Newcomers, Nevada Rose have been described as everything from pop/rock to electronic hardcore. The music of Nick Imperato (vocals), Dom Delfino (bass), Justin DiMarco (vocals/guitar), Jon Beane (drums), and Adam Ellenberger (guitar) is hard to label with traditional genre designations. With that in mind, and their song, “Murals,” playing in the background, I went on a journey to find out where Nevada Rose fits in.
Technicore is complicated. Each song has the standard elements of metal music; guitars, bass, drums, vocals, with each part written individually. EDM parts are not so easy. Each element must be intricately blended to the more traditional hardcore music, making transitions tricky at best. Imperato explains, “The challenging thing, because of the EDM elements of the music, is that it takes time. It takes precision and a level of commitment to work on that part of the song.” Unlike a guitar part, EDM is not only music notes, it can also include non-musical sounds, like chimes or thunder claps, which can be manipulated to produce endless variations. There are infinite possibilities and Nevada Rose is adept at incorporating EDM with metal music to form their signature sound.
Technicore is ever-changing. It would be a mistake to let the EDM part of Nevada Rose fool you into thinking it is happy dance music. There are ‘badass’ breakdowns that even the most hardcore metal fans will love. DiMarco’s vocals are note perfect melodies that alternately soothe and excite the listener. Imperato adds raw power in the unclean vocals, with a wide range of pitch and articulate delivery. The guitars are precisely synched allowing the artistry of the music shine through. The bass and drums have impeccable timing, making your heart thump along with the beats. And the EDM provides just enough surprise that the listener hears something different each time.
Technicore is profound. Life is full of ups and downs and words from the song, “Anchors for Sunsets” states, “Sometimes we have to be broken/Before we are restored.” Beane describes that music has been the one constant in his life. Through loss, changing interests, and just about everything life can throw at him, music has provided the single unchanging force. Both triumph and adversity is celebrated through the music of Nevada Rose, so no matter where you happen to be in life, the music remains something you can relate to.
Technicore is infinity and beyond. Every level of success for Nevada Rose drives them forward. After less than a year together, they were signed to Tragic Hero Records, which inspired them to work harder than ever to expand their fan base and learn more about music theory. The wildly popular release, Paint Me in Light, pushes them to write more music for their next full-length album. The current tour has them looking forward to a full national tour in the Spring where they will be co-headliners. The journey to discover technicore music is not over. With all things considered, I believe that Nevada Rose is technicore, and will continue to define (and re-define) it as they create the music that changes each time you listen.