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by Rodney Cromwell

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Comrades 03:51
She's a rebel in her leisure time, Met her on the march as we walked in line. Vegan bag, red pleather shoes, She knew more than me on the main issue. She's a rebel, she's without despair, Momentum flag, red henna hair. As this darkness marches in, Let's all fight amongst ourselves again. Now I'm a rebel when not at work, Where I'm just a glorified office clerk. Another commute and another day, Take my time for no more pay.


Comrades is the first track taken from ‘Rodney’s English Disco’, the new EP by Catford’s only exponent of indie pound-shop synthpop.

Rodney Cromwell’s evocative synthpop looks to the proto-electronica of the 70’s and 80’s to construct a twisted soundtrack for the post-truth world. The instrumentation of the new EP has been kept intentionally minimal with its drum sounds taken entirely from a vintage Boss DR-55 drum machine and a self-imposed limit on the amount of hissy analogue gear used in its making.

Melody and dark humour combine with simple motorik rhythms, soaring bass lines and the bleeps of retro synths, all within a lo-fi pop aesthetic. Where the debut album ‘Age of Anxiety’ drew on personal demons, on this new EP current social and political tribulations inspired Rodney’s wry songs of woe. ‘Comrades’ is a is a robotic turbocharged rebel song for the twitter generation; sonically it sits somewhere between Kraftwerk, Pye Corner Audio and the Best of Divine.

The full EP will be released on red vinyl 7” and digital in May 2018. It is the twelfth release on Happy Robots Records.


released March 2, 2018

Produced by Rich Bennett and Adam Cresswell.
Recorded by Adam Cresswell in Catford (UK)
Mixed by Rich Bennett in NYC (USA)

Cover photo by Jelena Osmolovska
Design by Seán Quinn
Press by Shameless Promotion PR

Equipment used on this record includes ARP Quartet, Juno 60, Moog Rogue, Korg MS-10, Microkorg and Fender precision bass. All drum sounds from the Boss DR-55.

Dedicated to the citizens of the future.


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Rodney Cromwell London, UK

Rod makes music on old synths, kids toys and guitars from Argos.

Released on Happy Robots Records.


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