If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, it takes no time to see why four-piece indie rock band Rebelle is the talk of the town: just moments into their new EP “Hide”, they firmly plant their hooks in you, and it’s a hold that lasts long past its three stunning tracks.
The energy that emanates from the Wakefield, QC band powers every second of “Hide”, and it’s both exceptionally contagious and completely undeniable. Without ever missing a single step or losing any momentum, it holds together just under eleven and a half minutes of non-stop rock insanity; it’s instantly easy to see how they’ve amassed a generous following social media, caught the eye of George Stroumboulopoulos, and been added by Spotify to several playlists. With infinitely singable lyrics, and its sophisticated, catchy riffs begging to be cranked to at least a 9, “Hide” is about to become your new favourite EP.
Rebelle is made up of brother/sister duo David (vocals, guitar) and Rylee Taggart (vocals, synth), along with Ryan Wiles (bass, guitar, vocals) and Joey Kane (drums). While three-quarters of this group stem from the now-defunct indie pop group The Strain, you wouldn’t know it from listening to them now: Rebelle is a definite departure from that previous sound, taking on a harder, sharper edge of serious rock within the new line-up. And while “Hide” demonstrates some influences of well-known groups, these four have developed a sound that is uniquely their own.
From the opening seconds of the title track, “Hide” starts out strong, giving you a brief but intense glimpse into the rock madness you’re about to delve into. The track has a natural flow, smooth and unforced, where instrumentation and timing are executed flawlessly. The manipulation of David’s vocals on this track are fascinating and fun, while the group as a whole maintains a delectably gritty and grungy feel.
I can’t emphasize enough the powerfully hypnotic hooks and outstanding songwriting Rebelle puts forth on this EP, where the track “The Rapture” further demonstrates that these four have clearly found their calling.
This is the kind of boneshaking fervor that marks Rebelle’s live act, something in which they take intense pride. In a recent interview with Canadian Beats, Rebelle said, “That’s the most important thing to us: live music. We try to pack as much energy into our set, and try to connect with the people there, whether it be a packed room or three people.”
So there you have it, Ottawa: the bar has been raised. Grab a friend, grab your tickets, and head out to the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield tonight at 8pm for Rebelle’s EP release party; you don’t want to miss this show.