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Lud Roes' *Dear IV*: A Haunting and Electrifying Debut for The Washington Band

Blending lyrical depth with hard rock production, Lud Roes' first album captures the raw energy of their eclectic and rock live performances.

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Emerging from the vibrant scene of Washington D.C., Lud Roes has dropped their much-anticipated debut album, Dear IV, a collection that encapsulates the raw energy and innovative spirit of the band.

Consisting of Ella G, Avery Petrucci, and Robzie Trulove, Lud Roes showcases a synergy that only a band with deep roots in community and collaboration can achieve.

The album kicks off with "Waiting For B," a track whose lyrics weave a dark, surreal narrative. The haunting lines "Heartless hog / Herd and hone" are complemented by an atmospheric production, creating a chilling backdrop that perfectly aligns with the song’s genesis during a frigid winter night and a seance. The accompanying music video, directed by Mitchel Worely, enhances this eerie aesthetic, making it a standout piece both sonically and visually.

"Fish" follows with a more contemplative tone, its lyrics invoking a sunlit, almost hallucinatory journey. The duality of mind, as expressed in "Right mind stay where I have to be / Left mind where do I have to be," resonates with a sense of searching and dislocation, a theme that recurs throughout the album.

"Tattoo Me" dives into the complexities of identity and transformation. The vivid imagery of lines like "Sequined sex-change / Tall drink / Double take" creates a visceral narrative, exploring the interplay between self-perception and societal gaze. This track, with its intricate layering and dynamic shifts, exemplifies Lud Roes' ability to blend lyrical depth with musical innovation.

"Realm of New Friends" offers a more introspective experience, detailing a search for connection and understanding. The refrain "I need a friend with something more" is both a cry for help and a declaration of hope, encapsulating the album's emotional core. The ritualistic imagery of candles and chalk adds a mystical element, grounding the personal in the ceremonial.

The penultimate track, "Circle," stands out with its philosophical musings. The repetition of "I can see the gift that was" juxtaposed with "The truth is a poison and now that you're gone" highlights the band's deft handling of complex emotional landscapes. The song's structure, with its cyclical refrain, mirrors the lyrical theme of perpetual seeking and elusive clarity.

Closing with "Almost Movie," Lud Roes delivers a poignant reflection on memory and loss. The lines "If I could let you hold me close again / My love and my sorrow" are delivered with a haunting vulnerability, leaving the listener with a lingering sense of longing and unresolved tension. This track, perhaps more than any other, showcases the band's lyrical prowess and emotional depth.

*Dear IV* is a testament to the power of collaboration and the strength of the DC underground music community. Lud Roes has crafted an album that is both deeply personal and universally resonant, weaving together threads of identity, connection, and introspection into a rich tapestry of sound. With their electrifying live shows and this impressive debut, Lud Roes is undoubtedly a band to watch in the coming years.



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