ALBUM REVIEW: Remo Drive – A Portrait of an Ugly Man | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Epitaph Records

Released: 26.06.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remo Drive have come a long way since their pithily-titled 2017 debut album, Greatest Hits. Initially boasting a slipshod brand of upbeat angst, the Minnesota natives were, perhaps a little too readily, pigeonholed alongside the likes of emo revivalists Mom Jeans and pop-punk purists McCafferty. Last years sophomore effort Natural, Everyday Degradation proved that they were willing to broaden their musical palette, however, and on new record A Portrait of an Ugly Man, they dial the experimentalism up a couple of notches again.

This isnt necessarily a game-changing album, but with its mainstream radio appeal – spliced with dashes of everything from ‘60s psychedelia to a dark, brooding brand of funk – there is enough innovation here to suggest that they have a bit more between the ears than a lot of their rinse and repeat peers. Well worth a listen.

 

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