We Roll Like Madmen
“Bringing to mind the adventurous innovation of Daft Punk in spirit if not always in practice, their compositions always seem relentless more than anything, rarely stopping their idiosyncratic twists and turns to catch a breath.” – Kyle Petersen, Jasper Magazine
To kick off 2014, they joined Bonnaroo and Moogfest veteran Fine Peduncle for a double date in addition to winning RadioFlag’s Best Music Artist, East Coast. After joining forces with Post-Echo to release their new record The Kids Must Die, enjoying a return to Charleston Fashion Week, and touring the East Coast; We Roll Like Madmen continue their takeover of 2014 with the release of Hermetic Vol. 1, the first installment in a 2-part conceptual EP series to be concluded next year. A spiritual follow-up to February’s The Kids Must Die, the Hermetic experience eschews the collaborative nature of its predecessor in favor of a bleaker, more primal energy. With Hermetic Vol. 1, the Madmen stand both alone and as one.
The Hermetic Vol. 1
The Hermetic Vol. 1 quickly continues with the longest track of the album, Brazen Tone. This track begins with an industrial resonance, contrasting greatly the peaceful melody of the former track. Brazen Tone takes on an almost reggaeton beat, yet it oddly enough works within the piece. My only criticism of the track is the vocals (@ 1:56-3:12) standing out as a bit too harsh and not quite fitting the hypnotic machinery theme of the piece.
The Uncomfortable, fourth on the album, takes time in its build up but fully pays off at 2:38, with appreciable vocals, a captivating beat, and uplifting synth. I was fully enthralled in the latter half off the song, which speaks to the artist’s talent and ability to recognize the listener’s need for that crucial build up.
The Relief, was the perfect song to showcase that We Roll Like Madmen have great talent and finish the album on a truly high note.