Midday Committee – Girls In Open C

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UK pop punks Midday Committee continue their steady and increasingly impressive emergence with new release Girls In Open C, a six track plus intro mini album of melody rich emotively designed pop songs with a raw edge to their presence and energy. There has certainly been a buzz around the Portsmouth quartet across the south of England for their vibrant presence, shows with Kids In Glass Houses, Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox and Verses adding to their strong stock, but with a newer grazing glaze to their sound that attention threatens to spread much further afield through the new release. Arguably there is nothing dramatically new to the songs upon the release, a familiarity always making its hints to stop the band from distinctly standing apart from other similarly genre clad bands, but equally there is a craft and passion not forgetting creativity to the foursome which ensures they are not just another easily forgettable proposition. With songs which linger and hooks that dig in deeply to prolong the potency of tracks long after they have finished their declarations, Midday Committee warrant eager attention.

Formed towards the end of 2010, the band has been through the expected line-up changes in its initial growth as well as less assumed happenings like near fatal accidents involving Jet Ski’s to build a presence with the prowess to turn heads and light fires as their increasingly potent fanbase proves. Their previously two EPs, Nice Kids, Bad Judge Of Character in 2011 and I’m Sure Someone Mentioned A Cheque the following year, marked out the band for acclaim and attention but it is fair to say that the Matt O’Grady produced Girls In Open C sees the band at a new level in songwriting, sound, and craft. As all good pop punk proposals, the songs making up the release are as anthemically infectious as they are melodically bewitching, whilst the heart and passion of the band soaks every note and syllable so that the release may not be unique but it is undeniable contagious and a long term engagement.

From a fourteen track Intro which maybe has been given a track listing of its own just to say there are seven offerings on the release (too Frontcynical?), things start properly with I Swear To God I’m Going To Pistol Whip The Next Guy Who Says Shenanigans, a track which emerges from the coaxing of that potent brief starting piece. The guitars of Rich Sanders and Keiran Heath cast a pleasing graze of riffs and sonic tempting across the ears but it is the great throaty tone of Adam Hall’s bass which steal the initial focus most of all. That is until the excellent vocals lay their compelling hand on the suasion. Whether it is Sanders or Heath which leads the narrative, both driving the vocals together across the release, we cannot say but it is hard not to take to the delivery as keenly the potent sounds around them. With the drums of Kurtis Maiden a respectful but thumping protagonist to it all, the song makes a powerful marker for the release to follow. Melodies and hooks do not demand but command a healthy appetite towards them whilst the accomplished stance and flavoursome weave of enterprise just catches the imagination.

Maybe I Should opens up with a similar melody to its predecessor though it is soon courted by distinctly different rhythmic bait and guitar sculpted endeavour. As the first everything from the individual skills and united melodic enticement is easily accessible and infectious though the track does lack the spark of its predecessor, that little something to lick at and tease the passions into a stronger submission. Nevertheless with precise hooks and good group vocal calls the track continues the strong start with ease which Casino through a slower emotive showing matches. The shadowed dark tones of the bass once more seduces whilst the emotionally atmospheric caress of vocals and guitar bring senses and emotions thoughtful satisfaction which is lit further by the ever catchy choruses.

The pair of the virulently infectious and inventively bright Hometowns and the eagerly vivacious in energy and charge Game’s Been Called, keep spirits lively and pleasure intense, both rife with addictive hooks and ear seducing melodies all coming with a bite and edge to captivate further. Again there is that definite surface familiarity across songs which prevents some tracks leaping out as they should but beneath that with focus there is plenty simmering and subtly inventing within songs which ultimately stand out, and in the case of the second of these two with an open blaze of dramatically imaginative persuasion leaning into a classic closing vocal lure.

The release is finished by the excellent Just Me And You which features Christina Rotondo of the also impressive and well worth checking out Searching Alaska. The song starts out as an acoustic embrace with simply bewitching dual vocals which alternately embrace the senses. The track is a delicious encounter which if remaining in this state would have brought the curtain down to a rousing applause but once the vocals hold hands and the rest of the band flesh out their emotive hues, the track becomes an evocative fire.

