The Romeo EP is a five-song release by UK band Romeo Indigo Romeo. Call it alternative rock or call it metal, or even call it what you will…but the idea here is that the music is supposed to punch. There is some strong songwriting across this record however it is met with a lackluster execution in production which drizzles on the parade. The tug-of-war between these two aspects makes for an in-depth listen as one tries to pull out favorite parts of the EP.
The opening track, simply titled “I” starts up with some wavy psychedelia, is this the new Tool album you may ask? The slippery interlude is too quickly met with the tones in questions. Whether or not this was the aim, the guitars sound like they were processed through a computer. Lead parts and rhythm sections alike, the cardboard feel to the guitars really takes away from the punchier parts of the song. The verses are these quiet and wet segments led by tight vocal performances that are much easier to appreciate over the clean tones. The song is well structured and has some dandy guitar solo work tucked in the breakdown. Perhaps it is something in the way it was mixed that doesn’t deliver the songwriting to its fullest potential because what I’m hearing should hit harder.
“The Message” should be this colossal beast of a song, but something about doesn’t deliver the punch you’d expect. The vocals are killer and the drums are blasting. Unfortunately a lot of the low-end seems to be lost in an ugly bass distortion that just sounds like a sheet of paper. There are some great vocal harmonies during another clean, dialed back verse, which is a lot smoother of a listen. “Spooky Scary, Spooky Scary” also has a super nice verse. The clean-tone game is a strong point for the EP. The vocals sit powerfully on top considering the low register. The clean guitar tones are dialed in, the bass has some boom to it and the drums are takin’ it easy holding down some less complicated rhythms. These ‘clean’ moments were the most enjoyable bits of the EP.
There is a lot of potential in developing the choruses from song to song. With a great vocal range already ripping, some richer guitar tones that mixed with some lower end in the bass department would help these parts explode the way they were clearly written to. It isn’t all lost in the tone, however! “The Wolf” has a riff so nasty your head will be grooving for sure. The drumming on this track is also worth mentioning, super-specific accents and changes in swing lead the progressive sounding song through the fold. There’s also a hilarious Yoda sample at the end of the song which is really fun.
Honestly, with this release, “That’s What You Get.”
Written by Ben Cornel
*edited by Danielle Kenedy