Rugby Road goes back in time with their EP titled III. The four track EP is great for old-school classic rockers who are looking for some new music to enjoy. The Philadelphia-based three-man band that calls their style â€œalternative rockâ€ has been around for a while. They have played together for 25 years and have finally released new music since their last album which came out over 15 years ago. Rugby Road goes for a more sophisticated, old-school vibe, showcasing the experience they have accumulated over the years.
The first song on the EP, â€œBack to You,â€ is a reminder of a Bryan Adams song; maybe because he has one with the same title, but probably because the song is a real classic rock track that takes you back to the 80s.The first ten seconds of the song sounds like the beginning of One Republicâ€™s â€œLove Runs Out,â€ and after that transitions into that classic rock sound. The song also features a surprising addition of backup vocals that sound like a choir, which is what makes this song different than other classic rock songs, making the song memorable.
â€œNobody (Needs to Know)â€ a track that talks about keeping secrets, is another solid song on the EP. Itâ€™s a less frantic and more mellow tune with deeper lyrics like, â€œYou burn the bridges way too soon/ You seem more distant than the moon.â€ The repetitive hook gets stuck in your head, and itâ€™s a good song to bob your head to, with its steady beat. And of course, it wouldnâ€™t be a good rock song without a guitar solo at the end, which wraps the song up nicely.
Rugby Road slows it down with the third song on their EP, â€œSpoken For,â€ which begins with piano and a gritty bass guitar beat. The song talks about not being able to make your own decisions, saying in the hook, â€œWeâ€™re not waiting anymore/ I know weâ€™re already spoken for.â€
The final song on the EP â€œGive it Away,â€ starts off with acoustic guitar, and ends with about a two-minute electric guitar solo which then transitions back to acoustic guitar, as if the song has bookends.
Rugby Roadâ€™s III, is great for people who crave some classic rock. The tracks have catchy tunes, and each song has a little something to change it up and make it different. The EP fulfills a need for a bit of nostalgia while it also features some interesting added tweaks.
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