Visualise/Colours/Stop – Projected Thoughts

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If the first single from UK trio Visualise/Colours/Stop is an indicator of things to come, then imagination and emotions are in for some thrilling and impacting incitements to come with the band. Projected Thoughts is a glorious evocation of expressive rhythms and sultry melodies aligned to compelling vocals amidst a climactic atmosphere. It embraces the senses with a tender caress initially before evolving into an almost tempestuous landscape of emotive tenacity and evocative flames. It is a formidable introduction to the band, one instantly raising keen anticipation for their horizons.

Hailing from Lincoln, Visualise/Colours/Stop consists of vocalist/guitarist Alan Kissane, bassist Gaz Bailey, and drummer Dale Hagger. Initially called Fabonacci, the trio took on the name Visualise/Colours/Stop from a friend’s defunct band, who released an album in 2011.Things are a little hazy here as to the extent of the link between the two but we suggest members maybe are shared as the accompanying promo piece suggests the new single is the band’s first yet they have a link to the older version’s album on their Facebook page. Most importantly though is the strength and stature of Projected Thoughts, a song ‘reflecting on the demise of a relationship and questioning the world with that in mind.’ Mixed live by the band on old analogue recording equipment, the single is an evolving confrontation which simultaneously serenades and wakes up thoughts as it immerses ears in a rich drama of sound.

The song opens with the melancholic groan of bass within a slight but crispy percussive coaxing. It is a slow minimalistic kiss which presses closer through the dark tones of Kissane’s vocals against small but emotive eruptions of melodic radiance. As the track slowly begins to unveil its narrative and aural canvas thoughts of Black offer comparisons whilst as the rhythmic bait of Hagger brings an unpredictable and magnetic lure aside the growing suasion of guitar and vocals, references turn to Comsat Angels and to a lesser degrees Modern English, all offering a slight eighties hint. The track is mesmeric, a tender seduction which captivates ears and attention with irresistible majesty, never losing its grip as it eventually shrugs off its restraint for a still shadowed blaze of sonic intrigue and provocative melodic hues. At this point you can add the likes of Doves to the spicing veining potently through the now dramatic stride and tenacity of the increasingly contagious song.

Leading to a fiery finale which is as riveting and tirelessly compelling as the gentle almost sombre start of the proposition, Projected Thoughts provides a dark alchemy of sound and emotion which broods longingly from its first note right through to its explosive final breath. The single is scintillating and whatever the questions about the bands past, makes their future and an impending EP something to keenly anticipate.

Projected Thoughts just might be the start of something major for British rock, it might just be one song but it is hard to imagine Visualise/Colours/Stop making anything less than a gripping impact such the quality and enthralling presence of their single. Time will as ever tell…

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9/10

RingMaster 01/07/2014

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The Talks – Radio

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It is never hard to get feet and passions up for a healthy infectious dose of ska punk and it does not come in any finer form of potency than Radio the new single from UK quartet The Talks. An irresistible toe tapping escapade with the vitality of The Selector, the addictive prowess of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and the irrepressible invention of The Specials, the single ignites the imagination and passions with sublime efficiency whilst breeding a boisterous hunger for not only itself but the band’s highly anticipated forthcoming album Commoners, Piers, Drunks and Thieves. One song does not make an album but if the rest of the exploits are half as enslaving and potent as Radio than a heady ride is coming our way.

Since forming Hull’s The Talks has built and earned a strong reputation for sound and presence across not only the UK but Europe. Their sharing of stages with the likes of The Specials, Rancid, Madness, The Beat, King Blues, and The Toasters has only put the quartet of Jody Moore, Pat Pretorius, Iain Allen, and Richard “Titch” Lovelock into increasingly intensive spotlights. It has been a recognition reinforced and enhanced by their releases; the 2012 single Can Stand The Rain which featured the legendary Neville Staple easily marking the cards of a great many whilst last year’s West Sinister EP took things to greater levels of attention and support. The band’s last single Don’t look behind you pushed it all on again, its success leading to slots at festivals such as Boomtown and Camden Rocks at home and the Sapi Festival in France and the Fusion Festival in Germany.

