to tell people things do get better.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Tim: Right now, our goal is to finish this album and really start doing the backend work to make sure we can keep ourselves on the road for a while.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Tim: It’s for sure a mix of both, like almost 50/50. I love creating new songs, but writing is also very draining mentality and physically. I tend to get really anxious when writing and kind of in a low mood due to the lyrical content, but it is so exciting to play in front of people who actually give a shit about your art. It’s kind of a reward for dealing with the stress of writing.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Tim: Our lyrical theme is finding light in the dark. I touched on it a little earlier, but I primarily write about my past experiences and low points along with current ones. At the end of the day, I write about this stuff as a sign of relief to be able to reflect that days do get better with the right outlook.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Tim: For me, it is just about having a good team around you that both get the vision and are as passionate about the vision as I am.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Tim: I think the craziest night I’ve ever had on tour was when I was managing. We were leaving Alabama trying to beat a tornado warning and pretty much drove right near it. We tried to pull into a Walmart to seek shelter and literally this whole town’s power went out and the storm warning sirens came on and for some reason, we just kept going. When we finally made it to Nashville, we were just all emotionally drained from how stressful that 5-hour drive was.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Tim: Besides the occasional guy wanting you to sing his nipple I had a girl ask for my towel I used on stage to wipe the sweat off my face. That was a very interesting request for a nasty wet towel.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Tim: Absolutely, all our families and friends are as supportive and passionate about what we are doing. Being touring musicians is a crazy thing at first to the fam but having their support is the ultimate feeling.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Tim: Take your time and make sure you have a lot of content and a plan before even thinking about playing a show. Patience is the key.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Tim: My favorite tracks to play live is for sure Anchor and Faceless. Both those songs are just non-stop energy and just so much fun to play.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Tim: Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath. I saw that band for the first time when I was in high school and the sheer raw passion of their set and how crazy he is on stage inspired me and keeps inspiring me to this day to continue down this road.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Tim: Underoath headlining, followed by The Plot In You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Thousand Below, and us. That tour would be the absolute craziest tour to go out on.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Tim: Just staying on this grind after all these years. This band is the greatest accomplishment and we feel we will truly go the distance with it.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Tim: I would absolutely still be working within the industry but most likely as a manager. I love developing bands and really help with branding and marketing. I love getting excited about someone else’s vision and helping that come to life.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Tim: We use Sennheiser mics, Jericho Guitars, Kemper heads, and DW Drums.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Tim: I think it is a beautiful time in the scene. The artists have so much more power and with bands like us starting out and building our foundation it is incredible to have all these tools at our fingertips.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Tim: Everyone is normally pretty shocked when they find out David only has one ear, that’s always fun. Myself personally the only other thing I like to do as much as music is playing golf and is a huge part of who I am.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Tim: We truly just want to thank everyone that has taken this wild ride with us and for all of your support. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do some of the cool shit we have done and are planning to do so Thank You All.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Tim: Thanks for having us on guys!
Tim Graham Vocals
David Sundine Guitar
Henry Navarre Bass
Brian Robertson Drums