Cold Summer : Wake EP

The Wake EP is the latest release from yet another emerging British post hardcore band, a genre becoming quite plump in the amount of new aspiring contributors. The band is Cold Summer and though their five track release is not flawless it is impossible not to be excited about the future of the band. There feels an untapped depth to them, a further expanse to their already inventive presence still to explore which only offers immense promise and an anticipated great future ahead.

Formed in 2010, the Wakefield quartet of Dan Feast (Vocals), Chris Harrison (Guitar), Chris Hepworth (Bass), and Justin Eastwood (Drums), the band was soon lighting up stages as well as triggering intrigue with their three track demo Committed To Tape. An unexpected line-up change then left the band looking for a new vocalist but also giving them time to work on new material simultaneously. Eventually they found and enlisted vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Feast which allowed them to further evolve their heavy and melodic sound. They spent the latter part of 2011 working on the five songs which went on to be the Wake EP. This year first saw the band unveil a two track acoustic release called Transitions featuring two songs which appear in their full might on Wake, and since live shows supporting the likes of End Of A Year, Margate, Make Your Mark, and Aficionado.

The new EP is the next big step from the band whose evolved presence is sure to grab even stronger attention. It is hard to stand out from the crowd in the post hardcore genre right now but Cold Summer feel destined to be one band which will even if with this release it is not yet by any wide distance.

The release stirs up enthusiasm with opener Waiting, a track as muscular as it is melodically adventurous. From a sonic lance of a start with the first excellent presence from the bass of Hepworth, the song offers hungry chunky riffs and rapping beats spiked with strong multiple compulsive scything of acidic sound. The vocals of Feast begin as a clean and strong presence, changing to and alternating with abrasive shouts and squalls of expression. The track is soon an eventful and forceful pleasure though it never explodes as one expects or the song itself suggests it may. Though it is not offering anything groundbreaking the track is a powerful start and the first to show Cold Summer as a band with much potential.

The brief title track follows next and to be honest fails to ignite any sparks. It lasts for barely fifty seconds and is a rubbing insurgence which actually annoys far more than it pleases making one wonder its intent overall. The EP soon is firing again though with the best song A Is For Arson. It is a well crafted and intriguing track which is as melodically heated as it is emotively intense. From a lively start and keen energetic provocation from vocals and riffs, the song expands into a heavier oppressive proposition revealing imaginative songwriting and the ability of the band to stretch its boundaries. It has a mix of Placebo and Mind Museum to its initial engagement with eventual elements of And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and Rise Against bringing a confronting muscle to its climax. Once again the bass is outstanding, the snarling predatory air it menaces with one of the biggest highlights of song and release.

Car Crash (In Progress) and Mistakes close up Wake, the first a vibrant and unpredictable slice of inventive sound and structure with a great blues tone to the excellent play of Harrison, the second a slow melodic piece of passion brought with care and tenderness from music and the fine vocals of Feast. He is a vocalist who fuses harsh and clean deliveries well but it has to be said the clean generally outshines the other extreme, his squealing throat grazing shouts sometimes too caustic on the ear.

The Wake EP is an enjoyable collection of varied and inventive songs which only leaves satisfaction behind and despite a few to be solved issues marks them as a band on the way to finding a unique sound and impressive stature in its future.

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Otmar Binder Trio: Boogie Woogie Turnaround

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Lets us start by saying our knowledge of boogie woogie starts with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard and ends with Jools Holland with very little in between and certainly nothing pre 1950’s, so how authentic or innovative the new album from the Otmar Binder Trio is we have no idea but we certainly have a deep understanding of how absorbing it is, the nonstop reaction of heart and limbs testifies to that. Boogie Woogie Turnaround is a blast of warm and enchanting instrumental tracks which light up the senses and excite the day with enthused passion and flair from musicianship which simply dazzles.

