Release date: June 2, 2017
Following hot on the heels of Dopey’s Robe’s self-titled album (released just months ago), Rock Steady, New Mexico displays all the things I loved about the previous record.
It’s a tight surf/psych rock EP with plenty to enjoy. Like its predecessor, Rock Steady, New Mexico features whiplash-inducing tempo changes (particularly on ‘Spit on the Wall’) and mystical-sounding guitars, backed up by a driving beat.
This new EP is less groovy, though, than the self-titled album. Instead, it is rougher and more frenetic — it feels like a fever dream, an aspect I enjoyed.
Dopey’s Robe is obviously feeling fecund, releasing a demo, an album and this EP within the space of a year. While I love everything they have put out, I’d be happy to wait longer between releases and see more progression. It’s a minor quibble, though, and won’t stop me tapping my feet and bopping my head to these three enjoyable songs.