Rogue Network - Rogue Network EP
Now, I wasn’t born in the 70s. I doubt the members of Manchester blues rock band Rogue Network were either. But for those who have an affinity with that era and the music that was born out of it, Rogue Network is a little piece of heaven.
A Killer’s Song will especially set the bluesy hearts alight. It’s warm and soothing but full of impending mischief, like the soft sunlight breaking through the curtains on a Saturday morning. You’re not quite ready to get up but you know when you do, the world is your oyster. Put on A Killer’s Song and you’ll probably reach for your corduroy flairs and strut down the nearest highstreet because this song oozes 70s cool from the first listen.
Milk and Honey is the second stand-out track on the EP. The song title is interesting – the phrase ‘milk and honey’ has been used countless times throughout music history in reference to the Old Testament ‘land of milk and honey’, the Promised Land, Shangri-la etc. I wonder if there might be a nod to John Lennon in there for good measure. It’s that kind of good-time, utopian land-of-excess vibe that Rogue Network are tapping into. There’s also a hint at some good old drug-induced euphoria so not only have the band nailed the overall sound, the lyrics are in keeping, fitting the music perfectly and giving the band a clear identity.
Having listened to other tracks off the band’s Soundcloud page, there’s more of the same to come from Rogue Network. Ruby offers more bluesy goodness with a touch of vocal harmonies, keyboard and some interesting echoey guitar riffs but the same signature swagger that can be found on the EP.
The Rogue Network EP is gentle grooves, laid-back guitar riffs and sunshiney vocals, topped up with some fantastically fuzzy bass parts that will reverberate around your eardrums and put a smile on your face. The sound is full of that ZZ Top swagger but there’s no hint of outdatedness about it. Rogue Network has captured the essence of the blues rock genre in the same way the Black Keys did a couple of years ago. It’s all about the simple, repetitive bass that gets into your soul and lyrics that speak to troubled hearts about nothing but good times.
Words: Scarlett Pares Landells
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