If you’ve read my blog before then you may already recognise this Hertfordshire based four-piece but, just in case you don’t, you can watch my interview with the guys here to get up to speed.
The pop-rockers are currently hard at work on self-titled album #2, following last year’s debut full-length, ‘No Strings Attached’. They have recently premiered three tracks online, and so far they’re sounding pretty different to the likes of their more pop-driven songs like Superstar.
Musically, the first sneak peak Dirty Dancing is the darkest, and possibly heaviest, song the boys have ever written. It starts off with a pop-driven sound that’s slightly reminiscent of Lawson’s Broken Hearted. This allows the grittier, rockier chorus to crash through with maximum impact, creating a vibe that carries throughout the rest of the track. It also showcases the facets of Kieran Lemon’s vocals, incorporating some pretty great falsetto snippets that act as a contrast to his lower range.
Similarly, belated Christmas present Keep Your Hands Off My Chick – unveiled via social media on Boxing Day – harks back to the days of their ‘Loud Noises’ era, albeit with some other things added into the mix. There are some shoutier vocals from Lemon, giving the whole thing a punk rock edge. Likewise, their newest offering – lead single So What – is very reminiscent of that era, from the defiance in the lyrics, to the stylishly almost discordant guitar riffs.
It could be said then that Room 94 are going back to their roots somewhat with this new rock-driven sound. What do you think? Do you like this new punk-esque side to the band? Which musical style of theirs do you prefer? Feel free to let me know in a comment. 🙂