The Slow Readers Club – Don’t Mind

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The successor to the exceptional single Start Again which was re-released a few short weeks back, UK band The Slow Readers Club bring another absorbing treat with Don’t Mind, a song reinforcing all the temptation and qualities offered by the previous release. The new proposition is a fascinating persuasion, a melodic embrace coloured by an emotive lyrical narrative and just as potently expressive vocals.

The Manchester indie/electro band is certainly no stranger to acclaim and eager support, their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album finding attention from radio and TV shows alike, whilst their striking videos have equally garnered enthused responses with Block Out The Sun being highlighted on Coldplay’s website. With endorsement from Peter Hook coming this year as well as the reboot of the impressive Start Again, The Slow Readers Club is striding towards an even more potent spotlight, a lure set to be drawn closer by the magnetic persuasion of Don’t Mind.Picture 33

Themed by the end of a relationship and the void left in the world of the one left behind, the single instantly casts an evocative caress of melodies alongside warm expressive vocals from Aaron Starkie. It is a gentle and mesmeric opening, the intricate touch of guitar from Kurtis Starkie blending twin strains of sonically poetic ideation to enhance the swiftly settled and elegant balladry of the song. The bass of James Ryan adds a similarly magnetic shadow to the radiant canvas of the encounter whilst the crisp and unassuming beats of drummer David Whitworth make a firm yet unimposing frame for the tantalising colours elsewhere to entwine around. Thoughts of Black/ Colin Vearncombe come to mind at times as Don’t Mind serenades the senses whilst lyrically there is an intimacy which is easy to relate to, much as the tantalising sounds.

A simmering and more reserved song than its predecessor, the single leaves a warm and vivacious glow in ears and imagination, coaxing body and emotions to hungrily share its enterprise. The Slow Readers Club is one of the UK’s brightest propositions and songs like Don’t Mind only suggest that they have the potential to make that a worldwide recognition.

Don’t Mind is available September 22nd @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-mind-single/id913241698

http://www.theslowreadersclub.co.uk

9/10

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Syren City – Escape EP

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Seemingly labelled as post hardcore, UK rockers Syren City has a sound which almost defies tagging as it employs a wealth of rich flavours such as punk and metal through to alternative and hard rock, and that is still only scratching the surface. It makes for a rousing incitement as evidence by their new EP Escape, a release which is best described as one almighty roar. Consisting of five tracks which twist with the flair of a pole dancer and has more moves than a senses ravaging roller coaster, the band’s new proposition is quite simply a ferociously compelling and thrilling adventure.

Hailing from Bristol and formed in 2011, Syren City took little time to light up venues around Wales and England, supporting the likes of Turbowolf, The Alarm, Max Raptor, Futures, Young Legionnaire, Attack Attack, and Blitz Kids, whilst festival appearances has seen them share stages with bands such as Brand New, Don Broco, We Are the Ocean, Mallory Knox, Kids in Glass Houses, and Feed The Rhino. Their live performances and their impressive portion of a split EP with fellow Bristolians and metalcore band Koshiro, has led to keen anticipation for Escape, an appetite fully fed by the impressive collection of contagious anthems.

The band hits top gear straight away with opener Bleed. It is a rampage of a song, heavy hitting and rigorously coaxing rhythms from drummer Louis Catlett aligned to the throaty lure of Adam Armour’s bass, an irresistible entrance soon PromoImageenhanced by the scything riffs and chords provided by guitarists Ian Chadderton and Adam Hopton. Instantly there is a feel of Foo Fighters to the muscular persuasion which increases as vocalist Simon Roach reveals his strengths. With gripping backing vocals and shouts adding to the incendiary array of hooks lining the charge, there is also an essence of Max Raptor and the now defunct Always The Quiet Ones to the stomp though all mere spices to something openly distinctive to Syren City. The track continues to set a fire in ears and emotions, its unpredictable invention and side steps in its imaginative emprise as swiftly addictive as the face on tempest of aggression and melodic enterprise.

