Propelled by emotional choruses and massive guitars, The Roman Numeral Three are on the fast-track to make a name for themselves far outside their hometown of Raynham, MA. While their sound is heavily rooted in punk, the band manage to add their own unique twist, creating a genre that is something more than just “punk”—it’s damn good music. I found myself particularly drawn to the second track from their most recent release, On Baker Road. The song, “Woke Up Sick” really focuses on the rhythm section, with verses that feature a driving back-beat of snare and bass drum. Towards the end of the song, drummer Kevin O’Connor really lets loose, showcasing his talents with a series of tight fills.
Not to be shown up, track six, “Still Alive” features the blistering guitar work of Mike Rague. Rague’s guitar work is swift and accurate, getting messy at some points but just messy enough that you are able to tell that this guy really knows his stuff. After listening to their entire record, this is clearly a group of talented musicians with a clearly defined sound.
I was also impressed with the band’s use of gang vocals throughout the entire record. I thought they added to the energy of the songs and really served to engage the listener (or more specifically me, the blog writer). I was picturing myself throwing my fists in the air in the middle of the pit as I listened to this record.
Overall, On Baker Road is a great record. I could easily picture this band on the roster of Asian Man Records, playing a gig with Matt Skiba or something like that.--Daniel McMahon