Randy Rose was a member of MATW
during its entire existence as a band from 1987-1998. When MATW was a
synthpop band during its first two years, Randy played percussion,
worked on the drum programming, and sang backup vocals. He sang lead
vocals for the song "Dancing on Your Grave" for the second album Flowers
in the Rain.
When the band decided to change
its music style, Randy was one of the members who wanted to go for more
of a hard rock sound. This is evident in the songs he sang on the Seasons
of Love album such as "So Insane" and "It's Not A Joke." He also
wrote and sang "Marshmallow Land" which became a trademark song for him.
During 1991, Randy recorded the
solo project titled Sacrificium to experiment with a metal
sound often compared to Danzig. He rerecorded "Marshmallow Land" and
wrote all original material for the rest of the album. Among others,
fellow MATW members Roger Rose and Brent Gordon played instruments on
MATW then recorded two more albums
over two years, Boomerang and Through The Forest. Randy
wrote and sang the songs "Don't Give Up," "Sunday," "Trapped," and
"Alone" for these albums, also playing drums and other percussion for
all of the songs on the albums.
In 1993, Randy formed his own
metal band called Rose. They released two albums that year, Healing
and an Intense Live EP.
From 1993 to 1995, MATW released The
Ferris Wheel and The Dreamland Café, two albums that had
the sound of retro rock. Randy wrote and sang "When Life Has a Plan."
He also co-wrote the songs "The Love," "No Secrets," and "I Need You."
His cousin Danny Rose helped in writing the songs.
In 1994, Randy's band Rose also
adopted a retro style of music and released their final album with
Intense Records called Crazy Little World.
Rose released the album Into
The Unknown in 1995 on the R. E. X. label. The album contained
unreleased metal songs not used when the band was with Intense Records.
Randy also worked on a side
project in 1995 called Mood Ring and released the song "Mood Ring" on a
R. E. X. compilation in that year. This song brought back some of the
sythpop elements into Randy's music. Unfortunatly, R. E. X. went under
not too long after, so no more songs were released under the name Mood
In 1997, Randy released a 7" vinyl
record called Black Tar under the name The Crocodiles. It
featured two songs: "Grease" and "In Your Arms." Both songs have a
rockibilly sound to them.
In 1998, Randy returned to the
genre of synthpop and released songs under Ronnie Martin's label
Plastiq Musiq. Randy's new band Mothership (briefly named Saturn
Project) had him joining his talents with cousin Danny Rose.
In 2002, Randy abandoned the
synthpop sound and continued with his band Mothership into the realm of
alternative rock. His album Rockstar is often compared with the
style of Weezer, The Vines, and The Strokes. This album was released
independently under Randy's own label Hindenburg Records.
In 2016, Randy announced the
return of his band Rose. The album "Songs for the Ritually
Abused" was released in 2017. Info and purchase information