Planning For Burial/Liar In Wait – Split 7”

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Bringing together two bands which have already stolen strong attention and praise for their previous releases, the new split 7” from Broken Limbs Records makes a compelling introduction for newcomers to both Planning For Burial and Liar In Wait whilst showing existing fans a glimpse, certainly in the case of the second project, of a new mature landscape of sound. It is an absorbing and immersive experience being offered, two tracks which distinctly differ but unite in their ability to seduce and envelop ears, as well as the imagination, with subtle and bolder invention.

The first track Mischief Night is provided by Planning For Burial, the solo project of Pennsylvania based musician Thom Wasluck. The song is his first outing since the release of the acclaimed album Desideratum earlier this year. It IMG_7856(2)opens with a sonic flame which swiftly immerses into a radiant but oppressive drone. It is a persistence of noise though wrapped and embraced by flowing synth crafted melodies, their evocative breath and nature a warm caress over the caustic spine of the song. Guitars add their raw beauty and unpolished elegance almost as quickly, everything combining for a haunting and ethereal flight through morose and imposing shadows. It is a thick and challenging intensity which emerges from the bewitching cacophony of sound, but one tempered just enough by the slow laboured vocals of Wasluck, melancholia dipping off every syllable within his expressive monotonous delivery. It is an emotion lighting cloud of riveting dark beauty and dramatic shadows lying pleasingly like a mix of Joy Division and Nine Inch Nails within a cold shoegaze soundscape.

   The second song Paper Houses is a lighter and warmer proposition but just as rich in firm textures and infectious magnetism. Liar In Wait began in 2012 as a side project of vocalist Adam Clemans of Wolvhammer and bassist Jim Adolphson from Mourner. It was not long before the band grew to a quartet with the addition of guitarist Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, Nachtmystium) and drummer Peter Clarke (Iron Thrones), and recorded debut EP Translations of the Lost which was released last year on Profound Lore. Employing inspirations from the likes of Asylum Party, Joy Division, The Cure, and Fields of the Nephilim, release and sound was well-received and has already raised keen anticipation for the band’s first full-length scheduled for next year.

liw promo     Paper Houses makes a potent and exciting teaser for the release, immediately seducing ears with an intrigue loaded bassline which swiftly suggests Ian Curtis and co. The irresistible bait is then crossed by shards of sonic eruptions before it all slips into a lively but reserved stroll with the bass still leading the seduction beneath the melodic tones of Clemans. There is a shoegaze glazing which mesmerises with House of Love like radiance but equally a dark tonal elegance which embraces essences of Gene Love Jezebel, early Cure, and The Danse Society in its emotive flight across the enthralling song. It is a spellbinding track having no difficulty in awakening real anticipation for Liar In Wait’s first album.

We have been blessed with a strong and impressive array of split releases over past months and this is another to add to that list.

 The Planning For Burial/Liar In Wait Split is available now digitally and on vinyl (300 black and 200 on orange vinyl) @ http://brokenlimbsrecordings.com/shop/

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The Floodgates – You

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The Floodgates is a young acoustic rock band which, if debut single You is any indication, is looking at a rather healthy and rewarding future. The song is a transfixing and intensely pleasing proposition which dances and emotionally engages with ears and imagination with impressive ease and creative charm. There is a bit of a buzz brewing up around the band and it is easy to see why through this introduction.

Hailing from Tunbridge Wells, The Floodgates consists of vocalist/guitarist Martin Stenning, guitarist/bassist Tim Fullbrook, and keyboardist Alex Wane, a trio bringing inspirations from the likes of Mumford & Sons, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley, and Tom Odell into their own ideation and invention. Since emerging not so long ago, the band has already notched up an array of successful shows, played the ColdHarbour Festival 2013, and been invited to play at the open a0944602616_2day of Heavyweight boxing champion David Haye’s gym after being spotted whilst busking. You is their big prompt for national attention and it is hard to imagine it not lighting up a keen and hungry spotlight on the band.

Emerging from warm yet haunting keys, guitars and beats are soon strolling with a smiling gait and melodic temptation whilst Stenning lays down an equally impressive caress of vocals. The song is instantly catchy and inviting, every aspect a gentle yet potently bulky enticement in individual and united engaging charm. The quaint vintage tone of the keys midway especially adds a drama and tone to the already vibrant and resourceful folk seeded scenery evocatively colouring ears and thoughts, but it is the enterprising elegance and virulent passion of the song which makes the richest connection and leaves a lingering persuasion behind.

You is an impressive entrance and though only one track to cross our gaze so far from the band, it is hard to resist suggesting that The Floodgates has the potential to make big and eventful moments ahead to excite us all.

You is available now @ https://thefloodgatesmusic.bandcamp.com/track/you-single

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RingMaster 14/10/2014

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The BeauBowBelles – All Over That

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Having been lustfully seduced by the To The Moon EP, the debut release from UK band The BeauBowBelles which uniquely merged the richest essences of gypsy punk, folk, country rock, swing, with a classical elegance, we had an instant lick of the lips when presented with their new single All Over That. It did not let anticipation and expectations down either, from a deceptively slow beginning evolving into another stylishly mischievous and imaginatively flirtatious stomp. The London quartet has a sound which makes the common cold look lightweight in contagiousness and their new single is the band’s most virulent dose of melodic infection yet.

