Photo by Julie Gautreaux
Sometimes life comes at you so fast, the only recourse is to buckle up, ride things out, and hope for the best. But what happens when it all becomes a suffocating cycle, seemingly doomed to repeat itself day in and day out — can one ever escape? According to Louisiana alt rockers Blonde Roses and their latest single “Bullet”, the answer is a resounding “yes!”
Here, Blonde Roses sing about a cherry tree, which in Japanese culture, represents the “fragility and beauty of life — the circle of life, death, renewal, and rebirth.” At first, they feel stuck and lost within its system of branches, which are not unlike life’s tight and merciless grips. Still, they forge on and clamber up in hopes of finding some clarity.
“I can’t even breathe, in the dark I see/ The dent in my mattress, and the smell on my sheets,” frontwoman Molly Portier sings with both trepidation and grit. It’s not long before the soaring chorus swings through, bringing with it sweet relief: “Come climb this cherry tree with me, higher up let us be.”
“Even when things seem really tough, there’s always that light at the end of the tunnel that keeps you going,” Molly says in a press release. “It’s up to you whether you run to it or stay in place.”
“I want our fans to feel like they aren’t alone in feeling alone at times. But I want to them to also know that it’s going to be ok even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. That there’s something bigger and better waiting for you if you look hard enough. Life isn’t always going to be easy, but it’s a blessing.”