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The Roulettes - The Roulettes Self Titled Album Review

27 Aug 2014 // A review by Andrew Smit

Here is real independent music worth shouting about, yes Ladies and Gentlemen self-funded and produced The Roulettes have crafted a standout debut album. The Roulettes are a 3 piece indie rock set up, with vivid guitar work and cool singing from front man Justin McLean backed by a sublime rhythm section from Drummer Mark Queenin and Bassist Ben Grant.

This is a debut album with superb range and character, 11 tracks of modern yet classical rocking tunes. There are great upbeat 60’s vibe songs like Headroom and Jelly Roll, both have a hippy pop feel but are performed with a rock edge. Awesome riff driven rockers like No Harm, Gravity and Ray, are full of attacking energy and power. Shimmering guitar picking and vocal work from Justin are evident in songs like The Dust and Here She Comes. Mark Queenin drumming throughout is exceptional, and the intricate fills in the song Glitter Glitter are outstanding. Each song is reinforced with fine guitar work and spatial vocals, dexterously assisted with Ben Grant’s Backing Vox and rocking Bass.

The Roulettes supply a fresh psychedelic rock sound, that deserves to be played loud and live, being independently produced its full of heart and soul, a raw and very effective debut.

I had high expectations as they are amazing live, and this album shows they are a force to be reckoned with. I can safely say The Roulettes are a sound bet.

http://theroulettes.bandcamp.com/

 

About The Roulettes

The Roulettes – Self-titled album, 2014

“Located between power pop, indie rock and with a fine sense of focused economy… you'd be astonished if mainstream rock radio as well as student stations didn't find a lot to their liking here… (songs which) would slip in comfortably alongside the best of US indie rock… A very sound and enjoyable debut from this three-piece.” Graham Reid, www.elsewhere.co.nz

The Roulettes was recorded at Uncle Fred’s woolshed near Mercer and with Milan Lovre Borich from Pluto at his pocket studio ‘The Wall’ before he departed for LA.

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