Death Kindly Waits For Me – Wire Iron Blood

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Let us cut to the chase right away and suggest that Wire Iron Blood might just be the best and certainly one of the most exciting post hardcore debut in recent times. An introduction to UK quartet Death Kindly Waits For Me, the three track release is a striking and dramatically captivating protagonist for ears and imagination, and the fact that it suggests there is plenty more in the creative tank of the band yet to be explored and developed only increases its impact. Expressively provocative with a sound coming from the At The Drive In/Fall Of Troy end of an ever broadening genre, Death Kindly Waits For Me is a dramatic fresh breath in the British post hardcore scene.

Northamptonshire bred, Death Kindly Waits For Me began towards the beginning of 2014, taking inspirations from the likes of Thursday, Being As An Ocean, Finch, and Taking Back Sunday into their emerging invention. Their melody rich and aggressive sound was soon drawing potent attention locally and even further afield as their increasing live presence saw the foursome sharing stages with bands such as Decade, Light You Up, Devil Sold His Soul, Terraform, Emp!re, Our Hollow Our Home, Hey Vanity, Attention Thieves and Flood Of Red. Now a national attention is on the radar as Wire Iron Blood is uncaged, and it is fair to say that expectations are already confident in the band’s success in luring a wider spotlight.

The EP opens with the outstanding Cutting Room Floor, a sonic lure swiftly thrusting ears into the impassioned vocals of Adam Fitch, his clean and earnest tones instantly magnetic. Alongside him the guitar of Max Freeston slowly spreads a coarsely melodic lure whilst the heavy bass tones of Adam Cator, just as quickly adds dark haunting shadows. Pierced by the controlled and reserved but rapier like strikes of drummer Josh Miller, it is not a dramatic start yet thoroughly intriguing and awakening an appetite to hear more. Soon into a steady stride and still employing the creative weave which set things off, the song increasingly impresses as it expands its presence musically and vocally, Fitch superb with his distinctive angst fuelled tones whilst the DEath KIndly...more punkish offering of Freeston is a potent backing and the raw roars of Cator nicely caustic. An additional anthemic strength emerges in the song and though musically maybe it does not blaze with startling originality there is nothing but freshness and adventure to the opener.

The same strengths flows though the following Best Friends. It character is shadowed and emotionally dark yet it flames with a contagious energy and a rigorously exciting imagination. Vocally once more the track shines whilst riffs and melodies create an infectious proposal which, as the EP, becomes more addictively enjoyable over time. That Fall Of Troy feel is a bright whisper across the song, whilst other elements hint at the more experimental adventure of The Mai Shi at times, but as the song evolves from a raging stomp into a melancholic croon in its finale, the track is thrillingly individual to Death Kindly Waits For Me.

The closing Decade Of War continues the excellent temptation, its emotionally sober but energetically impassioned heart a canvas for great rhythmic enterprise and colourful guitar endeavour to wrap with craft and tenacity. Vocally of course the song continues a weighty persuasion amidst impressive sonic imagination and by its end it is hard not to sigh in disappointment that there is no more and to swiftly go back to the beginning again and ensure there is.

As mentioned at the beginning, Wire Iron Blood is a starting point for the band which shows that they have plenty to discover and push within themselves. There is little nothing to shade the potency of the release though, with no reflection on Cator, personal tastes would like to see a diminishing or loss of the aggressive vocal squalls as they often feel at odds with the rest of the vocal delivery and at times songs. It is a very minor thing of course in a potential drenched start by Death Kindly Waits For Me, a band hard not to get rather excited over.

Wire Iron Blood will be available from 2nd March through all digital stores.

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Following Foxes – Self Titled EP

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When an artist or band has a background which involves in part the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, there is always an intrigue to learn more, partly because the town is a part of our musical heritage too and mostly because of some of the talent which has been nurtured at the ACM. From one of the UK’s most potent and impressive place of musical education, the likes of Newton Faulkner, Guy Davis who was part of the UK’s finest alternative rock antagonists Reuben, Joe Butterworth of Talanas, and Alexis Demetriou who formed the criminally unrecognised rockers Lost In Wonderland, have made varying impacting but potent marks on the British music scene. It is a long list also including members of Lawson and some bloke named Ed Sheeran, successes to which you can now add home town boys Following Foxes.

With its members all meeting at ACM, Following Foxes formed in 2013 and having a strong past year on the live scene now release their self-titled debut EP to nudge a broader attention to their presence. The five track release is a captivating introduction to the quartet, a handful of songs bred in a melodic caress of folk and indie/acoustic rock which energetically and skilfully bring a summery and creatively tenacious proposition to the senses. Drawing in inspirations from bands such as Biffy Clyro, Mumford & Sons, City and Colour, and Pink Floyd, Following Foxes shows themselves to be a thoroughly magnetic proposal and their EP more than likely to pick up wider media attention to back up already eager play on local radio stations across the South East of the UK.