The new album is the source of the next great hunger sure to be inspired by the band, greed set to be intensified with the rampant appearance of Radio. The single instantly casts a rhythmic coaxing and melodic bait to be pounced upon with feverish energy, an entrance swiftly exploding into a magnetic canter of irrepressible enticement through keys and guitar stabs under the great anthemic singular and group lure of vocals. As all good ska fuelled emprises, the track holds a riveting swagger which is as anthemic to feet and passions as the punchy rhythms framing the whole dance. Complete with flames of brass and constantly seducing keys, the track is an epidemic stride of sound and melodic magnetism with just that edge of punk belligerence.

Radio is a song for steamy climates and floor quaking dancehalls, a celebration to indulge in time and time again alone or in a crowd as we wait the next rigorously intriguing and sure to be majestic exploit from The Talks.

Radio is available on All Our Own Records now digitally and on LTD Edition 7″ Vinyl.

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9/10

RingMaster 30/06/2014

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Pigeon Lake – Confrontation

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Ahead of debut album Tales of a Madman, set to be unleashed on August 15th, Norwegian band Pigeon Lake unleash their new single Confrontation, a track which takes little time in raising a greedy anticipation for its full-length source. To be honest we like so many have a constant state of hunger for the band and its incendiary sound since the release of the I: Mindrape EP of 2012, but thanks to the new incitement there is greater appetite involved ahead of what promises to be a powerful encounter.

Formed in 2011, Pigeon Lake has drawn strong acclaim for their fusion of hard rock and rapacious metal with just as flavoursome essences of pop and blues rock. It is a dramatic combination which from their live performances and the EP alone makes a lingering and richly contagious proposition. Playing over forty shows in two years, the Oslo quartet is a force on the march which on the evidence of Confrontation is ready to raise the ante.

Massive bold rhythms set things off, their weight and hypnotic coaxing instantly bracing and anthemic. It is not long before the thumping beats of Andreas Prestby are courted by a sonic whisper which in turn spreads into an intriguing web of guitar instigated by Magnus Engemoen and Christopher Schackt, the latter’s vocals just as swiftly entering the brewing maelstrom of persuasion. There is a portentous air to the sinewed driven incitement too, one which breeds a more aggressive rapaciousness which flows as the song expands its narrative and presence. Having sculpted walls and intent, melodies seduce from the fingers of Engemoen, their elegant lure matching the constantly expressive and potent vocals of Schackt. It is a union which makes an evocative painting within the formidable rhythmically framed sonic canvas pushed to new threat by bassist Anders Børresen. Emotions continue to croon and rage across the body of the track, the music equally adventurous and unsettled in its predation and beauty. The song also sparks the imagination to suggest that the song is one moment in a challenging and rigorously provocative concept or theme raging through the upcoming Tales of a Madman, another exciting thought.

Band and song continue to push and seduce senses and thoughts across its intensive landscape, a distinct invention and rabidity peculiar to Pigeon Lake raising further the power and riveting captivation of the single. Though just one song to go by, there also feels like a darker intensity and voracity is soaking the band’s evolving sound yet not enough to defuse the virulence of the grooves and the infectious magnetism the band so skilfully conjure. Pigeon Lake is growing into a real force within metal/rock bred exploration whilst Confrontation is an enthralling bruising and seducing which just makes the impending Tales of a Madman an even more highly anticipated prospect. In a few weeks will see if it lives up to these new expectations, it is already hard to doubt its success though.

