Nova Roma releases solid EP

Nova Roma is a band that was almost born too late.

Taking cues from the likes of Incubus, Seven Mary Three and Live, the Tupelo-based rock band Nova Roma showcases its brand of rock on its new EP.

Nova Roma would have fit in absolutely perfectly in the 90s alternative and grunge scenes. That’s not to say that the band sounds outdated in the 2000s, but it is easy to tell the band’s biggest influences are from that era.

Still, Nova Roma holds its own on the five-song EP.

“Mindless Meanderings” is a hit waiting to happen. The catchy chorus plays well with the more introspective verses for an interesting song that’s at times mellow and at times dance floor-ready. “Esther” is just as steady and it showcases Nova Roma’s harder rock sound.

Nova Roma borrows heavily from Incubus for “Relativity,” but the band actually pulls off the sound. The song isn’t perfect, but it is a perfect example of the band’s potential.

Perhaps the best song is the beautiful “Prologue.” The music is gorgeous, and lead singer Bob Barnes tames his growl for a nice vocal performance.

Nova Roma’s EP is worth picking up if you’re a rock fan. Give it a try, and check out the band’s upcoming live shows at the Nova Roma MySpace page.

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