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Sometimes losing your direction is the best way to find it. So goes the moral of rock band RoomFour’s latest tale. In 2008 after previous members departed the band to focus on solo projects, singer and guitarist Michael Gomez was left with the choice of walking away or making something new of a musical idea that had taken form four years earlier. The band’s debut album, “Home”, was a simple yet promising pairing of honest lyrics with an unnerving mix of rock, soul and pop.
But it was actually time away from music and time devoted to “listening” to what was going on around him that served as inspiration. The conversations at home, in the news and with peoples of all backgrounds served Gomez with a renewed perspective.
“Music doesn’t change the world; it facilitates communication between people. It is a language and, like any language, its power is measured. To place the burden of change on the art is to break its back. That burden should fall on us as people. But when we use the universal language that is music to speak across the lines of culture, gender and age, our task can become a more inspired one.”
Enter drummer, Ben Olsson. He answered Michael’s ad for a drummer and the reconstruction job began with a setup that, though unfamiliar, felt right. Now a duo, RoomFour retooled their sound from a traditional rock setup to a sound based solely on vocals, guitar and drums. Olsson, a trumpeter-turned-drummer, brought jazz sensibilities to the rhythm of Room Four’s established rock.
“I thought I was going to be a jazz man for a while,” said Olsson. “Trumpet was 95% of my music activities growing up. At the base of my musical soul is still jazz.”
The pair worked together to strip down the new material and rebuild RoomFour by raking it over the coals of the road and festivals, including an appearance at SXSW in 2011. At the same time, the two continuously returned to the studio to capture the new songs that would make up their latest project.
If Gomez and Olsson were both at the wheel of this new journey, producer Jonathan Camacho was brought in to be the map. Camacho added arrangements and electronic landscapes that both retained the basic elements of the band’s rock foundation and expanded their sound. In August of 2011 RoomFour released their second project, “Let’s Get Lost Tonight”. Says Gomez:
“We didn’t plan on the exact sound of the record at the outset. We just basically set out to find a new way of discovering ourselves musically and to a greater extent that’s what ’Let’s Get Lost’ is about; not being afraid of losing what you think your identity is, be it political, religious, cultural or social. Because sometimes when you get lost you find yourself.”