The Rooks Will Put Some Groove In Your Soul With 'Wires'
Whetting the appetite of their ever growing fan base with recent singles, New York indie-soul sextet The Rooks have just delivered up the smooth-grooving polish of their new EP, 'Wires'. Looking forward to their tour of the East Coast, with 'Wires' the Wesleyan University spawned band have conjured up a cohesive collection of soulful indie-r'n'b songs that will move the listener's emotions just as easily as it will their feet. Effortlessly channeling the boundless energy of their renowned live show - we have had the pleasure of hosting them several times in New York - The Rooks adroitly draw on influences from soul, r'n'b, hip-hop and rock to invest infectious bassline grooves, lush keys and expressive, funky guitars with a genre-defying charm all their own. Singer Garth Taylor's ability to go from contemplative murmur to soaring exhortation at a moments notice packs an emotional punch, movingly informing the EP's lyrical ruminations on the emotional and psychological ambiguities and complexities that come with the vicissitudes of life and love.
A fantastic slice of sophisticated, 'make-you-wanna-move' indie-soul, 'Wires' is the the band's most accomplished release to date. The staccato, swirling synth, jazzy guitar and soaring vocal motif of 'Intermission' (Wires) tale of a missed connection. The creeping bassline swagger, shimmering guitar and defiant emotional spiral of 'Doubt'. The lush keys and and musing guitar of the unresolved feelings and bruised, push-and-pull emotion of 'Secrets'. From the promise that was so evident to us back in 2013, 'Wires' represents a moment of potent realization for The Rooks - a coming of age for a band that deserves to be on the playlist of every music lover.
For those of you on the East Coast, you can catch The Rooks on tour at the following venues in July and August -