Yes Rebels – The Mixtapes EP

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We are not sure what is being put in the water system of the city of Bristol here in the UK but one side effect seems to be a never ending supply of exciting and inventive emerging bands. From metal to rock, noise to indie, every month more bands step out of its shadows to enthral and captivate. One of the more compelling and dynamic bands to make their impressive declaration is rockers Yes Rebels. Merging a mix of indie and alternative rock with an array of spices from fifties rock ‘n’ roll, sixties pop, and nineties adventure, the quartet of Bobby Anderson, Des Rogers, Tom Kuras, and Steve Handover have created their own unique form of devilment and mischievous enterprise. It is rock music brought with passion and enthusiasm, the band with an energy and presence which a great many others could learn from.

Yes Rebels formed in 2010 with the intent and inspiration of the likes of Superchuck and Fugazi and their DIY ethics fuelling thoughts and hearts. The band soon gained a potent fanbase and reputation for their live shows to become one of the most inventive and thrilling forces in their home city. The Mixtapes EP is their introduction to the wider ears of the nation and like their sound a release brought with invention and originality. Determined to make their sound accessible for all, as shown by the band touring across Bristol and further afield for free, the four piece posted videos on YouTube of the four new songs making up the release. Then for everyone who shared them, the guys sent them the track for free ensuring not only their name and music was spread further around but their mission to provide music for their fans for free came with imagination and fun.

It has to be said as each track dances and romp over the ear it is hard to imagine the band will need a lot of help in making a formidable name for themselves but many hands makes a rich stew of awareness for sure and the EP certainly deserves it. Consisting of four songs the release is a riotous seduction of guitar devilry, emotional soul, and blistering temptation led by the excellent expressive tones of vocalist Anderson, the son of Young Disciples and Brand New Heavies singer Carleen Anderson.  Once the likes of Sailor J Serenade grips the senses, swerving and tempting with hungry insistent rhythms and guitar teasing there is nothing but submission to its will on the cards. Its core drum call is irresistible, holding the listener by the shoulders as the sonic carving from the guitar lays a compelling design across the senses. As it unveils more and more of its depths and imagination the song remains unpredictable and dramatically magnetic, the snarl of the bass a gripping intimidation within the superbly crafted melodic flames just one of its acclaim pulling aspects.

Diversity is also a major key to the release, the sixties pop swagger of Them’s The Breaks crooning on the passions like a mix of The Dave Clark Five and Kaiser Chiefs with a touch of Buzzcocks and Wah! to its adventure, just one distinct and radiant offering whilst Out Of The Gun carefully recruits the passions with the kind of intensive hooks which marked the early days of The Cure. It must be stated again though that the sound is unique, the band twisting it into its own maelstrom of invention and pleasure, this track alone additionally scarring with the noise discord found in the likes of The Gaa Gaas and sinister sonic taunting bred by The Pixies.

Fourth song on The Mixtapes is pure virulent contagion for which cures are unknown. Who Wants To Be An American romps with swagger and devilry leading the listener into a feast of melodic enterprise and an epidemic of addiction making hooks. Best described as Maximo Park meets The Farmers Boys and Freddie & The Dreamers, which does not really help your imagination to be honest such its individual stance, the song alone makes the band one to drool over but with its conspirators on the EP makes the strongest inducement to adore and stalk the Bristol tempters. So no dawdling off you go….

Check out their videos below and grab your free gems.


RingMaster 20/06/2013

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