Formed from the members of long-lost alt-rockers Marlowe, the distinctive vocal and dry lyricism of frontman Simon Bradshaw is set against an altogether more grandiose backdrop.
Departing from the very British post-grunge sound of their previous group, Roja venture far across the ocean to the endless horizons and desert landscapes of Ennio Morricone and Mariachi El Bronx. Soaked in the spirit of Spaghetti Western soundtracks and the more recent homages of one Quentin Tarantino, triumphant brass, sweeping strings and flamenco acoustic guitars form the richly evocative tapestry of their magnum opus, Promises I Should Have Kept.
Following their recent appearance as finalists on the BBC TV show, “UK’s Best Part-Time Band” (where they were mentored by New Order/Joy Division legend Peter Hook) plus radio support from BBC Introducing, Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe and the Late Junction, Roja are back with a brand new new single – “The Evil Stands High (2017)”. With more new material to follow later this year, plus gigs with longstanding luminaries Half Man Half Biscuit, the next 12 months promise to be a busy time for Liverpool’s “masters of mariachi”. Look out for their 2014 debut album “Promises I Should Have Kept” – now available on Spotify – plus tonnes of other exclusive material to be released via their website and social media this year!
Members/Instruments: Simon Bradshaw (Guitar/Vocals), Chris Doherty (Brass), Rachel Brewster (Strings), Aron McGhee (Drums), Claire Swift (Keys/Cello), Edwin Pink (Bass)