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Black Robin Hero / Press

“Is there any category for homespun roots music that twangs, bends and inspires with organs, guitars, solid rhythms and soulful vocals? It is southern soul with a rock force picking out the guitar notes. Spirit brings in a gospel influence and the interactive instrumentation nods towards jam bands. There is no title, and that is maybe why Black Robin Hero can incorporate all the sound elements and make the music with a happy ending from its own hand, and not a result of its historical styles. Black Robin Hero craft their debut, narrow plains EP, with a sound balances what the band listens to and what the band plays. There is soul, rock and roots. The rhythms roll with an easy slope across the tracks.”

“If you are a fan of intelligent indie rock in the vein of Uncle Lucius, Tragically Hip or Band of Heathens have I got one for you! "Long Road" is a thick, heavily layered, brilliantly textured arrangement with a wall of sound painted with graffitti that reminds you that all the crap you were fed as a kid is just that, a pile of unfulfilled promises and broken ideals. I didn't know about Matt Lane, J Rowland, Shawn Oldham or the rest of Black Robin Hero before this week but I'm a fan now.”

““Well I've been left by every woman that I've known,” sings Matt Lane in the opening line of the opening song on Narrow Plains, the just-about-to-be-released EP by new, local roots-rock band Black Robin Hero. Yes, that's a lot of firsts and starts. But it's not fits and starts. No sir. Black Robin Hero (who purports, in its bio-by-way-of-personal-mythology to be born of a booze-fueled tryst between Bonnie Raitt and some member of Wilco) is not shy. The band comes out of the gate with cymbals flaring, guitars revving, kick-drum taking a beating in the punch and dance. No apologies, no awkward silences, no stammer, no sidelong glances. Just all systems go, full speed ahead, take no prisoners, charge. This is how you make an entrance.”