Louis Jucker – Eight Orphan Songs

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It is hard to define exactly what it is that Louis Jucker conjures on his new EP Eight Orphan Songs which creates such an emotional impact and connection but the eight raw lo-fi temptations which make up the release manage to seduce and ignite the imagination with ease through its almost primal craft and persuasion. Certainly the strength and creative ingenuity of the intimate reflections and incitements does not surprise coming from a member of The Ocean, Coilguns, Kunz, and The Fawn but the DIY sound he sculpts on the EP might you suspect unless previously aware of earlier solo efforts. It has an abrasive experimental intent which can be aligned to that of Coilguns but other than that the anti-folk seeded musical endeavour is a unique and haunting examination of thoughts and feelings.

Eight Orphan Songs is the first actual official solo release from Jucker via Hummus Records but follows previous releases including the EPs Spring! Spring! Spring! and Chinese Sketches, all of which are available as free downloads via the label’s Bandcamp profile. The new release continues the exploration started on earlier experimentations, a fusing of bontempi beats, raw almost caustic acoustic guitar, and haunted leaning on traumatised vocals which simply wrap the lyrical narratives in a potent lingering evocation. Written whilst Jucker lived in an old flat in Switzerland in 2012 and inspired by the experience and feelings of that time the EP is an extraordinary aural journal; in the words of Jucker “The odd beauty of the words and melodies of the record is an echo of the days I had there.

The release opens with Feathers, its rhythmic enticement a perpetual hook into the heart of the moment represented. A strong a3645567050_2scuzz kissed guitar provides the landscape which Jucker with his distinctive and startling vocals colours with magnetic intrigue and emotive hues. His delivery with the track, and the release to be honest, has not exactly a schizophrenic feel but definitely an emotional and visual discord bordering disturbed breath which makes it scream in invention and uniqueness whilst immersing the listener into a striking new world and innovative passion.

People Are Noises is the next to transport the senses to a passage of time it sparking the imagination to visualise a speeded up stroll through crowds of rapidly passing emotion clad lives. It is a musically poetic and lyrically inciting venture, one deceptively simply but made of rich textures sonically and emotionally which just captivates as does its successor We Lived A Mountain. The song has a deeper throat to its sound and presence, a darker temptation with an unfussy but effective hook which carries a punkish lilt, especially within the infectious fiery moments. It is a glorious psych rock bred incantation for the passions and the best track amongst an octet of impressive and riveting suasions.

Sleepwalkers continues with the intensive atmosphere, the heavier sonic blaze of the guitar a stirring and burning melodic flame over the simplistic rhythmic frame. The track has a touch of garage rock to its lilt, a rougher predation though one only spicing the enthralling unrefined sirenesque call of the song and the ever provocative vocals. It is another pinnacle in a row of peaks which is emulated in quality and endeavour by The Girl That Left You At The Bus Stop. The track tantalises and stirs thoughts, the acidic guitar and vocal harmonics a sultry caress within a raw production which tempers but equally accentuates their beauty and elegance. There is drama in all songs upon Eight Orphan Songs but this song has the strongest descriptive narrative of all in many ways, it casting a scene in the imagination all can find a reflection within.

Both I Curse You and You Are My Glasses coax the passions further, the first of the two having a seemingly familiar melody which persuades like an existing friend whilst inciting the sense of an emotional unknown Its successor is an evocative electrified consumption which seduces and riles the senses beautifully, the song another riveting example of the rich songwriting and its under-baked yet incredibly informative and adventurous realisation.

Completed by the excellent acoustic and thoroughly stimulating Major Chords Solve Minor Problems, Louis Jucker’s EP is a deliciously honest and expressive slice of invention. Eight Orphan Songs is ingenious lo-fi alchemy and something fans of his other bands and projects should want to explore; they will not be disappointed.

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9/10

RingMaster 15/11/2013

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The Creeping Ivies – What Would Joey Ramone Do? /Ramona Wolf

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Continuing to provide a raw pleasure and sound which no-one else seems able to come near, Scottish garage rockers The Creeping Ivies unleash their next seductive persuasion with the double-A-sided single What Would Joey Ramone Do?/Ramona Wolf. The duo from Dundee of vocalist/guitarist Becca Bomb and drummer Duncan Destruction create a brew seeded in fifties rock ‘n’ roll, sixties garage rock, and seventies punk which they force through a scuzz lined filter of noise rock to make one of the most challenging and refreshing encounters around. This alchemy has already recruited a legion of ardour driven fans through the Ghost Train EP and debut album Stay Wild, and with the ever evolving sound and potency found on the new single The Creeping Ivies has set another deliciously scarring marker and plateau for themselves to erupt from.

