The Vox Dolomites -The Dirty Work Tour 2012 Movie.


     UK band The Vox Dolomites has been making great impressions and strides within British and European music scene with their infectious and provocative blend of punk and ska. Their EPs and online released tracks have ignited eager and ravenous responses plus critical acclaim, all a confrontation of irrepressible sound found with equal passion in their outstanding energy sapping live shows. The Stockport quartet of Antony Walsh (guitar, vocals),Will Farley (guitar, vocals), Chris O’Donnell (bass, vocals) and Simon Dunnington (drums) since forming in 2011, has continued to inspire and ignite the passions of an ever growing fan base with no more potent a reception and enthusiasm than in Japan where the band is greedily and warmly followed. The Dirty Work Tour 2012 is a short film which covers a tour of the same name in the Land of the Rising Sun last October, an unobtrusive yet open recording of the band and their time which visually declares the passion and warmth inspired and felt by the band from probably the most energetic and enthusiastic fans any band could wish for, a passion it must be said the band readily returns.

The film is produced and recorded by Chalkman of Chalkman Video, a film maker from the evidence of this film alone who can be clearly seen as having an understanding of how music and emotions inspired can paint the fullest colourful picture. A musician himself (in punk folksters Paper Town and other bands before), Chalkman has already given a visual potency to The Vox Dolomites with their Losing Hands video as well as creating pieces for the likes of One Man Stand, Yo el Rey, and his own band, his musical side one suggests giving him an understanding on how to let things naturally tell a narrative through the music and its arguably larger than life persona.

As the opening credits hit the screen the voice of a Japanese flight crew member of the airline bringing the band to Tokyo welcomes passengers and viewers to the feast of visuals and sound ahead. The screen then splits into three with fans excitedly awaiting the band in one box alongside another showing the busy aspect of life and the cosmopolitan style of the country, both surrounding a live track from one of The Vox Dolomite shows. As the band explode with their impressive live presence, the clarity of sound of the show unleashing the full power and craft of the band, Chalkman keeps everything vibrant, intriguing, and magnetic by varying the splitting of the screen and the constant caress of images. At times it might be just a full screen look at the band playing and other times two or band and friendthree simultaneously playing films of continued looks at Japan, its people, and fans side by side with live performance. The craft and skill within the film is that at no moment does this full helping of visuals over power, distract, or slip by, everything devoured by the eye with keen attention and appetite.

With live performances at various venues on the tour of songs such as Losing Hands, No Split Ends, Break Down The Walls, and Horrorshow, the film is a continual treat of live unbridled energy and passion from band and hungry fans which alone makes for a compelling treat for the eyes and senses but with the potent and diverse images of the country and its people, the film becomes an even richer documentary of The Vox Dolomites within the magnificent giant ‘venue’ warmly entertaining them. Particular favourite moments alongside the outstanding live performances, always a given with The Vox Dolomites, include the band recording a cover of the classic Menace track GLC at Roxy and Green Brew studios in Tokyo with Taizo Hayama providing the vocals, the array of stunning guitars designs shown at one point in a store, and the closing live track, a version of DREX song We Will Have Our Say which sees tour organiser Takumix Mitsuda leading the song with passion and unrestrained energy.

The Dirty Work Tour 2012 movie is a real treat and pleasure to watch, listen to, and return to over and over again. An honest and complete emotional canvas of sound and vision with no indulgences or ego, this is one music film which deserves all the attention it can and should get so go and hit the link right now…


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The Karma Party: Dark Matters EP


Standing eye to eye with and snarling viciously at governments, corruption, and the sea of injustices in society and then lyrically ripping their throats out, UK punk-steppers The Karma Party is an emerging force to call foul on the world whilst igniting passions with a fire of irrepressible sounds and electric energy. With debut EP Dark Matters the quartet from Blackpool has set the first aural landmark in their rise towards becoming one of the best incendiary creative confrontations in the country.

Consisting of vocalist Merc, guitarist Scummins, bassist Punkins, and drummer Luke, The Karma Party brews a heady tempest of hardcore, punk and dub-step with flames of electronica burning within the combative storm. It is a distinct sound but take pinches of Sonic Boom Six, King Prawn, Lazy Habits, and the Janice Graham Band with extra spice from Pendulum and you scratch the surface of their invigorating volatile antagonism.

