'Rodney's Engish Disco' is the new EP by Catford's only exponent of indie pound-shop synthpop.
Rodney Cromwell's sound has been compared to the analogue electronica of Kraftwerk, Section 25 and the 'retro futurists' of Ghostbox Records. His miserablism and dark humour has been compared to that of The Cure and John Grant.
Rodney Cromwell's evocative synthpop looks to the proto-electronica of the 70's and 80's to construct a twisted soundtrack for the post-truth world. The instrumentation of the new EP has been kept intentionally minimal with its drum sounds taken entirely from a vintage Boss DR-55 drum machine and a self-imposed limit on the amount of hissy analogue gear used in its making.
Melody and dark humour combine with simple motorik rhythms, soaring bass lines and the bleeps of retro synths, all within a lo-fi pop aesthetic.
Where the debut album 'Age of Anxiety' drew on personal demons, on this new EP current social and political tribulations inspired Rodney's wry songs of woe. 'Comrades' is a rebel song for the Twitter generation. 'Barbed Wire' a song from across the barricades of the supermarket checkout. 'Dreamland' is a breakup song for someone who just wants to go back to bed and pretend none of this ever happened.
The debut album found crossover appeal, gaining Cromwell coverage from the likes of NME, Electronic Sound Mag, Huffington Post and Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music and on RNE3 in Spain. At the end of 2015 Rodney Cromwell featured in 25 'Best of' lists and was named 'Most Promising New Act' by The Electricity Club. 'Barry was an arms dealer' featured in the 2015 Official Festive 50 on Dandelion Radio.
The EP is released on red vinyl 7?, digital and a CD that includes remixes by Remi Parson, Vieon, Pattern Language and Alice Hubble. It is the twelfth release on Happy Robots Records.
TOUR DATES 15 March, Actress & Bishop, Birmingham 16 March Fenton, Leeds 17 March Eagle Inn, Salford 10 May The Islington, London 11 May The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry 12 May The Railway, Southend