Have you ever seen a local band play at a bar in Austin? They almost all have this kind of sound: this really safe, non-rockin’ sound influenced by all of the other local bands in Austin. Picking up on cues from super famous “adult alternative rock” bands from The Cure to The Killers, hoping to catch on to whatever got those bands to where they are now. That said, Rooms aren’t even from Austin, but that may be their spiritual homeland. I wouldn’t mind listening to them play at a bar while I was throwing back a couple of beers, but I wouldn’t go out just to see them play. Know what I mean?
–Lauren Trout (Self-released)