The Roof comprised of Frank Musaraca, Ivan Zvorsky, Jacob Finkbiner and Skyler Scholl met in 2015 and already found time to release an EP entitled Bad Investment (Tangled Lives). The band plays a mix of blues rock and classic rock. At this point they wear their influences on their sleeve and haven’t found much of a unique sound but it's not surprising given how little time they have been playing together. There are some obvious references such as Led Zeppelin, The Doors and plenty of other bands from the late ’60s and ’70s.
The band recorded the album in the forest. I’m not sure the thought process behind this was but this sounds like a nightmare for any engineer who knows how acoustics works. Mic placement, no dead space, etc. must have made this process incredibly difficult in trying to manipulate and capture sound. At the end of the day the EP is about demo quality. It’s certainly not a bad start but isn’t competitive with a professional studio sound.
They open with a solid blues rock song entitled “Bad Investment.” The song is predictable but well written and catchy. It's the type of song that would go over well in a college bar on a Friday night. He sings, “I hear them whispering, go find someone else. She's a bad investment, boy better watch yourself.”
“Downpour” sounds like a myriad of classic rock songs. The guitar has Zeppelin-esque vibe and the band pulls off a number of transitions that have been pulled from the rock handbook. “Graveyard Walk” sounds like an alternative of “Roadhouse Blues” or maybe “Radar Love.” The closer “The Forest” also sounds like some version of a Led Zeppelin song.
Overall, the band has some technical talent and can deliver the songs well. Those are good things but the band will have to evolve if they hope to compete with some of today's best artists. The band has a couple of options. They can currently entertain college students with these songs they've written along with some classic covers from bands like Deep Purple to Led Zeppelin. If they want to more then that their best shot is by infusing their ’70s style with something that defines their sound. A great example of a band that did this well is Tame Impala. The Roof isn’t quite there yet but could develop a niche the more they play music together. Good luck and hope to hear more soon.
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