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Roommate's Skewed Pop Marks New Video, Flows Through Hideout Residency

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 23, 2015 3:40PM

Roommate, photo via their Facebook page

Roommate's new LP, MAKE LIKE, is out today and the group is in the midst of a Tuesday night residency series at The Hideout.

The band is ostensibly a pop ensemble built around Kent Lambert's songwriting, but we use "pop" loosely here. The hooks are off kilter and many of the song have a weird, tilting and slightly disorienting feel to them. This is power pop viewed through a smoky glass reflecting a slightly alternate dimension. It resembles pop music, but it's heart shuffles and lurches instead of beating in an expected fashion.

Roommate has just released a video for "Secret Claw" and we think it does an eerily accurate job at visually delivering on the sonic unease within that particular song, while still allowing the tune's weird earworms to take hold.

Roomate play with The Father Costume and DJ Mike Broers for their album release party tonight, June 23, at The Hideout. Next Tuesday, June 30, sees Till by Turning & Kent Lambert perform "Four Chambered Heart" and DJ Tim Daisy closing out the Roommate residency. Doors for both shows are 8 p.m., $8, 18+