Released September 24th through Jump River Records, Boogie Woogie Turnaround is the fulfilment of a dream of Otmar Binder, to play with the most accomplished and instinctive genre musicians. The record sees him playing the piano alongside Alexander Lackner on bass and Michael Strasser on drums as the Otmar Binder Trio but also features the immense skills of pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole and multi instrumentalist Christian Dozzler on certain tracks, as well as Geri Schuller and Charlie Furthner elsewhere. The result is a magnetic and mesmeric release, organic and heart borne which is inspired by and a return to, as Bonder says, “…some of my first strong musical experiences, hearing people like the German boogie-player Axel Zwingenberger in the early eighties,” his passion for the music and seed of his dream beginning, “…when his father brought him home the debut album Shake That Boogie-Woogie by the Mojo Blues Band.”

The seventeen all new pieces which make up the album are tracks which are nicely varied, many offering an extra breath of folk, blues, and emotive atmospheres to transport one into vivid scenes and lives. Composed by Binder alone or in collaboration, the songs not only leave thoughts deep in relaxed warmth or heated energy but also portray the obvious fun which was felt by their creators during recording them. Tracks like the boisterous Homerun, Steamin’ Away with its sizzling harmonica sounds, and the feel good At Last with its piano suns lighting every corner of the senses, just ignite and energise the passions, the tracks smiling with melodic skills and the unmistakable eagerness and love of their conjurers.

In pieces like Changes To Be Made and the riveting blues number Bluesprint, the band plays upon emotions, drawing on and inspiring feelings and thoughts with rich emotive caresses and whispers from the depth of the heart to leave one captivated and enthralled by every note. As with all songs they are uncomplicated and honest, offering nothing less than quality sounds and evocative weaves of charm and compulsive energies.

The biggest highlights come with the opener Southbound with its glorious bass seduction, the gentle enrapturing expressive journey of Brighton To Boston, and the southern blues stomp of Sugar Cane, its mouth organ a thrilling melodic flare. Every song though offers a delicious dish of natural pleasure, simple rock n roll to drift away in or party to.

As stated we do not know a lot about boogie woogie but we know a good time and the Otmar Binder Trio ensure that is the very least you will get from Boogie Woogie Turnaround.

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Joyce The Librarian: Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You

Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You is the new single from UK folk/acoustic ensemble Joyce The Librarian, a song which not only ensures the summer ends with some additional warmth as it passes the reins on to the following season, but also makes the forthcoming debut album from the band one to cast a close ear over upon its release on November 5th. Released through Folkwit Records, the album They May Put Land Between and band has already garnered some eager anticipation and the new single will only swell any expectations with its melodic caresses and inspire many more to welcome the charms of Joyce The Librarian.

The Bristol band consists of singer-songwriter Martin Callingham (voice, guitar, bass) alongside Houdie (voice, organ, chimes) Tom Van Eker (voice, guitars, drums) Will Simpson (voice, cello) Anna Strudwick (cello) Jim Cormick (trumpet, flugelhorn) Kate Fox (violin) Susanne Lambert (drums) and Ali Chant (drums, tambourine). The music they wrap around the ear is a gentle, subtle, and charming weave of beauty which one is unlikely to feel anything but warmth from and for. Their self released EP The Weight Of The Line of February this year caught the imagination and had people taking a keener notice which Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You will only ignite further as the unveiling of the album comes nearer.

The single opens on a gentle beckoning guitar; its lone winks an aural invitation impossible to refuse. A secondary guitar soon joins adding its own warm sonic charm, both framing the expressive vocals and glorious harmonies. The song is instantly mesmeric and once the emotional beauty of the cello makes itself known there is only rapture guaranteed. There is something irresistible and powerful about a cello and it is no different here, the song dipping into a further dramatic depth which brings essences of Scottish band Letters to mind. The melodic kisses of the song are reserved yet firm to only elevate the enchantment whilst the individual elements, skills, and harmonies simply join together to create something which is quite gorgeous.

Whether the album can lie up to this initial teaser we will find out but if it only has a few moments of wonder like Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You within its walls, it will be worthy of all the attention it is likely and destined to receive.

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