Reporters – Trouble Last Morning EP

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A raw capturing of the imagination with honest lo-fi sounds Trouble Last Morning is the debut EP from a band which provokes the thought that this could be an early introduction of a presence with the potential to evolve into something rather important. The EP comes from UK band Reporters, a duo from Milton Keynes consisting of teenagers Dan Stock (lead vocalist / guitarist) and Josh Ringsell (drums/backing vocals) which is kicking up a bit of a stir with their honest unafraid sound. Having already built a potent following in their home town through their live performances which has seen them play with the likes of Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Weeks, and Dead Sons, Reporters turn their attention to the rest of the country with the release of this quite compelling EP.

Released on the band’s own Phret Records, Trouble Last Morning is soon making the strongest persuasion with Meet Me In The Morning, a track which has a caustic touch to its melodic persuasion and instantly contagious lure to its presence and fluid temptation. The song takes little time in sparking thoughts of The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys but also offers a breath which leaks classic and garage rock invention, a feel of Television meets Tom Petty bringing a further magnetic tease. It makes for a sound which is not strikingly original but wholly inventive and tantalising, the riffs and melodic acidity an exciting wrap around the sinew stretched rhythms.

It is a gripping start soon backed by the equally enticing Last Of The Lonely, its chorus an addiction forging bait which enslaves feet and Art work finalthe appetite for an infection bleeding anthem. As with its predecessor there is no room for excess fat in the songwriting or the delivery, every note and chord a stripped down persuasive wash of unfiltered rock ‘n’ roll with the vocals of Stock feverishly backed by Ringsell, a matching riveting rub of ears and imagination.

The closing Trouble In Paradise is an emotive ballad with a smell of Babyshambles to its discord kissed melodic scent. A track which brews up deeper pungent attraction the more you share its evocative strains, the song shows the richness of promise and enterprise the band has already and can only develop to stronger toxicity ahead.

The Trouble Last Morning EP is a fine doorway into as suggested a band with very bright and potentially important horizons ahead for them and British rock music. Whether it comes to pass we will see but certainly Reporters shows signs of having the creative weaponry to take on that challenge.

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8/10

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The Hunger Pact – Cold Woman EP

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Hailing from Reading, UK alternative rock band The Hunger Pact is continuing to emerge as one rather compelling and accomplished presence. Their self-titled EP released earlier this year triggered strong attention with its four track invitation to a new breath of inventive and richly promising multi-flavoured rock. Now the trio returns with its successor the Cold Woman EP to further the promise and reputation of a rather fine new band.

Consisting of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist (drums, bass…) Ed Rogers, his guitarist brother Ollie, and rhythm guitarist James Pierce, The Hunger Pact brings a parade of eclectic and potent inspirations into their distinctive sound, the likes of Eric Clapton, BB King, Flyleaf, Nirvana, Guns N Roses, Santana, Seether, and Daughtry amongst many spicing up their invention. Originally a solo project for Ed, with The Hunger Pact EP a strong first marker, the band expanded with Ollie providing the guitars for the release and beyond, and James linking up for subsequent live shows. Now with the release of Cold Woman you can sense another big step is about to be taken; their debut release the awareness nudging introduction and the new EP a potent reinforcement and you suspect sizeable trigger to a wider recognition.

The release opens with the title track, a slowly brewing song whose initial touch is that of raw brooding guitar and sonic coaxing as the The Hunger Pact Cover Artworkvocals of Ed opens up an emotive narrative with a strong expressive delivery. The song continues well into its body with the opening slow burn of a persuasion and energy, its presence a smouldering evocation with gently stirring sonic blazes from the guitar aligned to the melancholic laced bass prowling the scenery. As mentioned it is a simmering heat which simultaneously breeds a sonic temptation and intensity that without ever scalding the air spawns a fiery finale which flows seamlessly into its successor. The track is a mesmeric lure into the release and band making the perfect canvas for Alright to spawn its busier sinewed provocation from. The second track is a sturdier more classically rock bred encounter with an element of punk rock to its breath, and whilst not quite magnetising the imagination and emotions to the same potency as its predecessor makes for another deeply satisfying temptation. There is a simplicity which cores the track, and release, a straight forward lure which teases out stronger hunger but also a craft and invention to the guitar and the enterprise of everything on offer which screams out promise and adventure.

Cold Woman is completed by the predation coated and raw Alone Again, its sound coming with a causticity which suggests it was recorded as a live take and an unpolished attraction implying that on stage the band is as equally a formidable proposition. The track seems to finish too soon, well for the enjoyment and appetite anyway, it’s closing sonic dissipation expelled seemingly mid-chorus or certainly whilst the song is in full confrontation. To be honest whilst greed wishes it had held off, the moment works very well and indicates yet again that there is an invention and imagination to the band which will see them flourish with great adventures ahead.

