Anyone who has experienced Roi and the Secret People in person can attest to the commitment the band brings to their live performances.
That level of dedication is evident throughout the band’s new EP, Live at 5 Acre Fest.
Recorded during the quintet’s June performance at the Five Acre Festival in Upper Mount Bethel Township, RSP’s live effort shows that the band is a well-oiled rock ‘n’ roll machine.
Roi pushes his voice to the limit, passionately belting out each of the six tunes that make up the album — whether it’s the gritty, previously unreleased “Bend or Break” or channeling his inner Ziggy Stardust on a raucous rendition of David Bowie’s “Moonage Daydream.”
Bassist Glen Radomski and drummer Craig Martyn are a formidable, heavy-hitting rhythm section. Radomski’s fills on the proggy opener, “Saturn Girl,” and funky fretboard work on “Late” are standouts.
Keyboardist Jason E. Hedrington adds a layer of melodic depth to the proceedings (his piano work on “Moonage Daydream” is particularly impressive), while guitarist Ed Golden makes his presence known by dropping bursts of squealing guitar leads. Among the highlights are “Bend or Break” and the RSP deep cut, “Slow Drown.”
A howling rendition of the RSP live staple “Dog Street” draws the album to a close, which crescendoes with Roi working in a few lines from the Doors’ “Peace Frog” as the rest of the band jams out behind him.
Live at 5 Acre Fest is raw, unfettered, and in-your-face — vividly capturing the essence of Roi and the Secret People in concert.