The Room + Doris Brendel
The Room are a melodic rock band hailing from the Southeast of the UK. The five band members bring together a broad range of musical influences which has helped form The Room’s distinctive style. Smart songs with great melodies are the essence of the band’s sound with all the members involved in crafting the material.
Formed in 2010 the band finalised their line up in 2011 before starting work on a promotional single and then their debut album. Martin Wilson and Steve Anderson from progressive rock band GLD were joined by Andy Rowe, Andrew Rae and Steve Checkley.
At the end of 2013, drummer Andrew Rae was forced to retire due to the onset of Tinnitus. March 2014 saw the arrival of new drummer Chris York and the start of a new chapter. Work commenced immediately writing the follow up album to the hugely successful Open Fire.
The Room signed to UK label Bad Elephant Music in 2015 releasing “Carrie” as the first single in June of the same year. The album ‘Beyond The Gates of Bedlam’ was released in November 2015 to further critical acclaim.
Renowned for delivering a highly entertaining show, The Room are very much a “live” band and have played festivals, live music venues and toured constantly since their inception.
Having returned from an extremely successful tour with Wishbone Ash in November 2015, Doris Brendel, one of the most unique female rock-singers of the last decade, will be back on the road in 2016. The daughter of famed classical pianist Alfred Brendel, her distinctive vocals were the driving force behind 1990s alt-rockers The Violet Hour, who were signed to Sony when they released their now revered, classic album ‘The Fire Sermon’ in 1991.
Brendel’s eighth album and most recent release, ‘Upside Down World’ in April 2015, once again reflects her multi-faceted personality with an eclectic collection of songs popularly described as ‘progressive pop’, ‘Upside Down World’ spans pop, rock, prog and acoustic styles, confronting happy and sad topics with a humorous, angst-ridden style, blending them into a cocktail of sound and meaning.
Brendel’s collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Lee Dunham, guitarist of rock/metal band Primary Slave, continues in a live capacity, using an array of musicians to contribute to the progressive sound to complement Brendel’s distinctive, husky vocals.
Having missed out on a gig in London on the last tour, the band are delighted to be playing at The Borderline in February.