As someone whose music interests were very much honed in the early 2000s, there will always be a special place in my heart for that era’s brand of emo meets post-hardcore. And that’s exactly what’s served up by thrilling new American band RODERIK, who describe their music as “passionate, metaphorical and ever-changing.”
The New York-based quartet of Jake Anthony Salazar (vocals), Jay T. Sutherland (guitar), Danny Nugent (drums) and David P.K. (bass) formed with the intent of going against the grain. As Jake tells us: “We didn’t wanna be like anything else that’s out there, or do anything like we’ve done before, so naturally we include a ton of different sounds and vibes to our music.”
RODERIK have honed a hard-hitting, intense sound that has a emo and post-hardcore core intertwined with a wide range of influences like pop-punk, pop, hip-hop and R’n’B, into what Jake describes as “a very modern genre-bending twist.”
Our latest taste of this is the band’s second single You’ll Never Know, which dives straight into heavy guitar chords and driving drums with a distant shimmering synth sound. That’s joined by a stabbing high-pitched guitar, which drops into Jake’s engaging vocals supported by stabs of guitar in a lively opening verse. A pre-chorus builds up to an outrageously catchy chorus “I’m so sick of losing sleep over you, In my dreams we’re together, We’ve never been happier, But you’ll never know that.”
The vocals intensify into dramatic screams in a heavy second verse then spoken vocals lead into another chorus you can’t help but sing along to. That gives way to heavy vocals “Breathe in, breathe in, I don’t wanna dream about you, Leaving, leaving, I don’t wanna dream about you, Spending nights with him like we used to” build up to a final blast of the chorus.
On the track, Jake told us: “We’re so thankful because the response has been incredible. Being someone who has been in bands my whole life, I’ve never seen the support we’ve gotten from both our releases, but especially, You’ll Never Know.
For someone who hasn’t heard our music, I’d say, try to expect the unexpected. We don’t follow a formula with our songs. There’s a million and one different influences that goes into each song. RODERIK was built on that principle. Specifically for You’ll Never Know, I’d say we gravitated towards our pop punk roots, with a heavy mix of 2000’s emo and a sprinkling of electronic elements.” Check it out in the video below:
That followed debut single Save Me, which was released at the end of last year. It opens with piercing guitar sounds that explode with a huge scream and darting high-pitched guitars. It drops into a laid-back, very emo-ey verse that builds up to a huge screamalong chorus. A second chorus flows into heavy guitars and a scream of “‘Cause I am not the person I’ve become,” before the pace briefly drops then flies into a final blast of the chorus. Check it out in the video below:
They’ve also released a delicious stripped back, reimagined version of Save Me, which features Matt Weiss of fellow New York band Øff Guard, who we introduced you to back in November 2017! Check it out in the video here:
As alluded to, the RODERIK sound is influenced by a wide range of genres and sounds that change drastically between members. Jake loves everything from Sleeping With Sirens and My Chemical Romance to Lauv, Ne-Yo and movie soundtracks and scores. Jay is particularly into heavier bands like Mayday Parade and Chelsea Grin, Danny is huge pop-punk fan but likes everything from The Story So Far to Dua Lipa, while Dave enjoys a vast range of music, from metal to hip-hop and rap.
And on what inspires them to write music, Jake explains: “Well for one, just like many other artists, I like to write about things that I experience. For me, I gravitate towards the mental and emotional aspect of the human condition which often results in the heavy use of metaphors. There’s very few times in our music that I’ll be very literal with my lyrics.”
If you’re anything like us and you’re constantly hankering for a return to the emo and post-hardcore heyday of the early 2000s then we think you’ll also love the sound of RODERIK. And the good news is there’s much more to come from this exciting new band.
As Jake tells us: “We have so much we’re working on! First and foremost, we have so many songs in the pipeline. The only good thing about Covid was the ability to hunker down, shut out the world and just write. It’s a bit early to say, but we have a lot of touring opportunities we’re working on, but yeah pending covid restrictions. We want to get out there and tour, but we also want people to be safe.
“We’re hopefully going to be hitting up your town soon. We all have some touring experience and something we all miss so much is meeting new people at our shows. If we seem like we’re too busy prepping for a show or something, don’t worry, we’re not, always come up and say hi!”