The Inner Sanctum 22

Persistently striving to find new heights and never settling on what is easy The Reputation Radio Show last week unleashed its first full episode of The Inner Sanctum. Never a show for the faint hearted but for all with a heart for the best new music this was an event which flew on full boosters and unbridled mischief.

Hosted by the unpredictable talent of Johnny Summers aided by the simply indecipherable Pete Ringmaster, The Inner Sanctum left scorch marks in its tracks with some of the finest new sounds and artists yet to be featured on Reputation Radio Show as a whole, which with their pedigree and impressive finds shows the quality of what was unveiled alongside favourite new and older independent classics.

The show also featured live a persistent offender musically and comically on the show in drummer extraordinaire Paul Holden and new victim rock guitarist Matthew Meadows. With two artists as unable to contain their enthused banter as the host of the show it was a car crash made in heaven and irresistible listening. What emerged from within the mayhem was an enthralling update firstly from Paul about where he was musically. With the demise of the band Nowhere Fast, the drummer unveiled the reasons for its end and where he was looking in regards to the direction of his musical career. He also talked about the cover band he plays in, The Djinn which knowing the thoughts and aversion to such things by half of the Reputation crew was a brave move, who said drummers had no sense of humour.

Matthew Meadows had no problems with bands though one feels he would in many ways like to at some point in a positive way. The show was let into the early life of Matthew as the man talked about his days as a ballet dancer, the move to being a guitarist, computer programming, and his sexual relations with R2D2 and his carnal knowledge of a dalek. Ok the last two might be more our imagination as due to mic problems his end he sounded occasionally like Robby the Robot on a washing machine so we are making assumptions of what he might have said. Seriously though it was enlightening to learn more about the man who perpetually confuses people before it dawns on them where he is coming from with his striking videos and eager to impress sounds.

On the music front the show was no less thrilling as it brought to its audience for the first time the simple mesmeric beauty and charm of the music of Holly Walker through her song Modern Life taken from her brand new EP Bedroom Bangers and the surging rock imaginations of The Secret City with a track from their new self titled album in the shape of A Call. Both went down a storm with requests to hear the tracks again on the same show which unfortunately time did not allow but Johnny and Pete had already decided such their own enjoyment and impressed responses to both songs there would be more airings on future shows.

The show also featured an exclusive play of the title track from the just released Eloquently Violent album  from electro/industrial band Illustrial whose Baz Badrock joined the show in the chatroom as did the band and tour manager of another band to be featured especially on the show Our Innocence Lost. Taken from their latest album Like A Complete Unknown, it was the first time the song End of Time was played on the Reputation Radio Show and it also went down a storm with the audience. The play was also enhanced by the fact the band who were playing a gig that night were listening in through the wireless set up of Manager Rog in their tour van outside the venue whilst the event was going on. Such their enthusiasm to hear they hid from the venue staff until the very last minute just so they did not miss the song and then proceeded to blow the venue, audience, and the other bands away with the powerful performance of which they are renowned.

With additional great music from the likes of Tim Bennett, The Escape,  Slam Cartel and The Shanklin Freak Show, to name just four of the multitude played, it all added up to a brilliant and enjoyable show. It was not as confrontational, dangerous, and in your face as before…no it was even more so and all the better for it. On every Friday from 9PM UK time, The Inner Sanctum looks like being one show which no one will want to miss and if they do they have the podcast of the show to greedily unleash their inner mischief with anyway.

Check out the podcast of the show @ http://www.spreaker.com/user/reputationmedia/innersanctum22 and tune in live each week @ http://www.reputationradioshow.com/

Find out more about the artists featured @…

https://www.facebook.com/hollywalkersongs

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-City/270623946291067

https://www.facebook.com/ourinnocencelost?ref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Illustrial/104161896358

https://www.facebook.com/matthew.meadows

https://www.facebook.com/paul.holden1

RingMaster 09/07/2012

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Slam Cartel – Handful Of Dreams

Distinctive hard rock albums are at a premium these days, there are plenty of fine releases but there is generally a similar feel across them that though enjoyable fails to inspire any enthusiasm for yet another collection of hard rock songs. Thankfully London band Slam Cartel steps out from that sea of similitude with an album of the highest order and quality proving hard rock can be as exciting as any other genre and as varied and unique. Handful Of Dreams lays down a nourishing course of songs bulging with monster guitar riffs, thumping bass lines, giant drum beats, and stunning vocals that drip off the palate.

Already the six piece have grabbed the attention from the likes of Billy Morrison and Russell Brand amongst a multitude of growing fans and with Handful Of Dreams it is hard to see anything other than a bigger explosion of popularity for Slam Cartel. The song writing skills and presentation on the album shows a band not only in full control of their sound but one that aspires to take the genre to new and down adventurous avenues of sound.  

Slam Cartel formed around three years ago, vocalist Giles Van Lane, Tommy Hendriksen and Terence Warville both guitarists, Marc Neudeck bass, drummer Steve Campkin, and Adam Lee keyboards, guitars have become a tight and creative unit that from the convincing evidence upon their debut will be and are a force to be reckoned with. Like the irresistible melodic hooks in their songs once the band’s sound reels you in escape is impossible and any desire to resist absent.

From the opening striding guitars and rampaging drums of ‘Wishing Eye’ the expectancy of immense gratification grows and by the last notes of closing track ‘Walk A Mile’ is realised perfectly. ‘Wishing Eye’ drives and grooves with stirring riffs, flowing melodies and an emotive vocal delivery from Van Lane that makes the track a classic in the making.

This excellent start is matched and supported throughout the album and with impressive variety. Their sound is hard rock but it employs and ventures into different directions track to track. ‘Handful Of Dreams’ with its rock flavouring that would compliment any Foo Fighters or Saliva set, the southern slower paced rock of ‘Breathe’, and the nu-metal urgency and edge of ‘Shine’ bringing a mix of Primer 55 and The Kennedy Soundtrack, all show the bands skill and diverse influences plus a  desire to create something unique.

The album also touches and reveals the softer side of Slam Cartel with the ballad paced tracks of ‘Maybe Sometimes’ with an intro and guitar sound right out of a Wings songbook giving a smooth harmonious 80’s rock feel and the closing track ‘ Walk A Mile’. The first flows wonderfully with a chorus that rises with emotion, the keyboard backing bringing a full and passion tinged swell whilst the guitar solo is searching and visionary. The last song is an emotive piano led composition that show cases Van Lane’s vocals wonderfully as the tracks epic feel and lyrics tugs emotions, the versatility of the band and individual members readily shown. It may not have the more instant accessibility of other songs but certainly is as rewarding.

Though the album’s opener is arguably the releases best track it is seriously rivalled by most songs and especially the glorious rock glory of ‘Sundown’. The track immediately strolls confidently with beckoning riffs leading into a full out stomp chorus, the vocals, rhythms and melodies satisfyingly fulfilling as the song rocks in the ear.

There is not a real weakness on the album every area and corner in song writing to performance is refined to the smallest detail with the intention of and success in making real rock ‘n’ roll. Slam Cartel even includes a brilliant cover of the Talking Heads gem ‘Once in A Lifetime’ and a stunning version they do too turning it into a distinct song to rival the original. Handful Of Dreams is an album to discover, enjoy, and delve into constantly, Slam Cartel a band that will bring joy for years to come.

http://www.slamcartel.com

RingMaster 01/08/2011

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