Every genre can be broken down into a million and one subgenres which can be confusing and exhilarating at the same time. Take rock for instance. There’s the glam rock of the ‘70s, metal of the ‘80s, grunge in the ‘90s and today you have bands like Imagine Dragons doing a little bit of everything. That’s what led me to New Row. They’re this rock band that has an alternative sound, but they aren’t afraid to let loose and really go for it, even if it’s just a bit on their debut, self-titled record.
New Row starts with the dramatics thanks to “Belong.” From there things are just okay with “Binary” but then get a whole lot better thanks to the invigorating intoxication of “Falling Forward.” Seriously, that could play on repeat for an hour and one would never question or get bored. They’d just sit, continuously lost in the sounds. All of those keep it simple for the most part, never stepping too out of the box and going over the top. Then the record comes to an end and “Sandslide” introduces us to a new side of New Row. This side is where the rock comes in their alternative rock mindset.
Rock music comes in all shapes and forms, as do most genres, and when it comes to New Row, they do things the alternative way but add a sense of theatrics and rock n’ roll to the mix to shake things up on their self-titled debut. You can check out New Row, out now.