Indie, Pop, Rock
My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive
Brisbane’s searing shoegaze quartet Roku Music has had a meteoric rise since its inception last year. Blossoming from the core duo of Donovan Miller (No Anchor/Butcher Birds) and Innez Tulloch (Tiny Spiders/Pastel Blaze), this at-home experiment has supplanted its hard-edged take on the wall of noise aesthetic to become an immaculate construct of melody and sound. The ideas continued to flow and run away from the duo, which saw the necessary additions of Thomas Roche (The Rational Academy/O) on drums and Jody Gleeson (The Madisons) on bass. The line-up complete, Roku Music have continued to mine the depths of resonant noise with acuity and reverence (and more than a devilish gleam in the eye).The unflinching dynamism and physical immersion that a live Roku Music show involves is awesome in the truest sense, with effort taking to fuse the sonorous instrumentation with lilting vocals that equate hope and despair simultaneously – and they are but babes in the woods. 2013 continued to be a watershed year for Roku Music (seeing as it’s effectively the only year of the band’s existence). After a glowing appearance for Brisbane’s Record Store Day at the esteemed Tym Guitars where they released a limited edition Primitive EP (which features the original title track alongside incendiary My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive covers), they toured the East Coast for the first time. Roku Music have filled support slots for the likes of Daylight Robbery (USA), The Nation Blue, Violent Soho, Sounds Like Sunset, and Yes I’m Leaving, all the while continuing to expand on their already blistering sonic terrain. They are also currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album, recorded by Miller in his Nowhere Audio studio, which promises to be a resolute statement of intent – one of many to come.
Roku Music are a shoegaze band from Brisbane, they probably draw on other influences, but that’s just a mistake, an accident on their behalf. Some people have said that they are a good band, everyone else have acted wise, and kept their pretty mouths shut. Tim from Tym Guitars has argued with them about the new My Bloody Valentine album. So has Ian Rogers. Last year Roku Music were a duo (Innez and Donnie). They released a limited edition cassette. There are around three left, meaning that this has almost sold out, but if you can’t sell 50 cassettes, it’s probably time you rethink your place in the world, right? To coincide with their Record Store Day performance at Tym Guitars they released a limited edition CD (as a full band). 100 copies were given away for free. The EP is now available on bandcamp, also for free, but some people opt to pay for it, new world capitalism is a weird thing right?. Late June/early July 2013 will see Roku Music venture to the South to Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne, to hopefully give away some more of these EPs and to maybe sell a few t-shirts. They will also play in Brisbane as long as the good people of the town will have them. Roku Music is Donovan Miller (No Anchor), Innez Tulloch (Pastel Blaze), Jody Gleeson (The Madisons) and Thomas Roche (The Rational Academy). It’s taken almost a year to get to the current lineup, with a sojourn as a 3 piece featuring Steve Rose (Die On Planes) on drums, with Jody and Thomas joining a couple of months later. A record is currently being made at Donnie’s recording studio, Nowhere Audio. They plan to release this record later in the year/whenever it’s good and ready, “don’t put me in a box” - Miller, 2013. Sometimes people fall in love, maybe that will happen to you, but probably not and even if you do, you’ll just mess it up eventually anyway. See you at a show.