Misty Roses

Misty Roses


21st Century Sonic Glamour! M. Roses is all about the lush, dramatic, strange, mostly non-rock pop music of the past 40 years. Dusty, Morricone, Bacharach & Gainsbourg, etc., filtered thru the stranger threads of exotica, film scores, bossa nova, glam, post-punk, dub and trip-hop.


Monster Zero is the new mini-LP by transatlantic duo Misty Roses (London-based DJ/multi-instrumentalist Jonny Perl and native New Yorker/singer Robert Conroy). The group was born of the pair’s mutual obsession with “glamorous easy listening,” and their debut LP Komodo Dragons (released by Frog Man Jake in the US and Paul Haig’s Rhythm of Life label in the EU) drew from the stranger threads of pop music - exotica, film scores, bossa nova, glam-rock, post-punk and trip hop. The album received critical acclaim and radio airplay on both sides of the Atlantic, and the duo toured America with San Serac in late 2004, performed at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and supported Patrick Wolf’s highly successful UK/Ireland tour the following June, 2005.

Directly after this tour, Misty Roses began to work in earnest on new material. As with their first release, these latest sessions have been produced, engineered and mixed by Stephen Wright (onetime member of Mute Drivers and The Passions/sound engineer for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars and Wire). This new collection shows the group allowing its signature mix of cinematic avant-pop to evolve and mutate into bold, weird and darkly beautiful new shapes. The title track mixes menacing metallic textures and sci-fi sound effects with languid grooves as the band pays homage to the impossibly chic 1960s Japanese film starlet Kumi Mizuno. “Innsmouth Jewelry” is a haunting, sprawling elegy to the memory of Coil’s John Balance, featuring guest vocals by Andrea Vaughn (of NYC cult heroes My Favorite). The CD also includes a radical remake/remodel of Bjork’s “New World” (a highlight of live performances); remixes by Achim Treu (Der Plan, Dauerfisch), San Serac, Goldfish and M. Gregor Filip; and a guest appearance from Little Annie (Crass, On-U Sound crew, COIL, Wolfgang Press, Antony).

Misty Roses recently toured the Northeastern US in support of Monster Zero, playing with the likes of Marnie Stern, BARR, San Serac, Soundpool and Spanish Dancer. They likewise performed live on WFMU. Further US and EU dates are forthcoming. Robert has recently lent his vocals and lyrics to a number of highly acclaimed collaborations, including the title track of Ursula 1000’s latest album Here Comes Tomorrow, San Serac's Professional LP and several songs with Narcotic Syntax for renegade German techno label Perlon. The second Misty Roses LP will be released in late 2007.


Komodo Dragons - (Frogman Jake/ROL 2004)
Monster Zero - (Frogman Jake/ROL 2006)