As he prepares and works on his new album, US singer songwriter David Alpha recently unveiled the Rockin’ Roulette EP, a retrospective compilation bringing together two of the most potent cuts of previous full-length Sacrilege 2.0. They are songs that highlight the punk and rock richness in his music whilst providing a strong tempting for what comes next from the Florida hailing artist.
Former lead singer and songwriter of The Fons, Alpha resumed his solo career in 2014 after time off studying and a short-lived part in a new band he formed. With tracks rattling around in his imagination, he soon released Sacrilege 2.0 which drew strong attention and praise.
As the EP opener, Scarilege casts its roar it is not hard to understand why. Seeing Alpha linking up with Dead Kennedys guitarist East Bay Ray, the song instantly bounces along on a lively riff. It is a lure which soon catches flame as Alpha’s vocals alongside scheming rhythms rise from a relative calm to fevered irritability. Instinctively catchy as it bites and hollers, the song is a slice of prime punk rock which maybe does not boldly surprise but is openly fresh and infectious around a taunting bassline which just as eagerly captivates.
The following Jeans grabbed ears here even more swiftly with punk ‘n’ roll carrying a broader flavouring than within its companion though if not providing the same snarling bite. That is replaced by richer imagination catching twists and turns as Alpha vocally and musically teases and taunts ears and the world. It is that adventurous trait though which elevates it from a strong to great song, its unpredictable moments ensuring it really stands out from the throng..
Together both songs make for a highly enjoyable outing and for newcomers introduction to David Alpha, each sharing potential which will surely flourish in his forthcoming releases.
The Rockin’ Roulette EP is available now @ https://davidalpha.bandcamp.com/album/rockin-roulette
Pete RingMaster 30/01/2019
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