The band’s new single, Almost Lost It is first up and right away with punchy bass lures from Mike Chapman and a great shuffle of beats within a caress of guitar, has ears and imagination paying close attention. The song relaxes soon after to welcome the strong vocals of Gid Sedgwick, his tones as warm and alluring as the melodic venture already shown by his and Alex Hill’s guitars. Subsequently with ears transfixed, another bait of thick beats from Steve Price adds fresh adventure before the song settles into a vibrant stroll loaded with a folkish revelry and melodic

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swagger. There is still plenty of variety to gait and sound across the song though, sometimes more subtle than in others but a great unpredictable essence which grips the appetite and certain enjoyment.

The following I Saw, You Saw Me Back makes a less dramatic entrance though Sedgwick immediately holds court with his melodic croon and lyrical intimacy. It is still a strongly appealing first touch though which expands into a feisty but composed dance of voice and rhythms within a melodic seduction. As its predecessor, the track soon worms under the skin and into the psyche, a Lennon and McCartney whisper spicing part of the song whilst others times it romps along like a mix of Knots, Common Tongues, and The Radioactive Grandma.

Waiting for Someone, like those before it, simultaneously manages to be a warm reflective hug and a fiery little rocker, the great vocals across the band and occasionally a rigorously driving rhythmic thrust respectively igniting another memorable and increasingly enjoyable offering. It does not quite match up to the first pair such their might, but leaves satisfaction full before making way for Mother Brother. Though you cannot describe any of the songs as aggressive, there is a definite edge to the song when it steps up its energy around harmonically and melodically seductive embraces. It is a compelling end to a fine release; well not exactly an end as there is the brief melodic Outro to come but the party has ended by this point, its atmospheric haunting that drifting away of guests and excitement like after any slice of major fun.

Following Foxes has made a very impressive first step with a release which could straight away set them on a potent journey towards sparking the country’s attention. If not now it is impossible not to think or expect it will happen eventually but seems silly to wait, so go check out this highly pleasing release.

The Following Foxes EP is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/following-foxes-ep1-ep/id964894157

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The Undercover Hippy – Boyfriend

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We all like a flirtation or two right? Even more when it is being received rather than offered and that is exactly what Boyfriend presents and is themed by. The new single from The Undercover Hippy, the song is a mischievous tease looking at similar romantic occurrences and wrongly interpreted signals. It is also a captivating romp of acoustic revelry aligned to roots reggae and embraced in, a new term to us but one which sums up the song perfectly, folk-hop.

The Undercover Hippy is Bristol bred singer songwriter/ producer Billy Rowan, an artist who after 7 years spent DJ’ing and MC’ing on the Drum & Bass circuit took his guitar and pushed forward with a solo presence and his own music from 2007. Though still to be found performing on his own, The Undercover Hippy has grown into a full band with Andreas Millns (keys), Theo Grimshaw (drums), Zak Ranyard (bass), Matthew Pharaoh (percussion/congas), and Jessica Langton (backing vocals) alongside Rowan. Recent years has seen the band light up the festival scene with acclaimed performances at the likes of Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Green Man, The Secret Garden Party, and Jersey Live amidst many more memorable moments, whilst musically they have drawn comparisons to Jack Johnson, The John Butler Trio, Gomez and Xavier Rudd among others. Lyrically, Rowan has a knack of sparking smiles and attention with a craftily sculpted and descriptive narrative which often explores either worldly or personal politics. Boyfriend is a song which simply ignites those embarrassing moments all our youthful endeavours have floundered upon, bringing knowing smiles to the surface as it has body and emotions in a magnetic dance.

The song itself actually brings reminders of, for those old enough to remember, The Piranhas’ track also called Boyfriend. Its premise was very similar but over a more ska seeded devilry and in cover170x170a small way it is nice to just imagine that that band and song might have been a distant spice to this new slice of tantalising joy. The Undercover Hippy instantly has ears hooked as thick resonating bass lures meet up with spicy swipes of guitar and joyful rhythms, providing a swinging soundtrack to the just as quickly coming and pleasing tones of Rowan. The compelling verse saunters along, kissing the imagination with every flick of a beat and caress of guitar under a sultry breath of keys, before opening up into an infected loaded chorus. Brass and harmonica add to the elevated dance of the song, their colours irresistible alongside the flaming tones of Langton behind the lead of Rowan.

The track just gets juicier and more addictive with every passing second; in certain moments playing like a mix of Disraeli and The Small Gods and Glenn Hodge Banned but distinctly unique from start to finish. Taken from the Monkey Suit album which was released last September, Boyfriend is a song for an early summer and a boisterous year. The single package also comes with a couple of edits of the song plus a trio of remixes from The Future Dub Project, Hiphoppapotamus, and Raithism, so a meaty offering from what is destined to be one of 2015’s most captivating singles.

