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Review: Red House Glory, “Fever (Live)”

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Review: Red House Glory, “Fever (Live)”

“Dynamic. That word in particular sums up the sound of Red House Glory. Magnetic. Another word that accurately encapsulates the feel and presence of the group as a whole…Their sound is decidedly influenced by their alternative rock predecessors, but Red House Glory is clearly vibing to their own beat…and it rocks.”

Artist: Red House Glory

EP: Fever (Live)

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, Silverchair, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots

Red House Glory

Driving drums pound straight into a controlled frenetic energy-driven opening track, and I’m hooked immediately into the world of Red House Glory. This four-piece outfit from London, England eschews the Brit-pop scene that rules the overseas mainstream music scene and instead takes a nod countrymen Arctic Monkeys by charting their own course and navigating through the world of indie rock.

What immediately strikes me - and quite frankly separates Red House Glory from their Brit rock contemporaries - is the very obvious attention paid to constructing songs that are immediately pleasing to listen to, but involve much more than meets the ear. In fact, the four songs presented on the Fever (Live) EP take more of a nod from late 90s alternative rock/grunge and classic rock and punk song structure. The vocals throughout the tracks evoke a pleasing cross between Eddie Vedder, Pete Yorn, and Arctic Monkeys vocalist Alex Turner. In a sense, it’s a modern throwback that is comforting and incredibly dynamic all at once.

Brothers Theo and Nathan Grace and their best childhood friends Lewis Knaggs and Johnny Greenfield kick things off with “Lead Me Away”. This track quite capably sets the tone and direction of the material with some powerful and consistent drumming and driving guitar. The bounce and crackling energy of a live performance is ever-present, with loads of head-bobbing moments just waiting to turn into full blown thrashing by the time its over. “Lonely” follows by stripping down at the start only to build into a lusher sound. The vocals on this track, in particular, possess a charming vulnerability that really adds that extra something to make this one a favorite. “Fever” comes shooting out of the speakers and just hits on all cylinders from the start. This is one of those tracks that I could easily hear sliding straight into the on-air playlists of any alternative rock station as is. The EP crescendoes in fine fashion with “Only One,” a fantastic and quite perfect showcase that shows both the range and diversity of the band’s overall sound and style. Another gem that’s ready for immediate airplay.

Dynamic. That word in particular sums up the sound of Red House Glory. Magnetic. Another word that accurately encapsulates the feel and presence of the group as a whole. When I listen to bands for review, I often find myself picking out a particular instrument or moment that gives definition to or highlights what they have to offer. Here, however, there is a synergy that binds all these players together in a way where they seem to finish each others’ run-on sentences without even trying. Their sound is decidedly influenced by their alternative rock predecessors, but Red House Glory is clearly vibing to their own beat…and it rocks.


Red House Glory website:
http://www.redhouseglory.com/

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