Never heard of Rogue Re Vera? Well to you I ask, where have you been?! If you’re a regular visitor around my little corner of the internet, then I’m sure you’ll already be familiar with this alt/acoustic three-piece, as I’ve reviewed them a fair few times this past year.
As a thank you, the band recently sent me a t-shirt and a copy of their debut EP ‘Don’t Bet On It, Kid.’ Released at Warped Tour 2015 where the band played the Ernie Ball stage – after being voted onto the bill via an online poll – the five track EP works to showcase not only the band’s sound, but the diversity of it.
Kicking things off is a full-band version of ‘Montauk Gave The End A Whole New Meaning’, with its siren-led opening that gives way to a beautifully delicate guitar melody. The addition of a whirlwind of electric guitars and live drums further accentuates the chorus, allowing it to really pack a punch.
Songs like ‘If I Say Please’, incorporate a more aggressive pop-punk sound from the get-go, complete with raw scream vocals and attitude in spades. Likewise, frustration-filled title track ‘Don’t Bet On It, Kid’, is an explosive anthem brimming with defiance; adding something even more gutsy. The intro, featuring a sample from 2003 block-buster Bruce Almighty, sets the tone for the entire piece – like an unabashed middle finger to anyone who’s ever dismissed them.
The band prove they aren’t afraid to bare their softer side either, with stripped-back, understated ballad, ‘New York Girl in the Jersey Scene.’ It is also here that their stellar song-writing ability comes through; the honesty and affection in the lyrics giving a poignancy to the track. The combination of the gentle acoustic backing and tenderness of the vocals also works to create a very romantic sound.
This continues into EP closer ‘Empty Space.’ Originally by pop-punk five-piece The Story So Far, RR’s cover opens the song up to a whole new genre. Gone is the thrashing instrumental and aggressive, growl-like vocals of the original, in favour of a more melodic acoustic accompaniment, complimented by softer vocals and some killer harmonies. The arrangement adds a melancholic – almost romantic – quality to the piece, and it’s so polished that you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is actually their song.
Overall ‘Don’t Bet On It, Kid’ is a well rounded EP full of completely addictive tracks with insane hooks. The melodies are stunning and the lyrics and vocals are always brimming with passion and conviction; whether it’s ballsy and raw or stripped-back and heartfelt, both are captivating – albeit in totally different ways. It’s clear that Rogue Re Vera are a force to be reckoned with, with a sound that’s undeniably their own.
One listen is never enough – can’t wait to hear more from these guys. I’m also really excited for their upcoming acoustic album ‘Scary Stories’ too!
Montauk Gave The End A Whole New Meaning
Rebel From The Hive
You can check out all the tracks from the EP over on Soundcloud
Haven’t seen my previous reviews of Rogue Re Vera? Get up to speed here:
- One To Watch
- Bands I’d Love To See in 2015
- Empty Space (cover) – Single Review
- New York Girl In The Jersey Scene – Single Review
- Cali – Acoustic Demo Review
- My ‘Thank You’ Video
Thanks for reading :)