Band of Holy Joy – A Place Called Home

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Following up the success of previous single When a Gift is a Curse, Band of Holy Joy have now tapped into a colourful balladry which musically is as fascinating as the lyrical narrative it colours. The last single impressed if without lighting much more than a spark in the passions, but its successor makes in many ways a much more dramatic incitement and proposal that certainly stirs up lively satisfaction.

As magnetic and striking as they ever were, Band of Holy Joy earned a wealth of fan and critical acclaim with their album Easy Listening earlier this year, with the last single an open doorway into its bracing invention and enterprise. A BOHJ_A_PLACE_CALLED_HOMEPlace Called Home, which has been described as ‘A big city pop song of tradition and place lost in the shiny new urban world of market forces, rising rents and social cleansing’, brings another fresh turn from the band to ignite thoughts and emotions. Released on the band’s own label Radio Joy, the single has an intimacy and broader reach which easily engages with the individual and the climate of life as a whole.

The song emerges from a brew of sonic ambience with a caress of guitar and respectful rhythms beneath the distinctive tones of Johny Brown. It has an immediate grace and charm which intrigues and embraces just as swiftly. There is a feel of The Smiths to the ballad’s croon whilst its melodic warmth has a sultry fifties twang and innocence which equally seduces thoughts and emotions. As its expression of guitar enterprise and stringed melancholy expands over the senses, the track simply glows. Vocals and bass add further character to the temptation whilst the keys bring a whispering glaze of incitement to add further immersive hues to the delightful proposition.

A Place Called Home is a masterful kiss on ears and a tenacious suasion on the imagination, with a romance to its presence which ensures it is a song destined never to be ignored.

A Place Called Home is available digitally now through Radio Joy @ http://bandofholyjoy.bandcamp.com/album/a-place-called-home

http://www.bandofholyjoy.co.uk/

8.5/10

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Shevils – Shivers

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Having a soft spot for a band, as we have with Norwegian hardcore protagonists Shevils, can also mean that demands and the want to be impressed comes with greater force and an intensity which can be unfair. For others it might be a stumble waiting to happen over which the artist has no control but with the Oslo quartet it seems to be a challenge they bound over with ease. The release of their new single Shivers finds the band once again chaining hooks and contagion into a fiery roar of sound and passion whilst taking another leap in potency and irresistible enterprise.

Formed in 2011, Shevils took little time in drawing enthused attention and acclaim through singles such as Is This To be (Our Lives)? and debut album The Year Of The Fly, both in the year of their founding. The Necropolis EP a year later widened that attention across the globe but it was the impressive second album Lost In Tartarus which reinforced and pushed the band to a new plateau in not only sound but also critical acclaim. The foursome of vocalist Anders Voldrønning, guitarists Christoffer Gaarder and Andreas Myrvold, and drummer Anders Emil Rønning have reaped the triumph of their last full-length and blossomed it into an even more raucously scintillating exploit with Shivers. Shevils_Shivers_300dpi-1024x1024Shevils ascent has been unabated so far and the new track definitely adds further fuel to their impressive emergence.

The band waste no seconds teasing or coaxing in the listener, Shivers exploding into life as instruments and vocals cast a ferocious blaze on the ears. Just as little time is taken before riffs and hooks line the senses next, both jabbing and infesting the imagination and appetite with a punk brewed rampancy aligned to the outstanding vocals of Voldrønning assisted by the band’s mass calls. This is something which the band has shown for a while that they are skilfully adept at, casting bait which rhythmically, vocally, and sonically makes for an inescapable anthemic toxicity, but it is the ingenious twists and inventiveness of their songwriting and creative tenacity which sets them apart and enslaves once again in the single. Guitars carve out intrigue soaked turns throughout the furious charge of the track whilst the bass adds its own carnivorous throat and endeavour to the hostile beats and vintage punk clad onslaught.

Shivers is exceptional, the best song we would suggest to come out of the creative drama and fury which fires the music and adventure of Shevils. If the single is the sign of things to come from their next album scheduled for early next year, then we will have even more horizons of scintillating storms to come.