The stunning start is followed by Our Disease, another track taking mere seconds to seduce senses and passion with its vocal bellow. This bait leads into a punkish antagonism in voice and sound before it in turn evolves into a hard rock stride. As it predecessor, the song mixes up gait and attack with seamless and skilled resourcefulness, never relinquishing its grip on ears and imagination with its increasingly catchy and enterprising temptation. It does not quite match the opening triumph, due to the majesty of that song, but easily ensures that the EP continues to inflame body and emotions as does its successor Fire In Your Name. The third song unveils an enticing sonic groove straight away which rapidly makes way for the potent lead and backing vocal mix, before returning to bind a stroll of punchy beats and raw riffs. As with most songs, that earlier mentioned post hardcore essence is a rich colour to the canvas of the track, but as with all it comes soaked in variety and diversity, melodic hues and a metallic sonic veining adding to the pop punk seeded emotive howl of the song.

The treats keep coming as Long Way Down enters the affair next. The blend of raw and aggressive confrontation within Roach’s predominantly melodic coloured vocals alone make a rigorously enticing offering whilst grooves and hooks in the heavily swinging tempest of the song, only add to its addiction sparking tendencies. The track shows a more savage side to the band’s sound and songwriting whilst still embracing their melodic natures; providing yet another highlight before final song Asphodel brings it all to an infectious close. Revelling in a hard and melodic rock web of enterprise, the song bulges with rhythmic sinews and fiery sonic endeavour whilst vocally Roach impresses once more as does the contributions of the band in the same department. At times raging with nostrils flaring and in others an evocative croon, the track is a mighty end to a similarly impacting release.

Escape is a riveting encounter from a band easily living up to the buzz around them whilst even in its impressive presence and success, revealing the potential for much more in Syren City.

The Escape EP is available now @ http://syrencitymerch.bigcartel.com/

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9/10

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APHERIUM uncage ‘Neoteric’, on 22nd Sept‏

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UK METAL CREW  APHERIUM PREPARE TO STRIKE OUT TO THE NATION!
Brit metal newcomers ‘Apherium’ are set to break with the national reboot of their new EP ‘Neoteric’, which drops in stores on Monday 22nd September.
Sounding like the backwater cousins of Bring Me The Horizon, Biffy Clyro and Midgar, Apherium have engineered a sound that merges hooky choruses with expansive and inventive guitar work, and a beefy rhythm section that will blow the roof right off. The South West riff slingers are braced to hit the road this Summer in support of their killer new record ‘Neoteric’.
 
Formed during their college days in 2011 and coming at you from Yeovil, Apherium soon forged a sturdy bond and quickly put out their debut album ‘The Cycle’ the following year. The album was a steep learning curve for the quartet, yet they soon discovered how to better cultivate their sound and reflect on their song writing. The melodic metallers reshaped their set during 2013 and began to spread their wings racking up a series of successful shows in London, Midlands, South Wales and throughout the South West. The band then bunkered down in preparation for their new EP, entitled ‘Neoteric’, which is slated for a reboot this September and is rammed with sonic sledgehammer fists-in-the-air choruses and explosive rhythms that promise to melt your ears.
The EP propels to life with the driving opener ‘New Light’, which boasts duelling guitar lines, magnificently layered vocals and progressive phrasing. The pounding groove and dynamic ‘Silver Tongues’ then comes over you with soaring riffs and a colossal refrain that will hang in the air for eons. The record soon presses on with ‘Angels Of Our Nature’, which twists and effortlessly gleams with true potency, before the brilliance of their past single ‘Shadows’ attacks your senses. Lastly, ‘Rise Again’ closes the EP, balancing melodic hooks with razor sharp riffery, as the cut draws proceedings to a fitting conclusion. With the national launch of the EP lined up for September, and the foursome ready to hit the UK with widespread touring, look out for extensive shows soon to be announced for the remainder of the year.
- APHERIUM RELEASE ‘NEOTERIC’ ON MONDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER THROUGH ALL STORES -
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WHEN WE WERE WOLVES reveal their ‘Heartless’, on 22nd September‏

