Remo Drive cordially invites you to a masterclass in self-reflection.

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Remo Drive are one of the most exciting bands that you might not have heard of… yet. Comprising of brothers, Erik and Stephen Paulson, the Minnesota duo are back with their second LP: Natural, Everyday Degradation. Their brand of emo-indie storytelling, rock music has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands across the globe who are left longing for new music since the very moment they heard their last. Hopeful to keep up the infectious momentum sparked by Greatest Hits, Remo Drive are primed to bring their listeners on a journey of self-reflection.

The opening two tracks on the album, Two Bux and The Grind, showcase – from the off – that there are many themes at play with this record as a whole. Released as singles before the LP, both tracks aptly set the foundations for what is to come. The drifting, yet direct riff that frequents large portions of Two Bux is sure to sink its teeth into the eardrums of its listeners. Erik Paulson’s vocals, in moments of individual flair and cotton-soft harmonies, couple perfectly with the jaunty bassline, so to seamlessly drift off into the world the band are creating. Slippery and slightly off-kilter, this track is a fantastic opener that never fully settles.

Shakin’ and Separate Beds build on the foundations laid by Two Bux. Both seemingly focusing on specific memories, these songs are apt and in parts eerie, not in a scary sense but in a thought-provoking manner. The lyrics – which are impressive and could be the strongest in the band’s entire discography – of Separate Beds are precise and delicate, placing the listener into a very specific and personal setting. In flashes, this album allows you to settle, take everything in and explore a world that feels familiar, yet bizarre. Around the Sun highlights this further with its whimsical nature and dizzying delivery. Remo Drive are maturing and this track is a testament to the fact: it is observant and patiently delivered.

What’s the date? I can’t remember.
Spinning around the sun until we burn up.

The Grind, on the other hand, holds no punches. Opening with a pulsating, spine straightening, drum beat, it’s not long before the vocals join the bass at the forefront of the song and begin to flex. This track blends the band’s impressive storytelling with their apparent love to write a tune with some guts to it. The highlights of this song, such as with The Truth and Mirror (which gives fans of the band teasing moments of vintage Remo Drive), allows the respective instruments to have a moment to shine: whether it is through the funky bass lines or frolicking vocals, there is energy about it that gives you a reason to come back to this album and listen to it again.

The Devil feels to be the song that brings all the vices at play together. This track provides yet another bass masterclass, and – once more – manifests the perfect platform for the vocals to exhale. This sentiment is echoed with Halos, which offers evidence that Remo Drive just love playing music together.

This album is a triumph of consummate imagery, impeccable vocals and outstanding musical technique. The simplistic beauty of the everyday is captured, bottled and corked in these 11 tracks. Of course, there are moments on this album that leave a little to be desired but it is clear that these are minor and are just the result of concocting tastes together. For fans of the band, this album showcases the Paulsons’ progression as musicians and a snapshot into the future of the band; while for first-time listeners, Natural, Everyday Degradation is the perfect blend of excitement and simplicity that is sure to bury itself into the playlists of anyone who takes it upon themselves to listen.

4/5 Bytes.

Callum Huthwaite.

Pre-order Natural, Everyday Degradation now: http://www.remodriveband.com/products/640905-natural-everyday-degradation

Remo Drive will also be headlining across Europe and the UK in December. Tickets are available from Friday, May 31 via http://www.remodriveband.com/tour

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