Shivers is available now @ https://soundcloud.com/shevils/shivers

http://shevils.com

10/10

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Draw – Alone Again Or

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Released to support the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland, Alone Again Or is the riveting cover of the classic Love single by Scottish band Draw. The never heard before track has been brought into the light by Empire Records owner and the Fife band’s manager Nicholas Russell with all proceeds going to CHAS, a reason to grab the release as potent as the fact that the track is a mouth-watering proposition in its own right.

Formed in 2000, the quartet of Vocalist/guitarist Brent Proctor, lead guitarist Dave O’Neil, bassist Rozanne Boynton, and drummer Ryan Lees went on to play over 150 gigs across the UK and released a trio of well-received singles, as well as the album Simple To Severe in 2003. Named the Live Band of the Year by Radio 1’s Session in Scotland in 2002, Draw supported Arthur Lee and Love on their 3 week Forever Changes tour of the UK the following year. Seemingly on the brink of major things the departure of one of the band led to the cancellation of the original release of this single amongst many things and subsequently the demise of Draw.

Love’s Alone Again Or originally appeared as a very successful single off of their 1967 Forever Changes album, and now finds itself being warmly and inventively treated to a fine interpretation. Recorded in 2003 but we understand never released, the song is a vibrant flirtation of roving riffs and psychedelically spawned melodies around distinctive vocals. There is an appealing restraint to the track but simultaneously a thick enterprise which springs from the guitars and rhythms. Not just a cover the song is a tribute to the original and Love brought with an individual presence, a uniqueness confirmed by the single’s accompanying pair of songs.

Taken from Draw’s previously mentioned album, both Incidentally and Today embrace ears and imagination with resourceful and elegant propositions. The first of the pair is a gentle stroll which is prone to rawer flumes of guitar and passionate vocal incitements whilst melodies wander invitingly across the scenic landscape of the track. Its successor is a more inflamed slice of indie rock yet still moves within scenery of graceful melodies and reined rhythmic incitement. As its predecessor the track bursts with passion driven surges of raucous endeavour and fiery enterprise which is as unexpected as it is magnetic.

The two songs remind what we have missed from the early end to the band and help make Alone Again Or a release on music terms alone which should be embraced and devoured greedily.

Alone Again Or is available via Empire Records now for 79p at http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JWNHLFS/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1408357146&sr=8-1 with all proceeds going to the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland

9/10

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The Dropper’s Neck – Line Me Up For The Firing Squad

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If you have not yet immersed in the mutated brilliance of Second Coming, the debut album of UK noise provocateurs The Dropper’s Neck, then firstly shame on you and secondly now is the time to immerse into the psychotic flight and sound of the band with their new single Line Me Up For The Firing Squad. Drawing on all the essences which instilled their album as one of the most striking and impressive releases of 2013, the band explores darker corners of their deranged imagination with the new single whilst forging a stronger rapaciously contagious causticity to their startling sound. It is a glorious onslaught of invention from a band evolving from something exceptional into a major player.

Bred from probably the darkest untoward psyches of Essex, The Dropper’s Neck formed in 2011 and soon had fans screaming in lust, and fear no doubt whilst dogs howled and cowered as rats sought out sinking ships, with their emerging irrepressible presence. Forged with inspirations of band such as Gallows and Queens Of The Stone Age as well as Pulled Apart By Horses and Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, their sound swiftly took hold across the south of the UK as their debut EP was unleashed before the exceptional Second Coming sparked a country wide attention from fans and media alike. The album was as mentioned a thrilling slab of sonic and rhythmic devilry, one seemingly cultured by the hybrid stock of Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and to a lesser degree fellow UK band Engerica. It led to a familiarity to its songs which only added to the potent spicery at play. Now Line Me Up For The Firing Squad shows the quintet of vocalist Lloyd Mathews, guitarists Chris Blake and George Barrows, bassist Jack Turner, and drummer Danny Keene, hatching a more unique and distinct sound to them, a proposition which The Dropper’s Neck are all the more better for.