It is easy to see why Midday Committee is highly thought of by a great many and with Girls In Open C expect them to move into a more intensive and deserved spotlight. The release also suggests that the band is still evolving with plenty left in them to discover and explore which has anticipation already quite excited.

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8/10

RingMaster 07/04/2014

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My Favourite Runner Up – Crossroads

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     Everything about Crossroads, the debut album from Welsh rockers My Favourite Runner Up is big; massive choruses and hooks matching an equally hefty energy, but most of all it provides big satisfaction with its superbly crafted songs. The band’s previous EP Thoughts, Feelings, Actions impressed and thrilled upon its appearance in 2012 but it was just a taster of things to come as shown by this resourceful stomp. The new album takes all the striking elements found on its predecessor and twists them into even catchier irrepressible temptations but equally it shows a greater maturity in the songwriting of the band. It is fair to say there is a sense of familiarity to the blend of pop punk and rock which breeds their songs but the quintet delivers it with such resourcefulness and adventure that they leave most others in the shade.

    My Favourite Runner Up began in 2006 and taking influences from the likes of New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, and Mayday Parade into their emerging sound were soon drawing attention and positive responses. They built a potent fanbase and reputation through their live performances, shows with the likes of Madina Lake, Mallory Knox, Kids In Glass Houses, Cerys Matthews, The Blitz Kids, Kids Can’t Fly, Bury Tomorrow, The Hype Theory, I Spy Strangers, and many more marking the past years. The band recorded their debut EP in 2010 with producer Romesh Dodangoda who has recorded all subsequent releases with the band. It and the following Thoughts, Feelings, Actions brought eager acclaim upon their presences, the second especially stirring up impressive critical responses and airplay. Now building on a busy 2013 for the band of touring and playing shows, My Favourite Runner Up’s first full-length is poised to push the band into an intense spotlight, an easy assumption such its rousing qualities.

     Crossroads flies from the blocks with the excellent opener Light A Fire, guitar strokes and pulsating drum beats from CDBO06.pdfThomas Carr waking up the ears before the band uncages a contagion of sharp hooks and storming riffs with the lead vocals of Christian Evans laying down another strong lure within the web of enterprise provided by the guitars of Andrew Towell and Tom Hawkes. The song strides confidently throughout, at times showing restraint in its overall lively charge but constantly leaning persuasively on the senses with exciting dynamics and melodic potency. It is a tremendous start to the release immediately backed up by the new video single from the album, Poison. The second song swings into view with a swagger to the guitar and smile to the voice of Evans. Like a middle weight boxer dancing on its feet, the track bounces and leaps around the imagination with virulent infectiousness, the flames of guitars shadowed by again thumping rhythms and the dark tones of bass of Lee Walker.

   Both Never Again and Love Comes First march with large strides into the emotions, the first an emotively carved blaze of melodies and harmonies, the songs continuing to be blessed with great group combinations vocally. The song is more of a reflective stroll musically than its predecessors but still embraces excitable energy and keenness building to a huge anthemic chorus, a constant trait the band leaves most other similar bands sounding quite pale against. The second of the two raises the pace again, its ridiculously addictive chorus with equally epidemic vocal coaxing from Evans irresistible. Guitars and beats romp with skill and mischief in the ears but also with an invention and imagination which reveals the depths of the band’s thoughtful songwriting. It is one of the major pinnacles on the album standing boldly aside the opener and the following No More Fight within a wholly elevated range of triumphs. The next song has a stronger punk intensity to its body but does not lack any of the melodic endeavours and infectiousness of others whilst providing a scintillating groove to further ignite the imagination.

     Through the sublimely magnetic title track, a song with another chorus impossible to resist contributing to, the passion drenched Your Own Worst Enemy, and the compelling Storytelling the album continues to burn and entice brightly, the trio of songs individual in sound and character but united in uncaging hooks and melodies which simply seduce the strongest hunger in an already enraptured appetite for the album’s might. It is easy to wax lyrical about Crossroads when songs like this leave no ardour kissed reaction and pleasure unused.

