New music spotlight: Roar!

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Published on: February 10th, 2016

Roar! is a fun New Orleans-based duo that incorporates electronics into trombone, vocals, and live drumming into pop and punk music. The group has a sound reminiscent of a mishmash of unexpected artists-- Bjork, Portishead, Interpol, and Sylvan Esso. The mixes of loops and effects with instrumentation creates a unique, cheerful sound. The colorful balloons on the cover of their new EP, Paint the City, are a perfect fit.

Roar! originally started as a project called Yojimbo. The multi-talented Carly Meyers (trombone/marimba/vocals) and Adam Gertner (drums) bring a new sound out of New Orleans, one that would be more easily placed in lower Manhattan of 2001 than New Orleans of 2016. Their sound is a refreshingly original entry to today's music scene.

In an article celebrating the premiere of their video for the final song on the EP, "Paint the City," (below) Galactic's Robert Mercurio said "ROAR! Is one of the most creative, and dynamic bands to emerge from the New Orleans music scene, I really look forward to seeing how far this duo goes." 

Paint the City EP is available on mp3 and CD at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.

Check WWOZ's Livewire Music Calendar for any of Roar's upcoming local appearances.



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