The foursome of multi- instrumentalists, Bertie Anderson (vocals, violin), Emma Price (vocals, flutes, accordion, bells), Ros Wilks (vocals, violin, keytar), and Marcus Daborn (guitar, kickdrum), has continued to breed an impressive reputation and acclaimed proposition live since making their entrance. Along with their previous EP, it has been an exciting emergence by The BeauBowBelles, a potent ascent now receiving a sizeable change of gear through All Over That.

A melancholic embrace of violin wraps ears first, a caress accompanied in no time by a smouldering kiss of brass and an emotive breath of keys. It is an invitingly shadowed and emotionally dark wash which finds a sultry light as horns proceed to flirt with guitar crafted melodies and the first kiss of vocals. The lyrics state at one point a “tantalising tune” and it nicely sums up the opening of the song, an intrigue and unpredictability which truly erupts as guitars and voices add urgency to their croon. It is a momentary loss of restraint though which teases wonderfully before the track slips back into its darkened gypsy waltz to sculpt and cast the same magnetic build-up again.

Eventually rhythms and bass strums get heavy with a passionate relish, dancing with the sweltering melodies as the song develops a seriously irresistible swing to its melodically erotic romp. It is not long into the song that feet and imagination, not forgetting emotions, are wrapped up in the track’s adventure and by its climax all are swirling with the whirling fever of a dervish in breathless bliss.

All Over That is an unbridled joy and devilish epidemic of enterprise, as infectious as it is poetically melodic. The BeauBowBelles are the masters of the dance, for body and soul.

All Over That is available from September 29th @ http://thebeaubowbelles.bandcamp.com/

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RingMaster 28/09/2014

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Dirty Dishes – Thank You Come Again

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A smouldering seduction of fiery sonic tenacity and vocal charm, US band Dirty Dishes has been a gripping proposition for quite a while through their attention grabbing releases and senses scorching sound but the band have laid down their most potent and thrilling marker with new single Thank You Come Again. Entwining grunge, punk, and noise rock in one raw and spellbinding wash, the band’s new release ignites an instinctive hunger in ears and emotions with consummate ease and skill.

Hailing out of Boston, Massachusetts, the now Los Angeles based band is the brain child of Jenny Tuite (guitar/vocals) and Alex Molini (synth/bass), the pair initially meeting at a party before subsequently uniting their creative craft and vision in the feisty shape of Dirty Dishes. It took little time for the pair to spark eager attention and appetites for their sound and presence, the band going on to play over the years with the likes of Passion Pit, Autolux, Speedy Ortiz, Trail of Dead, Best Coast, and Weezer. Both their self-titled EP of 2010 and the following The Most Tarnished Birds EP two years later drew acclaim but it is easy to suggest their contents were mere appetisers for the deepest inventive majesty of the band to be discovered, starting with Thank You Come Again. The single is a new twist in the noisy invention of the band, a loftier peak of contagious yet uncompromising sonic devilry which is quite scintillating.

A swift and brief blaze of guitar bred noise opens up the gates for a heavier breath of sonic intensity to escape the song, before it relaxes into a gentle caress of excellent vocal temptation from Tuite. Her voice mesmerises from the first note, its beauty courted by a dulled bass tone and jabbing beats before the returning caustic flame of energy and sound returns to ignite the senses. The song continues to revolve and merge both aspects of its raucous and transfixing beauty, the track enslaving thoughts like a mix of The Pixies, Sonic Youth, and Belly.

     Thank You Come Again is a sensational sweet abrasion on ears, a rigorous examination which flirts poetically whilst searing the senses. An introduction for some to Dirty Dishes and a continuation for others of their already impressive presence, the single is a gripping next step in the rise of a band destined to breach a global spotlight.

Thank You Come Again is available from September 29th @ http://dirtydishes.bandcamp.com

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RingMaster 28/09/2014

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Kosoti – Bark and Sticks

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Though it does not exactly light a fire in the passions, the new single from UK band Kosoti certainly makes a highly flavoursome and satisfying appetiser for things to come. Bark and Sticks is an intriguing festival of healthy emotion and strong engaging sounds, a track which lingers long after its departure and incites a keen appetite for the band ahead. As mentioned it does not set the heart ablaze but easily reinforces the Newcastle sextet as a thoroughly tantalising proposition.