The release takes its first bite with This Is Britain, an attack on the broken country brought with contagion and aggressively 1616807321-1sculpted conciseness. An instant scrub of heavy rhythms and scarring riffs led by the excellent vocals of Merc attach to the ear with a Dead Kennedys like hook entwined around the sinewy core of the track. The song questions and provokes in sound whilst simultaneously challenging with razor sharp lyrics delivered with a bite and accuracy which grips tightly. Melodic keys flame and caress in the skies of the song to add a melodic weave to the muscular senses barracking triumph beneath. As anthemic as you can wish and virulently infectious the song is a dramatic and impressive start.

An opening height easily matched by the following Collapse, the track another insatiably energetic and forceful welcome intrusion on thoughts and passions. From its first breath the song is stomping with purpose through the ear with sonic shots exploding within the brawling energy, openly furthering the already impressive diversity to the imagination of the band. Like all the tracks on the EP, the song is direct and uncompromising but the band ensures that there is a full capture of the listener through heated invention and a delicious maelstrom of ideas and sounds.

Push Forward continues the outstanding conflict whilst expanding the depth and diversity to the songwriting and creativity. Oriental blooms of sounds wrap the ear first to fix attention and intrigue steadfastly before Merc begins the descriptive voice of the track, again a potent statement with unreserved sounds to match. Another punk riot ensues with that oriental seduction continuing to set passions aflame, the song twisting and barging through its purpose with provocative skill and a chorus which resonates with electro pulses. It has an impossibly viral vocal call for which there is no remedy and is proudly another sensational instigator for mind and heart which with its eastern ethnic winds and verbal strength reminds of Asian Dub Foundation at their best.

Completed by They Tell Me, a mesmeric song with drama inspiring keys and sonic mists which stretch across the sound to further the evolving soundscape of the release, and the punk driven defiant riot The Opposition, the EP leaves the listener a churned up and riled force of thought, emotion, and pleasure. Dark Matters is a towering triumph ready to soundtrack and advocate change, something you feel The Karma Party will find an even stronger depth and potency to in the future. A must have release of 2013 which will apply to every year and decade thereafter.

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Komla: EP


    The debut from UK melody alchemists KOMLA is the soundtrack to summer days, an inspiration to dance in the embrace of the sun without a care in the heart with a blaze of lustful energy and passion, though listening to the four track release inspires those thoughts and that warmth any time of the year or day. The EP is a sizzling party for the senses and emotions as well as powerful evidence as to why the West London trio has earned rich enthused acclaim and a rapidly growing energised fan base over recent months.

Formed in September 2012, the band has thrilled London with their triumphant sounds, lighting up venues such as The O2 Academy, The Hoxton Underbelly and headlining at the 100 Club Oxford Street and The Camden Barfly. They have also impressively lit up festivals such as successive Oxjam events in London as well as successfully supporting the headline act for the Sigulda Blues Festival, Latvia and headlining a Rock Festival in Lithuania. KOMLA consists of vocalist/guitarist Leeno, bassist Kelpie, and drummer Arthur, musicians who have absorbed and delivered sounds across recent decades to create their own distinct and instinctive form of rock pop with rich veins of soul and blues, the combination an eclectic colourful kaleidoscope of sound.

Opening song Never Give Up immediately soaks the ear in melodic blues flames, a lush soak of incendiary sound which perks up the senses and has feet unable to settle. The effect haze upon the vocals adds to the shimmering heat of the song soon enhanced by the very persuasive guitar play and the gentle smouldering the song occasional rests within, the ‘pause’ allowing a gulp of breath before the next session of elevated enthusiasm. The song is a breath of fresh air with a hot potency of sound and passion brought through expressive play and unbridled energy that leaves one exhausted by and basking in its glorious warmth.

