Scout Killers – Stand Your Ground EP

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With each release, UK alternative rock band Scout Killers seems to discover another layer to their songwriting and sound which is as intriguing as it is enticing and new EP Stand Your Ground is no exception. At times dramatically intense and often sonically fiery, the release is another flavoursome proposition from the emerging band. It is again fuelled by the striking potential the band always shows and which may be taking time to be fully realised, but has so far equipped each encounter with a fascinating and highly enjoyable adventure.

Formed in the latter parts of 2009, the Bath and Bristol hailing Scout Killers has consistently grabbed attention and praise since the release of We Cage the Storm EP and especially the greedily devoured single from it, The Waves. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band’s growing sound merges emotion drenched atmospherics with imposing textures and melodic virulence. It provided an enthralling presence to the band’s well-received self-titled debut and its acclaimed lead song No Reason last year. Now the quintet show further potent strides with Stand Your Ground, five tracks of raw and incendiary emotion entwined in a weave of creative and intricate endeavour.

The EP’s title track is first to seduce ears, the song blooming from a moody sonic drone with a gentle but fiery wash of keys and melodic guitar intricacies. It is a smouldering temptation, a slow coaxing of energy which swiftly welcomes the excellent expressive tones of vocalist Scott Cox. Its restrained gait is also the fuse to a building intensity and drama in the song, the guitars of Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez spinning an emotive web around the melancholic basslines of Josh Ellis and firm beats of drummer Chris Phillips. In many ways the song is wrapped in a tempest of emotion, dark shadows through the vocals and pensive invention of the song superbly conflicting with the radiance of keys and reserved yet potent melodies.

It is a powerful and increasingly persuasive start followed by The Rains. Entering on choppy and wiry riffs, the song makes a gripping persuasion which expands into another fevered blaze of EP Artworksonic and emotional angst coloured with engaging enterprise. It plays like a flame, flickering drama a rich hue to the senses licking intensity and blazing crescendos lining the track. It does lack the additional spark to match its predecessor but leaves ears and thoughts fully contented before making way for the sultry croon of Time and Again. It also is missing something to match up to those before it but with an open elegance to its melodic and emotional exploration, the song is a warm and vibrant caress on the senses.

Honey drifts evocatively around the listener next, the song another gentle serenade but with thick boned rhythms and a provocative taste to its alluring melodies it is soon mesmerising and igniting the imagination. As with the opener, the song is unafraid to erupt with raw and feisty expulsions of energy and causticity which seamlessly emerge from and fall back into gentle and melancholically lit radiance. The track grips from start to finish, boiling up as it heads towards its finale then passing over its theatre of emotion and energy to the closing Cease and Resist. The best track on the EP, it is a turbulent incitement from the first hungry riffs and weighty beat offered, a sonic tenacity matching the aggressive tone and impact of the outstanding track. Loaded with a grunge and raw predation, the storm of attitude and musical voracity with blues oiled fire is a dramatic and uncompromising roar and the EP’s pinnacle.

Scout Killers continue to impress as they grow and though the band has not found the massive triumph their potential suggests is inside, they are undoubtedly heading in the right direction, the evidence all there in Stand Your Ground.

The Stand Your Ground EP is out December 12th @ http://scoutkillers.bigcartel.com/

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RingMaster 11/12/2014

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Scout Killers – No Reason

© Annelie Rosencrantz 2013

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Following up impressive single The Wave, alternative indie rock band Scout Killers have produced another slice of thickly emotive temptation with new single No Reason. Complete with video, the release is a smoking gun of a song, a track which basks in the success of its hazy persuasion and blues soaked captivation, its breath visibly enriching the air with pride from the contagion it has caused.

Consisting of the current line-up of vocalist Scott Cox, guitarists Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez, drummer Chris Phillips, and bassist Pierre Frankie Lee Muslimani, the South West based UK band first found a grip on the attention and acclaim of the media and fans with the EP We Cage the Storm, the release which bears the new track. A successful tour across the UK only enhanced their reputation with The Waves bringing even greater potency to their stock, and now with No Reason the sense that the band is about to trigger something major for themselves is hard to dismiss.

Opening with a rasp of guitar and brewing sonic beckoning the song expels a big breath before striding into a tempered yet eager stroll with the vocals of Cox seizing every syllable and intent of his lyrics with an earnest purpose and expressive lure, whilst around him the guitars of Stevens and Morrez flame with acidic and magnetic heat. The soulful blues licking of the ear ignites the senses for a keen welcome to the increasingly compelling vocals and equally enriched melodic temptation. The rhythms of Phillips and Muslimani guide the song with at times an understated air though both have a clear stance within the track, but also certainly the basslines bring shadows which add depth and caution to the fire burning around them.

No Reason is a thrilling track with a riveting video as a companion, more importantly it enforces the declaration that Scout Killers is a band to watch and has a very promising horizon ahead of them.

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8/10

RingMaster 24/04/2012

 

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Scout Killers – The Waves

Formed in late 2009 UK band Scout Killers has gathered and inspired a growing strong acclaim and interest in their expressive blend of alternative rock and indie sounds. Last year saw the release of the well received EP We Cage the Storm as well as a successful tour across the UK. The band started 2012 by signing with independent label Like Records followed by the release of their new single The Waves, a song which marks the band as one full of impressive promise.

Consisting of vocalist Scott Cox, guitarists Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez, drummer Chris Phillips, and new bassist Pierre Frankie Lee Muslimani from Falling in Difference who replaced the departing Toby Robertson, Scout Killers are working on and recording their debut album and if the single is any indication it should be a very intriguing and imaginative release.

The Waves is an emotive and expressive song which envelopes the senses from its opening notes.  Slowly brewing through percussion and guitar it raises its head to shower the ear with sunspots of melody and tingling ambience. The excellent vocals of Cox offer a heart given rawness to the smooth atmosphere surrounding them to add an excellent companion coarse tint. This blend consumes with a warmth and passion which is as deep as the lyrical intent they wrap. The guitars of Stevens and Morrez lick like melodic flames at the emotions whilst the bass of Muslimani as shown from his work in Falling in Difference adds a deep mood and depth to the track.

Driven by the restrained yet gripping rhythms of Phillips, the song is an impassioned piece of music and songwriting which plays like a mix of Pearl Jam, Doves, and Alice In Chains. It also shows the band evolving impressively from their excellent EP of last year in to a band with deeper maturity and imagination in all aspects which makes their album upon its future release an essential investigation.

Powerful and fresh The Waves is one of the more inspiring songs to appear in recent months and Scout Killers a band who should have a big say in the future of UK indie music ahead.

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RingMaster 29/07/2012

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