Saturday, December 20, 2014

EP Review: ‘Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All’ & ‘Gentlemen Rogues EP’ by Gentlemen Rogues

Titles:  Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All (BandCamp, iTunes), Gentlemen Rogues EP (BandCamp, iTunes)
Artist:  Gentlemen Rogues (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, BandCamp, SoundCloud)

Hailing from Austin, TX, Gentlemen Rogues is a power pop powerhouse.  With two releases under their belt (2013’s self-titled EP and this summer’s Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All single), they have created a sound that is equal parts early UK power pop ala The Who, The Jam, and Elvis Costello and ‘90s indie rock ala Buffalo Tom, the Lemonheads, and Teenage Fanclub.  The result is something that sounds older and classic and new and fresh all at the same time.  Despite the year separating their releases, these two EPs flow together beautifully thanks to the band’s excellent sense of melody and hooks.  On top of that, the Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All single includes a killer cover of the Buffalo Tom classic “Mountains Of Your Head” and these guys are fans of Beach Slang as one can tell from lead singer/guitarist Danny Dunlap’s fantastic cover of “We Are Nothing.”  A band that covers Buffalo Tom and Beach Slang?  Sign me up!  Fans of any of the aforementioned bands or power pop in general need to give Gentlemen Rogues a listen.  I think you’ll love what you hear.  

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