Think Firehose recorded by Steve Albini, and if that sounds like too much of a flight of the imagination then be prepared for even more adventures off the beaten track offered by The Rooftop Gambler.
With stories that are magically wistful and intriguing, it’s like a heavenly slumber party under the influence of a full moon. The Rooftop Gambler is three men each on a personal quest – a quintessential quest to play and find their own sound. As such, each song almost embodies a permission to be free, a collection of stories with an unconventional patchwork of musical ideas. Never sure where the next step might take you, their songs tease your sense of anticipation to the edge of gentle torture only to then secure your complete forgiveness when all is finally revealed.
It’s clever, it’s captivating, and it keeps you on your toes - straining to look beyond the next line thinking you’ll know what comes next. But you won’t, it may echo familiar places but will make you see them differently, perhaps for the first time.
Neil Ewart - Lead Vocals, Guitar & Piano
Ben Russell - Drums & Percussion
Karl Meyer - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar & Percussion
All songs by The Rooftop Gambler, all words by Neil Ewart
Artwork conceived and created by Clare Owen
released January 2, 2010
Released in February 2010 by onec Records & UPR Records