Get to know the three-piece rock band ‘Rowan’!

Hey guys. This week, we’re introducing you to the three-piece rock band from Virginia Beach: Rowan. Learn more about their Debut EP “The Rowan Concept” below!


Hello guys. Thanks for taking time to answer our questions! Who is in your band and what is your role in it? Hey, thank you for taking an interest! Rowan is made up of Horby Lopez on Vocals and Guitar, Donovan Clines on Drums, and myself, Jared Whitley on Bass.

How did Rowan form? Well a few years ago, Horby and Donovan started playing together, and eventually played a few gigs. Their first show also featured my band at the time, Which I is I? One thing led to another, I found myself without a band, and they needed a bassist, so everything worked out well!

Let’s talk about your new EP ‘The Rowan Concept’. What was the mindset when it came to writing it? Rowan actually has an album in the works. The songs on the album are meant to tell one cohesive story in the vein of Coheed and Cambria or Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ The songs on ‘The Rowan Concept’ are songs that we love, but don’t necessarily fit into the story.

How was the recording process? Any funny story from the studio? Recording was a blast! It was our first time really doing anything like that. We recorded the EP through Matt Watson, who plays bass in a band called RescueMe. It was recorded in his house and it was really fun the entire time. There is actually a funny story! On the song Easy Nipple Access, a bunch of guys from our local music scene helped do gang vocals, and if you listen to the very end, there’s a secret, backwards message. Pink Floyd-style.

What, or who were your main influences for this record? A few bands really heavily influenced this record. Bands like Panic! at the Disco, Coheed and Cambria, As it Is really influenced us.

Are you guys thinking of touring a little bit to promote the release? It’s certainly something we’ve tossed around. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves, that’s for sure. Be sure to keep up with us!

From all the songs you’ve released so far, is there one you’re especially proud of? If yes, why? There are two songs from the EP that I’m really fond of at the moment. That would be Acoustic! Deceiver, and Stories. The former because it’s my favorite vocal performance from Horby, and the latter because of the energy it has; especially live.

Hard question here… What are your top five favorite songs? Oh boy! That’s rough. In no particular order, I’d say Hellfire by Jonathan Young, Understatement by New Found Glory, Ghost by Silverstein, Saturday by Fall Out Boy, and San Diego by Blink-182.

And to finish, what’s up next for your band? Well thanks for asking, and thanks for talking! We’ve got a bunch of things happening in the future! More shows, more music, and more shenanigans.

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