Dave has worked with our house gods Stone Temple Pilots, also in projects around Bob & Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Eat World and made remastering work in the soundtrack for Looking for Sugar Man!
“The album opens with the tight and solid mid-tempo grunge rocker ‘Lying’, which is sung convincingly by Johan Sjöberg. After the sung part, bass player Thobbe Hermansen paves the way for a searing solo by guitarist Mats Stille. The chorus during their concerts will certainly lead to a great singing moment with the fans. Drummer Staffan Westelius starts ‘Corrosion’ with a few striking hits. Here too the excellent rhythm section provides a great groove. The strong and catchy chorus gives the song an extra touch. The same can be said about ‘On And On’. Mats Stille starts ‘Sober’ on the acoustic guitar. When Johan starts singing, the song explodes a little later into a powerful power ballad and the rhythm section plays a major part in that. This wonderful mood change occurs again in the course of the song. ‘Sober’ together with the powerful rocker ‘Not For Sale’ is the best song on the album. The accelerator pedal is further depressed for the rocker ‘Not For Sale’, a song that will certainly provide the necessary ambiance during the Roof Down concerts. ‘Not For sale’ is the shortest song on the album and should have lasted a bit longer.
With ‘I’ll Be Gone’ the band keeps on going. Drummer Staffan Westelius continues to determine the rhythm with coercive and tight percussion and the throbbing bass line of Thobbe Hermansen ensures the beating heart of the song. Johan’s powerful characteristic voice is made to sing this kind of music. ‘Give Me A Line’ is a straightforward rocker with a strong chorus. There is a somewhat mysterious atmosphere around the slower title track ‘Lost’. Here guitarist Mats Stille may be delivering his best strings solo from the album. Another, less than three minutes long song is the powerful rocker ‘You And I’, in which the excellent deep bass line of Thobbe and the energetic percussion of Staffan again provide a driving and pumping groove. Roof Down closes their third album with the ballad ‘Thank You (For Life)’, a power ballad that is sung with a lot of feeling by Johan.
‘Lost’ from the Swedish formation Roof Down is a solid and powerful album that will especially appeal to fans of grunge and more solid rock, but certainly with a little more variety. At the end of September the band will come to the Netherlands for three performances, but the correct dates and locations are not yet known. For more information about those performances, it is best to regularly check their website”.
“Usually when I get a review that is listed as Swedish metal I immediately think of that Gothenburg sound coming my way. Behold the surprise when I received the review promo for Roof Down, a grunge styled band from Sweden. Some of you may criticize grunge and hell, some may say that grunge tainted metal, but having grown up in the height of the late 80s and early 90s, I developed an affection for the genre. Roof Down perfectly encapsulate the classic grunge sound throughout each track of this album. You can hear it especially on “Lying” and “Lost.”
I dig “On and On” with its ballad-like effect and the smooth as buttermilk vocals of Johan. “Sober” has a touch of acoustic groove in its riffs as well as a soulful potent meaning. One song that breaks the flow into a hard rock edge is “Not For Sale” which has a slightly aggressive touch to it.
It was hard not to get lost in beautiful memories of a time when I had hardly any worries and life was about fun, rocking out, and perhaps raising a little cain. (I still do!) Roof Down has pinned the grunge sound to a tee. Check them out if you enjoy Soundgarden or Pearl Jam”.
Video for the song Disgraceful from EP “Gunge Pro Bono”.