The four men who collectively call themselves The Roomsounds carry rock’s touchstone references in their bluesy, southern-tinged music, from the Beatles, Stones and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Big Star, the Black Crowes, Ryan Adams, Oasis and the Jayhawks. But their new single, “Lay My Head Down,” a manifesto about the healing power of rock ’n’ roll, paves its own way into the pantheon with a spirited groove durable enough to become one of tomorrow’s classics. Available Sept. 30, the song was written by lead singer/guitarist Ryan Michael and recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. The band was invited there by second-generation owner Rodney Hall, son of renowned songwriter and producer Rick Hall, after the younger Hall caught a video posted by a mutual friend.
Michael, guitarist/vocalist Sam Janik, bassist/vocalist Red Coker and drummer Dan Malone were fans of the studio and aware of its place in rock history, but the full impact of that history didn’t sink in until they arrived and absorbed the vibe firsthand. They couldn’t help but capture the spirit of those who’d previously made music in that hallowed space, from Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett to Duane Allman.
The song follows their self-titled 2012 debut album, which led to a Dallas Observer nomination for Best Rock Act and a cover story in LIT Monthly as the publication’s Best Band for 2012.
The band, whose members transplanted themselves from New England to Texas after Michael found inspiration there during an extended visit, are still laying down tracks for an upcoming album. They expect to complete it during their upcoming visit to Muscle Shoals. But it took only one visit for Rick Hall to label them “the future of rock ’n’ roll.” Clearly, it’s in good hands.