Before Baltimore’s art-punk trio Double Dagger abruptly called it quits in 2011, drummer Denny Bowen had already hatched Roomrunner, a crunchy, feedbacky, guitar-rock four-piece. After a couple buzz-heavy years of live shows and two EPs, the band is releasing their first full-length, Ideal Cities, on Fan Death Records. And the whole thing is being streamed on Spin.com, which should raise the group’s profile even more.
If in the ’90s you were listening to bands that would’ve been considered punk if they could have only squashed their Beatles influence, then Roomrunner will take you back.
But for all the Nirvana comparisons, and Bowen’s own self-conscious attitude toward the band’s influences — in the track-by-track commentary he says of one song, “The choruses were like Hum and then the bridge was supposed to be a Chavez rip-off” — Roomrunner has more to do with Bowen’s personal musical history than most reviewers would have you believe. The band’s occasionally mathy grooves and precision riffing recall the approach of Bowen’s previous band Yukon more than any given Gen-X alt outfit.
Ideal Cities comes out May 28 on Fan Death Records.
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