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Tesla Rossa

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | INDIE

Nashville, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Rock Alternative





Tesla Rossa might not be a household name yet, but the Nashville trio has us hooked with their gritty southern rock sound, which reminds us a little of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but with more power and passion behind every riff and lyric sung.

The band's new single, "Vacation," is adventurous, raw, and ready to simmer in speakers for those who gravitate toward rock music you can feel to the bone.

"Vacation" is the first single from our new album, but it was actually conceived a few years back inside a tiny sheet-metal rehearsal space in the ghetto of East Nashville," Jason Denton says. "The song was born out of an awkward, angular guitar riff that me and our drummer Nathan were jamming on late at night. At the time, I was in a tiff with an ex girlfriendduring the song's intro, our guitar player Ryan is mimicking a voicemail she left me. In the end, I think the song retains its gritty, energetic center but channels an era when rock was a bit more professional." - Baeble

"Tesla Rossa Announce Debut LP, Premiere “Vacation” Single"

It’s been a minute since we’ve brought you news about Nashville rockers Tesla Rossa, and, while the trio have been keeping busy this year, including the occasional local performance, we now have a big ol’ update on what they’ve been up to and what they have in store. Not only have the group inked a deal with a new management company, but they’ve announced that their long-awaited full-length debut, Tesla Rossa, will finally arrive on Nov. 11. To celebrate, the band have premiered the first single from the eponymous release, “Vacation,” which, you may recall, received a promotional release as a 7″ last summer.

Listen to the single version of “Vacation” below, and keep an eye out for upcoming local show announcements in the near future. - No Country For New Nashville

"PREMIERE: Tesla Rossa — "Movie Houses""

Tesla Rossa are gearing up to release their self-titled debut album next month, and today we're excited to premiere its latest offering, "Movie Houses." Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys), this song showcases the alt-rockers' knack for slow-burning balladry and solidifies their comparisons to the likes of Brand New and Manchester Orchestra. Stream the track above.

"'Movie Houses' was written during a time in our lives when we were trying to go off the map from a social standpoint," vocalist Jason Denton explains. "Get out of the Nashville party scene and really get to work. The band all moved into a house together in East Nashville, and started writing and demoing music every night—getting more experimental.

"The same way I tend to lean on an "amp-cranked-to-10, sparkle-crunchy rip-your-face-off” guitar tone, [our lead guitarist] Ryan is the exact opposite. 'Movie Houses' was originally loud when I wrote it. Very loud. A booming, monstrous kind of thing. But after touring on it a bit, we started to discover the dynamic of what was happening between us on stage. It morphed into a song where Ryan gets to have his really soft, dark string-plucking moments, I get to have my loud moments, and [our drummer] Nathan somehow segues the two moods with an hypnotic beat. Then we threw in a sort of PB & Jam into the middle of it all.

"We cut this track live to two-inch tape with Vance Powell, who’s worked with Jack White, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. At his studio, we put these these newly discovered dynamics into action. The strings on the track were actually the very last thing we overdubbed for the record."

Look out for Tesla Rossa's self-titled debut on November 11. - Pure Volume


Wishes 7" Vinyl - "Wishes" + "Heavy Love Pt. 2"
Vacation 7" Vinyl - "Vacation" + "Bottle It Up"
Ralston Digital Single - "Ralston" + "Ten Dollar Dog"

Tesla Rossa, "Tesla Rossa" set to release November 11, 2014



"Like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but with more power and passion behind every riff and lyric sung. … Adventurous, raw and ready to simmer in speakers for those who gravitate toward rock music you can feel to the bone.” - Baeble Music

"Music with lasting potential … a blending of diversity and clarity that avoids genre classification but emphasizes quality.” - Lockeland Springsteen

“Slow-burning balladry that solidifies comparisons to Brand New and Manchester Orchestra.” - PureVolume

"We are backing Tesla Rossa with a 110% guarantee.” - Vitalic Noise

"Rowdy" - BMI

"Get ready for an indie rock explosion!" - Lightning 100 (Nashville)

"A smash hit!" - 102.9 The Buzz (Nashville)

More than anything else, Tesla Rossa is an organism that has evolved rapidly and constantly through touring, writing, and common living over the past five years. Having played festivals such as Starry Nights, Nashville’s Road to Bonnaroo and CMJ Festival in NYC, they are poised to bring their tightly-composed rock and pop rarities to a larger audience.

Members Jason Denton, Ryan Tullock and Nathan Wahlman met through a polygon of romantic mishaps that would have tested even the best of friendships. Oddly enough, the group gravitated toward one another and before long were writing, recording, and playing wild shows at houses and venues alike. Young and full of fire, they threw themselves into the college party and house show circuit, spreading the good times and igniting many a late-night dance party. As they grew in life experience and musical maturity, however, it was time to see their work in serious light. They enlisted the help of engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The Dead Weather) to narrow down their numerous demos into a cohesive record and bring it to life. They cut the chosen tracks live in Powell’s studio and brought on Kyle Dreaden, now producer of the band, to mix. After years of heavy touring and writing, Tesla Rossa is finally celebrating their first full-length release.

The record itself spans a wide variety of styles from dicey blues-rock strut to expansive arena melodies. While some of Tesla Rossa’s songs reside squarely in the sparse, fuzzed-out modality of acts like the Black Keys, others sweep into a grand pop sensibility more akin to fellow Nashvillians Kings of Leon. In their most recent work, powerful groove-based drum parts and earworm melodies stand at the forefront.

Perhaps the key to the band’s dynamic is their diversity of taste. “We all have very different listening preferences,” Jason points out. Ryan is a string composer and self-proclaimed pop music fan. Nathan is interested in jazz. Jason has always been steadfast in his love of Rock and Roll. When it all comes together, Tesla Rossa delivers scuzzy rock jams and grand breakup anthems in the same breath, and always with an equal measure of power and finesse.

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