Monday, 30 January 2017

A REVIEW OF 'Sprinkle With Rust' FROM RALE - 30/01/2017

RALE - photo credit to the relevant individual
From left to right - Seni, Tom and Dino
 RALE are a new Sheffield based pop-punk trio who last year on 9th December, released their debut single 'Sprinkle with Rust'.

Compromised of Tom O'Hara (vocalist), Dino Sofos (guitarist) and Sena Verdi (guitarist / keyboardist / synth), this three-piece met, practised, gigged and demoed for two years before retreating to a friend's recording studio in a disused Sheffield warehouse to record a collection of 'infectiously catchy and powerful pop songs'.

To record these songs, the band teamed up with Sheffield's legendary analogue synth doctor, Dean Honer (The Moonlandingz). This led to a sound emerging which is instantly recognisable as RALE.

Already the track has received plays from BBC Introducing, Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2. It was made one of BBC Introducing Sheffield's top 10 tracks of 2016 and was recently made 'Track of the Day' by This Feeling

After winning over audiences with their infectious songs and Tom's absurdly brilliant dancing, RALE are on a mission to become one of Britain's most important bands.

The intro of the song comes with a distinguished drum beat with a haunting bassline entwined within followed by the first guitar hook which is introduced pretty quickly.

My initial thought of this track was that it right at the beginning it sounded like the intro of Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want it Darker‘ minus the humming which present in Cohen’s track.
There are multiple different tempos in this song varying from verse to chorus and vice versa. These changes perfectly allow the band to incorporate all of the sounds which they wish to do by identifying as ‘pop-punk’ and there is also a slight psychedelic edge about it.
The verses allow the punk influence this band have to shine through while the pop aspect comes through more in the chorus – despite both being present in both. The punk sound definitely comes through more in Tom’s voice throughout this time during which at times he reminds me slightly of Ian Curtis however the underlying pop sound brings them away from going fully Joy Division.

By the time the chorus comes around there has been a build-up which better introduces the guitars and ends by an introduction to the synth and keyboard as the song plunges into a lyrically infectious and catchy chorus.

The band have done incredibly well in the production of this song and have left me rather looking forward to hearing them when they take to the stage of Plug on 4th February.

Written by Sophie.

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