Rooftop Runners EP We Are Here is bubbling with a deep, hypnotic chemistry. As if
Led Zeppelin and Massive Attack went binging on Radio Head B Sides. There
is blinding mix of warm acoustics and house shaking electro beats.
It is dark & haunting - penetrating rock backed with trip hop drum & bass.
The lead singer comes off as a funky
Jack White, whipping his rock star croon around like he is taming some kind
of wild musical lion. I believe his sincerity, even when the musical stack
behind him doesn't carry the exact same ferocity. It has a peddling quality which
moves the tunes along at a droning speed.
This is indeed a very good outing for the Runners and it is obvious that they have a very
clear idea of the sound they are after. The bluesy electric guitar work against
the pulsating electrons is a welcomed bit of innovation and something they should
definitely cultivate more of. The air of rock & roll coolness around them reminds me of
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club but it is clear these boys have no intention of
rehashing a fuzzed out Johnny Cash ballad... They are here to do their own thing.
Someone needs to come along and turn the dull indie rock scene on its head. It's been
years since we have been able to bite into something as spicy as
Massive Attack. The same formula is not going to work twice. The ante needs to
be upped and I would be willing to bet the Rooftop Runners have a pretty good
idea about conquering the big sleep. Let's hope they turn up their
guitars for the full length and shock us all with an incredibly powerful and
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