     With an album of such high standards maybe slips in appeal if not quality are inevitable and with Scars and Better Without You, the band does miss the high mark set previously. To be honest there is little to dismiss the pair over, their craft and presentation undeniably impressive but both lack the same spark and adventure of their companions, thus failing to linger in thoughts and emotions. Home though ensures the album ends powerfully, almost combative rhythms and melody bred flames framing and flaring around the ever strong vocals whilst Walker saves his best bassline for this closing treat. It concludes a towering triumph of an album which suggests My Favourite Runner Up has the potential to be the next big thing UK rock proposition. Crossroads is one of the most enjoyable and impressive pop punk/power pop albums heard in quite a long time, if not the best.

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9.5/10

 RingMaster 13/02/2014

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Manhattan Coast – This One’s For You

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    Self-released on February 17th, expectations and suspicions are ripe with only one thought, that the This One’s For You EP will be the trigger to a countrywide awakening and passion for UK alternative rock/pop band Manhattan Coast. The evidence is bouncy and vibrant through the five irrepressible slices of revelry making up the release, and though the Bridgend quartet is not exactly carving out brand new adventures they are casting an enticement which is potent and rigorously enjoyable. The EP is an encounter which easily catches the imagination and breath with its big contagious choruses and almost spitefully effective hooks, a release showing Manhattan Coast as another in the long line of satisfaction fattening bands from South Wales.

    Formed in 2011, Manhattan Coast has crafted a fine and impressive presence and reputation locally and across the UK, tours across Britain and the release of their first two EPs, Never Tell Me The Odds and Beg, Borrow and Steal, sparking eager interest amid a constantly growing fanbase. Equally shows with the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, Blitz Kids, and Straight Lines have brought further impressed focus upon the band. Now, supported by a European tour this month and UK dates with Forever After, This One’s For You is the next stirring declaration from Manhattan Coast and a tasty piece of excitable creative persuasion it is too.

     War On The Weekend opens things up and immediately has ears under the spell of an infectious hook and punchy rhythms. MC_EP_Cover_Sml_WebInto its potent stride with the excellent vocals of Nick Lane unveiling the lyrical narrative with smooth melodic tones, the track surrounds him with those continuing firm senses tagging rhythms and additionally teasing riffs whilst a web of inventive and resourceful guitar endeavour from Geraint Rees defeats expectations to inspire even greater adventure in the infection drenched song.

    The band has been compared to bands such as The Wonder Years, Taking Back Sunday, and Man Overboard over past releases and sounds but the one band which stands out as the closest reference, certainly in regard to the contagion and inspired potency of the torrent of hooks across the EP, is Lost Prophets. Rees has mastered the ability to cause addiction with his inventive and often short but razor sharp hooks, their efficiency and potency as irresistible and admittedly at times enjoyably similar to those which littered the other Welsh band’ compositions. Second song Monsoon Season In Machine City like its predecessor offers that prime Lost Prophets like virulence with its first breath. From there the band unleashes a dense brawl of rock ‘n’ roll intensity and pop punk voracity as the song seizes the imagination and appetite as tightly as the first. The band’s songs have that mischievous quality of recruiting the listener’s passions, limbs, and voice in their adrenaline fuelled choruses, not a pretty sight in some of our cases, and this blaze of melodic rioting is no exception.

    The opening pair provides the strongest bait into the release and band for newcomers, but are soon left in a sort of shade by the title track and the following Dreams Are For. The first of the two makes a reserved entrance, vocals and melodies stroking ears as the excellent bass tempting of Adam Jones adds just the right amount of intimidation to egg on the ever forceful yet respectful beats of drummer Dan Ryan. That Lost Prophets thought is probably at its strongest across these two songs but only adds to the admittedly familiar but refreshing stomp of passion and enterprise bursting from the songwriting and its presentation. The second of the two and best song on the release, is an epidemic of melodic toxicity and feverishly presented hooks within a pop punk riot of energy and ingenuity. Constantly unpredictable and swerving into new avenues throughout with Lane providing his most potent and impressive moment yet, though that applies to all members to be fair, the song is the most complete and original track on show and the most potent gateway into the artistic heart of the band.

