Track Premiere – Roses & Cigarettes “Bones On The Ground”

Roses & Cigarettes are a duo made up of singer Jenny Pagliaro and guitarist Angela Petrilli who hail from Los Angeles.  They are all set to release their second album ‘Echoes and Silence’ on the 22nd of this month and ‘Bones on the Ground‘ is the first single from the album.   It’s a song that Jenny describes as being “about that person that just won’t get out of your life. No matter how many times you have kicked them out they keep coming back around.”

Bones on the Ground‘ is a full on rocking country song, with a wall of guitars to carry it along.  It’s been a while in the development as Angela Petrilli explains “I had written the opening riff in 2015 before the release of our debut album. It was a really hooky and heavy rock riff that I knew immediately would be an R&C song. It haunted me for years, and I couldn’t find the right launching pad for the song to take off, no matter how long I worked on it. On the day Chris Cornell passed away, I was really upset and Jenny invited me to come over to her place to write because she knew I needed it. That night, I called on Chris to help us finish the song. He did. I always think of him and thank him when we play ‘Bones on The Ground.’

Roses & Cigarettes’ first album was released in 2015, with plans for a big tour which had to be cancelled when Jenny Pagliaro was diagnosed with cancer which has led to a series of tumultuous rounds of treatment.   Speaking of the band name Angela Petrilli  has noted “We get a ton of questions about our band name Roses and Cigarettes. Both Jenny and I are fans of Ray Lamontagne, and his song ‘Roses and Cigarettes’ happens to be Jenny’s favourite song of his. When we were coming up with ideas for our band name, I thought ‘Roses and Cigarettes’ had a good ring to it. I brought the idea to Jenny and it stuck!”.  It’s led to some regular questions she adds “since our formation in 2013, we get asked if we’re smokers (neither of us is) as well as ‘who’s the rose and who’s the cigarette?’ (the answer we always say, is that we are each a little bit of both.) Some people find it strange that we have “cigarettes” in our band name and that one of us (Jenny) is battling cancer. We chose this name for ourselves because those two words encapsulate the softness and edginess of the music we write together, and also pays respect to one of our favourite songwriters (Ray Lamontagne) who inspires us to better our craft and be the best songwriters we can be.

Author: Jonathan Aird

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