On the 1st October after hearing Violins + Animals, the lead single from this EP, I went out on a bit of a limb and tipped The Rooz for bigger and better things. One month and four more songs later and I’m standing by that statement like never before. When I’m putting together my ‘Record of the year’ lists in a couple of months’ time this EP will feature highly I can promise you. It’s that good.
The Faithweather EP gets going with that lead single that I mentioned above and it’s till as good as I remember. I’m not going to completely re-hash what said a month ago so I’ll leave the link to my original review here. But the bottom line is that this is a fantastic tune. It’s got the poise and balance of a ballerina in full flight while also carrying a rockier, edgier feel. If you asked me to use one track to describe The Rooz, this would be it.
I’m in love with pretty much every track on this record but Sixpence might just be my favourite. This song is absolutely majestic. The strings which sweep and sway through this tune lift it so far above the competition it’s almost comical. The chorus is so grand it would make a stately home feel self-conscious. It’s tailor made for the closing credits of the BBC coverage of the Olympics or Sports Personality of The Year showing emotion from tears to elation. This song is MONEY.
The pace quickens significantly upon the arrival of Out On A Limb as the band showcase their rockier side. In a switch from the previous track some pretty flashy guitar work is the driving force here with lead singer and guitar giving it the beans as the song rattles towards its conclusion. I must also give a shout out to drummer Tom Russell on this track, as just before the track really kicks into its grand finale he springs into great little drum solo interlude to push things on to the next level.
Penultimate track Sirens caught me by surprise, purely because I didn’t think that the band would keep going at such a break-neck speed. After the brief strains of a real hard rock riff on the intro this one cracks into gear and rattles away like a runaway freight train. The guitar work is once again fantastic and I must salute whoever thought to put a harmonica solo in. It has no right to work but it delivers brilliantly.
As the record inches towards its conclusion the band strip right back (At least initially) for closer Cold. The opening verse is basically frontman Louis Coupe and his piano until a spritely drumbeat really sparks the tune into life. The chorus is a typically grandiose affair and once again the band pulls of the trick in beautiful style. Too many times when artists reach for the grand closing track they fall flat, but I’m pleased to report that here that couldn’t be further from the truth as the Telford based quartet nail it once more.
I’ve had the privilege of reviewing some incredible records this year but The Fairweather EP is right up there with the very best across any genre. I know I’m at risk of sounding like I’m going completely overboard here but I really am struggling to find fault with this record. They’re young guys too; the potential in this band is staggering.
The Fairweather EP is an unbelievably satisfying listen. It flows brilliantly through peaks and troughs in all of the right places; the production is totally on point and song wise there are no weak links.
What I’m trying to tell you is that this EP is absolutely outstanding. I doth my cap to you gentlemen.
The Fairweather EP is out now.