Friday, 31 October 2014
Running Separate Rooms
Let's open the floodgates to Hell to end the weekend off with Roomrunner. OK, so the Baltimore four-piece isn't the most bloodcurdling of bands, but they are a great raucous grunge punk fest with Denny Bowen (Double Dagger, Dan Deacon, Future Islands) out from behind the skins and wielding guitar/vocal duties, so this gets my motor running. Separate is a album of opposites - Nirvana-baiting melodies with stadium-flirting melodies; dismembered angularities with emo-skirting riffs; plummeting emotions with sunlight-flecked buoyancy. The EP might be a kneejerk reaction to the pigeonholing that the band originally came in contact with last year, but it is also a deliberate muddying of the waters - a chance to spread the palette far and wide, see what sticks. The restlessness that squirms beneath Bowen's plaintive vocals speaks volumes - further adding to the frenetic nature of their live act. Plus it has a song on it called 'Chrono Trigger' - one of my all-time favourite video games - and 'Slow' could be a Weezer trip if they all wore black and liked breaking things, so it was always going to get my seal of approval.
Get Separate from Accidental Guest Records here.