Connor Kelly & The Time Warp – “Roy G. Biv”


Fusing ’90s grunge nostalgia with a modern rock pull, “Roy G. Biv” is the latest single from Knoxville-based band Connor Kelly & The Time Warp. The track follows up the band’s 2022 album Distant Forest.

Its title referencing the colors within a rainbow, “Roy G. Biv” thematically captures the shifting personalities one may switch between, depending on who and what they’re surrounded by. Per the band, the track’s lyrics “paint a snarky yet authentic image of how it feels attempting to hide your true colors and the struggles that lie within lying to yourself.”

The Tennessee natives conjure a fierce rock sound with “Roy G. Biv,” propelled by fuzzy guitar distortion and reflective bass lines; the sound successfully achieves a “picture of grunge revival with an optimistic lens.” Peppy guitars drive into a bass-fronted vocal soaring, exuding a suave composure into the ensuing distortion. The “speak to each other,” vocal reverberations stir, as does the thunderous guitar additions past the three-minute turn, resulting in a psych-inclined conclusion. “Roy G. Biv” is a gripping showing from Connor Kelly & The Time Warp.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of July 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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