Rose Melberg

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Rose Melberg
Rose Melberg.jpg
Rose Melberg in 2012.
Background information
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, drums
Years active 1992–present
Labels Double Agent Records
Associated acts Tiger Trap
Go Sailor
The Softies
Brave Irene
Imaginary Pants
Tally Ho!
Knife Pleats

Rose Melberg is a musician and songwriter from Sacramento, California, currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has performed both as a solo artist and as a member of Tiger Trap,[1] The Softies, Go Sailor, Gaze, Gigi, Imaginary Pants, Brave Irene and Knife Pleats.

Melberg was raised by working musicians and following her appearance right out of high school at the International Pop Underground Convention in Olympia, Washington in 1991, she had almost instant success with the all-female Tiger Trap.[2] The short-lived band garnered a cult following in indie-pop circles. Following the dissolution of the Softies, she gave birth to a son and lived with her husband and family near Vancouver, Canada. She returned to the pop world with her second solo album, Cast Away the Clouds. Melberg toured briefly for the album, including a spot opening for Belle and Sebastian. In 2006, she performed at North East Sticks Together.

As of 2011, she is a part of twee groups Brave Irene and Imaginary Pants.[3]


Solo recordings

Tiger Trap

  • "Words and Smiles" split 7" with Bratmobile (Four Letter Words Records, 1992)
  • "Supercrush" b/w "You and Me"/"Hiding" [volume 36 of the "International Pop Underground" singles series] (K Records, 1992)
  • Tiger Trap (K Records, 1993)
  • Sour Grass EP (K Records, 1993)
  • "Baby Blue," from Julep (Another Yoyo Studio Compilation) (Yoyo Recordings, 1993)
  • "Hiding," from the International Hip Swing compilation [compiled from songs from the "International Pop Underground" series] (K Records, 1993)
  • "Supreme Nothing," from the Stars Kill Rock compilation (Kill Rock Stars, 1993)

Go Sailor

  • Fine Day for Sailing 7" EP (Yo Yo, 1994)
  • Long Distance 7" EP (Slumberland, 1995)
  • Don't Go 7" EP (Lookout!, 1996)
  • Go Sailor (Lookout!, 1996): Compiles the three 7" EPs plus two compilation tracks

The Softies

  • It's Love (K Records, 1995)
  • Loveseat 7" EP (Slumberland, 1995)
  • The Softies (aka "He'll Never Have to Know") 7" EP (K Records, 1995)
  • The Softies (Slumberland, 1996)
  • "The Best Days" b/w "As Skittish as Me"/"Stranger" (K Records, 1997)
  • Winter Pageant (K Records, 1997)
  • Holiday in Rhode Island (K Records, 2000)


  • Mitsumeru (K Records, 1998)
  • So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) 7" EP (Septophilia, 1998)
  • Shake the Pounce (K Records, 1999)

Brave Irene

  • Brave Irene (Slumberland Records, 2011)

Tally Ho!

  • I Never Will Marry (WIAIWYA, 2012)


  • PUPS (Green Burrito Records, 2013)
  • Month Long Sleep 7" EP (WIAIWYA, 2013)

Imaginary Pants

  • Imaginary Pants (Lost Sound Tapes, 2012)
  • Channels b/w Seacliff 7" EP (Rok Lok Records, 2013)
  • Kites At Night EP (Lost Sound Tapes, 2014)

Knife Pleats

  • Hat Bark Beach (Lost Sound Tapes/WIAIWYA, 2015)

Live collaborations[edit]

  • "The Biggest Lie" (Elliott Smith, Stinkweeds, AZ)


  • The Potatomen - "All My Yesterdays" - vocals on 3 tracks (1996, Lookout Records)
  • The Smugglers - "Rosie" - from Rosie (2000, Lookout Records)
  • Rose Melberg & Gregory Webster - "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)", originally by Ramones
  • The Bright Ideas - "All Is Calm, All Is Bright!" - vocals on "When You Think About Christmas Time" (2000, Popgun Recordings)
  • Rose Melberg & Nick Krgovich - "The Mental Beast Christmas Compilation" - "Coldest Night of the Year", originally by Vashti Bunyan (2009)
  • Gigi - Maintenant - vocals on "Alone at the Pier" (2010 Tomlab Records)
  • Blanket Truth - "Urban Wildlife" - vocals on "Friendly Haunted Mansion", "Bubble Up" (2012, Lost Sound Tapes)
  • Jay Arner - "Bad Friend b/w Black Horse" - drums (2012)


  1. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Biography: Rose Melberg". AMG. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Robbins, Ira. "Tiger Trap". Trouser Press. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rose Melberg wears Imaginary Pants". 

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