While Kate Ramsey, frontwoman of Rose Haze, was at home visiting family in the midwest she felt called to work on a new tune while going through waves of nostalgia and deep reflection. She asked guitarist Ruben Gonzales to send her a few riffs, bass line, and drum beat. In her childhood bedroom, she wrote lyrics and synth parts around Gonzales’ parts and arranged a demo, which in its primitive form was much more ethereal and light. When introduced to the rest of the band and taken to the stage, the track naturally morphed into a darker and heavier track falling somewhere between dream pop and doom.
Bassist Yoko Miyakawa’s undeniable sense of pulse brings a grooving yet sludgy undertone that locks in with drummer Dustin Coker’s deep kick and snare combo creating a sonic structure very reminiscent of the Cocteau Twins. “Slow Decay” is very much a shoegaze wall of sound cloaked in analog synth swells and sweeps, which is exactly what Gonzales and Ramsey do best over a rock solid rhythm section. The lyrics tell a story of the cycle of life and death from the lens of Ramsey contemplating whether she would ever have children and the future of humanity as a species. It’s a song of hope despite fears of the slow decay of our planet.
Rose Haze Bio:
Rose Haze is the musical project of Kate Ramsey, a mercurial songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a penchant for analog synths. Ramsey emits an ethereal feminine prowess and powerful panache. Her unabashedly vulnerable vocals explore the depths of the human experience and float alongside her moody, psychedelic, sonic expressions.
Based in Oakland, CA, Ramsey is supported by an enigmatic band described as “otherworldly in a spaced out way” (Glide), “saturated with lush synth pads” (Petal Motel), and “dramatic, majestic rock” (The Stranger). In 2022 Rose Haze performed at 4 major festivals, released 2 LPs, toured multiple times, opened up for national acts, and appeared in over 20 press articles. To kick off 2023, Rose Haze headlined a show at Noise Pop festival.
Current lineup: Kate Ramsey (vocals, synths, and guitar), Ruben Gonzales (guitar), Yoko Miyakawa (bass and electric violin), and Dustin Coker (drums).
Kate Ramsey is a well-traveled songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who expresses the oddities, woes, and euphorias of the human experience through her music. She paints unique arrangements of spacey vocals, synths, pianos, guitars, and harp onto moody sonic canvases. Kate collaborated with esteemed musicians Stan Smith and Lisa Bella Donna to record and perform Rose Haze’s first two albums which embody a dark and driving vulnerable sensibility. Currently, she writes, records, and produces alongside lead guitarist Ruben Gonzales with just as much angst and a little less anguish. Idiosyncratic, honest, and unabashedly vulnerable, her presence both online and on stage is hers and hers alone.
San Francisco Bay Area native Ruben Gonzales plays a huge role in the sonic structure of Rose Haze since his inception in 2019. Gonzales is a multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, engineer, and producer. Over the course of his musical career, he has weaved in and out of post-punk, shoegaze, and noise scenes. He favors improvisation and heavy-laden effects between energetic chaos and mellow ambient textures.
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