EP Review: Roscoe Tripp – A Cage Made of Tin

A Cage Made of Tin is Roscoe Tripp’s second EP, and it’s the one that’s put the five-piece on our radar. It’s a story of growth and collaboration for the band, evolving from their first EP which featured a lot of material written and recorded solely by lead singer Greg Fine.

By Graeme Smith

With A Cage Made of Tin we see Greg taking up writing partnerships and including guest musicians such as Kenny Carkeet from AWOLNATION and blues musician Eric Scott. Bandmates Shehryar Mufti and Tony Vitez also put their stamps on things too, giving the EP a diverse feel across its five tracks.

The EP opens with its title track. We get swirling flavours or rock, Goth and country in equal measure. It’s an exciting mix, providing a textured backdrop for its dramatic story. Greg’s vocals are understated but powerful. You can tell right from the off that you’re in for something special with this EP.

Such A Pretty Girl (Masterjee Bumbu Remix) comes next. An old song by Greg, Shehryar gives it a fresh lick of paint. The result is a funky, bluesy number that smoulders before gathering itself in an intense finish. Carry It Over canters along with emotional rock energy. The vocals are soaring and we get a powerful, anthemic chorus that’s a highlight.

Big Dreams is an urgent track that demands you get up and move. It’s lyrical story hits hard, rousing the listener to forget their fear of failure. Mind How You Go closes the EP with a brooding, melancholic instrumental vignette that brings shades of Radiohead with it.

A Cage Made of Tin is a bold statement from Roscoe Tripp. There are emotional highs and lows and it tells an epic story in a short space of time. The diversity of genre and styles on display keeps things interesting and definitely made me want to hear more from the band. I hope you’ll enjoy this EP as much as I did. You can check it our below.