High Fives with … Rozu

With their debut EP waiting eagerly to be released, we chat to Colorado four-piece Rozu. 

Rozu, which is Japanese for rose, is a post-hardcore 4-piece from Denver, Colorado consisting of longtime artists Tim Graham on vocals, David Sundine on guitar, Brian Robertson on drums, and Henry Navarre on bass.

With a hard-hitting debut EP on the horizon Rozu aim to take both local and national music scenes by storm. With full intention to tour constantly and consistently in support of their debut effort expected to release the latter half of 2018, Rozu is the next band to keep your eyes on, as their penchant for all things driving, melodic, and heavy make them a standout you won’t want to miss.

All sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? We wanted to get to know the band a bit more so we sat down and chatted to vocalist Tim Graham about all things music.

How did you get into music in the first place?
I think we were all just kind of born with the music itch. DJ went to a classical jazz guitar school, Henry has always been a super sad music guy, Brian has been in bands and musicals for a long time, and I (Tim) sang in the choir at a young age and just always wanted to be a vocalist.

If you had to describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be? 
Aggressive, Melodic, and Meaningful

When on tour, what’s the ONE thing you always need to have with you? 
Hands down a toothbrush, if I wake up and can’t brush my teeth in those first 10 minutes I feel like a complete trash bag.

What was your favorite ever on-stage moment? 
Easily my favorite moment ever was playing our hometown show and my friend Dominika held up this slice of pizza and I straight up stopped mid line and took a fat ass bite of it. I almost threw up immediately but worth it. In all honesty though being up on that stage for however long we get on that night is my favorite moment ever, being able to share that feeling with my best friends is a huge blessing.

How would you describe your songwriting process? Do you have any rituals? 
You know other than warmups I normally don’t have any rituals except sheer anxiety. Our songwriting process is just working with an idea we have that day and really just go to town with it and create whatever comes from it. We love to write and come back to our ideas and really dissect every little detail.

What would your dream festival line-up be, including yourselves playing? 
Oh shit, well this is going to be a long ass list if it’s a festival. Underoath, Every Time I Die, Thousand Below, Noble, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin (with Cove), Chiodos, Oceans Ate Alaska, and Plot in You to name just a few.

What has been your biggest challenge as musicians? 
Just not wearing yourself out too soon and keeping that vibe there. We have all been in previous projects that we as individuals just grew out of and I think truly finding the right group of people to take this leap with is the most challenging task. I’m glad we all found each other for this project.

Stories from the road – what’s what funniest thing that ever happened to you on tour?
Basically, any and every moment I and super bored and hangry I get super obnoxious and that always turns into a good time.

What was the first album you ever owned? 
The first album I ever bought for myself was Tool’s Aenima. Tool was one of my dad’s favorite bands when I was growing up and when I bought that before him I felt like a real bad ass.