What Would Joey Ramone Do? is an irresistible conjuration of Gene Vincent, The Ramones, and The Cramps with Becca a2278793946_2producing her finest Wanda Jackson strength and charm. Her guitar strokes equally spark an always eager appetite for the band into the usual hungry reaction, a want increased by her raw Cochran/ Poison Ivy Rorschach like guitar sound which rubs the senses and emotions into a delirious expulsion of emotions whilst the crisp thumping beats of Duncan lead the body into a kinetic dance. The groove of the song is out of the Road To Ruin songbook but with its caustic kisses and sonic intrusiveness it is a temptation unique to the pair.

Second song Ramona Wolf emerges from a sonic lure, its beckoning leading the ears into a glorious wall of acidic riffs, even paced punchy rhythms, and a cavernous atmosphere speared by an intermittent senses scrubbing causticity of guitar. The vocals of Becca ride the sound with the skill and toxicity of a temptress, a sorceress like enchantment washing every syllable expelled through the chilled ambience of the song. The encounter is a bewitching soundtrack to the sirenesque call of a devil witch from outer space, well the narrative to another ridiculously addictive song from The Creeping Ivies but that is pretty much the same thing right?

The Creeping Ivies just get better and better as What Would Joey Ramone Do? and Ramona Wolf both show and with the band’s second album Ghost World expected early next year anticipation and excitement are already showing some impatience in the wait.

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10/10

RingMaster 14/11/2013

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Goresoerd – Asülum

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A bruising and at times nastily vicious encounter, Asülum the new album from Estonian metallers Goresoerd is one of those addictions you just cannot shake off or want to be without. Consisting of twelve tracks which lyrically you can only guess what is going on, due to the band presenting their inventive furies in their own language, and musically ignite the fullest passions, the album is a predatory rampage of genre crossing and manipulating imagination. It raises a hunger for the band ahead and retrospectively which so far cannot get enough of their inventive violence.

Formed in 2004 by ‘two guys playing and experimenting with grindcore’, Goresoerd has evolved into a force of mouth-watering enterprise which around a death metal seeded core recruits styles and essences into something distinctive and incredibly captivating. The band’s third album and the successor to the acclaimed Tüdruk ja Surm of 2010, Asülum thrusts the Tallinn hailing Goresoerd to the frontline of European extreme and eclectic metal.

It thrusts itself forcibly upon the senses with opener Depressiivmeedia, a vocal cry the starter for a rapacious heavyweight Goresoerd_1600x1600pxbarracking of the ears by abrasive riffs, the thumping rhythms of Ken Takmazjan, and the caustic vocal grazing of Eero Soomere backed by the equally gnarled tones of guitarist Stig Lindeberg. It is an immediately gripping confrontation, a seemingly djent inspired savagery aligned to a sonic exploration which entangles the imagination as firmly as the antagonistic intensity and storming energy. At times the song snatches a resemblance to Stam1na whilst a heavy metal element crowds in with the tempestuous enterprise at play to show the diversity to come across Asülum.

Masin is next up to tantalise and chew thoughts and emotions, another death/heavy metal maelstrom working its persuasion as the song twists and turns with venomous but enthralling invention. The guitars of Lindeberg and Rasmus Tauk provide an expanse of creative and annihilatory temptation whilst the bass of Otto simply stalks every note offered, all helping to sculpt a tempest which has a healthy if distant similarity to the likes of Livarkahil. Its impressive fury is matched by the punkish ferocity of Poomine and the incendiary classic metal taunting of Kuningas-Direktor, both aggressive hardcore fuelled tracks unveiling further variety and invention of sound which riles up the imagination and appetite into a greedier hunger for the release.

