Sweet Davis: Bittersweet EP

With a creative elegance as striking as the emotive sounds and presence within its tender walls the new EP from Virginian trio Sweet Davis is a striking and captivating release. Carefully crafted and uncomplicated Bittersweet engages the ear and beyond with varied music which feels like an old friend you have never seen before. The bond between heart and sound undeniably meant to be, it is a musical destiny.

Consisting of vocalist Kristin Davis, her brother Pete on drums, and guitarist Matt Ascione, Sweet Davis evolved from The Young Citizens, the band Pete had. Previously unknowing of the full talent as a singer his sister was, a chance moment when she filled in for their absent singer during a jam session unveiled her stunning sound and skill and the seeds of the band began to sprout. Together they gigged around D.C. meeting and playing with varied musicians including Andy Waldeck from Earth To Andy. The current settled line-up came with the addition of Matt Ascione and the final element of Sweet Davis was in place.

The three songs on the EP epitomise Sweet Davis. They are graceful and vibrant, touching and expressive, and the strongest evidence that the band handle melodies with the skill of a magician. The song Ready is the impressive proof from its opening invitation of sombre guitar and emotive vocals from Kirsten. With a haunting keyboard adding an edge to the feeling of regret and the melancholic lyrical declaration the song captures melodies like a butterfly collector, manipulating them to bring forth the sorrow and emotional power of the words.  Reflective and personal the song easily finds the heart to share its emotion and inspire more in the recipient.

Too Shy like Ready, is inspired by relationships that have lost their glow and magic, the pop accessibility of the song tempered by the powerful image and feeling brought forth by the lyrics and voice of Kirsten. The theme within again is downbeat and realistic but countered by music that offers hope and an energy to persevere. If you are looking for pure pop music without the falsehoods and trickery that taints media powered commercial pop, then Sweet Davis have it in abundance on this and within all of their songs.

     Sparks is a newer song that shows the band is evolving all the time as songwriters and performers. From the initial sing-a-long infection of the chorus the song sweeps one up in its elevated arms to lift the heart and spirit in a warm glow of incisive melodies and sirenesque vocals. Again the use of keys is wonderfully added to expand the song into a weave of pop and country rock which can only ignite an outbreak of eagerness and smiles. It feels good, sounds great and makes you feel even better.

As mentioned earlier the music is uncomplicated but do not mistake that for simple or lightweight. The trio are masterful in making less sound more and more importantly turning it into songs which expand once inside the ear to excite every sense and thought. Sweet Davis make pop music which is unique and gloriously beautiful, Bittersweet the undisputable proof.

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Twinkle and The Sluts – Sluttier Than Thou EP

With a name like Twinkle and The Sluts it was only going to go two ways. The band was either going to be a bunch of glam posers with pretence and a misguided belief in the actual weight and might or a formidable dirty rock/punk band with an attitude to match their edginess. Thankfully the UK punks are firmly in the camp of the latter and a band with the intent to stir things up with music that puts heart and creative energy first.

We called Twinkle and The Sluts punk but they actually sit nicely between that genre and rock to forge their own sound which, though as the Sluttier Than Thou EP shows the band are still defining it, has an impact and devilment which lights up the ear on every track. The band deliver a sound which feels inspired by the rock sounds of the likes of Distillers and Juliette and The Licks as well as being influenced by punk bands like L7 and Vice Squad. It is a stirring mix which only goes to accelerate the desire to hear more from the band.

 

The EP is of a demo quality to be fair but its rawness cannot hide the quality and vibrancy within the band and their music, and actually adds to the feel and edge of the contents. Each track fills the ear with little regard for comfort or gentle persuasion, the Birmingham based quartet eager to rattle cages and inspire reaction. The track Shut Your Dirty Mouth is a prime example. Opening with rhythms from drummer Curlz which intimidate from the off as Adam plunders the ear with his bass, the track erupts into a frenzied assault of guitar riffs from Alex primed to provoke a response. With the fine vocals of Twinkle taking charge the song is a slightly retro punk song which satisfies greatly.

