Though it’s virtually impossible to classify the thoroughly unique entity that is The Roosevelts, guitarist Jason Kloess certainly tells part of the story. As one half of the electric duo along with singer James Mason, the two brothers in song – not blood, though maybe beards – have been playing together for years and cultivating a sound that’s a little bluesy, a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Sure, there’s some mandolin in there. But most importantly, it’s just heartfelt, genuine music that belongs to them alone, not any genre.
On the The Roosevelts‘ new single “Runaround,” released Sept. 25, the duo has crafted a quintessential break-up song that doesn’t suffer from sentimentality, but instead shows a strong “coming of age” realization that while break-ups are difficult, sometimes they are the key to moving on and finding the path we are destined for. The Roosevelts give us a heartfelt and upbeat alternative to the often sappy break-up tune, with a great groove, powerful voices, and of course, a few mandolin licks that gives them their signature sound and makes them stand out from the crowd.” – No Country For New Nashville
We recently sat down with Kloess and Mason to ask them a few questions:
Lesley Daunt: How many pieces are in your performing band?
Jason Kloess: We are a 4 piece band with guitars, bass, mandolin and a drummer.
LD: What are you guys most excited about on this tour and what do you think it will be like playing with Bronze Radio Return?
James Mason: They are our friends and we’ve been talking about touring together for a while now. It’s always great to be associated with a band of the caliber. It’s a good fit musically and we love the music they are putting out. We’ve played most of these cities as a duo, so going back with a full band will amp up our fanbase and really giving them something to look forward to.
LD: What can your audience expect from your show?
JK: A full-band, high energy, 40-45 min., packed with music. Some acoustic heartbreak songs. It’s like a rollercoaster ride. We will also be playing some tunes from our full-length album coming out in spring of next year.
LD: You guys just released your single “Runaround,” and just mentioned a new album.
JK: We are working with Dwyatt Baker from The Wind and The Wave, who also worked on our previous EP.
LD: What do you guys jam out to in the van/bus on the way to gigs?
JM: A broad spectrum of music Hip-Hop, Rhianna, sometimes old-school Salt-N-Peppa. Whoever is driving is the DJ. This morning we were listening to Beyonce’s Love On Top. We also listen for research. Bands we want to play with or admire. Bands that are in our same wheelhouse.
LD: What tradition do you guys have before you go out and play a show?
JK: Try gather up and get pumped, but it’s usually like herding cats. Where’s Waldo. Where’s my guitar, did we lose our drummer today?
JM: But then we scramble to our positions the lights come up and it comes together.
For their fans, the healing comes in the music – cathartic, joyful, full of life and light. It’s unique, it’s The Roosevelts, it’s rock – with some mandolin. EP Cold Sheets now available on ITunes.