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Rose Hill Drive

EP

(Sci Fidelity; US: 25 Jul 2006; UK: Available as import)

There’s an inherent problem with out-of-high-school bands—and that’s maturity.  Sometimes the artist will arrive both musically and lyrically loaded on the scene (see: Eve 6), but then there are times where the levels of ambition and talent don’t exactly match up.  Such is the case with Rose Hill Drive.  Opening their EP with the throwback Oasis-styled rocker “Raise Your Hands”, it’s obvious that the band is capable of delivering solid songs… but not necessarily great ones.  “Man on Fire” delivers more of the same, but it’s the EP-exclusive “Intruder” that works up to a solid guitar-strum hook, again channeling the Gallagher Bros, but without the raging pomposity.  Closer “Cool Cody” comes across surprisingly good for a live performance, but remains a by-the-numbers blues rocker (and at 7 minutes, really pushes patience).  Sadly, their cover of “Shakin’ All Over”—included on the excellent Stubbs the Zombie soundtrack—is left off.  It’s a real tragedy, because in that one song they exhibited more personality than what the majority of their EP has to offer.  Yet, if they play their cards right, they might have a stunner of a full-length… but that’s still a maybe.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on RevotTV's "Revolt Live!" as well as WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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