Rochester, NY’s Roses & Revolutions consist of singer/songwriters Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt. Their newest EP contains 5 catchy, folky tracks that you might enjoy; it depends if you like this style of music or not.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the duo and filmed a cold acoustic session with them in NYC for BeforeTheConcert.com. They were great troopers for singing out in the cold but I guess they are used to it since they hail from Upstate NY.
Back to the EP. The first track “Take Me With You” is an extremely catchy, foot stomping song that I could see being played on the radio. It might have gotten played during some commercials but not position on that. If bands like Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers can get on the radio, then why haven’t Roses & Revolutions gotten on the air yet? Maybe they have gotten airplay but I wouldn’t know, I don’t listen to the radio. Alyssa Coco did appear on American Idol back in Season 7 so some people are definitely listening. In any event, “Take Me With You” is a beautifully sung song that I will make you want to listen to it again as soon as it ends.
The rest of the EP is slower than the first track but that’s okay, it still sounds great. “Bommerang” is another catchy tune, and I prefer this type of song and “Take Me With You” then the slower tunes but that’s just me. Alyssa has such a great singing voice and Matt’s guitar playing is a nice balance. They are great as a duo and looking forward to a full-length album.
Bottom Line: Another solid EP from the Upstate NY folk duo
Notable Tracks: Take Me With You, These Walls, Boomerang