Dirty Little Rebel: Tend To Offend EP

Dirty Little Rebel

Dirty Little Rebel

From the stomping opening to the Tend To Offend EP there is an immediate captivation which just does not let go until the last note of the final track fires off in to the sunset. The EP is the debut release from UK rockers Dirty Little Rebel, a band young in its life but with a richness of maturity and pedigree to its sound. It is also a thoroughly thrilling and enterprising riot of energy, heart, and devilment.

Formed in early 2012 by Rebel Rogers (lead vocals and guitar) and Dizzy Dee (drums and backing vocals), the Cambridge duo who had previously played together in earlier bands, set about recording a wealth of songs, eighteen demos over four months, as they searched for the right bassist. The line-up was completed with the joining of J during the summer with the trio then returning to the studio to record a quintet of songs which make up Tend To Offend. Their sound takes essences from influences like Motley Crue, Sex Pistols, Iggy and the Stooges, New York Dolls and the Ramones, combining the flavours with a further distinct punk and dirty rock spicery. The result is a sound and release which does not exactly rip into new avenues for rock n roll to explore but nevertheless creates riots which are fresh and invigorating within familiar parameters. The EP is accomplished, energetic, and insatiably eager to fire up your aural deviancies, what more could one want from a bruising storm of a rock n roll party.

The intro march of the opening track Sleaze Driven Army is an instant attraction soon rammed home by thumping rhythms and 149792_364258363670774_1598753078_ninfectiously hooked riffs which have more than a passing glance to the caped crusader. The growling vocals of Rogers squall perfectly over the fiery guitar wash and prowling bass licks whilst Dee continues to jab and barrack the ear for a full and willing submission. It is a song you know before hearing it without guessing what guise it will come in, an immediate buddy for the heart and ready instigator for limbs and voice. In many ways the track with its compulsive power and insatiable hooks is the biggest highlight of the EP. The release continues to deliver quality satisfying sounds throughout its remaining songs though most just miss finding the same plateau as the first whilst still leaving one drooling in pleasure.

The following Suzie blazes across the ear next, the track an intriguing mix of eighties sleaze and nineties hard rock brought with the vocal spite and punk breath of the Murderdolls. It is a corruptive fire of great guitar teasing and expressive venom delivered through a bar room like confronting presence. The switch in gait from an eager riling up of the senses to a malice tinged atmospheric aural stare is excellent to further make the song standout amongst other like-minded tracks and sounds which have emerged over the past year.

Devil Show is soon stepping up to offer its own slice of muscular mischief and ignite another wash of pleasure to tidal wave through the senses from its thunderous barrage of rhythms and enterprising invention. It has a stronger punk spine to its presence than on the previous songs which for personal tastes is when the band really bitch slap rapture into action and leave one the most satisfied. This track easily has one nodding in unity to the intent of the track whilst its successor Reckless Love just has one dripping with lust for its again punk driven barbed hooks and flesh kissing wantonness. Though earlier we said the opener was the biggest highlight this song is the favourite, its lustful and contagious sounds sheer joy and naughtiness inspiring.

Too Hard To Resist closes the EP and is the only song which could not switch on any real positive reactions, though it is from a personal dislike of eighties glam/sleaze rock which heavily soaks the track than from any real failing by the song itself; if the likes of Motley Crue and Skid Row switch on your light this song will be certainly appreciated.

Tend To Offend is a great release and one suspects the introduction to a band in Dirty Little Rebel which is going to make big strides and spark acclaimed riots in the future.


RingMaster 31/12/2012

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DogHouse Swine: Dogs Of War

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    Dogs Of War, the latest album from US rockers DogHouse Swine is not a release which re-invents the wheel but it sure smashes aside any bumps in the road not ready to join its bruising riot. The nine track album is a muscular treat which rampages through the ear like an antagonistic adversary whose only real intent is to offer up a good feisty time, something it does with ease.

The New Jersey band has earned a good reputation for their sounds and energy through live shows, which has seen them share stages with the likes of Electric Frankenstein, and Mucky Pup, and their previous album Faster Side Of Normal. Formed in 2009 by lead guitarist and vocalist Ian with former The Wretched Ones guitar player B.T. and co-founder and drummer Chris DeBellis, the band has been on a powerful rise which the new release only adds stock to. Now a quartet with bassist Iron Rich joining during 2012 which saw B.T. moving from bass to rhythm guitar within the band, DogHouse Swine has unleashed an album to stir up the heart and quell inhibitions with its punk rock passion and breath; a punk n roll treat to bring an insatiable party to each and every day.

The release opens with the first single from the album, I’m Suffocated. From its barging riffs and keen sonic guitar squalls the trackDogs Of War CD Cover has limbs and senses at the mercy of its powerful rhythms, venomous basslines, and sizzling guitar play. The effected vocals bring a menace to proceedings before turning into a defiant and raw rub across the ear. The song is a fiery excursion for the passions, an aggressive and anthemic instigator for which only full enthusiasm and energy can be given in return. The song like their sound overall, reminds of bands like Motorhead, Joecephus and The George Jonestown Massacre, and DC4 delivered with a healthy presence of punk rock found in the likes of Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers. It is not anything particularly brand new to the ear but brought with an accomplished skill and unbridled musical lust which takes it above most similarly sounding contemporaries.