Confrontation is available on Friday 20th June

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9/10

RingMaster 18/06/2014

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We Are Hex – W.D.M.R.S/Tongues 7”

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Providing two tracks which would soundtrack any occultist or pagan ritualistic dance with a toxicity even the exponents of those dark arts would fear, Indianapolis quartet We Are Hex unleash their new 7” single W.D.M.R.S./Tongues. The release is a glorious ravaging of the psyche and calling of the primal predator in us all, and one of the most virulently addictive and seductive releases in a long time.

We Are Hex has never been slow in ripping up the rulebook and infiltrating the senses with an infestation of their sonic irreverence and rhythmic antagonism, as shown by the likes of Gloom Bloom (2009), Hail The Goer (2010), and the Jon Spencer produced single Lewd Nudie Animals / Real Waco Lot Lizard of last year; just three of their uncompromising manipulative adventures. The band creates a gothic drenched death rock which just seems to get darker and thicker in its causticity and brilliance, but the new pair of songs has found a depth and plateau which leaves everything before it in varying degrees of shade. Both tracks are simple glorious, rapacious stalking of senses and emotions which leave the longest lingering and most deeply entrenched alchemy from the band yet. Ahead of a new full-length and continuing the striking legacy of their 7” unleashes, which includes the Jack White recorded Twist the Witch’s Titty, the new single is pure salacious joy and the reason the devil loves rock music.

W.D.M.R.S leads the persuasion, emerging from a sinister sonic mist of intrigue and menace as a portentous declaration marks our We Are Hex - W.D.M.R.S covercards. Named after sixties band Coven’s Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls, and featuring the guest tones of Jinx Dawson from the band, the song entangles ears and senses in a web of guitar temptation aligned to calls of torturous souls. It is intimidating bait which the rich throaty voice of the bass and a percussive flirting only accentuates before the body of the song leaps from the tempest to immediately grip the passions. Rhythms unleash their heaviest thumping suasion right then too as guitars entwine and score ears with minimalistic but resourcefully precise melodic toxicity. It is a gorgeous swamp of sound, a Siouxsie Sioux element touching the vocals of Jill whilst moonshine like whiffs of The Slits soaks beats and their imposing agitation. The song transports the imagination into the heart of sultry satanic scenery, a sonic clawing and rhythm driven hypnotism inescapable bonds holding thoughts and emotions, not forgetting swiftly ardour wrapped passions tight. With seventies bred garage pop and psychedelic whispers also adding their coating to the recipe, the song is pure aural venom and quite delicious.

Its success and immense seduction is swiftly thrown up another level or three with Tongues, the track two minutes of addiction causing ingenuity driven by rhythmic irritation and sonic nagging. It is simply brilliant, a carnivorous tsunami of tenacious melodic scorching and sonic animosity strapped to a rhythmic hostility and persistence which draws the deepest insatiable lust in return for its rampant enticement. Imagine Alien Sex Fiend and the Sex Gang Children in an illicit union with Stolen Babies and Morning Wood and you get an idea of the sheer ingenuity and virulent compulsion that is Tongues. Arguably the best song heard this year and last, it is a musical bitch with all the charm and voracity of a rabid burlesque dancer, something which applies to the sound of We Are Hex full stop really.

Sometimes you come across a band which consistently sculpts templates for others which in turn subsequently breed new depths of subservient allegiance towards them; We Are Hex is one of the most masterful and deviously riveting bands and if you have doubts we give the W.D.M.R.S/Tongues 7” as our proof and recommendation to go be infected.

W.D.M.R.S/Tongues is available via Latest Flame Records now @ http://wearehex.bandcamp.com/album/w-d-m-r-s-tongues

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10/10

RingMaster 17/06/2014

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Jake Evans – This is Life

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This is Life is one of those tracks which just triggers the sweet spot, treats it to a masterful seduction of stirring rock music which lingers and simply grows with time. It is perhaps no real surprise that the new single from UK singer/songwriter Jake Evans is so potent and exhilarating with its following of his acclaimed debut single Easy On My Soul, as well as impressive musical history, but there is something in its heart and presence which catches the breath and imagination far beyond expectations. It is a stunning encounter, thrilling and laying down a teaser of Evan’s forthcoming first album Day One which is irresistible.