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EXCITING SOPHMORE EP FROM WHEN WERE WOLVES RELEASED AND UK TOUR ANNOUNCED!
 ‘The Welsh quintet hold nothing back here, ensuring that their heavy parts are scathingly so and imbuing their melodies with heart-rending ethereal grace’ KKKK Kerrang!
Impressive South Wales Post-Hardcore quintet ‘When We Were Wolves’ unleash their explosive new EP ‘Heartless’, through all stores on Monday 22nd September. The rising bruisers will also tour throughout the UK this September.
Reared on a healthy diet of A Day To Remember, Slipknot and Parkway Drive, and adding to that genuine craft and an imaginative approach to penning highly engaging slabs of post-hardcore, ‘When We Were Wolves’ have sculpted a sound that is whole-hearted, progressive, and above all, utterly gripping.
Born during the middle part of 2011 and hailing from Bridgend, South Wales, the band soon set themselves on a course for playing as many shows as possible, which saw the five-some quickly amass a strong and loyal following. Their unbridled determination to deliver a ferocious, dynamic live performance at every show has earned them a glowing reputation, and in turn, has led the band to share stages with the likes of Bury Tomorrow,Born Of Osiris, After The Burial, Betraying The Martyrs, Bleed from Within, Heights, The Blackout, Devil Sold His Soul, Malefice and The Amity Affliction, to name a few! As well as being a growing force on the live scene, the band have worked diligently on recording, witnessed by last year’s ‘The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same’ EP, which secured widespread national praise from Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Big Cheese and Rocksound, through to radio airplay with XFM, Totalrock and Kerrang! Radio. The record also racked up a stunning KKKK in Kerrang!, as well as a new band featurette in the magazine. Further UK and widespread European touring followed in support of the record before the troupe decided to hit Bandit Studios (home to Devil Sold His Soul) to commence work on their new record, soon to be titled ‘Heartless’.
The band’s follow up EP certainly delivers on all fronts, exploding with innovate ideas and cut-throat riffs. The first track and lead single, ‘Dying On the Inside’, soon slams you in the gut with its infectious groove that stomps and sways before a killer refrain blows you over. The menacingly brilliant and adrenaline-fuelled ‘The Devil You Know’ pounds it ways into your head before ‘Blind’ continues to batter you into submission. ‘Confession’ is further evidence that When We Were Wolves knows how to execute an engaging slab of exhilarating post hardcore, packed with sheer intensity and gripping dynamics. Lastly, the EP’s namesake, ‘Heartless’, rounds off the record with a captivating and passionate vocal performance by Mitch Bock, who really pulls it out of the bag. ‘Heartless’ is an EP that is destined to be heard, and with a UK tour confirmed for September, there’s nothing stopping the band’s swift rise.
WHEN WE WERE WOLVES LIVE W/ Valiant – SEPTEMBER 18 – BRISTOL, The Gryphon; SEPTEMBER 19 – PLYMOUTH, Tiki Bar; SEPTEMBER 20 – WORKINGTON, Lounge Bar; SEPTEMBER 21 – NEWCASTLE, Think Tank; SEPTEMBER 22 – HULL, O’Rileys; SEPTEMBER 23 – STAFFORD, Grapes; SEPTEMBER 24 – SOUTHAMPTON, Unit; SEPTEMBER 25 – ADDLESTONE, The Cave; SEPTEMBER 26 – BRIDGEWATER, White Hart Hotel; SEPTEMBER 27 – CHELTENHAM, Two Pigs.
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ANOTHER DEAD HERO to release Dystopia on 13th October.‏

BRIT METAL CROSSOVER CREW  ANOTHER DEAD HERO RE-RELEASE THEIR BLISTERING ALBUM ‘DYSTOPIA’ THIS AUTUMN AND PREPARE FOR UK TOURING!
 
Igniting warm comparisons that have likened the quintet to such colossal heavyweights as Korn, Rage Against the Machine and the Deftones, Another Dead Hero also take on board the key fundamentals from NiN, binding it all together to deliver an intoxicating and engrossing sound. The band re-release ‘Dystopia’ on Monday 13th October through all online outlets.
 
