ABSINTHE ROSE is a Boston based Folk band consisting of singer songwriter Kimbo Rose on acoustic guitar and vocals and a core rhythm section of well-seasoned Boston area music veterans. The band mixes different styles of music including Folk, Americana, Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Punk and whatever else they feel like into a original and diverse sound! Regular touring a
nd a tight live performance mixed with a strong DIY ethic and both personal and political subject matter has quickly gained the band notoriety in the underground DIY music scene!
ABSINTHE ROSE is the musical brainchild of singer songwriter Kimbo Rose and was originally formed in 2008 as a solo acoustic project based out of the Medford and Ashland Oregon area. In 2009 Kimbo Rose relocated to Boston MA and self-released her debut CD entitled “Digging Ditches & Escaping Holes” on her newly formed DIY record label she named SCREECH OWL RECORDS. This was a ten-track solo acoustic album of material she had been playing for years in Oregon and recorded in Boston. In the spring of 2010 Kimbo Rose partnered up with Bill on Bass, Josh on Banjo, Nick on Electric Guitar and Rich on Drums and the band as you know it today was born!
ABSINTHE ROSE recorded their debut EP with the full band entitled “Consistency Through Skepticism And Awareness” in the fall of 2010 and began playing out around the Boston area! Soon after the band embarked on their first extensive West Coast US tour in the spring of 2011 and hasn't stopped since. In the winter of 2012 they recorded their full-length album entitled “The More That We Learn, The More We Learn That We’re Wrong” which was released in the spring of 2013! Since then Absinthe Rose have toured the US and played regularly throughout the North East and East Coast!
ABSINTHE ROSE entered the studio in the spring on 2015 and began recording their new full-length album entitled "Black Earth" which was self-released on the bands own label in September of 2015! This record turned out to be their most dynamic and eclectic album to date showing the bands true diversity and Kimbo's full range of lyrical and musical influences! Presently a full US and European Tour is being planned for 2016!
The rest is herstory yet to be written!
Here’s what some of the critics have had to say about the band!
"The latest full-length from this grimy folk-punk band just dropped, bringing back to form a creaky and creepy genre that Boston has quietly made its own over the years. Absinthe Rose keeps the freight train strumming and chugging and adds the extra wallop of Kimbo Rose’s powerful vocals. She muscles through smoky verses with smoldering soul on creeping banjo-tinged ballads throughout the record. Patient listeners will find the momentum building toward the latter half of the record, when the band gradually morphs into a full-on punk powerhouse, plugging in gnarled electric guitars and Rose going into full-on metal howler mode calling for swift revolutions"
BOSTON GLOBE JUNE 2013
“Absinthe Rose starts the record with some quality and straight-forward acoustic/electric folk punk. It wouldn't be unfair to say that AR stick to the roots of Americana folk and go the extra mile by coating their sound with some punk/folk instrumentation. What makes it punk though is the mind-frame behind the whole music, which is totally DIY punk, of course. The band promotes 'DIY awareness and skepticism' with incendiary political lyrics, which many will love and sing to howling at the moon on their drunken or tea-soaked nights. If you like to find your punk somewhere at the outdoors, in an old house in the woods or by the railroad tracks next to empty sticky bottles, this is for you!”
TAKE YOUR SHOT FANZINE
“While some would describe them as folk-punk, they could just as easily be associated with the gothic Americana of O’Death and the Builders and the Butchers. It’s fantastic to be able to add a female-led band to the canon of this sub-genre that’s been bubbling in the indie underground for a decade now. Kimberly Rose delivers her vocals in a style all her own, but certainly influenced by PJ Harvey and Sharon Van Etten. Mixing acoustic and electric tracks, cow-poke folk and punky moan, this EP delivers an all-too-short snapshot of an indie band on the rise”
THE NOISE MARCH 2012
“Female-led band armed with banjo and acoustic guitars backed by a strong and powerful rhythm section, the bass and drums are what catch my attention. The guitar and other string instruments add the texture and nuances that add the color to the music. After a few listens, I was moved and captivated!”
“Absinthe Rose is a fabulous, honest, emotionally raw, feminist-oriented, folk-punk band whose latest album is a breath of fresh air that combines the rustic sounds of banjos and acoustic guitars with angry vocals that make you sit up and pay attention. This album is by far one of the best I've heard so far this year”
THE WESTFIELD VOICE
“With the sort of sound that makes roots music rustic and organic, and with lyrical content on the sort of social, political and personal issues that make punk music raw and rebellious, Absinthe Rose graft the two genres into something wholly listenable and absorbing”