Scout Killers – No Reason

© Annelie Rosencrantz 2013

© Annelie Rosencrantz 2013

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.


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.

RingMaster 29/07/2012

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