NYC-based alternative rock outfit Black Rose Burning presents their invigorating third full-length album ‘Ad Astra’, mastered by Jason Corbett of ACTORS at Jacknife Sound. Earlier, the band released the singles ‘Fight!’, ‘Night Terrors’ and ‘Sing to Me (E.L.E.)’.
Formed in 2018 by instrumentalist, producer and engineer George Grant, Black Rose Burning also involves guitarist Frank Morin (World Inferno Friendship Society) and drummer Luis Infantas (Monster Zero).
“’Ad Astra’ is the result of the real first time collaboration of the musicians who have been playing with my project in a live setting and myself. On previous records, I recorded them solo – playing and programming all of the instruments. It only made sense to take it to a whole new level by taking a slight back seat and letting the fantastic musicals brains I have surrounded myself with, to step into some spotlight and show their talent. Sonically it’s a major leap forward in the ever-growing sound of Black Rose Burning in every way. Letting experts do what they do has resulted in – a lush soundscape that’s better than I could have ever hoped for. And even though I again wrote all the material, having partners who understand my vision is both invaluable and awe inspiring,” says George Grant.
“Lyrically, I approached this record, from the standpoint of my psuedo-motto ”Love Won, Love Lost and Outer Space”. Interlaced with technical and futuristic themes are also stories of broken hearts, broken dreams as well as songs about hope. I quite honestly took my love, as an avid Sci-Fi fan, and poured it into quite a few of these songs and into the overall feel of the record. But don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty of both love and heartbreak written into it as well. The artwork by Antonella at Eshmoon DM brilliantly reflects the feel also – from the colors to the design and the themes – of my infatuation with Science Fiction”
In 2021, Black Rose Burning released their second album ‘The Wheel’, one year after debuting ‘The Year of the Scorpion’ album. George Grant’s soulful vocal delivery, instantly recognizable voice, solid instrumentation crossing several genres are standout features of this music. Roughly 40 years of songwriting across various genres has helped George embellish on clever hooks, drive and the gothic-pop sensibilities of The Cult’s early years.
‘Ad Astra’ was recorded in George’s own studio, PV Recording Company, which has hosted notable artists over the years, including Emelio Zeff China (Peter Murphy), Knox Chandler (Siouxsie And The Banshees), Chibi (The Birthday Party Massacre), Nellie McKay, Julia Marcel, Paul Bakija (Reagan Youth), Ego Likeness and Voltaire (with whom Grant also played bass for 10 years).
On September 15, the ‘Ad Astra’ album will be released on CD and available digitally from fine music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp. That same night, Black Rose Burning plays their album release show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge for The Red Party.
Music and lyrics written by George Grant
George Grant – bass guitar, vocals, synth programming
Luis Infantas – drums and triggers
Frank Morin – all guitars
Recorded by the band @ PVRCo (Putnam Valley Recording Company)
Mastered by: Jason Corbett (Actors)
Cover Art by Antonella Di Mattei @ Eshmoon DM Design
Artist photos by Shane K. Gardner
Publicity by Shameless Promotion PR
1 Ad Astra
2 Think Too Much
3 Sing To Me
5 So Cold
6 Night Terrors
8 Become The Machine
9 Per Aspera
Sept 16 – New York City @Mercury Lounge (The Red Party)
Oct 6 – Tampa, FL @ Crobar (Absolution Fest)
Oct 13 – Richmond, VA @Fallout w/ Empathy Test