A hypnotically rabid fury of noise and garage rock with all the antagonistic punk tenacity you could wish for, Line Me Up For The Firing Squad is right away a sonic buzz saw on the senses with a rhythmic punctuation which is as flirtatious as it is intimidating. From its first artillery of beats, the song is sending down cascades of warped grooves and sonic rapacity which swamp the senses. It is barely a few seconds before the squalling vocal grazing of Mathews is adding to the addictive animosity, but that too as the sounds around him, is part ferocity and part tenderising before he unveils a more composed and seductive enticement with a clean delivery which entwines with his abrasive roars.

There is a metal seeded aggression to the guitars and riffs within the song too, and a hardcore spillage across the vocals, their united tempest climbing rabidly all over the imagination. To that mix a predatory garage punk hostility drives the rhythms, though again everything comes with the devilish seduction that the band spawns all their songs from. Like a brawling maelstrom of Melvins, Cancer Bats, Queens of the Stone Age, and we still have to add but to a lesser degree Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, the single is a ravenous and unrelenting furnace of corrosive rock ‘n’ roll enterprise, i.e. quite brilliant.

Line Me Up For The Firing Squad is released for digital download on 11th August through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all other online outlets.

9.5/10

The Dropper’s Neck upcoming UK tour dates:

THURS 14TH AUGUST – DUBLIN CASTLE, LONDON;

FRI 15TH AUGUST – FUEL, CARDIFF;

SAT 16TH AUGUST – SANTIAGO, LEEDS;

SUN 17TH AUGUST – SOUTH SEA LIVE, SHEFFIELD;

MON 18TH AUGUST – OPIUM, EDINBURGH; TUES 19TH AUGUST – BLOC BAR, GLASGOW;

WEDS 20TH AUGUST – RETRO BAR, MANCHESTER;

THURS 21ST AUGUST – LADY LUCK, CANTERBURY;

FRI 22ND AUGUST – FITZHERBERTS, BRIGHTON;

SAT 23RD AUGUST – CHINNERY’S, SOUTHEND.

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RingMaster 09/08/2014

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Jimmy & The Revolvers – Whistle For My Love

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Rattling along with revelry in its feet and joyous enterprise in its heart, Whistle For My Love the new single from UK folk n roll band Jimmy & The Revolvers, is virulent contagion at its boisterous best. Fusing folk music and rock ‘n’ roll with a Merseybeat inspiration, the Liverpool quartet has been drawing a potent attention and following with their vibrant sound, something which the new single just might spark into the fullest national spotlight.

Formed in the early part of 2013, Jimmy & the Revolvers consists of vocalist/acoustic guitarist Jay Rehm, vocalist/bassist Kurt Riley, electric guitarist Jimmy Moon, and drummer Ash Michael. The foursome took little time in stirring up strong interest with their debut single in the June of their first year, the AA sided Aimee’s Song/Frosty. The following Sunday Morning EP which was released on New Year’s Eve 2013 triggered a much more potent interest, the band being featured as one of BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson’s Fresh Faves and gaining support slots alongside Ian Skelly (former The Coral). Now Whistle For My Love has its moment to push the band into a wider recognition and it is hard to think of it failing to earn Jimmy & The Revolvers a new wealth of acclaim.

Opening with a keen vocal croon within a melodic caress, thoughts swiftly grab comparisons to the Arctic Monkeys though they are soon driven aside by the unique stroll of jangling chords and hooks aligned to a deliciously broad and throaty bass enterprise. That alone grips the imagination with feet and emotions just as swiftly in tow but it is the glorious flame of brass which completes the heated seduction. The song is insatiable in its infectious devilry, potent spices of funk and reggae hinting their flavoursome additives into the vivacious stroll of summery rejoicing. Thanks to the brass calls there is an additional sultriness to the track which colours further the already boisterous enterprise and adventure of the melody fuelled song and fires up the passions and appetite just that little bit more.

Each summer has a particular track to rejoice to and bask in, a blazing anthem to remember it by, and this year’s, even though it is late in arrival, is without doubt Whistle For My Love.

