Rockers Galore's Troddin Out of Babylon journeys to a brighter day - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

The new three-song EP from Philly six-piece Rockers Galore takes listeners on a journey from a place of tribulations to one of personal freedom.

The ten-years-running project of bassist, vocalist, and songwriter Blayer Pointdujour has a back catalog of two LPs, two EPs, and a handful of singles; while their music has always matched party-rocking rhythms with lyrics contemplating life and society, their newly-released third EP, Troddin Out Of Babylon, gets particularly philosophical in nature. As Pointdujour told us earlier this year, “This new record of ours explores the struggles of Biblical characters such as Moses, King Solomon, as well as our own personal struggles to get through 2020.”

Last month, Rockers Galore’s music video for “Celebration Life” welcomed spring and found beauty in what is often perceived as a rough part of in Philly. Released in 2020, it’s a song that meditates on personal growth and finds joy the tail end of that journey; the EP is the path to get there.

The opening title track swings between a polyrhythmic rumba and blues rock beat, with horn fanfares and jammy psychedelic Santana-esque guitars setting the score for Exodus imagery and vignettes of an oppressive existence: “You’ve been rejected by society / In a world of hypocrisy / They stripped you of your dignity / You’re hiding from reality.”

The move to transcend begins on “Top Of The Mountain,” a dreamy dub cut packed with hopes of a new day on the horizon, but one where getting there involves breaking free: “We need to cast down the burden that’s weighin’ / Forgive ourselves instead of just prayin’.”

Take the trip with Rockers Galore by listening to Troddin Out Of Babylon below, or grabbing a download at Bandcamp.

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