Bursting out of Burnley and originally formed in 2003, Another Dead Hero spent many of their formative years honing their sound and crafting a set that would truly grip people. The fivesome have a grave dislike for the manufactured pop side of the music industry, and have always been fiercely independent, rigorously striving to deviate from the norm. Since their incarnation, the band have had some personnel changes, but during the last few years, ADH have solidified and settled into the current line up of Josh Baldwin (Vocals), Daniel Crawshaw (Guitar), Josh Beckwith (Guitar), Gaz Connor  (Drums) and Craig Robertson (Bass). Dedicated touring and shows throughout the North have been a staple for the metal crew, and ever since their formation, the fivesome have played as far South as Cornwall and as far North as Inverness. As well as having a steady diet for hitting small clubs and venues and racking up miles of road, Another Dead Hero also have a hearty appetite for recording, and the riff beats are already onto their fourth album with plans in the making for a brand new EP later this year!
 
The fivesome are now set to re-release their latest offering ‘Dystopia’, supported by UK touring penned for the Autumn. ‘Dystopia’ drops this October and is the band’s fourth full length album. Gathering together 12 slabs of riff-driven crossover metal that calls to mind the guile of Deftones, Limp Bizkit and Rage Against The Machine, Another Dead Hero should not be overlooked.
 
–ANOTHER DEAD HERO RE-RELEASE ‘DYSTOPIA’ ON MONDAY 13th OCTOBER—
 
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LOST GRAVITY release debut album on 13th October.‏

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Hailing from London, Lost Gravity are quickly making new friends with their formidable sound that takes from the stout elements of Soundgarden and The Foo Fighters merged with the riff-creating sensibilities of Metallica. Rightly so, Lost Gravity have gained recognition for their energetic and noose-tight live shows. The UK noise beasts are now poised to up the ante with the national launch of their self-titled debut album, which is out Monday 13th October through all stores.

 

Formed mid-2007 by Brazilian born guitarist & vocalist, Breno Val, Lost Gravity have three self-financed and self-released EPs to their name: 2008’s ‘Anywhere But Home’, ‘Selfish’, which was released in 2009 and ‘Lost Gravity III’, which dropped in 2012. True to Breno’s DIY ethos, he set up his own label, Priston Records, which to date has been an ideal vehicle for the band’s releases. The label’s fourth release is Lost Gravity’s debut album which drops nationally this Autumn.

 

Originally a four piece unit, Lost Gravity had a glut of line-ups changes during their first few years. However, Breno has been the consistent and main creative force since the band’s formation, and to this day, he’s remained their primary songwriter. In 2012, the band paired down to a trio and installed Giuliano Kolling on the drums. Guiliano’s power and groove perfectly complimented the band’s sound and vision, and finally everything began to click into place for the power trio.

 

After a barrage of stunning live shows at the start of this year, the riff lords decided to lay down their debut album at the studio, and it’s a ferocious piece of modern rock ‘n’ roll. Stacked with ten killer tracks, the album has some true highlights from the snarly riff attack of ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’, which slightly nods towards the Audioslave, to the crushing drive of ‘Back Where You Belong’ and the contagious appeal of ‘Selfish’. This record will shine brightly for any true rock fan.

 

-LOST GRAVITY IS OUT MONDAY 13th OCTOBER THROUGH PRISTON RECORDS-

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Me For Queen – Iron Horse

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It has to be admitted that the thought of an album set around two wheeled exploits was intriguing but did not exactly spark eager anticipation, but readers do not let that colour any decision to check out the bewitching and thrilling embrace of Iron Horse, the debut album from Me For Queen. Themed by the adventure of cycling in the city, exploring and inspired by events and emotions found by experiences of the band founder’s on a bike, the release lays down an inescapable seduction which bewitches ears and imagination right through to the passions.

Originally the solo project of Talk In Colour’s Mary Erskine, Me For Queen has subsequently grown to a full engagement with the addition Will Dollard, Nick Bowling, and Andy Paine. Last year saw the release of the Live at Red Gables EP, a well-received release sparking strong interest in this following Pledge Music funded release. Talking about Iron Horse, Erskine explained that “there are tracks about the freedom of cycling, the rage and fear you sometimes feel on your bike when surrounded by cars, and a white bike tribute”, going on to add “You’ll like it whether you cycle or not.” That last declaration is certainly very easy to agree with. Equally the album’s tales can be translated to more general experiences in everyday life, how people connect and live within each other’s space for example. It is a fascination of sound merging various flavours into one bike inspired festival of creative enterprise, the album’s sound and presence as cosmopolitan as the pastime and scenery it colours.

