Rocky Loves Emily – American Dream EP
Record Label: Tooth & Nail
Release Date: November 23, 2010
In regards to fit, one might suggest that Detroit’s Rocky Loves Emily would better fit alongside The Maine on Fearless Records than perhaps Ivoryline on Tooth & Nail. With that said, these six guys inevitably bring quite a diverse sound to T&N; however, they still maintain the optimistic feel prevalent throughout all releases on their label, allowing them to fit in, only with a different sound. Optimistic by nature, American Dream is a poppy anthem for RLE; for a debut effort, Rocky Loves Emily could easily tour with bands such as Hit The Lights or The Maine.
Title track “American Dream” is the prime example of who Rocky Loves Emily are – a poppy, uplifting outfit. Featuring a foot-tapping rhythm and addictive chanting, the opening track is the first dose of the feel of Dream. The following single “Clueless” follows suit, channeling Hit The Lights through and through, while the country-tinged “See Her Again” reminisces The Maine’s latest mediocre outing, Black And White.
“Name Of The Game” is driven by guitarists Sean Kick and Andrew Stevens as they set the tone for vocalist Brandon Ellis’ captivating vocal delivery. The final “There’s A Word For You” is trickery – beginning with an acoustic strum before then rising into another poppy tune about girls. As American Dream comes to a close, it is not without its flaws, mainly a lack of depth or innovation. The lyrics pull the record down incalculably, as well, with nearly every track being about girls. On the other hand, it’s a fun EP at that; there’s no denying how ridiculously catchy each track sounds, which has clearly led to huge careers of many others. In this way, if these six guys can grow and mature with their music and lyrics – perhaps taking hints from many of T&N’s other bands – they definitely will have a bright future.
This bands sucks and they're assholes. My friends played a show with them last spring and I guess they stole a bunch of their shit and broke the strings on their guitars. AND their music is generic? Jeez.