The Tax: Someone Is Watching You EP

Remember The Betarays? A band who released some more than decent tracks and earned strong acclaim from fans and media alike, not to mention writing one of the most annoying and irritating songs about sluts which seem to convince placid dull women they were part of the song theme. Well they have evolved into a new entity called The Tax and it has to be said are quite a breath of fresh air. Consisting of vocalist George Hill, drummer Peter Randazzo, guitarist Stevie Watts, bassist Katy Zee, and Peter Jennings on keyboards, The Tax brew a vibrant dance of indie and synth pop veined by a sturdier rock pulse which is perpetually engaging and intriguing.

Whether The Tax is a mere change of name and personal or a whole new entity we could not learn from research but there certainly feels a shift or evolution in sound and style going by the Someone Is Watching You EP. Recorded with producer Tim Hamill at ‘Sonic1’ studios in Wales, the release is a mature and more precise collection of songs which have discarded the obvious hooks for a sizzling melodic enterprise which is as infectious but more compulsive.

The Stoke Newington band has also created a release which is diverse in sound and structure but with a seamless flow across its five tracks. The song I Am Never Alone stands tall with warm mesmeric charms whilst inciting the atmosphere into a near fiery expanse of melodic passion. The vocals of Hill are as distinctive as ever but it has to be said work better within songs which stretch and ask a little of his ability than previous snappy almost too easy pop tunes. His expressive strength powers every word whilst the strings and intense breath of the guitars combine to light up the imagination and thoughts. It is an unexpected pleasure though the transition between the two ‘endeavours’ band wise is not has distinct as elsewhere, the song brining elements of the ‘past’ into its hearty presence.

Though a great song it is tracks like We Tell You A Lie which really initially surprise and then send the passions to somewhere new and loftier. The song marks its territory with scythes of teasing synths and boosts of riffs before forging ahead with the beats of Randazzo into a feisty and magnetic feast of sound and energy. The bass of Zee is a resonating joy whilst Jennings owns the atmosphere the track expels its glory from within. Involved without being complicated and with a lilt of eighties pop, the song transfixes the ear with only an arguably limp solo loosening the grip on the senses  for a mere wisp of time as the contagion bursts back in force.

It is an excellent track blown out of the water by the sensational Young, Empty And To Blame. The track romps with mischief and irresistible melodic candy to send the taste buds to overload. You could claim the track is resorting to the simplistic hooks and lures of the past but the band have never sounded this good and with the expansive caresses of the keys and slightly rebellious guitars, the song and release has a grit and nip which definitely makes The Tax a more captivating and thrilling proposition than most. If they can find a real snarl to their sound and songwriting it would be hard to argue against the thought that the band could become one of the major forces in UK indie music.

The rest of the release is equally attention grabbing and with an album in the works, The Tax is a band settling in to make a big mark starting with the Someone Is Watching You EP.

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RingMaster 10/11/2012

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The Recovery: The Faint & Fragile

With their new EP Wherever Nowhere Takes Us, looming up with a February 2013 release, Scottish rockers The Recovery are releasing their new single The Faint & Fragile as a free download and impressive taste of what is to come. The single is a storming riot of a song, a track which triggers the passions and gets the heart pumping faster not to mention making for one of the best thumping encounters in single form this year.

The Recovery is a band on the rise, the quintet since forming from the ashes of various notable Glasgow bands, gaining strong responses and acclaim through their live performances which has seen them support the likes of Transit, Cancer Bats, and Title Fight, as well as headlining their own impressive shows. Though the single is our first piece of the band, their previous releases had brought a good word in their favour though not giving any real hint of how immense the song was likely to be.

The Faint & Fragile opens with a smouldering melodic glaze of guitar and vocals whilst beats gently cage the scene. It is a warm and almost sensual breath with a restrained swagger to its glow, bass and vocals oozing confidence with a glint of the wickedness to come. As the ear settles into the hazy heat the track takes a breath before unleashing a rage of senses staggering riffs and combative rhythms. It is a furnace of metal employing twisted grooves, disorientating djent tendencies, and blistering hardcore plus more, honed into an irresistible and sensational onslaught. The once teasing vocals turn into spiteful caustic growls to match the crippling and destructive sounds but there is still an infectious hook which leaves only full captivation in the wake of the attack. The track is brilliant, simple as, and with its anthemic clean group chorus and melodic enterprise within the explosive aggressive drama is one of the treats of 2012.

Imagine a merger of the likes of Every Time I Die, Refused, Mishkin, and Cancer Bats, and you get a feel for the formidable and immense sounds on offer within The Faint & Fragile. It is a perfectly structured and layered triumph which registers highly on every level. Single of the year? Just might be.

