“Nobody was born cool,” proclaims Roe Kapara.“Where’s the fun in that?” After relocating from Nashville to Los Angeles just before the pandemic, the St. Louis-born singer/songwriter did what any reasonable 20-something would: find solace online and build a community. Soon, his burgeoning digital fanbase hit six digits, enthralled by his endearingly unpretentious personality but also by his irresistible music; a modern swirl of indie, psych, pop punk, and alternative.
Combining two sides of his musical personality – deeply relatable yet unafraid to stand up and ask life’s big questions – into pop songs makes for a musical journey that’s a little off-kilter, sure, but all the better and more interesting in the end. Now, with label debut “Better Off” leading the way and a concept EP, I Hope Hell Isn’t Real, on the horizon, this next era of Roe Kapara is poised to keep fans, and himself, guessing as to where his quirky sensibilities will wind up next.
“I Hope Hell Isn’t Real is about this guy who’s living in an apathetic world where everything is crumbling,” he says. “He ends up dying and comes back to life and realizes life has a lot of meaning and is worth living. I just want to say crazy shit, but stuff I also really care about. It’s gotta be both.” Nowhere is that on display more than “Preacher,” the EP’s lead single that recounts Kapara’s religious upbringing with a stylish, macabre horror video clip that immediately cements his vision as one of the most captivating young artists in the game.