Written By: Michelle Doering
Are you looking for music to scream-sing throughout your entire house on a Sunday afternoon, perhaps while cleaning or eating cereal in your underpants? Well then, The New Respects’ first EP, Here Comes Trouble, is just the thing for you!
Named one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 artists to look out for in 2017, the Nashville based family-band is certainly making waves in the music industry. The reason? They are refreshing and unexpected. You never know whether you’re gonna get rock, soul, or r&b on any given track with them, but you do know that whatever you get is going to sound amazing. Singer and guitarist Nicole C. Mulligan has a lot to do with it, bringing incredible energy and enthusiasm to every single note. I would categorize them as something akin to Fitz and the Tantrums meets the vocal stylings of Janelle Monae.
One of my favorite things about their music is that it’s sort of a constant barrage of sounds. Every single member of this group constantly has their knobs dialed all the way up to 10. There is no phoning it in here, folks. You’re gonna get booming vocals, wailing guitar, screaming bass, and pounding drums all at the same time; and you’re gonna absolutely love it.
My personal favorite was the rich and authentic “Come As You Are.” This track combines Mulligan’s crooning powerhouse vocals and genuine, heartfelt lyrics in a way that really struck a chord with me. It’s sweet and romantic and about loving someone for exactly who they are, faults and all.
Another standout was “Shoes,” which sounds like it should be playing in the background of some teenage movie montage. It’s fun and infectious and incredibly upbeat, but it also delivers a nice and universal message about stepping out of your comfort zone and learning to empathize with other people, or dare I say, “walk a mile in another man’s shoes.”
The final track I’d like to showcase is none other than “Trouble.” Here it comes indeed. This one is a real headbanger, which I absolutely loved. I feel like this is where bassist, guitarist, and drummer–Lexi, Zandy, and Darius Fitzgerald, respectively–really shined. It’s one of those tracks that you feel like the whole band just poured themselves right into. I feel like they probably loved making this song just as much as I love listening to it. A definite win for me.
If you haven’t already climbed on the bandwagon for The New Respects, I highly recommend you do. I’ve got the feeling that this ship is about to set sail.