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Officer Rose

The first of three acts on the bill is never an easy position to fill, but Officer Rose grab the opportunity to prove their rock’n’roll credentials to a packed-out house. They are naturals up there, strutting, cocky, playful and full of confidence in their material.

And rightly so, lyrically they are catchy and intelligent, musically they make their instruments work hard, producing impossibly familiar melodies and powerhouse riffs to keep things interesting.

This reviewer hadn’t heard of them before this gig so I did a bit of research and thankfully the recorded material stands up live. The crowd loved them, heaving and bouncing along with every number, they either have a lot of friends along, or they are pretty damn good. I’m opting for the latter.

Unfortunately, this reviewer is growing a baby and missed snippets of Officer Rose in between mad loo dashes to throw up. Nice, you probably didn’t need to know that, but I like to share. Also, it explains why I don’t know every track on the playlist!

‘Lipstick Sister’ is a winner, bringing to mind a unique hybrid of Snow Patrol and Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’ i.e., all the hallmarks of a student anthem. Considering how relatively young the band is, there is a real maturity to their lyrics, a thoughtfulness that makes listening a pleasure for the mind as well as for dancing feet.

My personal favourite is the ‘Cigarette Song’, slower but jaunty with it. Give it a few years and we’ll all be saluting Officer Rose. Catch them at the smaller venues while you can.

Guest article from Hayley C.

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