     Carpe Diem finishes things off in equally immense and winning style, rhythms finding their biggest sinews and guitars their strongest snarling attitude though as always melodies and harmonies aligned to deep infectiousness is the order of the moment. It completes a persistently thrilling and magnetic encounter from a band you sense is on the verge of breaking it big, certainly the This One’s For You EP suggests so. With no real flaws and maybe only a surface similarity in sound to some songs a seeming minor niggle for some i, Manhattan Coast  is set to make 2014 their year.

MANHATTAN COAST EP RELEASE TOUR:

13/02 – De Bliksem, Den Helder (NL)

14/02 – Carpe Diem, Hasselt (BE)

15/02 – De Duycker, Hoofddorp (NL)

16/02 – Blaues Haus, Mönchengladbach (GER)

21/02 – Hobos, Bridgend (UK) w/ Forever After

22/02 – Racehorse, Northampton (UK) w/ Forever After

23/02 – White Horse, Colchester (UK) w/ Forever After

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9/10

RingMaster 12/02/2014

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MY FAVOURITE RUNNER UP unveil debut album,’Crossroads’ 17th February‏

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Explosive Brit rocksters ‘My Favourite Runner Up’ drop their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Crossroads’ on 17th February through all digital outlets.
Born in Northern Wales in 2006, My Favourite Runner Up were brought together by their common affection for New Found Glory, Jimmy Eat World, and Mayday Parade. Taking cues from their influences, the band have fashioned their own take, bringing together alluring hooks crossed with cut throat riffery; and the result is sure to win over any modern day rock fan.
Their debut EP, ‘Thoughts, Feelings, Actions’, received coverage from BBC Radio One, Scuzz TV and airplay on Kerrang! Radio, as well as securing widespread acclaim including impressive reviews from Rocksound and Dead Press and a feature interview with Big Cheese Magazine. Singles lifted from the record also gained airplay on all major UK radio stations, and the video for the single ‘Let It Ride’ was play-listed by Kerrang! TV.
In addition to their steady recording output, My Favourite Runner Up have always had a healthy appetite for live shows. To date, they have shared stages with the likes of Madina Lake, Mallory Knox, Kids In Glass Houses, Blitz Kids, Save Your Breath, Bury Tomorrow, The Hype Theory and Neck Deep, and toured with ‘I Spy Strangers’ and ‘Kids Can’t Fly’. Last year was also no different for the band as they relentlessly toured throughout the UK and Europe, further cementing their place as one of the new bands to see live. After a hectic touring schedule, the quartet bedded down in the recording studio with well-regarded producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses, Twin Atlantic) at the controls once again. MFRU now release their full length debut album ‘Crossroads’ which features eleven tracks stacked with thoughtful arrangements and concise and twisted riffs that entwine perfectly with contagious vocal lines. Look out for the anthemic ‘Poison’, which is set to be released as their first video single, and keep your ears to the ground for extensive tour dates as the MFRU boys plan to further stamp their name on the UK scene.
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Borderline:FIRE – This Trojan State

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     Borderline:Fire is a young rock band which is beginning to stir up quite a bit of a buzz around themselves which they obviously hope their new EP This Trojan State will add fuel to the fire of. Consisting of six songs which merge alternative rock to a heavier breath and rock substance, the release is an engaging and often fiery temptation which arguably offers more promise for the band than actual realised contagion but from start to finish leaves an appetite and positive thought towards the Reading quintet and their emerging presence.

Formed in 2010 and consisting of vocalist Jamie Boshier, bassist/backing vocalist Jonny Slevin, guitarist Ben Forsey, drummer Chaz Mayhew, and James Marshall-Stack on synths, Borderline:FIRE has drawn strong attention with their melodically fired rock creativity, inspirations from the likes of Enter Shikari, Biffy Clyro, You Me At Six, Kids In Glass Houses, 30 Seconds To Mars, Foo Fighters, and Muse amongst many adding essences to their invention. The single I Wanna Go made their first lingering mark on the UK rock scene but now with This Trojan State accompanied by the video for Chains, the first single from the release, the band is poised to make that first strike a mere opening tease to its greater persuasion.

