Roof Doctor, previously the solo project of guitarist Mark Harper, has grown significantly in the time when they have been making cooperative music together. What began as a simple acoustic outlet for Harper has turned into a surprisingly eclectic band including Kevin Paschall (Abi Reimold, Shelf Life, Hello and Yes) as a drummer, Chet Williams (Hello and Yes) as a bassist, keyboardist and saxophonist, and Alex Stackhouse (Cool Points) as a guitarist.
The members of the band have changed musical accompaniment, and the other activities in which they participate, serves to create a crazy energy on the background of Harper’s usually somber melodies. It is this combination of lyrical despair washed away by a sea of joyful melodies, jazzy sounds, and rousing harmony that can characterize this band. In 2014, they put out their debut album “Mobile Freedom Home” that Stereogum called “surprisingly hopeful and sincere in a way that many albums today aren’t.” The significant range in emotional tone in the album extends from the incredibly bleak “Dad” to the encouraging “Bulldog”. The storyteller’s own mantras swim in occasionally, as if to confirm that things aren’t as bad as you may think.