Soda Blonde – Holy Roses
Impressive Dublin quartet march toward debut album with scintillating new single.
Soda blonde rose from the ashes of acclaimed Dublin stalwarts ‘Little Green Cars’ a little less than a year ago. Repeating the magic of that project may have initially seemed like tough work, but with each release, Soda Blonde seem more and more likely to not only match its predecessors legacy but eclipse it. Songs like ‘Terrible Hands’ and ‘Swimming Through The Night’ have already established the band as one of the most exciting outfits on the scene, with a hair-raising sound and a totally enchanting front-woman leading the charge.
Soda Blonde are in the middle of the build-up to the release of their hotly anticipated debut album ‘Small Talk’, and as they approach the last stretch they have dropped one last delicious taster – the fabulous ‘Holy Roses’.
The thoughtful electro-rock signature sound of Soda Blonde is in full swing here, as we are led into the track by a pensive guitar progression that sets the stage for frontwoman Faye O’Rourke to make her entrance. As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, O’Rourke hums with the type of electricity that only a real star can conduct, that elusive ‘It-factor’ that demands attention. Vocally her performance is on point and the lyrics are imbued with the thoughtful authenticity of a true poetic soul. Faye always has a lot on her mind, and part of the ‘Soda Blonde’ charm are deconstructing the meaning behind her words.
About ‘Holy Roses’ Faye says “So many of us use rejection as fuel to justify stagnancy or living in the past. ‘Holy Roses’ provides me with some closure and I feel it’s one of the most important tracks on the album. I am directly addressing the people in my past who have hurt me in this song. The Rose is symbolic of war and the fleetingness of life and death. It also represents the fall of Christianity, which I compare not only to our country’s dying Catholic status but to the oppression I felt throughout my own personal and work life. Holy Roses is the moment of reckoning for me, in all respects. I’m letting go of the people who have hurt me and my old way of living”.
Not to be outdone by their frontwoman, the rest of the band give the type of assured performance that one would expect from a group this talented and well-travelled. The Soda Blonde sound is heavily reliant on their rhythm section of drummer Dylan Lynch and bassist Donagh Seaver-O’Leary, who keep the track tight as a knot. The dark, reverb-drenched guitar sound of Adam O’Regan is immediately recognisable. When all these elements intersect for a chorus, the results are usually hair-raising. Indeed, the refrain of ‘Holy Roses’ is the type of hook that buries deep, as Faye chews the scenery with some truly gravity-defying notes.
Make no mistake, this is a big track from a big band. The Soda Blonde train is well and truly in motion, propelled by the momentum of yet another excellent single to whet the appetite in anticipation of the main course. If ‘Holy Roses’ is anything to go by, this upcoming album will be a veritable feast for the senses.