The release immediately has the ear awoken through Mark Up and its initial electro beckoning, a call soon joined by strong riffs and aBWy3dIbvVrCSeHAGfNMFGQyGSgrhythms around the equally engaging vocals of Boshier. The song soon has some of those mentioned influences searching thoughts as the mix of feisty guitars and crisp beats are flanked by the reserved but open synth temptation from Marshall-Stack. There is arguably not a lot to push boundaries at play within the song but for adventure and ideas presented with accomplished and imaginative enterprise the track cannot be dismissed or ignored. It is a stirring and pleasingly rowdy start to the EP soon matched by Chains. Similar in many ways to its predecessor in structure and energy, the song is soon revelling in the melodic exploits of the songwriting with the keys holding a stronger impacting voice this time around. The shifts in gait are seamlessly achieved with passion from the atmosphere and vocals soaking every note and syllable to again show the strength of the band in all departments. Like the first it is an easily accessible and bordering anthemic encounter which puts a wide marker of promise upon the band.

Both Nicki and Trojan next explore the slower creative depths of the band, the first a richly hued melodic blaze with an alternating mix of gentle temptation and rigorous energy to its presentation and its successor a slower emotive endeavour with good use of effects and tantalising teases. Neither song match the heights of the previous pair though the first of these two has high enjoyable levels of enticement which the second comes close to matching with its evocative musical narrative and brief vocal harmonies.

Speak For Me also has a more reserved approach to the ear but with an intriguing synth weave at the start to spark the imagination and a healthy sinew clad body to its Biffy Clyro like presence, the song is another which holds firm attention and satisfaction if without sparking any little fires in the passions. That is left for the closing Brainwash, a fiery electro rock track which merges Enter Shikari pungency with the melodic synth crafted rock of a My Extraordinary. The best track on the release, the song has a snarl and darker shadow to its challenge which is missing elsewhere on the EP and certainly gives a strong and distinct edge to the band compared to earlier songs and other bands.

It is a potent end to a very appetising and promising release in This Trojan State which stakes a claim for Borderline:FIRE as a band to keep a close eye on. You sense there is something bigger, more unique, and possibly impacting within the band’s future; time will tell.

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7/10

RingMaster 20/09/2013

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Reaper In Sicily – Islands

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Listening to the debut album from Reaper In Sicily who cannot help wondering and going as far to suggest that the band has all the ability and creative strength to become Britain’s alternative to Billy Talent. Apart from strong whispers of the Canadians in sound across a lot of Islands, the quintet also has the same skill and invention in landing a mighty punch with their sound whilst seducing with melodic imagination and inciting the passions with anthemic crafted vocals and hooks. The ten track album is excellent, exceeding the promise earlier single Horizons suggested and setting the Aberdare band as one of the most exciting and promising emerging rock bands.

Reaper in Sicily began in 2009 and with a sound which has been compared to the likes of The Blackout and Rise Against and a potent and lively live show, soon became the winners of the unsigned live act in Kerrang! Magazine. Their debut single We Are The Show garnered strong responses and widespread play on TV and radio across the UK but then in 2010 guitarist Matthew Jenkins diagnosed with leukaemia taking the band on hiatus until he was able to return, which thankfully he did later the same year. Two EPs swiftly followed to continue the rise of the band as well as successful appearances at both the Reading and Leeds festivals and supporting and playing alongside the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, The Subways, Max Raptor, Attack! Attack!, Mallory Knox, Hawthorne Heights, Fightstar, The Xcerts, Straight Lines, I Spy Strangers, Evarosa, Hildamay and many more. Islands was recorded in the closing weeks of 2012 with Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, Kids In Glass Houses) and as mentioned the release of Horizons set up a urgent anticipation for its debut though even that hunger we would suggest did not expect such an impressive encounter.

