Power Pop has always been an island, a demilitarised zone where folks can lay down their arms, and join hands around the hook; a chimera of positivity and nervous energy created to provide some type of solace in a humourless and cold world.
Melbourne’s Romero wholeheartedly encapsulate this with their first outing “Honey”, a double A-side that takes its cues from the heavy hearted heavyweights of 70’s-80’s Punk and Power Pop, all the while flipping the script just enough to make it sound like 2020. Guitars shimmer and give off a brassy shine beneath bass lines that drive the hooks, while the drumming lays the bedrock (and roll) for show stealing vocals which really conjure up that old soul frenzy like not many others. It’s simply unreal how well Romero carry themselves this early in the piece.
At this point it’s pretty pointless mentioning who else they sound like; why waste time trainspotting when you can be raging in your room, tearing it up with a big dumb grin plastered across your face? Shouting along to the chorus until you’re hoarse because it hits that one bone in your tired, apathetic body that can still feel the amount of joy required to remove you, if only for a second, from a world that’s trying to hold you back.
‘’Honey’’ is a record for the freaks and geeks alike. Hell, it’s for anybody that needs to be picked up and reminded that’s it’s not all completely terrible.
released February 14, 2020
Vocals: Alanna Oliver
Guitar: Adam Johnstone
Guitar: Fergus Sinclair
Bass: Justin ‘Murry’ Tawil
Drums: Dave Johnstone
Recorded & Mixed by Idge at Soundpark
Mastered by Mikey Young
Opener absolutely rips. Falls into the ranks of tracks like “Dance” by ESG, “Eisbaer” by Grauzone, “Damaged Goods” by Gang of Four or like the album description says Kleenex. This is some really good stuff. Favorite song is the opener but dedicate “Blue” to my friend Blue who lost her life at 22, she would have loved this album. TheBloodofChrist
I know it's an obscure reference, but the singer reminds me of Anneke van Giersbergen from the Gathering. The singer of Romero is a highlight of the band's sound, and the power-pop tunes are driven by her. Looking forward to future releases of this band. Bart
You gotta love a band whose members weren't alive when you were young and somehow create music that takes you back to your youth (except I was never this cool). Gotta get back to Oz and see these "kids" perform live. Anthony Childs