ROSENUK - London
Imagine Rage Against the Machine on steroids and speed, fast forward to the future, and you’ve got Rosen – a cyberpunk band fusing rock, nu metal, hip-hop, and electronic music to create the perfect storm. The melting pot of the London metropolis brought the members Frisco (drums), Matt Ress (guitar), Kam Ikaze (bass), Cole Sław (keys), and Frhetoric (vocals) together from Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Iran. The name Rosen is taken from Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”, which is set in a dystopian world where manufactured androids have become virtually indistinguishable from humans. This bleak vision is manifested by provocative lyrics peppered with social commentary and served on a platter of genre-bending sounds that reflects the band’s diverse musical backgrounds. The cyberpunk genre depicts society as “High Tech Low Life”, so naturally, that is the title of Rosen’s debut single that touches on the narcissism of social media. Their second single “Riot” addresses the current trend of censorship, ignorance, and lack of purpose while mocking Millennials who turn to pointless riots in a desperate cry for attention.