The excellent Hard Luck Education takes over next with more of the same offered in a different thrilling guise. There is a swagger to the song which makes it openly infectious though the sing-a-long chorus and teasing melodies are as much to blame for its pleasing contagion. It is fair to say both tracks are like old friends, companions you basically know but with a new wrap of quality aural clothing to make them deeply welcome and enjoyable.

The glorious chunky riffs and ravenous basslines within Open Wide bring a new angle to the release, the slower stalking gait of the song an intimidating and fully rewarding confrontation, whilst Nonstop To Nowhere pulls one into a vintage punk brawl of belligerence and honest acceptance. Both leave one greedily satisfied and eager to hear more of the barracking rhythms and scathing sonic riffs crafted impressively by the band. Neither song is arguably as memorable as the previous tracks but still only light further desire to share their sounds again and often.

Goin’ Down The Bar is a song you will not forget, from its predatory bass leering start through the rampant guitar scrubbing and vocal celebration and on to the anthemic alcohol dripping declaration, the track is an irresistible and simple mission all can aspire to and climb on board with, thematically and musically. There are no frills or pretty decorations to the song, just pure and raw rock n roll, a claim you can happily throw at every track.

Dogs Of War is completed by a quartet of live cuts including the single Bitch from their earlier album. The tracks are rough and in your face, brawling at you as if you were there at the time. They do pale compared to the studio tracks but still only incite the need to retrospectively check out Faster Side Of Normal and catch them live if the opportunity arises.

If you want a slab of true and undiluted rock n roll/punk rock then DogHouse Swine is a band for you. With a new video for Goin’ Down The Bar directed by Dave Neabore of Dog Eat Dog fame ( he also did the one for Bitch) due soon and the planning of their third album for a possible August release, 2013 is looking like being a big year for the band and our grateful ears going by their latest album.


RingMaster 31/12/2012

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Elephantis: State of Mind


State of Mind the debut EP from UK melodic hardcore band Elephantis is one of those releases which whether you find rapture within it or not it cannot be ignored or simply dismissed. It is a titanic explosion of fervour, expression, and searing melodic enterprise delivered with a brutality and near malice which leaves you shell shocked. The initial encounter left an uncertainty hovering over the six track expanse of the release, unsure just how good or different the EP was to a wave of emerging bands and releases in 2012 from the same genre well. After a deserved prolonged exposure State of Mind emerges as one impressive and even more promising reward for the senses, it is not an easy listen but certainly one of the most enthralling and intriguing.

Hailing from Guildford, the quintet of vocalist Angus Roberton, guitarists Connor Jackson and George Marriott, bassist Joe Oliver, and drummer Olly Harvey, has on the evidence of the EP honed their sound into a squalling and dramatic breath of emotive passion. It is a large sound with a sonic malevolence which strips the senses of security whilst leaving them satisfied and looking forward to much more future. Their influences as stated in their bio include the likes of Misery Signals, Counterparts, and It Prevails and to that you can add spices of the likes of Cancer Bats, Rise Against, and By Any Means to a sinewy mix which leaves you breathless and submerged in an emotional roller coaster of a ride.

      Eastern Skies starts things off with a furnace in its belly and rhythms which leave you trembling. It is a caustic rain of sound and1550607879-1 aggression which leaves the ear raw and smarting. The vocals of Roberton carry nothing less than unbridled heart to match the abrasive intensity and sonic assault. His tones leave finesse outside to add further vicious depth to the track. Within the tempest the guitars leave elegant patterns upon the unruly bruising canvas which counters and contradicts the violence inspiringly whilst making a compelling companion for thoughts. It has to be said that neither this song nor the majority of the others are lingering memories after their departures, though small moments do persist from within each storm, but in their presence make for deeply pleasing encounters.

The following Leo is a dynamic onslaught with its tremendous raptorial breath and shadowed stained heavy rampages; the additional vocals of Odessa vocalist Richard Lardner and the evolving invention to the structure of the track capturing the imagination completely to make the track one of the bigger highlights on the release. As with next up Stronghold, the musicianship on offer is impressive, each member stretching the songs without losing the shape and intent. The second of the two is a track which does not inspire the same reactions and acclaiming thoughts as its predecessors but is still a strong and gratifying moment in ones aural life.

After the good instrumental Ante Meridian another pinnacle is hit with Pale Shades, a track which pushes itself and the songwriting to the limit whilst being controlled and imaginative. Again towering rhythms cage a storm of melodic and inventive endeavour which sits easily alongside the perpetual vocal malevolence and consuming intensity. It is a ravaging tsunami of emotion which rewards as equally as it erodes the strength of the listener, and one very appetizing intrusion.

Ending with the unrelenting anger of the title track, State Of Mind is a strongly promising introduction to a band with one feels has much more invention and uniqueness within their emerging skilled hands. For a debut one can only be impressed and inspired to watch the band closely with a brewing anticipation that Elephantis could be a major force in the near future. As a name your price release the recommendation is check out the band as soon as…



RingMaster 31/12/2012

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