“This is Soul for today: tight, sophisticated, and up-to-date…a winner” (San Diego Troubadour). Tori Roze and The Hot Mess are a soulful force to be reckoned with. Gathering their musical thunder from an extremely eclectic time and space spanning centuries, this band busts straight through the glass ceiling of genre-bending: original funky jazzy neo-soul music exploding with grit, integrity, and vulnerability.
Roze is a key artist in conveying the emotional intent behind a song. “Hearing Tori Roze’s sultry voice for the first time is like learning that Santa Claus isn’t real: it absolutely breaks your heart. Roze seduces you with her Erykah Badu-esque flair, and just when you think she can’t be any smoother, she claws her way into your ears with her rocking roars” (San Diego City Beat). The Hot Mess, comprised of five exceptional “pocket” players nailing unexpected original arrangements that will “blow your top,” leaves you reeling with toe-tapping excitement. Instrumentation: guitar (Johnny Alexander), bass (Harley Magsino), trombone/keys (Jordan Morita), flute/backup vocals (Lee Clark a.k.a. Tori’s mom), vocals/trumpet/hand percussion (Tori Roze), and drums (Rashaad Graham). Funky-Jazzy-Neo-Soul = strange beautiful music. The name says it all: The Hot Mess – a motley crew of incredible musical technicians. Do not expect for their music to be predictable or run-of-the-mill – this band is audibly unique. Musically likened to Chicago with a slap of Amy Winehouse + Janis Joplin-style vocals; these guys have got the spicy recipe for eargasmic pleasure.
In 2019, the band released a cover of the 1963 hidden gem “Just a Sad Xmas” by The Soul Duo in order to highlight some of the more sonically incredible lesser-known music out there in the world. This recording features the incomparable talents of late San Diego musician Nina Leilani Deering (on accordion + backup vocals). And finally, in the midst of the COVID19 Pandemic of 2020, the band (and some additional friends) recorded (at their respective homes) and released “Ghost Town” by The Specials, but with a timely and relevant lyrical twist. With over seven hundred shows played, six tours (New York, Texas, San Francisco Bay Area, US West Coast, Southern California), opening for international acts (Jason Mraz, Nikka Costa, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds), three full length albums, a film-licensed song, and three singles under foot; the thirteen-year span of this band’s existence has not been in vain. Notably and intentionally, all recordings have been produced solely by Tori Roze and The Hot Mess. At current, the band is danger-close to releasing their new groove-oriented single called “Seek Your Sunshine” – due out just after the band’s 13th Anniversary – May 31, 2021. The band plans on touring the greater San Francisco Bay Area in June 2022, which is a reschedule of the tour they had originally planned for June 2020.
“We pride ourselves on not fitting into the mainstream. The beauty is in the difference. We make genuine art. We shape sound. We care about what we do. We like to put some stank on it, bottom line,” Roze says of their fearless musical style. Their unique edge of heart-driven funky soul-jazz grooves enveloped in the emotionally potent lyrical truth that Roze serves up in spades; Tori Roze and The Hot Mess deliver serious human connection and an original sound that is absolutely unforgettable.