The breath-taking attacks of both Soerd and Kloonitud Jumal provide two of the biggest pinnacles of the album, the first a voracious slab of metal which incites the imagination with a continually evolving and intimidating blaze of styles and almost bedlam spawned rabidity whilst its successor from a restrained yet hungry stroll of groove metal brews a sonic and intensive tirade of inventive but malevolent emprise which simply enthrals and breeds greater passion for the uncompromising intrusion, especially the nagging waspish groove which stirs within the latter end of the treat.

The thrash powered Uppunud Loomade Varjupaik again reminds of Stam1na, the melodically and infectious grooves and hooks cast from similar wells as the Finns whilst the raging Kurjajuur is a thrilling merger of hardcore and death vengeance under a delicious spattering of groove and nu metal, just to name some of the influences setting up this explosion of imagination as the biggest peak of Asülum. It is a thunderous exhilarating furnace of ingenuity which leaves the following likes of Surnud Siber and Põrguekspress a hard task to follow. Of course they both do so with unbridled exploratory craft and inventive intensity, though neither can grip the same plateau as the previous track or many before it. The synths of Meelis Tauk on the tracks bring their strongest allurement to the album yet to make an evocative presence behind the striking guitar craft and though it is fair to say the rhythmic and guitar borne elements as well as the ever impressive and predacious vocals take centre stage more often than not across the album, Tauk and the turntable and sampling skills of Rene Jõhve provide a seduction which adds depth and richness to the ferocity.

Asülum closes with its outstanding title track and the excellent atmospherically woven carnivorous Raibe Lenda, the pair providing two more stunning inventive provocations to complete one exceptional and invigorating creative incitement. Goresoerd should be a world-wide known name and presence and with Asülum easily capable of being the weapon to open that door, hopes and expectations might get that wish very soon.

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9/10

RingMaster 14/11/2013

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Allusondrugs – MyCat/Fruit

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Providing a sultry tease which toys with and triggers the passions, UK alternative rock band Allusondrugs confirm and build upon the promise set by their debut release with the thrilling new double A-side single MyCat/Fruit. Two tracks of riveting fuzz lined vibrancy with a sinewy bass to hang it all upon the release is a further impressive step in the emergence of one refreshingly exciting band.

Hailing from Castleford in West Yorkshire, Allusondrugs formed in the autumn of 2012 and took little time in honing a sound which drew potent attention and acclaim through the quintet’s live performances locally.  Constantly spreading their presence especially through debut single Plasters, the band now stands poised to work upon the rest of the country with the new release and a tour across the north of the UK. Released as its predecessor via Clue Records, MyCat/Fruit is a magnetic feast of mischievous sound, one with a seductive embrace and a steely temptation.

    MyCat opens with a scuzz coated hand on the shoulder of the senses, an almost industrial caress rubbing attention into action a0975362780_2before thumping beats and electronic strikes punctuate its lure. It is a powerful invitation taken into irresistible climes when the track explodes with a stoneresque acidic groove and a heated intense vibrant energy. The harmonic vocals soon after instantly complete the virulent bait of the song as does the brief caustic explosions which equally grip the arisen appetite for the sounds offered; it is a riveting persuasion which has feet and emotions dancing and the imagination soaring. Across its impressive body the song sparks thoughts of Queen Of The Stone Age, The Pixies, and Hot Hot Heat, though there is something wholly distinct to Allusondrugs, a core which sets the song and them enjoyably apart.

The song also holds a shoegaze quality, if one with a want to devilishly bruise simultaneously and that essence makes a stronger tempting on Fruit. The song from a discord kissed single guitar beckoning stretches its arms with a grunge spiced stomp, riffs and rhythms a hungry recruiter of the passions. Settling into a compelling stride the track then taunts assumptions by smoothly slipping into a gentle melodic flight, a candescent passage bringing a mix of My Bloody Valentine and Felt into view before switching back and forth with the previous Foo Fighters like charge. It is a glorious slice of imagination, its persistently twisting and engaging adventure addiction sparking beauty and contagious feistiness united for a thoroughly scintillating encounter.

As the brilliant combination of MyCat and Fruit massages and riles up the passions it is hard not to anticipate Allusondrugs growing into and creating one of the more exciting and spellbinding presences within British rock over the upcoming horizons. We for one cannot wait…

MyCat/Fruit is released as a 100 strong limited edition CD and download

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10/10

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