Roll It Over – Dawning on the Red Streets Album Review

We’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the new EP Dawning on the Red Streets from Baltimore’s Roll It Over and were thrilled to have the chance to be at their CD release show at the Otto Bar in Baltimore on January 26, 2013. We cover a fair amount of music in the Baltimore music scene and  Roll It Over is a band we have actually seen perform live more than any other band in this region in recent years. This should give you an idea that we like this quartet who has undergone a number of lineup changes since their formation in April of 2011, but seems to have found their chemistry and sound in the current lineup.

Roll It Over

Roll It Over

It is always interesting to review an album when we have always heard most of the music performed live. Our experiences are split many times between whether we hear a band live first, or on a studio track. In the case of Roll It Over, we are so familiar with their live act, which we love, that it was fun to finally get to hear what they did in the studio. So how did the band do making the transition?

Roll It Over: Photo by Michele Landon

Roll It Over: Photo by Michele Landon

The band made a great little EP here in this 5 song release which we are giving a very strong MARR thumbs up to. Roll It Over has a straight forward modern rock and roll style that blends well with a ton of other bands which is why they have probably been such a popular selection in the regional scene to support a ton of amazing bands with whom they’ve shared the stage including Saving Abel, 12 Stones, Hurt, Smile Empty Soul, The Dreaming and many others.

The album starts with “Memories” which is a high energy rock tune with a nice vocal performance from Will Sims, who continues that trend throughout the album. “Bullet In My Soul” follows this tune with a slightly heavier style and some very solid and cool guitar riffs from guitar player Joe Ruggiero who has really put his mark on this release as well as the live show as the band transitioned from a five piece to a four piece over the course of their evolution.

Joe Ruggiero. Photo by Michele Landon

Joe Ruggiero. Photo by Michele Landon

The EP ends with a very cool tune that takes you on a six minute musical adventure which includes some straight forward rock, a bit of a progressive style at times and even a hint of some rap-rock at the end. The length of this tune seems to make it the least likely  to receive a lot of radio play, but it is still my favorite track on the release and one you definitely want to check out.

Chris Pearson. Photo by Joe Butrim

Chris Pearson. Photo by Joe Butrim

Congratulations to Roll It Over for a very strong release in Dawning on the Red Streets and for being a perennial live presence in the Maryland/Pennsylvania live music scene. They are a band we have been fans of from their very first live performance, which we were lucky enough to catch! Check out their upcoming events on their page as they are a band we highly recommend seeing live. You can find Roll It Over on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Rollitover and Dawning on the Red Streets is available on Itunes for only $4.95.

Roll It Over is:
Will Sims – Vocals
Joe Ruggiero – Guitar
Brian Walton – Bass
Chris Pearson – Drums

 

Review by K-rock

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