The Roomsounds play old-school rock n’ roll reminiscent of Big Star and The Faces and will release their new album, Elm St. on March 25.
The Dallas Observer thought the band’s 2012 self-titled debut was “consistent with their Keith Richards and Tom Petty worship, an unpretentious album of purist rock ‘n’ roll riffs.” Rodney Hall, owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL heard the album through a friend and dug their sound so much he invited them to FAME to record their sophomore album.
The title track to Elm St. is homage to Elm St. in Deep Ellum, TX and has an emotional hook reminiscent of a former love.
“We played our first show in Dallas on Elm St,” says Roomsounds singer and guitarist Ryan Michael. “It’s the arty place where musicians, artists, and weirdos alike hang out and has maintained that vibe for many years. It’s said that blues greats like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lead Belly and Robert Johnson often walked the streets and played the night clubs.”
There’s a reason legions of young rock fans fall in love with their parents’ records. It’s the same reason so many radio stations still play classic rock: Great music never gets old. It’s also what prompted Michael to reinvent his sound, leaving behind his teenage past in a Warped Tour band signed to Warner Bros and relocating the group from Connecticut to Dallas.
“We wanted to immerse ourselves in the South,” explains Michael. “To be around the best blues and country players. It all just seemed so much more authentic than the shit going on around me in the Northeast.”
The entire band embraced those influences — Beatles, Stones, Black Crowes, The Jayhawks and more. Along with guitarist/vocalist Sam Janik, bassist/vocalist Red Coker and drummer Dan Malone, The Roomsounds make their own sound, one that permeated from living together in their rehearsal space – a run down industrial building with no heating, cooling or plumbing. They’re now living in a proper house in East Dallas, but not much else has changed. There’s always someone over — beautiful women, musicians and what the band calls permanent guests, all decked out with long hair, big hats and bell-bottoms. They’ve created their own Exile in Dallas and the music shows it.
“Take It All Wrong” started off as a folky-acoustic song and eventually became a straightforward rocker. “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” is E.L.O. meets Beach Boys at a Big Star show and has a dreamy, California vibe and features Larry Byrom from Steppenwolf on organ.
“Baby’s Got The Bluest Eyes” is a band favorite as it shows a side of their music that people don’t expect. “It feels good to put out something a little more tender. It takes more balls to bare your soul than to be loud,” admits Michael. The track was the last to be recorded at FAME and was completed when the guys found an old sitar in storage at the studio and layered it on the track.
The Roomsounds will be on tour through the spring in support of Elm St. including stops in NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville and SXSW. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
The Roomsounds Tour Dates
Feb 12 — Tyler, TX — Stanley’s Famous
Mar 05 — Nacogdoches, TX — Nacogdoches Music Festival
Mar 11 — Houston, TX — Fitzgerald’s
Mar 12 — Dallas, TX — Three Links
Mar 17 — Austin, TX — Craftsman (SXSW)
Mar 18 — Austin, TX — Maria’s Taco Xpress (SXSW)
Mar 18 — Austin, TX — Brass House (SXSW)
Mar 25 — Conway, AR — Kings
Mar 26 — Memphis, TN — Hi-Tone Cafe
Mar 27 — Nashville, TN — The Basement
Apr 01 — Oklahoma City, OK — Blue Note Lounge
Apr 06 — Columbia, MO — The Social Room
Apr 07 — St. Louis, MO — San Loo
Apr 08 — Cincinnati, OH — MOTR Pub
Apr 09 — Louisville, KY — Third Street Dive
Apr 12 — Nashville, TN — The 5 Spot
Apr 13 — Atlanta, GA — Smith’s Olde Bar
Apr 14 — Maryville, TN — The Shed
Apr 16 — Knoxville, TN — Preservation Pub
Apr 21 — Wilmington, DE — World Cafe Live
Apr 22 — New York, NY — Rockwood Music Hall
Apr 23 — New Haven, CT — Café Nine
Apr 29 — Chicago, IL — Reggie’s
Elm St. Track Listing
1. Elm St.
2. Take It All Wrong
4. Bad Situation
5. What Do I Gotta Do
6. Lay My Head Down
7. Don’t Give Up On Me
8. Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
9. Baby’s Got The Bluest Eyes
10. Stray Dog
11. Win You Over