The seeds of the band, and certainly its impassioned sound, seems to have come from a near death experience in 2013 for vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Allan Hyslop, the press release for the single stating that he ‘realised that he should treasure every moment of his life doing what he loved, MUSIC!’. That emotion and emotional intensity is a rich soak to Bark and Sticks, and a band which from forming last year was soon impressing through the double A-sided single War/Pirouettes and soon after the Cradle EP. With a settled line-up of guitarist Seth Tinsley, bassist Christos Worsley, drummer George Hutton, vocalist Rebecca Gregson, and Paul Holdsworth on banjo alongside Hyslop, Kosoti has PromoImageevolved new twists to their sound and drive to their creative flame. Bark and Sticks is the evidence, a song which may not set the world alight but definitely gives it a warm enticing glow in anticipation of greater things from the band with its enterprising mix of folk and pop rock adventure.

A guitar caress and charming harmonies open up the song before a pulsating bassline alongside melodic enticement, wraps the ear as the warm grainy tones of Hyslop begins the song’s home town inspired narrative. It is a resourceful invitation which is soon revelling in an eager shuffle shaped by a great fusion between acoustic and electric guitar, which in turn is courted by the bubbling energy of the banjo. Vocally there is a reflective intimacy which equally shines thanks to the hazy voice of Hyslop and Gregson’s outstanding and varied vocal seducing.

Quick footed yet perfectly restrained to pull the listener physically and emotionally into its embrace, Bark and Sticks is only missing that final spark to turn impressed admiration into lustful enthusiasm. The track though shows that the potential is there and well within the band’s ability to grab even greater success over their incoming horizons.

Bark and Sticks is available digitally and on Ltd ED CD from September 29th @ http://www.kosoti.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

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RingMaster 28/09/2014

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Vandettes – Let it All Go

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An eagerly simmering cauldron of melodic expression and emotive energy, Let it All Go the new single from UK band Vandettes, provides a feistily tantalising introduction to a band already raising up a healthy buzz around them. The song is a robust dance of spearing guitar hooks and electronic flirtation immersed in melodies which linger longer than a hangover. It may only be one song but it suggests that Vandettes is a potent prospect here to stay.

Originally from Northern Ireland, the band moved to Liverpool with its members studying music at the city’s university. It did not take long for the band’s live presence and radiant indie sound to stir up keen attention locally and around the UK. This has led to the quartet of vocalist Robbie Cully, bassist Padraig Mcloughlin, drummer Marty Mcloughlin, and guitarist Daniel Kelly signing with SWC Artist Management and subsequently to Glasgow based Twin City Records for the release of Let It all Go.

The single opens on a gentle sonic breeze which is soon welcoming pungent string plucks from Kelly. It is a swift and engaging lure that succumbs to the even more enticing stroll of a dark bassline courted by the excellent vocal potency and v12expression of Cully. Magnetic melodic seduction from guitar and keys, as well as rich harmonies, ignite ears and imagination further, the track soon a bubbling revelry of skilled enterprise and irrepressible contagion. There is an eighties breath to the energy wrapping ears too, a friendly and familiar temptation which evolves into something equal fresh through the modern snarl and tenacity of guitars and rhythms.

Potently impressing from Cully’s soaring vocals to the bordering on mischievous bass invention, the guitar adventure to the crisp provocative beats, Let It All Go is a striking and appetite sparking first step by Vandettes. The beginning of big things it is easy to suspect too.

Let it All Go is available now on Twin City Records @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/let-it-all-go/id870573140?i=870573146

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RingMaster 26/09/2014

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7stbaby – Horses

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Following up their impressive and acclaimed album Control, British rockers 7stbaby are poised to unleash their new single Horses. A track as voraciously aggressive as it is melodically seductive, Horses easily reinforces the presence and already in place anticipation of major success for the band ahead.

Formed in the autumn of 2013 by Kyle MacKenzie (vocals, guitar) and Ben Martin (vocals, bass) but an idea already long in place but held in check due to the work and success of their other band Static Plan, 7stbaby swiftly gripped attention and praise through the diversely flavoured Control. Merging the richest and rawest essences of stoner and heavy rock with grunge and progressive metal spicery, the Guildford pair along with drummer Greg Webber, also of Static Plan, set a high startling plateau for the project with their album. Taken from Control, the new single confirms and pushes further that impressive start, its mesmeric and muscular tenacity a cauldron of sonic invention and unbridled passion.

Released on Got Wrong Records as the album, Horses immediately fills ears with punchy beats and almost grizzled melodic grooves over scarring riffs. It is an intensive start given further weight by the vocal growls and increasingly gripping twang of the guitar’s grooving. As mellower tones move in to welcome the fiery chorus, there is a definite Life of Agony groove and emotion to the song which only adds to its flavoursome adventure and blossoming fascination. A slip into a more progressively honed stoner twist loses some of the song’s snarl but adds greater intrigue before the track erupts back into its compelling antagonism and captivating melodic enticement.

Horses is an outstanding provocation for ears and imagination as well as a potent doorway into the similarly terrific and impressive body of the band’s album. Think Queens of The Stone Age meets Deftones and the aforementioned Life of Agony after being filtered through a heavy vat of Electric Wizard and XII Boar and you get a sense of 7stbaby. British heavy rock is at one of its most exciting periods right now and this band simply adds more substance to that claim.

Horses is released on September 26th via Got Wrong Records with an accompanying video.

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