You know when sometimes you’re in the mood for one type of music so you’ll put on a certain artist/album and sometimes you don’t really know what you want to listen to so you’ll put your iPod on shuffle? Well “Limerence”, the latest offering from Worcester based band Ronin, is a little like having your iPod on shuffle as all the tracks are very different from each other it doesn’t always sound like you’re listening to the same band from track to track. This is not necessarily a bad thing at all though
“Limerence” is the follow up to Ronin’s 2011 EP, “Hybris” and promises to be a progression of this sound. There are no details of the inspiration for the EP released by the band which I like as it means the listener gets to draw their own conclusions on the meaning of the album and translate it as they see fit, something which I really enjoyed doing.
Opening track “Trespasser” is like Jeff Buckley, Bon Jovi and Metallica had a threesome and had a great time doing so! Very unique. Upcoming single “The Bearer” is reminiscent of The Killers with a harder edge. The lyrical themes and vocal sound of this track definitely remind me of The Smiths too.
Each track on “Limerence” is stand alone, there are no real fillers which is a great sign for an emerging band. There are hints of Morrissey style vocals and John Frusciante-esque guitar tones weaved through some of the tracks then just when you think you have Ronin’s sound figured out, up pops the Celtic influenced “Mimi Woolfe“. “Mimi Woolfe” is a stand out track on the album. I don’t know who Mimi Woolfe is but apparently we owe it all to her. The track opens with Celtic style a cappella vocals before progressing and ending up with a Muse style outro. I can imagine this would be a great crowd pleaser at live shows.
“Limerence” is a great showcase of the different layers of Ronin, they clearly have lots of musical influences which are peppered throughout the EP. It’s refreshing to hear an album you can’t put into a box genre wise as it has elements of rock, metal and indie. A definite must have for those who don’t like pigeonholes!
- The Bearer
- Always In My Heart
- Hard Lines
- Mimi Woolfe