After a year long trip traveling the world, Jason Molina returned to Southern California and reconnected with former bandmate Jake Shafer. The goal, to finish what they had begun 7 years earlier while the two were studying at UCSB and playing the music they loved. Upon meeting Andrew Taylor through a mutual friend and enlisting recent LA transplant Nick Arnold to play lead guitar, a four piece had been formed.
So how would one describe Roulette Dares music? In a time where sub genres seem to dominate the indie scene, describing a band as post alternative indie power rock with melodies ranging from catchy to jazzy to eerie, musical elements extending all the way from pop to rhythmic near hardcore, combined with pulsing piano progressions, a modern twist on 80’s synth leads, and dance beats that don’t always stay in 4/4 time would be entirely pretentious. Suffice to say the band uses more than three instruments to make better than average music. And while they do not lack prowess, the music isn’t overly technical or unapproachable. The lyrics are genuine, and song meaning spans the disparate experiences of different band members.
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