CD Review: "Sing Song Sung EP" by La Rocca
Artist: La Rocca
Album: Sing Song Sung EP
Label: Dangerbird Records
Genre: Indie Rock, Rock/Pop
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La Rocca’s Sing Song Sung EP pops with energy. Though only 13 minutes, it certainly makes a strong statement. The title track opens with a catchy chime, before breaking into a full-fledged post-punk rock party. Lead vocalist and guitarist Bjorn Baillie’s gravely voice is reminiscent of Eddie Vedder, but La Rocca’s songs sound way cooler than anything on Pearl Jam’s last offering. His sound is a little throaty, but it adds a working class texture to the soundtrack. Alan Redmond paces the album with excellent drumming, while Nick Haworth (keyboards) and Simon Baillie (bass) do more than can be expected.
“Home” is a standout track. La Rocca references the “E Street Band” and I can’t help but be reminded of Bruce Springsteen with the harmonized chorus and Baillie howling at the moon, just like ‘The Boss’ would. “Cambodia” closes out the EP with intensity. Producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, Belle and Sebastian and The Thrills) does an excellent job of capturing the bands’ energy. The sound is clean but multi- layered.
La Rocca sets some high expectations for their impending full-length, and judging by their overall talent, it should be as good or better.
- Review submitted by Jeff Bracco.