RingMaster 10/11/2012

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Fight The Dice: Bad Decisions

Taking their inspiration from the likes of All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, and Blink-182, UK alternative rock band Fight The Dice make their introduction with debut single Bad Decisions, a release which to be honest does not have you thinking of those influences but stands as a strong and intriguing first taster of a band which has been gaining strong support and reactions over recent months. The Birmingham quintet is touted as a band to watch, something the single does little to alter though it is hard to always tell from a single song.

The Birmingham based band certainly give food for thought with Bad Decisions, it is a track which leaves a good base of promise and intrigue for future releases whilst making for a more than decent first taste of their carefully crafted rock sounds. The song opens with a lone guitar stirring up the air before it joins a brief blaze of abrasive riffs, guitarists Jack Turner and Tom Worrall instantly lighting up the ear. Vocalist Ben Jackson steps forward with a delivery which is as expressive as the guitars emotive play within their now reserved gait, whilst the impressive bass manipulations of his brother Sam Jackson prowl and growl with skill and magnetic enterprise. His presence is a highlight of the song though all from the fiery guitars to the jabbing rhythms of Phil Beauchamp and the plaintive vocals only impressive in their individual places.

The song is powerful without tearing a strip off the senses, its aggression more a snarl than a growl which compliments the lyrical bite. It would be wrong to say the song lit any fires with its obvious quality and intelligent structure, the track and band failing to stand out amongst similarly driven bands, but it certainly ensured focus would go the way of their Gavin Monaghan (Kings Of Leon, Robert Plant and Nizlopi) produced first album which they are currently working on when it has its release. For a first single, Bad Decisions gives enough to please the ear and plenty to find promise for the future within.

RingMaster 10/11/2012

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Trash Monroe: Addiction Of Duplicities, part 1 EP

Strong and intriguing from the start, the new EP from UK alternative rock band Trash Monroe just gets better and better the more time you spend in its company. Well the first part anyway as part 2 of the release is not unleashed until January of 2013, but going by the pair of stirring tracks offered here there is no reason to doubt the second part of Addiction Of Duplicities will be any different.

Formed in 2003, the quintet from Essex have made a big impression with their sound which has been compared to the likes of Tool, HIM, as well as Skunk Anansie and Pat Benatar in reference to the powerful and impressive vocals of front person Melany Dantes. Completed by guitarists Brad Hurr and Matt Rowe, bassist Ken Mortimer, and Dave Pankhurst on drums, Trash Monroe has lit up stages across the UK alongside the diverse likes of The Birthday Massacre, Raggedy Angry, Black Candy Store, and Undercover Slut. Heavily positive responses across the media have also followed them whether for their shows or previous releases in debut album Shooting From the Lips and Other Crimes of Passion and the Ornament and Batesian Mimicry EPs.

Recorded with Neil Hayes at The Parlour Recording Studio, Addiction Of Duplicities, part 1 is destined to follow suit in inspiring acclaim and support with its two muscular and well defined slabs of melodic rock. First track S.O.B. approaches the ear with a mix of intricate melodic play and fiery yet reserved riffs. It is an immediate mix of shadows and light which is soon elevated with the striking voice of Dantes. The song has a gritty edge to its warm surface which flares up the further the song expands its  creative arms, the drums and bass without being openly commanding against the guitars, forming a sturdy and cagey canvas for the scorched air of the song to lay. When a band has a vocalist with the range and force of Dante there is a tendency to play to that but as the song shows Trash Monroe compliment and push her mighty tones with a creativity and craft equally as mighty and unforgettable. It is not an infectious song as such but lingers long after its departure to keep the elevated emotions during its engagement staying around and thoughts cantered on its earlier presence.

The release is completed by the and best song of the two in the excellent Stupid Again. Again the track builds its tower of forceful energy and intent, the vocal and electric whispers alongside teasing guitars an inciting yet restrained breath leading to the heart of the song. Into its still controlled stride, the track widens into an epic expanse of emotive passion from the continually impressive Dante and a rising charge of sonic grandeur and captivating imagination. The sinews of the song ripple throughout to give the song a bite alongside the melodic heat generated and transformed into a magnetic brew elsewhere. It is an outstanding piece of songwriting and realisation which leaves the opener in its shade a little and only ignites strong anticipation for the forthcoming part 2 of the release.

There is a buzz surrounding Trash Monroe which suggests the band are on the verge of big things, Addiction of Duplicities, part 1, and the great track Bleached Edges Of My Memory which was recently released as a free download taster,  do nothing to suggest otherwise.

RingMaster 10/11/2012

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