Macclesfield based Evans first come to the fore with Rambo & Leroy, earning a reputation and spotlight which took him to the attention of Bernard Sumner and his band Bad Lieutenant after the second demise of New Order. As the band’s co-front-man, guitarist and songwriter, alongside Summer and New Order band mate Stephen Morris (also New Order) as well as Blur’s Alex James, Evans increased his reputation within the band’s success which led to invitations to support the likes of Paul Weller, New Order, Johnny Marr and Doves’ Jimi Goodwin once emerging as a solo artist in 2012. Easy On My Soul was drenched in eager acclaim upon its release slotting nicely in with highly praised appearances at Festival No 6 and the iconic Jodrell Bank music festival. This Is Life is the next adventure and certain to open up a new depth of ardour for his impressively evolving creative persuasion.

The song is a tide of virulent hooks coming in varied shapes and designs, the first an immediate temptation as This is Life opens. A sonic Jake Evans a2486262845_10sigh lights the fuse to a weave of acidically melodic guitar bred hues which instantly recalls The Cult, delicious bait which subsequently embraces the shadows of Sisters Of Mercy too as a great throaty bass seduction and crystalline keys explore the imagination. Evans’ voice has a slightly grainy feel to his expressive tones which only adds richer colour and texture to the contagious enticement, his delivery holding a whisper of Paul Marsh of The Mighty Lemon Drops, as does some of the melodic suasion lapping around his voice. It is a gloriously fascinating proposition which only flourishes further through fine guitar coaxing and a steady but potent rhythmic framing to the smouldering intensity and passion of the song.

Those essences of eighties and nineties bands bring a familiarity to the song which only increases its contagion and appeal but equally there is an originality and invention which as mentioned at the start, fondles and incites an instinctive rapture to the impressive encounter.

It is impossible not to breed a healthy anticipation for the impending Day One from This Is Life alone but placed alongside Easy On My Soul expectations and hopes reach skywards, though you sense they will be well fed and pleasured by Evans when the time comes.

This Is Life is available digitally June 16th @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-is-life-single/id879180547

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9/10

RingMaster 15/06/2014

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Band Of Holy Joy – When a Gift is a Curse

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The first in a series of ‘libationary’ singles dedicated to the glorious and dark aspects of ‘the older person’s habitual alcohol consumption’, When a Gift is a Curse is another riveting evocative encounter from the UK’s premier folk punks Band Of Holy Joy. Paying tribute to the genius George Best and the wayward life emerging from his world enlightening talent, the single is released on the band’s own Radio Joy to coincide with their second stage headline appearance at the NME C86 festival at London’s 229 Club on June 14th. Taken from their latest and acclaimed album Easy Listening, the release is another slice of unique incitement from a band entering its fourth decade.

When a Gift is a Curse opens with a sultry swipe of guitar swiftly joined by an additional emotive caress of melodic melancholy and the Band of holyjoy When-A-Gift-Is-A-Curseever distinctly expressive vocals of Johny Brown. Opening up its heart and evocative textures, the song spreads like mist over ears and the imagination, keys accentuating the sultry breath and radiance of the song whilst the shadowed tones of bass provides a tempering air which subsequently only highlights the rich hues wrapping the lyrical and vocal potency.

To be honest the song does not make a startling impact or impression initially though there is plenty to intrigue and entice the senses and imagination. This maybe makes not the most incisive temptation for newcomers to their album and its might but given time the song permeates and seduces for another provocative hymn from Band Of Holy Joy which is impossible to ignore or resist…pretty much like the band itself since those early days in the mid-eighties.

When a Gift is a Curse is released digitally on June 16th through Radio Joy.

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7/10

RingMaster 15/06/2014

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