The Prisoner sets things ablaze with dawning caresses of guitar before shrugging off any restraint to open up sinews and melodic Reaper In Sicily Album Cover Artworkpersuasion framed and veined by the firm hand of drummer Damon Miles’ beats and the rumbling tones of the bass of Mike Evans. With energy flowing freely and attention fully captured the guitars of Jenkins and Jonny Chappell carve a distinct and captivating character to the song whilst the excellent expressive tones of vocalist Rhys Bernardo drive the ride with slight squalls within his enticing delivery. The song is an immediate draw which without lighting the same depth of fire as following songs, sets the listener up to eagerly embrace what is to come.

The following 50 raises the bar again with muscular riffs and strongly beckoning grooves casting their temptation over senses and passions. The tight craft and melodic enterprise reminds of bands such as The Blackout and even Avenged Sevenfold whilst the punk snarl edges things with hardcore confrontation. Once it makes way for Down But Not Out it finds itself outplayed whilst the album continues to get better and better. The third song builds on the base of its predecessor to expel even stronger scowling venom and caustic winds within ridiculously infectious enterprise and sounds. Into its stride the track takes its recipient on a riotous dance with moments of bruising attitude and exhausting passion which again cements and accelerates the growing presence and promise.

The single Horizon still impresses as it did on its unveiling, thumping rhythms alongside the thick tones of the bass wrapped in fiery guitar washes thrilling whilst Bernardo lights another emotive heat to engage and entice things further, whilst the likes of Old Dogs and the title track romp and emotively stroll respectively to weave continuing creative textures and calls before thought and heart. It has to be said that there is a similarity to the surface sound of many of the songs but with the invention beneath and accomplished polish of its shine it is not an issue and will evolve out ahead as the band mature.

The tail of the album is its most impressive as Islands continues to get even stronger song by song. Sunnydale Sucks encloses the ear with addict forming riffs and a varied bluster of vocals, coarse and melodic, which enslave the imagination whilst the guitars bound it all in sonic teasing to set richer flames in their fire. Then Boys Will Be Boys comes in to steal top honours with its furnace of passionate vocals, virulent melodic contagion, and energetic imagination, every second a bouncing and incendiary companion uniting for a fervour crafted triumph.  Those Billy Talent references are at their most inviting at this point of the album with both The Catalina Wine Mixer and the closing Chuck Norris Got A Chainsaw making their thrilling interpretations. Both songs leave a breathless appetite rife which immediately snatches at the play button to enjoy the outstanding album all over again at their completion.

Islands should and will be a trigger to an unbridled new sea of attention and acclaim for Reaper In Sicily and it will be all deserved we can assure you. Check out the album and remove any doubts the very best way.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 10/06/2013

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7 Day Weekend: Self Titled EP

Coming on the back of their excellent snarling single Endless Doses, UK alternative rock band 7 Day Weekend nationally release their reworked self titled EP. The five track reboot is the portrait of a young, fresh and promising band with big things on their horizon. Accomplished in creating and using explosive melodies and emotive grandeur, the band is well on course to become a recognised sound country wide.

One of the exciting things about the band is the well crafted and mature sounds they already create at their seemingly young age, watch the videos and see if you are not thinking their mums must be there telling them it is time to come in for tea and not to forget to wash their hands first. It is fair to say they are still evolving and with the aforementioned single one assumes being a newer song compared to those on the EP, they are well on the way to bringing bulk and definition to their sound.

In its original form the EP was released in the fall of 2011, bringing them comparisons to You Me At Six and Young Guns. Already with a strong reputation from their live shows the band then recorded a four track acoustic EP which they gave away for free. Its fine sounds and musicianship led the band to the attention of Gavin Butler (The Blackout) and Neil Starr (Attack! Attack!), who invited the band to open the Manchester show on the Ghosts & Echoes Tour. This was followed by being hand-picked by Feeder to be the sole support on their April Tour. As well as also playing two self funded tours of the UK, the Warrington quintet of Clayton Leah (rhythm guitar), Tom Hancox (lead guitar), Calan Nickle (vocals), John Handy (drums), and Dan Hancox (bass), has pushed themselves to the edge of national exposure which the revisited debut EP as well as the latest single can only ensure is a done deal.

