"I'm an indie artist coming to Indy," joked Anna Rose, who began our chat discussing the difficulties of releasing an album as an independent artist. Behold A Pale Horse is Rose's second album. Although the name began as a working title, Rose eventually decided that the vibe of the music fit perfectly with the name, and it stuck. Although Rose doesn't consider herself a religious person, the particular phrase Behold A Pale Horse is a line from the Book of Revelations. It's typically interpreted as a representation of death, which Rose saw as an appropriate choice for the content of the album when she was writing it.
"I was going through a period of rebirth, actually, rebirth of my career. I was having a hard time writing that second record, I was feeling the weight of the world," said Rose, who says that transition periods often make her music better.
An example of this would be Rose's view towards Los Angeles, a bit of which can be seen in her music video for "Los Angeles." In the video, Los Angeles's is as fairly superficial (with shots of flashy cars and expensive bags) and Rose combats this by burying and burning her expensive stilettos while claiming she'll "never go back again."
"That was my favorite part to film, actually, but it took me so long to get that shovel in the dirt!" laughed Rose, who had never actually shoveled in heels before (but then again, who has?). Rose lived in Los Angeles for five years, and although her experience wasn't always positive, the experience changed her as an artist and as a person.
"I learned that I don't always have to be the image of femininity that is projected to American women all over television and all over the Internet," said Rose, "I am an electric-guitar-playing, pantsuit-wearing, cursing, beer-drinking chick. That makes me a different kind of woman."
To Rose, adverse conditions and uncomfortable situations often help her thrive in her music.
"I'll find my place even if there isn't one for me. I'll make one for myself," said Rose.
When asked about her own personal music taste, Rose gives fair warning that she may have to be cut off from rambling about her self-proclaimed "favorite question ever." In terms of listening, she grew up on the Beatles, the Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, and Fleetwood Mac. Classic rock'n'roll is her inspiration, but she's also got a thing for the blues. She admires powerful female musicians now, but that was not always the case. In the past, she embraced mainly male rock legends, like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, and the Doors. Today, she connects with female musicians as well, like Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton and Joan Jett.
"I'm not completely stuck in the past," insists Rose, shuffling through her record collection to find more modern favorites. She did find a few, like The Kills and Dead Weathers.
Rose will begin her tour with Tony Lucca and Tyler Hilton in July, and she'll be in Indy on the 9th at the Hi-Fi. She's looking forward to meeting with fans and making new fans as she tours, because connecting with people through music is her favorite part of touring. Aside from that, she's also got another album in the works (She still calls them records, though.). She's taking her time with this next album.
"I've said from day one that I wasn't going to release an album unless it really meant something. There's so much music out there, and I just want to contribute something," said Rose, who wants other people to find meaning in her music.
So what's she up to pre-tour? She's doing tons of writing currently -- inspired by Stevie Wonder's philosophy that if you write 20 songs a day, there's got to be at least one gem among the rest. Rose plans to weed through her writing later. And in the meantime, she's hitting the gym pre-tour in preparation of those whiskey celebrations post-performance.
"The hardest part about tour is not leaving my fiancé... it's leaving my dog," admits Rose, whose dog is named Joplin.