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Rosemary: “If I Had My Way”

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Rosemary – “If I Had My Way”

With their first single “Suburban Kings” reviewed in these pages, Kent’s Rosemary established themselves as one of the top bands to watch from the umpteenth wave of Brindie. Yes, of course there’s lots of bands listening to too many Jam records and stealing each other’s riffs, but just because Rosemary fit quite neatly into the popular post-punk revival genre doesn’t mean they’re not worth a second glance. Third single ‘If I Had My Way’ is a kinetic rush of assault-pop, where floaty guitars get chased down a dark alley by relentless drums looking to beat a solo out of them. It’s a prime slice of dancefloor espionage, capped off by Tim Hill’s inherently sarcastic voice informing us that he is “back in business” and something that sounds like a threat to “suck you dry” as flurries of cymbal give way to a loop of “ooh-ooh-ooh’s” like a child being repeatedly prodded. If I had my way, more people would download this single. And if they don’t, Rosemary should set the drummer on them.

161693623_feeab53a28_s-736506.jpgABOUT THE REVIEWER:
Richard O’Brien was born in Peterborough in 1990, and has been trying to escape ever since. He is currently still trying to get an education, and resides in a Lincolnshire village with his parents and his labradors with nautical names. He likes to act, listen to music, and write songs that will never be sung.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Thursday, February 22nd, 2007.