ABSINTHE ROSE is a politically charged lyrical and personal songwriter that grounds herself in the depths of punk while keeping the roots of folk and blues withpersonal experiences.
Growing up in the punk scenes at the early age bouncing from San Fransisco, Medford, and Las Vegas to Boston. Playing in punk bands until she started Absinthe Rose in 2008 as a means to express her inner strengths and struggles with a traditional folk feel that blends country, folk, blues and punk. The first song Absinthe Rose created was "Justin's Song" That was a tribute to her brother serving time and through letters they both developed a political awareness and resistance to the prison system. When Kimbo Rose played this for the first time live she knew she wanted to explore more songs that held a motivational expression to political action. Kimbo Rose grew up in Medford, Oregon listening to Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie Johnny Cash and Bessie Smith. After relocated to Boston to continue Absinthe Rose. The first thing she did was start a DIY but NEVER alone label “ Screech Owl Records” that allowed her to self-release her own music while maintaining allies in the music community and working along side labels like FISTOLO RECORDS, CURVE OF THE EARTH AND RIOT SKA RECORDS From the UK. Kimbo first release was “Diggin Ditches and Escaping Holes” in 2009, She added local musicians to Absinthe Rose’s sound and released “ “Consistency In Skepticism And Awareness” A split with local band HUMANWINE in 2011. “The More That We Learn, The More We Learn That We Are Wrong” released in 2013. Also releasing Ep’s along the way- “Make It Rain” “ Ancestor’s Rise” The newest record entitled “Black Earth” was released in 2015. These records symbolized the unique sound and lyrical content of a working woman’s folk, blues and punk style cultivating different communities of music influenced by her upbringing. While touring the United States and Canada through these releases. Kimbo Rose has also toured each year as a solo acoustic act under Absinthe Rose. Having a childhood of abuse, poverty and struggle has taught her to express the real side of America. With a troubled past she has fought for social Justice and corruption. Developing a unique sound found under full moons and mason jars full of hope and healing that links her to her roots of punk, country and folk. Kimbo Rose has dedicated her life to promoting Healing through her art and experiences. With hopes to change the world with compassion and artistic expression.
"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”