Whistle For My Love is available now on digital download and Ltd CD Release.

http://www.jimmyandtherevolvers.com/

9/10

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Tree Dwellers – Midnight Sixteen

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After the release of their widely acclaimed debut single Come Up and See, Manchester duo Tree Dwellers provide another intriguing and captivating enticement in the shape of new song Midnight Sixteen. Brewed from the same striking and vibrant fusion of electronic endeavour with rock tenacity and funk revelry, the new single explores an even more immersive and suggestive landscape of sound to keep the imagination and satisfaction busy.

The father and son pairing of Mark and Jake Haslam, Tree Dwellers take their name from the mythical meaning of their surname “he who dwells beneath the bough of the Hazel Tree”. The duo spent five years honing their sound and experimentation and swiftly earned eager responses and attention with the aforementioned debut Come Up and See. That and the new track shows an intricacy and care which openly reflects the time the band spends on their creativity, each texture and layer set within and given the most potent and expressive colouring aligned to adhesive infectiousness.

Midnight Sixteen opens with a percussive dance which instantly recruits ears and thoughts, its shuffling revelry swiftly joined by a melodic coaxing of guitar and a vocal sample. The track soon immerses the imagination in a night lit adventure, sonic colours and melodies drawing in the imagination and senses as crisp rhythms and provocative keys accentuate a vivacious glide around a social hive of activity. It is a piece which can be interpreted with a new slant every time but always the song sweeps emotions up in a refreshing and vibrant enterprise which reflects a fascinating landscape of sound, life, and emotion.

If pinched to make a choice Come Up And See provides the strongest contagious bait out of the two singles but Midnight Sixteen pushes the emergence and creative adventure of Tree Dwellers into another enthralling and richly pleasing proposition of its own, an incitement which has ears and appetite licking their lips greedily.

Midnight Sixteen is available now.

https://soundcloud.com/tree-dwellers

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tree-Dwellers/1432174900357297

8/10

RingMaster 04/08/2014

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Jekyll – I Do What I Can

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Taken from their debut EP of a couple of months ago, I Do What I Can provides plenty of evidence as to why there is a healthy buzz around Jekyll. The band’s new single is a flavoursome mix of crisp rhythms and evocative melodies seduced by potent vocals and infectious enterprise, and though the song is not carving out new directions for melodic/alternative rock, it certainly provides a captivating and inventive flavour which sets the band apart from most of the crowd.

Formed in 2011, the Blackpool quartet of Joel Foster (vocals/guitar/keys), Jonny Chatterton (guitar/vocals), Lewis Armistead (bass), and Liam Singleton (drums) were soon grabbing attention locally and further afield with their emerging sound. Inspired by the likes of Muse, Radiohead, Kasabian, The Smiths, Nirvana, Editors, Joy Division, Maximo Park, and REM, the band followed up the well-received release of their demo, which drew strong attention from BBC Introducing and more, with their self-titled debut EP in May of this year. It too was met with an eager response. Released ahead of and in celebration of Jekyll’s appearance at The Membranes upcoming gig at the top of Blackpool Tower to celebrate the landmark’s 120th anniversary, I Do What I Can is one of those melodic parties which linger and never go home. It does not offer startling surprises and ground-breaking moments but for providing rich satisfaction it is a sure bet.

From its first second guitars are crafting an emotive melodic web as rhythms jab across them purposefully whilst the bass independently offers a potent shadow to an already melancholic air. It is a swiftly enticing blend which the vocals of Foster only brings more evocative expression to, the song now relaxing to a percussive coaxing as guitars tenderly embrace his entrance. There is a familiarity around the eventful chorus, vocally and musically, with that REM essence open but equally it flows into a sonic colour and adventure which soon has the imagination lost in originality and melodic emprise. The track continues to flirt and seduce with invention and skilful twists across its fluid narrative, and though lyrically a couple of times you have to give the song the benefit of the doubt, I Do What I Can embraces and leads ears through to emotions on a tantalising flight of creative and anthemic endeavour.

Jekyll is a band catching on with the thoughts and emotions of an increasingly growing following and I Do What I Can will certainly do no harm to their growing spotlight.

I Do What I Can is available digitally now.

http://jekyllband.wix.com/jekyllband

8/10

RingMaster 04/08/2014

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