The same can be said of Coffin Nail, another song dripping attitude which tramples over the senses with feisty riffs, forceful beats and commanding bass play. Brief though it is the song leaves blisters from its rock fuelled passion and scorched melodies. These two songs show a band with thought and ability in their songwriting and great balance in its presentation. Each song is solid and extremely pleasing but against the remaining two songs on Sluttier Than Thou are more the support for the main event.

Built To Last plunders the ear with rampaging beats from Curlz that hypnotise well before the caustic riffs of Alex and moody bass from Adam entrench themselves on the senses. The song again has a punk essence which here reminds of an X-Ray Spex and Hole rolled into one. Well crafted and confident the song varies its intensity and pace at times to intrigue constantly whilst Twinkle leaves no one in doubt to her and the lyrics intentions. The band have raised their game here wonderfully but they do not stop as the last of the quartet of great tracks explodes into the ear.

If there is one song right now that lingers and returns to the mind whenever it desires it is Narcissism. The song is glorious, its wanton swagger and taunting riffs as infectious as a cold. Spinnerette and L7 really come to mind here but the band have twisted those spices into their own striking punk rock song with a delicious twist of scarring melodies. The song confirms and strengthens the belief and thought that this is a band with a very bright future once they really get their sound defined.

Twinkle and The Sluts and Sluttier Than Thou will have you off your feet and joining in within moments of the first song, they are that contagious. There are not many truly outstanding punk/rock female fronted bands around currently but Twinkle and her cohorts are well on the way to joining them.

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Ourfamous Dead: Claws at the Door

As the twilight weeks of last year closed their eyes there was one release which lit up those dark nights with a sound that roughed up the senses whilst mesmerising them at the same time. The EP in question was I Am Human from UK electro rockers Ourfamous Dead. Consisting of four tracks which stokes up limbs and emotions through infectious hook fuelled electronic punk sounds and eager explosive melodies, the release though not quite perfect installed the band as one to keep a close eye upon. Now the band returns with their new single Claws at the Door to not only repeat the irrepressible energy and intent found on the earlier release but to take it forward many huge steps to produce a song which is a feast for the ear.

Formed in 2009 the Leeds based band has made formidable strides in capturing attention and acclaim through their debut single Untitled Part 2 and the EP as well as their high energy live shows. The quintet found themselves under positive media scrutiny and as they continued to work hard sharing stages with the likes of The Blackout, Funeral For a Friend and Gallows. Now with the new single the anticipation that it will ignite 2012 for the band is more than a strong wish.

Claws at the Door is a track that demands and seizes attention from its opening dark electronic prowling around the ear right through to its punk punchy chorus to the siren bred climax. Showing a stronger maturity to their song writing the song is a well rounded and incessant beast which beats up the ear with the mix of punk, hardcore and electronica the band is becoming well known for. The vocals of AJ Reeves once more massage the ear with fine clean tones and a grouchy harsher delivery ably supported by the combined group shouts and chants of the rest of the band. This vocal blend is a perfect ally to the similarly enthused music, the guitars of Callum Knight and Rich Jennings, the pulsating bass of Simon Green, and the thumping rhythms of drummer Robin “Bobbyo” Speight, as one in pushing down defences with their aggressive punk urgency and revitalising them with a flowing melodic infection which permeates deeply. As the synths swirl and ignite emotions behind the forceful barracking, the song leaves one breathless for more and gives rise to an impatient anticipation for their forthcoming debut album.

In a mere few months the band has grown to reveal a sure hand on their creativity and a firmer definition to their sound. Ourfamous Dead have forged their own style which still lies between the likes of The Browning and Enter Shikari with flavouring of the likes of My Passion and Linkin Park but as the single indicates has evolved into music with its own breath and heart.

With a tour alongside another band to watch out for The Sun Explodes through April, a video for Claws at the Door due any day, and the previously mentioned album on the horizon, now is the right time to introduce yourselves to Ourfamous Dead, one of the most exciting UK bands around right now.

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