The Cold Woman EP is a thoroughly captivating and exciting release, and though it is one spark short of a raging fire, it burns away with a creativity and charm that will surely only see The Hunger Pact excel and emerge as a potent force ahead.

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7.5/10

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theLights – Dust and Stone

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Whisked from the forthcoming successor to their acclaimed debut album Teenager Of The Century, UK melodic alternative pop band theLights begin tempting anticipation with new song Dust and Stone. Building on the sound and presence established and keenly received by media and fans alike with their previous album, the Birmingham quintet make a rather potent and captivating invitation to check out their impending arrival with the single. It is not a song which leaves you breathless or reeling from something exceptionally unique but with a sound which is distinctly theLights and a rich infectious breath to its full bodied melodic colour and structure, it is an invitation which lays down a bait simply impossible to ignore.

The band has returned to the studio for the single and upcoming album with renowned producer Gavin Monaghan (Bloc Party, The 1378147_10151925055689793_265662188_nTwang, Kings Of Leon) who also worked on its predecessor. The result with Dust and Stone is a song which makes easy work of drawing full attention and inspiring up strong intrigue for what the band has in store. From its opening seconds the track dances gently with ears and thoughts, the guitars of Dan Tombs and Shaun Kelly weaving an elegant pattern around the expressive vocals of Kelly backed by the smouldering vocals of Liz Sheils. The rhythm section upon the track is respectful and generous to the woven melodic beauty and though relatively understated veins the adventure with evocative dark lines and firm beats from Gaz Worton and Woz Meadows respectively. There is a country rock tease to the song throughout which adds to the rich hues of the song but equally the guitar invention and enticement provides a sense of Lightning Seeds and in little ways, The Farmers Boys which only enhances the flirtation with the passions.

Dust and Stone is an extremely satisfying track which though it does not spark the passions into any rigorous activity, enjoyably simmers away inspiring a keen appetite for the arrival of theLights’ new album. If you are looking for some folk seeded melodic pop which is a little different and beautifully crafted this single is a gateway to a new melodic exploit to get very excited over and it is hard to imagine the band providing anything less with their sophomore full length ahead.

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7.5/10

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Vienna Ditto – Ugly

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Creating flights of sultry enigmatic bewitchments, smouldering arcane blues swept electronic enchantments which evoke unique adventures in the imagination each and every time, electronic blues duo Vienna Ditto unveil their finest, most potent seduction with the Ugly EP. The three track release travels the psyche and emotions with a sublime soaked enterprise bred by a blend of country blues and gospel influenced ‘voodoo electronics’. It is a transfixing venture through sweltering evocative climes and across magnetic aural sunspots which gloriously mesmerise from start to finish.

Vienna Ditto consists of Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth, a pair who first met when the latter started teaching the former guitar when she was 11 years old. The couple lost touch after a couple of years but met again by chance in the street in 2009, and within a week of reconnecting they recorded an electronic version of the Johnny Cash classic Ring of Fire, and their own composition Long Way Down within another a week of that. The second track found itself on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show which was followed by an appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival and further radio exposure. Their self-titled EP of 2011 and following singles through to this year has intensified the acclaim and attention upon the band, each a fresh and vibrant exploration of a sound which is distinct and imaginatively unique to Vienna Ditto, a strength which the Ubiquity Project Records Ugly steps forward with to worry new plateaus of excellence.

The title track seduces ears and thoughts first, its opening celestial electronic wash instantly offering a suggestion of Vangelis before _CardWalletcoming to a halt to allow fiery guitar strokes to deliciously aggravate the senses and appetite alongside pulsating beats and a rockabilly temptation embracing the delicious tones of Taylor, this switch the first example of the band’s ingenuity within a torrential majesty of unpredictable imagination. Firmly into its creative weave all textures and essences merge to sculpt an incendiary and haunting expanse of atmospherically sweltering mystery. There is a feel of Saint Agnes to the flames which lick at the enthralling narrative vocally and musically whilst the increasingly bedlamic electronic teases tantalise and ignite potent exploits in the mind and passions.

The following By Way of Apology immediately caresses emotions through the vocal cradling of Taylor, it a sirenesque beauty within similarly emotive sonic invention from and the craft of Firth. The sound conjured envelops the senses, casting a canvas which the bewitching Taylor exploits and makes full use of to romance the narrative of the piece and the listener’s imagination. The Portishead like elegance of the song as well as the steamy ambience makes another exploration in the closing track Stop.  There is a sixties pop sorcery whispering from inside its woven electro and emotive wash providing another unhurried tender engagement which kisses and woos every aspect of the body and soul with a melodic alchemy and irresistible skilled sway.

Listening to Ugly is like walking through the soundtracks of unpolluted shadow soaked adventures of the heart, emotive travelogues across noir lit or sweltering climes which initially hold their secrets close to their chests but open up to the sirenesque call and bait of Vienna Ditto. The EP is simply scintillating and the band the fruitful hypnotic future of synth/blues pop.

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9/10

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