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The Roulettes - EP Review: Rocket To You

29 May 2020 // A review by Darryl Baser

The Rocket To You EP is dedicated to Dunedin musician Andrew Brough (Straitjacket Fits, Bike) who passed away at his Dunedin home in February this year.

Two members of this three-piece have close ties with Andrew Brough, Justin McLean is Andrew’s stepbrother, and Ben Grant was (along with Justin) played in the band Funhouse, for whom Andrew was a mentor.

The five-song EP opens hugely with Hullabaloo, a song built upon a driving guitar riff. The song sets the tone for the EP well, guitar to the fore, with powerful well recorded and produced vocals.

The second song Ordinary Glories brings the tempo down, and eases off the distortion pedal. The reviewer’s notes say this song, and the title track, Rocket To You, "specifically grew out of grieving, and drifting apart from loved ones," and it’s a description which really fits the feel of these songs.

Even if you didn’t know some of the inspiration behind these songs, you can feel the heart and soul which has gone into the writing and recording process.

There are some really beatlesque touches on this EP, especially in the vocal production, melody and harmonies, while the guitars are pure late 80's, early 90's Dunedin.

This EP has come together well, despite a tyranny of distance, as all three members live in different countries. It is quite the achievement that the EP sounds like the members were all in the large and slightly damp Dunedin practice room.

Rocket To You is a beautiful tribute to Andrew Brough. RIP old pal.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

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.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The Roulettes

Releases

Rocket To You
Year: 2020
Type: EP
Venus Burns
Year: 2017
Type: Album
The Roulettes
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Unread Books
Year: 2010
Type: EP
You Want It
Year: 2009
Type: EP

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