The tempting of wheels starts off album and opener The Deer and The Dark, voices from surrounding scenery adding to the atmosphere of the song. Soon though, the attention grabbing voice of Erskine breaks its air with rich mesmeric charm, swiftly joined by a rhythmic coaxing coloured by radiant keys. The song swiftly turns into a funk seeded stroll weaving enchanting melodies into its dramatic lyrical and ambient sunset. Employing samples and riveting brass temptation, the track provides a glorious canter of enterprise and endearing harmonies for one scintillating entrance into the album.

Its glory is matched straight away by Bike With No Name, male vocals taking the lead fully backed by the increasingly transfixing voice of Erskine. With a folk intimacy to its again funky gait, the song idles up to the imagination and 10553901_829249350419623_3979257569886355370_ocaresses it with a seductive blend of vocals and flirtatious melodies from guitar and keys. A darker throat of bass only adds to the infectious bait but it is the pair of vocalists which ignites emotions most prominently and potently. Though music wise there is a distinct difference, vocally and in the impact and quality of their union, the two singers remind of Dizraeli and Cate Ferris from Dizraeli and The Small Gods.

An intriguingly enticing bass lure opens up the next up Zebra, its tone kissed by discord blessed resonance. It is soon joined by both sets of vocals as a jazzy climate and seducing comes over the senses. The song is a delicious blend of distinctively different shades, melodic flames and light slowly grazing on the emotions whilst the darker shadows of bass and a slightly twisted invention to certain chords and notes add a mouth-watering and unpredictable texture to the sultriness. Its glorious presence is matched straight away by Traffic Light Crush, an irresistible croon with romantic tones and catchy revelry in its magnetic dance. Thoughts of eighties band Jim Jiminee easily come to the surface as the brief track sets down another majestic pinnacle on the album, its tango of sound and imagination refusing to leave even after the song has departed ears.

The first single from the album, Slow Jam (Look Out) comes next, its soulful swing of melodies and emotion revealing vocals a gentle and elegant kiss on the senses. As the album, it is impossible not to be thoroughly captivated and mesmerised by it, every aspect from the breath-taking vocals of Erskine to the smouldering flame of trumpet, and the velvet hug of bass to the sizzling harmonies, a poetic toxicity seducing and immersing blissful ears and thoughts. Its gentleness is emulated by the funkier flight of Freewheel, a melodic glide which strokes thoughts and passions from start to finish with a lean structure within provocative beauty.

Both Wobbly and White Bike add new tantalising hues to the release, the first a wash of emotive melodies over a skittish percussive tempting, which itself is hand in hand with the heavier, ever enticing tone of bass. There is a relaxed giddiness to the song too, imagination swirling in its creative sun and similarly flowing sounds before moving on to its successor. The second of the pair slips into something even more leisurely comfortable energy and gait wise whilst turning up the heat with its impassioned and earnest climate lyrically and emotionally as it fully enchants the senses.

For personal tastes the first half of the album is the strongest with its array of lively explorations but there is no escaping or dismissing the spellbinding beauty and majesty of the two songs, and also the following Rat Race. With bubbly electro spicing starting things off before vocals and bass soon lay down their catchy lures, the track is a compelling portrait of fleet footed life. Sounds almost flit across ears, each a different personality in the vibrantly moving scenery whilst the lead vocals provide a singular almost out of sync view inside the tunnel flowing fast around them.

The album is brought to a close by firstly the emotive balladry of Road Out, a track which brews and grows into an imposingly drawn ambience as its melodies and vocals immerse ears, and lastly Wheelie. The final track is a fifty second electro jazz funk romp which hits straight away like The Tom Tom Club but leaves before you can really get your teeth into it. It is a final smile though to an exceptional release.

Iron Horse is simply majestic, a richly hued collection of sounds crafted into an unforgettable and virulently infectious soundscape of adventure. Me For Queen may not have you turning to peddle power with their album but will surely have you breeding a hungry appetite for their sensational sounds.

Iron Horse is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/iron-horse/id913647443

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9/10

RingMaster 12/09/2014

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