The Ruckus Don't Stop
Posted February 25, 2014
By SarahFine_NRT, Staff Reviewer
Crowdfunding seems to be the way to go for most recording artists these days. It gives fans the rare chance to get involved in the recording process, while receiving some sweet incentives along the way.
After a successful attempt at fan-funding their first music video, the New Zealand import known as Rapture Ruckus launched their second campaign late in 2013, raising the money the record a two-part series of EPs. Their initial goal surpassed in an 11th hour stretch, the Tooth & Nail trio was again successfully funded, and immediately got to work on new music.
Following their US debut with 2011's Open Your Eyes, the first of their two 2014 extended plays, Invader V1, promises to deliver the vibrant sounds this upbeat group of techno rockers are known for, while still managing to push the creative envelope a step further.
Right off the bat, "In Crowd" shows a clear evolution in the band's sound, while still remaining consistent in both their uplifting message of anti-conformity, and their signature electronic elements. The brief appearance by former Family Force 5 frontman Solomon "Soul Glow Actiavatur" Olds is a nice touch, and no doubt his addition will catch the ears of a few more listeners.
"Everybody Get Up" serves up a modern vibe atop a funky 70s beat, while the lyrics are the true star of the show. Cheeky and unapologetic at best, some listeners might be surprised by the brute honesty. Once you get past the shock factor however, what you'll find is clever song about giving up any false fulfillment the world tries to offer, and living for Christ regardless of what we might have to lose.
"Head Held High" is a stern encouragement that goes out to anyone feeling like their walking through hell on earth. It brings to mind the progression found in Manafest's music, due mostly in part to frontman Brad Dring voyaging away from rap, and into more proper singing.
A brilliant interlude, or all-too brief track? With "Invader Pt 1," it's your call. Perhaps the sequel to this quirky space themed tune, about a rising army of pious protagonists, will come in the next installment of EPs. Time will only tell.
"Carry Me" falls victim to being the weakest number on the project, mostly because it follows a series of tracks that are so melodically strong.
The bubbly, synth pop "In This Together" would be a fun song to rally a crowd if played live, and with the guest vocals of Chicago based female vocalist Shuree, I becomes one of the band's strongest and most unique songs to date.
A David Thulin remix of "In Crowd" ties up this EP nicely, with the perfect blend of dubstep ticks infused into this already danceable track.
Rapture Ruckus continues to push boundaries with the first of their Invader EPs, both on musical and lyrical fronts. Confronting strong topics in a way that can come across PG-13 at times, it's that kind of brutal honesty that has won the trio the trust of so many listeners, and will continue to win over many more. It also serves as another sonic leap for the group, as they branch away from their melodic formula, and into uncharted territory.
While the second installment of Invader is promised to be more mellowed out and unplugged, its predecessor is an impressive collection of tunes well worth your time and attention.
Song To Download:
"In Crowd" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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