Swagger and hooks. Ravens Ballroom, a progressive rock trio from Livingston, NJ, have plenty of both. The band's debut EP Rain Dance channels Steve Winwood, Big Star and even a bit of The Bangles. The husband and wife songwriting unit Matthew and Simi Ravens is completed by drummer Jon Rosenbaum.
They like to change pace mid-song, with the vocals keeping it together. Fat Cat Sinner is pushed forward by a tugging guitar, Simi Ravens throws in a B52's backing vocal, and there's a snippet of slide lifted from Chris Isaac. The radio edit of standout track L'Anima lost it menacing boogie (or is it bogey) part with double-tracked guitar. Let's hope that there are DJs out there who have the balls to play album cuts.
Matthew Ravens: vocals, guitar, keys
Simi Ravens: vocals, bass, percussion
Jon Rosenbaum: drums
- Fat Cat Sinner
- Paper Doll Lou
- Hold Me Down
- Space Time Wave
- L'Anima (radio edit)