Provo-based rockers Roseburg have entered the alt scene with grace, humility and a whole lot of speed. With their songs offering a little bit of everything, their style gives leeway to what they can excel in in the future.
While serving as missionaries, lead singer Zach Knell met drummer Keith Lambson and Samuel Sheppard in Roseburg, Oregon, and thus, the band was born. The trio worked on most of their first EP, Heaven Vs. Hollywood, as soon as they returned from their mission trip.
“It sorta just fell into our laps,” said Knell with enthusiasm. He explains that it felt like fate having the three of them click so quickly. Upon arriving home, Lambson and Sheppard moved from their hometowns of Idaho and New York respectively to Provo to continue working on Heaven Vs. Hollywood in 2018. Following the viral success of an origin story on Facebook and the release of double-sided single “Move Away!,” they enlisted the help of Sheppard’s cousin Soren Buchert as their bassist. On this double-sided single was their song “Wave,” which was their first hit to be added to Spotify’s “Curated Rock” playlist. This, Knell said, was where things felt like they were finally falling into place.
A year later and Roseburg is set to release their debut album Righteous Punk. Knell describes it as a “anywhere from post-hardcore to preppy boy pop.” Since each member likes different genres of music, it was almost inevitable for their tastes to mix. The group also got the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens in a partnership with Quinn’s Dreamer Development Program that aims to help aspiring bands grow, connect with people in the industry and even learn pre-management skills. Knell wanted to make it clear that they didn’t see themselves as a part of the local Utah scene, and in fact, often felt like they didn’t belong.
Lambson adds that it wasn’t like they wanted to be separated completely from the Utah scene. “Provo is home, but it isn’t our home,” he started, “but we love the people here. I just feel like here [in Utah] there is a set of rules. It’s almost like the scene dictates the genre and we don’t feel like we fit in with the confines of any genre.”
“People love being a part of something and so we urge them to check out our stuff and pay attention,” pushed Knell, “ we are confident that we can be successful.” He assures that Roseburg’s competitive nature is different from other bands because they are aiming higher. “One day we hope to have radio play our favorites and be on the charts between our favorite bands and artists. We don’t need rules; we can make music that sounds like whatever we want it to.”
“We want to lead, not follow,” said Lambson. “Every artist I’ve ever liked has been passionate about what they create. A lot of tracks these days feel calculated, like this lyric will reach this particular audience and this beat will reach these people. It doesn’t feel authentic. We want our music to be about the people who listen. We want others to know we feel the same way, go through the same problems, and want them to identify with our songs. In doing that, we are successful.”
You can catch Roseburg and other local artists at Aggie Radio 92.3 KBLU-LP’s Big Agg Show August 29 on the USU Quad. For more information on the show, you can visit the Aggie Radio website or find Aggie Radio 92.3 KBLU-LP on Facebook.