Rocket From Eden - Silver & Gold

Published Monday 23rd May 2016
Rocket From Eden - Silver & Gold
Rocket From Eden - Silver & Gold

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160648-23768
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

Listening to this EP I found adjectives coming at me - quirky, genre-busting, inspiring, irritating, unpredictable, amateur, indy. Rocket From Eden hail from Peterborough and categorise their music as "folk, reggae, rock, acoustic," a description which listeners to this album will find accurate enough. They remind me of the old jug bands, and while I might say the music could be more polished, perhaps that's the point. They score best on the lyric front - going where bands rarely go. For example "When You Lied To Her" (on YouTube as "One 'Choice' Two Victims") is a welcome pro-life song, and there aren't too many of those around - the point in this song being that a pro-choice approach doesn't really offer women choices at all, offering lies instead. "One Small Slip" is the only song I can readily recall about biblical events in the Garden of Eden - "one small slip from Adam, one giant fall for all mankind." Calling a song "Caterwauls And Doggerel" is risky, perhaps giving critics a ready vocabulary, but the thrust of the song is that the songwriter offers his humble creative efforts in praise to God. The wry "Broken Cisterns" features the most striking imagery on the collection - God regrets that one of his children has drifted away and settled for the dregs the world has to offer - "You used to drink my life giving waters now you can't even be bothered to dunk." Musical backing is adequate but a bit random, with percussion that is arguably over-emphasised and some fiddle playing that somehow doesn't sit easily with the rest. That being said there's quite a bit of promise here and I'm looking forward to what Rocket From Eden is going to do next.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Doug Chapman in Peterborough @ 11:13 on Jun 17 2016

Hi Brendan, I'm another band member! Really appreciate your review of the band, & I think you have "got" where we are coming from!? We are not really a recording band, but love to play "live" where blues harp & flute are added in some songs! Our fiddle player is at uni so is only with us occasionally so you have that spot on too! He can sound a bit "in & out" We aim to keep things unpolished, but we will record again in future so value your estimations! Cheers... Doug

Posted by David Mclaughlan in Peterborough @ 23:22 on Jun 4 2016

Hi I play guitar in the band. Thanks for the review. It's pretty fair.
It was a live recording so it is a little raw. I like the fact that you picked up on the lyrics. We'll hopefully have something new and.a little more polished later this year.

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