The indie-rock band drop their genre-bending album ROOKERY.
They’ve been making noise all over Europe with their hybrid mix of alt-pop and indie music over the past few years, now Giant Rooks have dropped their debut album ROOKERY today and we can’t get enough. Taking us through ethereal soundscapes and experimental synths, the album showcases frontman Frederik Rabe’s throaty voice with hints of R&B rhythms and nostalgic indie bass lines. Bringing their mix of influences to the forefront of this album, the group play with various different genres for an album suitable for any mood. Stand out tune “All We Are”, takes us through a beautiful love story that immediately has us in our feels.
ROOKERY follows their European radio hit “Watershed” in January, which threw the group into the spotlight with their enthralling vocals and heart-pounding drums. From working with iconic producer Dan Grech-Marguerat (Lana Del Rey and The Killers) to selling out concerts all over Europe, the group are full speed ahead down the road to domination.
We caught up with Giant Rooks talking, the album, new music and what’s next. Check out the interview below…
Congratulations on “All We Are” – what was the song inspired by?
The song was mainly inspired by the movie Melancholia which is a beautiful and very dark movie about depression and the end of the world. In “All We Are” we tell a love story that takes place before the world ends.
The single’s from your new album ROOKERY – out today – you’ve said it’s a record that questions a world of unrest – Can you tell us what inspired it and the title?
It was more the other way around. The album’s narrative is directly connected to the writing process itself, and how it navigates our insecurities and our search for purpose and direction. What’s my role in this world? How do I deal with my own privileges? This all came together on the album cover in which you can see us all falling down from the sky. This is threatening and self-destructive imagery, but it has also got something very beautiful and romantic in it. On ROOKERY we tried to play with these contradictions.
How do you want your fans to feel when they listen to it?
We wanted it to be a comforting and warm album without being escapist. Also, it’d be amazing if our fans want to listen to it, again and again, to discover the details and dive into it deeper!
And where did you pull your influences from? Any unusual places or experiences?
Almost anything! Musically we’re inspired by all different kinds of musical styles, we don’t tend to think in genres! It’s the same for the lyrics – we tried to express how we feel about things happening at the moment, with us and in the world.