Exclusive: Q&A with New Jersey female-fronted band Roulette

Photo credit to Kris Night of Night Productions
Photo credit to Kris Night of Night Productions

Roulette is a female-fronted rock band based in New Jersey. With the recent release of its new EP “BrainDead” the band is gaining huge momentum in the unsigned scene.

Eriq: First of all, how has it been like since the release of your debut EP “BrainDead” and how do you guys feel about the reaction of your fans?

Roulette: A lot of doors have opened since the release of BrainDead. When you have an album, it makes it easier for potential fans to connect with the band.

There’s something tangible they can grab and hold. They can see the artwork and get a sense of what they’re about to hear when they listen to the BrainDead EP. The initial reaction to the EP was actually a little bit funny.

We don’t think anyone expected it to come out as good as it did. Fans know to expect a great sounding live show from us. So, we also recorded the BrainDead EP the same way. It’s a live recording from beginning to end.

We wanted the energy of our live shows to come through. Based on reactions of listeners both new and old, we’ve achieved that goal.

Eriq: What are some inspirations for the Ep and some songs like the single “Fact or Fiction” (which absolutely rocks by the way)?

Roulette: The BrainDead EP is our first official release, so the album is made up of the first songs we’ve ever written together as a group. The band started off as group therapy sessions more than anything.

We primarily wrote all the songs out of anger and frustration growing up as millennials. As we kept on writing, we realized we created an overall idea, and the BrainDead EP was created. Most of our songs have a double meaning. For example, “Fact or Fiction” at first appears to be about someone who is being led on, but its really a metaphor about how we feel about our entire generation. If you’d like to know more about songs and their meanings, check out our apologue on our website here: http://www.roulettemusicnj.com/#!braindead-ep/c1yy9 

Eriq: How did the band form?

Roulette: It kind of turned out to be really good timing for everyone. Jess (singer) and Joe (drummer) were in a local band together for a few years that  split up. Around that time, Joe’s little brother Gregory (rhythm guitar) was getting good guitar and wanted to play in a band. Greg’s high school friend, Mike (lead guitar), wanted to start playing with Greg because his past bands had also went their separate ways around that time. Then shortly after Mike and Greg’s high school friend, Anthony (bass) joined the lineup. It took us a little while to figure each other out, but once we did, we realized we were all on the same page. 

Eriq: Which have been some of the favorite shows you guys have played so far?

Roulette:  We recently played a really fun show at our home venue, The Brighton Bar with a band called “Hookers and Blow”. The band consists of members of bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Danzig, Quiet Riot, and WASP. The show was also hosted by That Metal Show’s, Don Jamieson. It was so great to be surrounded by these veterans of rock/metal, and actually getting to talk to them in a small setting was even crazier.

Jersey Shore Festival 2014 was a great time too. We played the Aztec Hotel Pool stage. It was our first time playing the event, so we didn’t know what to expect. As we were playing through our set we noticed we were getting an amazing response. People were coming out of the bar, their rooms, off the boardwalk and stopping to watch us play. There was one guy who walked up to the foot of the stage and started doing the ‘Wayne’s World’ “We’re not worthy!” bow at Jess’s (our singer) feet. A little boy  with his father came up to Mike (lead guitarist) afterward and wanted to take a picture with him. So yeah, that had to be one of our greatest moments as a band.


Eriq: Which are some of your rock n roll idols?

Roulette: We really love Trivium, Megadeth, Halestorm, My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, Metallica, and Periphery. All for various reasons, but these are bands we consistently look to for inspiration. So much so, that you can probably hear any of these bands influence come through in our own music.

Eriq: If you guys can open for any band still currently around, which one will it be?

Roulette: I think we all agree that we would love to open for Halestorm! We share the same attitude and besides…we both have kickass female singers! Hopefully they read this.

Eriq: Are you guys planning to tour outside of New Jersey anytime soon?

Roulette: Yes! We are hoping to play outside of New Jersey and do East Coast stuff for the rest of this winter/spring. If we play our cards right, we’re hoping to get on a national tour for the summer. 

Eriq: What else is in the future for Roulette?

Roulette: We are definitely ready to take that next step and start touring as soon as the perfect opportunity arises. Also, we already started writing our second album which will be a follow up to the BrainDead EP. If our funds are in order, we are hoping to record a full length album this time around.



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