Camera Trouble is the lush first full-length record from L.A. band Roses. Across 10 brooding songs, the drum-machined trio makes something fresh using familiar pop sounds from decades past. The reference points – from The Cure and Cocteau Twins to Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins and what feels like a million little things in between- are never hidden or obscured. And the record is stronger because of it.
Roses is three California boys: Juan, Victor, and Marc. They’ve been making reverbed dream
pop together since 2013, when Juan Velasquez, a founding member of late-aughts punk band
Abe Vigoda, met Marc Steinberg at a gay bar in Silverlake. They bonded over cool old music,
started jamming, and something clicked. Once Juan hit up Victor Herrera, a longtime friend
from the L.A. scuzzy rock underground, Roses became a living, breathing thing. The trio put out
a four-song EP in 2014, and played shows with DIIV, Dum Dum Dum Girls, and Wild Nothing. But it’s on Camera Trouble, out this fall on Group Tightener, where these three really come into their own. They’ve gained confidence, both as individual adult humans and as a songwriting unit, and the payoff is dazzling.