Credit: Andrew Martin
In the basement where The Rose Lights used to practice /Andrew Martin

A blazing star on the horizon, Aarushi has been singing, soaring and roaring around Madison since childhood. Now, an award-winning writer and poet, Aarushi takes a thoughtful, raw approach to songwriting, helped along by her mature and powerful voice.

This unusually passionate poet-turned-songstress put her songwriting chops to use in The Rose Lights, in collaboration with two other UW-Madison students, Scott Klasek and Jason Shao. The group (with its constantly changing lineup) played around Madison at such venues as High Noon Saloon, The Frequency, Monona Public Library, UW Madison’s Battle of the Bands, the Lothlorien Co-op and The Froth House, to enthusiastic applause.

The 2013 record, “Before the Moment’s Gone” is an earthy, piano-driven album that takes a brazen, yet childlike look at consciousness, love, and the world as a concept. Aarushi’s soul-rending melodies cut deep, and her voice sails effortlessly over the interlocking mesh of bass, guitar, piano, drums and sometimes, marimba. After playing together for 3 years, the Rose Lights disbanded due to geographic differences.

Aarushi taught herself the acoustic guitar as an outlet in her time away from bands. She came back with more fire than ever in her second band, Hyper Beam. Although the band was fated to be short-lived, Aarushi and UW-Madison seniors, Joshua Sanchez, Matt Eggert and Allie Ziegler aspired to make something meaningful and unique for as long as they could together.

A hat tip to the members’ early influences of modern rock music, e.g. the Strokes, Hyper Beam was all things rock- loud, raw, outspoken and driving. Hyper Beam had a meteoric rise — over just one year, the group played fully attended shows at Der Rathskeller, the Terrace, the Dragonfly, the Frequency, Guitar Center, South Transfer Point, the Dream Bank, and in Goose Island Pub in Chicago.

Their World Destruction EP is a testament to bad breakups and lessons learned. On the EP, you see a much less innocent version of Aarushi – with grittier, more desperate vocals, and explosions of force, in keeping with the rapid dynamic shifts of the instrumentation.

Aarushi shines onward– she is constantly writing music, working on her solo act, and playing with collaborators, Ben Strohbeen and Mitch Johnson, in a new band called Tin Can Diamonds. Selected as one of Overture’s Rising Stars of 2014, Aarushi seems to be destined to stay in the sky for lightyears to come.

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