Wild Rose Harmonic was a project started between two composition students Trent Prall (piano, guitar, vox) and Max Perkins (piano, drums). After adding Neal Cragg on bass, the band began to record their first EP. The band took the shape of a pop trio. Soon the band added guitarist, Tyler Phelps to the roster forever changing the sound of the band. His clear pop punk influences came out in his excellent song and part writing. The next addition came from violinist Monica Nigon. Her ability to improvise catchy soaring melodies began to give the band a sense of identity. After a couple months of playing house shows in the Madison the band added Nikki Mihelic on cello. Make sure to listen to her rhythmically driven power chords in the verse on "So What You're Sorry." WIth Monica leaving to study abroad in Ireland Jen Stenson was able to step up and fill the absence.
After a year of playing together the band partnered up with Jared Norton and Norton Studios in Cottage Grove, WI to record their six song debut EP, Nostalgia. This project is a culmination of song and part writing from everyone in the band. The first song "Alive" is one of our most recent compositions. This title track offers Wild Rose Harmonic's signature style - heavy guitar, violin and cello melodies, and backbeat heavy drums. The next track, "So What You're Sorry" is a song we have been playing since the beginning and written primarily by Trent. The intro piano line is the basis for the entire song. "Places I Can Be" is a song written by Tyler and showcases his great ability to create multiple melodies from one idea in his spectacular solo and, not to mention, his flawless chops. The middle track in the EP, "Absent," takes everything down a bit... well, a lot. The piece was written and performed by Max. The solo piano and voice accompanied by strings in the chorus is the perfect break from loud and fast - which this EP is full of. "Permanent," written by Tyler, is perfect for satisfying your appetite of 'love gone bad' songs. Plus, this song is sung by Tyler himself! Finally, "Hard Earned Youth" is a great way to end the album with it's optimistic message. The song's lyrics say it best, "Tonight I'm free, I live my life for me!"
We hope you enjoy the listen, and please feel free to connect with us on Facebook to stay tuned in with what is next for us!
released 15 September 2013
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