    7 Day Weekend pull inspiration from the likes of Kids In Glass Houses, Young Guns, and You Me At Six which are clear to hear from the first song on the release alone and makes those earlier mentioned comparisons understandable. Ghosts Of Me swaggers in on an eager drum roll and feisty guitars before settling into an energised stroll of sonic riffs, thumping rhythms, and melodic enterprise. The vocals of Nickle are immediately impressive with strong expression to transport the heart of the lyrics to the ear. The track is catchy with keen hooks without being overly infectious but it does linger after its close which is always a good sign. It also has a muscular core which arguably is lacking on the other songs though not to their detriment, making it a strong introduction to the release and band if new to the ear.

As the following Mistakes expands over the senses with its rippling beginning one expects more of the same as the first song but it relaxes into a more emotive piece of songwriting though it is not lacking in passion or keenness. By this point too, the heavy bass sounds of Hancox are starting to mesmerise, his lines growling, often with seeming contempt, to add real depth to the songs. Sharp guitar play and melodic imagination makes the track another very satisfying companion and though not as memorable as its predecessor after it takes its leave, it shows strength and diversity to the songwriting of the band.

Kingdoms is another emotionally driven slice of pleasure and though it takes its time emerges as one of the highlights on the release. It is a mellow track to seduce the senses but still with grit to its breath to make it an impactful treat.

After the Lost Prophets like Hide and the infectious Seasons Like These, again songs which capture the imagination though not as dramatically as those before, the song closes with a trio of acoustic tracks which only go to confirm the quality of band and music.

If one was to be overly picky there is a lack of fire in the belly of the EP at times, that spark of instinctive feistiness but as the current single Endless Doses has that in abundance, one can take it the band have that sorted too. The single is immense and hits all the right targets and heights in one powerful blow.

7 Day Weekend is a band with promise and impressive ability dripping from every sound they share and whether through this EP or the single, preferably both, it would be amiss for all not to accept their musical offerings.

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States of Matter: The Scheme of Things

If you are looking for some new and exciting rock sounds then maybe head over to the debut album from UK band States of Matter. With a flavoursome mix of classic and hard rock with extra spices from far and wide The Scheme of Things will more than feed the demands and senses of rock fans everywhere. Eight tracks of enthusiastic and finely crafted rock n roll it is hard to imagine many that will not be wrapped up within its energised eagerness immediately and permanently. To be honest classic and hard rock with very few exceptions fly by our tastes only receiving a cursory glance at best but this little enthused piece of sound has had a few secretive and furtive returns on top of just around the review.

Formed in September 2011, the quintet from Bournemouth is as new as the sounds they rustle up with skill and strength. Taking influences from the likes of and as wide as Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Yellowcard, Ray Charles, and Kids In Glass Houses, they have taken no time in grabbing attention with live shows around the south of England and their debut video for opening song on the album Skyline. Filmed at Bristol Filton Airport earlier in the year it offers all you need to know about States of Matter and The Scheme of Things.

Skyline emerges on a wave of electronic atmosphere as a sizzling guitar lights up its skies with a fine display of melodic invention. The song builds up its elevated presence before reaching a plateau of powerful riffs and boisterous energy which finds an even more enthused intensity within the excellent infectious chorus. The track is an immediate hook from the album, an invitation into its arms that is impossible to resist. The vocals of George Holloway are impressive and easily fit the stylish sounds surrounding him, backed by great group vocals throughout the song.

As indicated in the opener the guitars of Harrison Perks and Richard Couchman are another element of the songs which one cannot fail to be impressed with, the following Jeez Louise sealing the opinion with some fine and imaginative play from both. The song is a definite favourite on the album, another irresistible slice of strong songwriting and its contagious unleashing. Though not always as openly heard as one would like on the more raucous tracks, the bass of Iain Sheppard is a brooding growl behind the song, his obvious ability adding a groove behind the scorched guitar sounds.

The album as it progresses reveals a diversity of sound and intent which is to be admired especially as the band pulls it off each and every time. The power ballad Cassiopeia is an emotive feast for the ear of passion fuelled piano and guitar majesty, the track rising and dipping in intensity like a heavy hearted chest. The power and reach of the song explores beyond the ear to wrap tightly around senses and emotions, a masterful piece of composing brought forth with further passion.

