Room, The - Restless Fate

9x9 Records
(NXN013LP: 0615625727197/NXN013CD: 0615625727210)




Release date: 5/10/2024
Originally released: 1/27/2023

First new record in nearly 40 years.


Limited edition black vinyl LP with insert.
CD with 8 page booklet in jewel case.

Early 80s Liverpool stalwarts The Room are back. Theirs is a melodic blend of progressive, alternative pop and sultry post-punk, which is just as fresh and relevant now as it was when they first broke up in 1985. Firm favourites of the late, great John Peel they have been compared to Joy Division, The Fall and fellow Liverpool band Echo & the Bunnymen.

New album Restless Fate picks up where the band left off. At times shimmering, at times haunting, but at all times an arresting and urgent listen. An exploration of man’s search for meaning and the dysfunction of the human condition, there is still a relentless optimism at the core of this record. A stark post-punk soundcape provides plenty of space for frontman Dave Jackson’s spirited yet acerbic vocal. Perhaps one might find more wisdom in Restless Fate’s songwriting and lyrics than in The Room’s previous catalogue, this could just be experience showing.

 “Jackson’s songs are an ornery delight.” Gavin Martin - Daily Mirror

“Jackson has perfected a melodic songwriting style with strong storylines.” Fred Dellar - Mojo

“Jackson’s songsmithery has never been in doubt.” John Aizelwood - Q

“For six years they were one of the more maverick and overlooked groups in the city...The band brought together a musical and verbal intelligence and an abstract energy that never quite fitted in...The incisive lyricism of the music always always matched the concisely articulate emotion of Dave Jackson’s words.” Penny Kiley - Melody Maker

1. The Drift
2. Red Admiral
3. Sleepless
4. Kingdom
5. Time Comes
6. The Reeds
7. Dust Motes 
8. Mirror World 
9. Crying Face 
10. Cursed Islands
11. Bull in the Doorway

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