You guys, Rocky and the Chapter are back AGAIN with their fourth release since this time last year, “They’re Not Supposed to Care About Us.” These guys are out of control, but that’s great news for the rest of us, since it means we get more kick-ass EPs like this one, released September 29th from Sniffling Indie Kids.
Right away, “Dream It” slams to life, strong and hard on the guitars, the vocals matching their force. Then, a softer side of the EP, “Give” is a bittersweet, melodic track that perfectly demonstrates Rocky and the Chapter’s ability to be vulnerable and powerful at the same time. “What do you say when you’re helpless and the world stands still to wait?” Catanese asks. “It’s taken everything I’ve made as I fall to earth, and try to raise.”
The phrasing and ocean imagery in “I Can’t Sleep” add a poetic, flowing feel to this track, which commands the listener’s attention till the end. Straight after, “Deacon” brings back the energy with a vengeance. If you’ve got roommates (or neighbors), turn it up so you can all shout, “Will you be the one I knew/When I gave my heart to you?” and maybe jump around a little. The jumping around is optional, but you probably won’t be able to help yourself. It’s fine. We’re all doing it.
Defiant yet vulnerable, “They’re Not Supposed to Care About Us” delivers characteristic intensity and heart from Rocky and the Chapter, available now for your listening pleasure on Spotify or Bandcamp. And if you find yourself really head over heels for this EP, you can catch Rocky and co. Friday night at The Clash Bar in Clifton.
Carrie is N.J. Racket's copy editor and contributor of many album and EP reviews. She also has a puppy named Halo and loves Mac N Cheese.