Nov 2011 15

The Rope - The RopeThe Rope
Category: Gothic Rock / Post-Punk
Album: The Rope
Stars: 3
Blurb: Drawing heavily from the heroes of old, The Rope present a lo-fi and enjoyably classic form of gothic rock.


There are times for a band when wearing your influences proudly on your sleeve can be an advantage; this is especially true if the band in question has some actually good songs to offer. Enter Minneapolis’ The Rope, a five-piece rock band whose sound – as can be determined from the first strutting drumbeats, thrumming bass, and ethereal guitars of “The Silence,” the first track on their self-titled debut – immediately brings to mind the sound of the early ‘80s goth rock and post-punk scene. Jesse Hogan’s baritone croon is equal parts Iggy Pop and Ian Curtis, dark yet emotive, the lyrics simple but not trite. Mike Browning’s guitars throughout are tastefully sparse and atmospheric, perfectly complementing the keyboards, which is particularly evident on “Water to Wine,” an energetic and highly melodic song that reminds this writer of Death Cult and Killing Joke. “Poison Pill” follows suit, Matt Evans’ drumming evoking Stephen Morris with its mechanical precision and martial attitude, while “Jericho” must certainly be a hit for the band’s live performances with its hard-hitting pace and full throttle energy. Speaking of live, “Eyes” is presented to give listeners a taste of The Rope’s sound live, though it could have easily been another studio track if not for the less polished production. “Marie” presents the ballad of the bunch, full of morose heartache and rounding out The Rope’s debut quite nicely. It must be stated again that The Rope’s influences are plain to see and hear, not unlike the early albums of Ikon when Michael Carrodus was vocalist for that band. One can easily hear Bauhaus, The Chameleons, Joy Division, The Sisters of Mercy, and even David Bowie in The Rope’s music, but this is hardly a bad thing. It may be unoriginal, but the songs are well written and arranged and enjoyable enough that any audience would be willing to forgive the band for being little more than a good old fashioned post-punk goth rock group.

Track list:

  1. The Silence
  2. Water to Wine
  3. Marie
  4. Jericho
  5. Poison Pill
  6. Eyes (Live)

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Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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