The following That Summer continues the impressive and imaginative expanse of defined hooks, melodic coaxing, and contagious energy though as in all songs, with a distinct character and presence. Employing a slight ska gait to its tempting stroll, the song leads the senses into another shower of hot irresistible melodies and contagious rhythms framing a weave of mesmeric swirls and riotous fun. Again it is a track which denies limbs and passions any peace, the devilish instigator to enthused dance and unbridled pleasure. The vocals of Leeno carry a Martin Fry lilt to them, something which brings a whisper of ABC across all songs to be honest and here certainly there is the irrepressible pop lures which equally marks both bands.

Sold Out is a slower ballad like seduction, a song which caresses the ear with golden kisses and lingering melodic touches. The bass of Kelpie adds a melancholic essence to the resourceful graceful gait of the bright sultry walk adding shadow within the emotive love endorsed by vocals and guitar. Once more the band offers a completely different stance with an equality in sound and depth which is immensely impressive, the song itself real pop music with no shackles just heart borne.

The closing We Belong brings a party to the passions once more, its eager romp and swagger an ignition to wanton enterprise from voice and limbs from the listener, sorry KOMLA I tried to resist as dogs wailed and cats threw themselves under buses but damn the song is a temptation too far. It again is a lasting tease and thrill which demands once it departs with infectious melodies and flourishes under wing that an immediately re-start to the EP is the only option.

KOMLA is a band destined to major things as they inspire and invigorate more and more awakening hearts. They make pop music at its richest and purest but with a rock passion which takes it beyond borders and limitations, wonderful stuff.


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X-Ray Life: Self Titled

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    Formed in 2011 by vocalist Mattia Briggi, Italian rockers X-Ray Life merge an appealing blend of hard rock, grunge, and blues into a release which captures the imagination and leaves behind strong satisfaction. Their self-titled debut album is an enthused and accomplished slab of rock which though it does not set any major fires burning certainly holds its own with skill and enterprise.

From Venezia, the quintet of Briggi, guitarists Corrado Ricucci and Giovanni Zanardo, bassist Matteo Rugliancic, and drummer Matteo Boranga, since forming has made steady progress within their homeland with their live performances winning many competitions and providing a song for a few compilation albums. Bringing essences from alternative rock and grunge to their own intent the band has a sound and style which combines nineties bands from Seattle and modern hard rock. Released via Atomic Stuff Records, their album has all the weaponry to further the presence of the band within Europe and beyond, its eleven songs keen and finely crafted slabs of honest rock n roll.

The punchy Machine Gun Kelly starts things off on the album with a combative edge to its energy and a fiery groove which copertinaengages immediately within the infection of grazing sound. The vocals also carry a boisterousness to match the sounds and though at moments their delivery is weaker than in other parts, The Stone Temple Pilots feel of the track allows the discrepancy to pass by and makes for a good start to the release.

The following Everyone is A Star and Coma Like A Dream soon raise levels with their compelling sounds. The first is a prowling taunt upon the ear with a sturdy attitude coated bass and a mischievously teasing groove whilst the second is a contagious stomp of irresistible bulging rhythms and choppy agitated riffs. Both tracks are flush with impressive musicianship and hypnotic lures which are irresistible in their raw and uncluttered form with Coma Like A Dream one of the stand out invitations upon the album, and since forming has been the first track to initiate bringing attention to the band. Hey is a further pinnacle on the album, its absorbing intimidating groove and rasping effect coated vocals a snarl within the riot tempting rhythms and guitar abrasion. It is an excellent track which can be described as Velvet Revolver meets Temple of the Dog with a core of punk to its deliberate aggressive intent.

The sizzling blues/stoner wash of Lay On You and the classic rock/garage edge to Devil On Earth both offer decisive variety within the album and though they do not reach the levels of passion as inspired by earlier songs they are full of enjoyable invention and energy. With also tracks like Sad and 665 Inside, the album does dip in from its initial height in its middle, though each track is still a rewarding encounter, but regains its rung with the excellent Charlie The Shepherd. The song is a brawling furnace of acidic melodies soaked up by adrenaline fuelled storms of riffs, guitar lashes, and rhythmic intensity; dirty and insatiable the track is a bruising rock n roll stampede of energy.

Though it ends with its weakest track The Last Song, the album is a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying release with plenty of strong rewards, including a great cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song, Susie Q. X-Ray Life is a band who knows how to create potent rock sounds and how to use them for an exciting time, an experience we all have a liking for.


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