The eighties rock flavouring of Hot Of The Press adds another taste to the album and though it is not as striking as the trio of songs before it, classic rock fans will love its easy and anthemic sounds. The track, alongside Shotaway and the closing Hit For Six, did not quite find the appeal as elsewhere here but that is down to personal taste only and the dislike of the genre that spines them. They are like the medicine that you know is good for you but has a taste that makes one reluctant to take it, for those that love older rock sounds they will drool over them.

The remaining two songs on the album are the soulful Only Lovers Left Alive with a great southern twang to its provocative charms and the excellent The Casual Company. With a splatter of sleaze to its bluesy rock stance it has a splash of Wasted Sinners to it that draws one in eagerly. The rhythms of Lloydi Gee Pearson throw the ear into a frenzied state as the bass and guitars twist and turn with exuberance and ingenuity. The track is real rock n roll brought by real rock n rollers and pure pleasure.

If you love your classic and hard rock you will adore States of Matter and if not you will still find more than enough satisfying and imaginative things within The Scheme of Things to have a great time in its company, we did.

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Promise Me Tomorrow – Through It All

UK pop punk/rock band Promise Me Tomorrow have steadily made a growing impression on the British rock scene with their eager and well formed melody veined songs and  hard work attitude. January 23rd sees the release of their mini-album Through It All and their next step to bigger and more expansive things. Complete with boundless energy and vibrant songs the release offers up Promise Me Tomorrow as the next band top challenge to the leading pop rock bands currently gracing the UK and already ahead of a great many others.

From Kent and formed early 2010 the band has already made great strides with their clean cut up-beat sounds tinged with essences of punk capturing some national airplay and sharing stages with the likes of Army of Freshmen, Pegasus Bridge, Francesqa, Paige, Summerlin and Jody has a Hitlist, and The Morning Of. The same year saw the band release their debut EP This Picture, A Memory but it was 2011 and the single ‘You Haven’t Seen The Best Of Me’ with its video that saw the band made a deeper mark and draw firmer attention, something the new release will reinforce and enhance.

Through It All is a strong solidly rounded album though it is not until halfway it really ignites. Throughout it offers well crafted melodies with infectious hooks and fluid harmonies that cruise around the ear with keen exuberance. Opening with the instant accessibility of ‘More Than You Know’ the band shows themselves to lie somewhere between the likes of You Me At Six, Kids In Glass Houses and Jimmy Eats World though they do not quite find the irresistible elements of the latter’s best songs yet. The group harmonies here and throughout are a strong feature to thoroughly compliment the impressively composed and crafted melodies. The guitars weave strong patterns to ensure attention to their creative strolls whilst the rhythms and basslines steer tracks firmly without demanding total compliance allowing the songs to flow with ease. Vocalist Craig Lawrence has a good control and with only a wish for tracks to occasionally add roughened up vocals and growls the delivery brings a willing bond to the sounds.

The previously mentioned single is included and it is obvious as to why it opened up more and more to the band’s music with it’s willing to please hunger and excited urgency. Along with the opener these tracks seem to be the lead ones to bring people into the release but as fine as they are it is the likes of ‘For All The Wrong Reasons’ and ‘All Or Nothing’ that raise the levels a notable notch. The first starts on a light opening that brings queries about whether it is going to have anything special about it to enthral. The group harmonies around the chorus soon dispel doubts and the track swells with lingering melodies. The second of the two attaches to the ear with a punk fused greediness and intensity. It never dips into real aggression but shows the band can be enthused in attitude as well as any pop punk band and is the highlight of the release plus the provocation to want more harshness added vocally to some tracks.

It is fair to say Promise Me Tomorrow are still searching for their distinctly own sound but with the songs mentioned added to by the strong creative showings of ‘Go Get ‘Em Kid’ and ‘Knockbacks & Heart Attacks’ they are well on their way and already a satisfying addition to any eager energetic melody seeking playlist.

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