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The Arsonist

by Rose's Pawn Shop

Rose’s Pawn Shop effortlessly combine banjo, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel, rockabilly bass, thundering drums and vocal harmonies with rock, country, bluegrass, Americana, roots and punk music.
Genre: Rock: Rockabilly
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Arsonist
3:36 $0.99
2. Funeral Pyre
3:58 $0.99
3. Deep Red Clay
3:15 $0.99
4. One Man Show
4:14 $0.99
5. Lone Rider
4:12 $0.99
6. Long Way to Fall
4:02 $0.99
7. Reckoning
4:21 $0.99
8. My Old Valentine
3:09 $0.99
9. Down the Line
5:03 $0.99
10. Blood Running Rivers
4:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
It may come as a surprise to hear the foot-stomping sounds of Appalachian bluegrass channeled through a rock band of 20-somethings from Los Angeles, but heartache, loss and regret have always been the cornerstones of great music and this city has its share. In a town better known for porn stars and face lifts, anything as authentic and heartfelt as Rose’s Pawn Shop is a pleasant surprise.

With an arsenal of banjos, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, pedal steel, upright bass and thundering drums their sound is a wholesome mishmash of creek mud, rusty nails and your mom’s cookin’. It’s sincere, straight-forward and sexy as fuck, effortlessly combining such disparate musical styles as rock, country, bluegrass and punk to create an incomprehensibly smooth and accessible sound for true believers and skeptics alike.

With wisdom beyond their years, the boys fearlessly confront traditional country music themes of loss, lamentation and redemption, while throwing in some drinking songs for good measure. Sure, they’re borrowing pages from the books of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, and Johnny Cash, but Rose’s Pawn Shop takes those pages, tears them up and sets them on fire with breakneck speed, bluegrass instrumentation, three- and four-part vocal harmonies and lyrics that’ll break your heart.

Whether it’s the hard-hitting snake-charm-thump of “Lone Rider,” the wistful whisky-soaked wisdom of “Down the Line,” the honky-tonk ruckus of “Funeral Pyre” or the Gypsy-infused mandolin twang of “Reckoning,” the boys will hook you. Like catfish from the creek, they’ll reel you in, and they won’t let you go.

And you’ll be glad they did.

Because something happens when you hear these songs. No matter how low you’ve sunk, something in the music finds you. It picks you up and carries you home.




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Steve Werner

Rose's Pawn Shop's brilliant new CD, The Arsonist kicks down the door on what is
Rose's Pawn Shop's brilliant new CD, The Arsonist kicks down the door on what is called country music around here. Deftly and soulfully blurring elements of bluegrass, punk, folk, alt-country, pop music and even a taste of Klezmer, RPS lays down a sound as original as it is familiar.

I first heard the song "Deep Red Clay" a couple of years ago played live, and thought it was some traditional rural standard that had somehow escaped me. When I learned it was written by Paul Givant I knew I had stumbled upon a quite formidable new American songwriter. His lyrics and melodies have the timeless crackle of the ages. Don't however relegate them to the stagnant backwaters of the bib-overall old-timey crowd because this album RAWKS.

Givant's vocals have a sweetness and sincerity that resonates even in the fastest numbers. It 's more in the neighborhood of Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) than to anyone in the country field which is one more thing that sets this band apart. There's no bullshit here. It's more downtown than rural route. For all the steel guitars and banjos, there's no phony alt-country hee-haw, just the pure voice of a real man singing from the heart. Whether you're surrounded by cornfields, or concrete, that's country, my friend.

Fiddler/Mandolinist Sebastian St. John is just a monster. He is some kind of mutant wunderkind drastically upping the ante on fiddle playing. If Vassar Clements and Eddie Van Halen had a kid he would be Sebastian St. John. Make no mistake that this is a giant talent at work here.

The sound of RPS is cohesive, tight and the arrangements well thought-out, taking the listener on a dynamic roller coaster ride. The wicked fast drum beats and balls-out playing of barnburners like "the Arsonist" and "Lone Rider" contrast nicely to slower numbers like "One man Show" and the absolutely beautiful "Reckoning". It's an album filled with ghostly steel guitars, slapping bass, ringing banjos and wild fiddling. It is also chock filled with some of the most gorgeous harmony singing since the Eagles. Harmony singing is what separates great bands from good ones. RPS will get your arm hairs up and leave 'em up.

Pay close attention to these guys. In the age where most country music is horrible watered down corporate pop crap we need Rose's Pawn Shop and we need them bad. The door they are kicking down needs kicking down. I've said it before, these boys might just might be the guys who save country music.