Boyfriend is available now

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Stoneghost – Faceless Ghost

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As Faceless Ghost, the new single from UK metallers Stoneghost furiously and creatively bellows in the ears, there is no escaping offering a hearty thank goodness. The reason being that the song and album it comes from, was written at a moment it is fair to say which was pointing to the demise of the band. This had come about because, in the words of vocalist Jason Smith; “I was having a kid and I couldn’t cope with it, I didn’t think I would be able to carry on with the band too, I wasn’t in a good place.” Deciding to go out with a bang and show the world the most potent essence and fury of what was Stoneghost, the South East London quartet created debut album New Age of Old Ways. Thankfully the band’s sound and new offerings found their way to the attention of the Mascot Label Group (Black Label Society, Volbeat, Gojira, Joe Bonamassa), and here we now are with the album scheduled for release in April, its lead single poised to stir up the European metal scene, and Stoneghost seemingly back on compelling course.

The Bromley band began in 2007 and swiftly made a potent impression on the London live scene. Forging a ferocious blaze of rock ‘n’ roll bred from varying strains of metal and a hardcore voracity, the foursome of Cris Finniss (drums), Jamie Nash (bass), Andrew Matthews (guitar), and Smith continued to grip attention and increasingly so across the UK, making highly successful appearances at Bloodstock in 2009 and 2010 with equally impressive performances at the Wacken Open Air festival and Metal Hammer’s Hammerfest IV in their wake over the next couple of years. It was 2013 when the band’s frontman had his ‘crisis’ and turmoil reached the band. Fighting through it though to subsequently record New Age of Old Ways with Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Evile, Dimmu Borgir, Sikth, New Model Army), Stoneghost is now ready to take their place at the forth of British metal and again we can only give thanks.

As the majority of songs gracing the album, Faceless Ghost was bred in that troubled time for band and Smith, the singer talking about the song recently saying, “It’s about my daughter, she was on the way, I was feeling apprehensive and scared about the responsibility and seeing a therapist at the time, I was having some really low points, but because I had a daughter on the way it gave me the reason to sort myself out.” There is a definite personal angst and passion behind the song which echoes that moment, an intimacy to its tempest which rages as potently as the ravenous sounds.

The song opens with a dazzling weave of guitar enterprise, a spicy melodic colour which captivates from around just as swiftly established and equally compelling rhythmic predation. Things only intensify and grip tighter as Smith’s punkish roar spills emotion across the thrash toned canvas. Grooves and hooks add different and fascinating flavours and textures to the song next, the proposition already transcending various metal subgenres whilst brawling with its own aggressive individuality.

Matthews’s superb sonic and melodic designs continue to ignite the imagination as does the lyrical force of the song, whilst bass and drums are predators within the magnetically spiced triumph. Across track there are glimpses of bands like Pantera, Bloodsimple, and Overkill, but only whispers in a sound which leaps out like a beast and incites body and emotions with tempestuous majesty.

Roll on New Age of Old Ways

Faceless Ghost is available from March 2nd and New Age of Old Ways on April 27th via Mascot

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Tijuana Bibles – Sun Chaser

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Having already established their emerging presence and darkly dramatic form of shadowed rock ‘n’ roll through previous releases, Scottish band Tijuana Bibles has broken into new sultry climes with brand new single Sun Chaser. The song still explores the rich and tangy flavours already nurtured by the band but with a cleaner cut to its shape and a more exotic nature to its transfixing character, the result an enticement which bewitches ears and infests the psyche like a swarthy and heroic exotic escapade.

The Glasgow quartet of Tony Costello, Behn Cross, Mikey Dornan, and James Brannigan made a striking impression on the Scottish and British underground scene with the release of the Wild River EP as well as the acclaimed singles Toledo and Crucifixion. They were introductions which caught the imagination and breaths of an increasing many whilst performances at festivals like T in the Park, Wickerman, Belladrum and GoNorth, as well as supports slots for bands such as The View, Deap Valley, Alabama 3, and The Amazing Snakeheads only reinforced the impressive arrival of Tijuana Bibles. Now the band is pushing things on with Sun Chaser, a song from and an irresistible teaser to, the forthcoming Ghost Dance Movement EP.

A dirty bass tone is the first lure and treat, it almost De Staat like in its dark nature. That magnetic initial bait is straight away increased by spicy sighs of guitar and an evolving ambience which seduces with the romantic charm of smouldering climates. The vocals of Costello are similarly captivating over the unrelenting tempting of the noir clad rhythms. There is a mystery and almost sinister edge to the song but equally a flame of melodic radiance and irresistible contagion that simply binds ears and passions with sublime craft.

In certain moments the song has a feel of The Mission at their virulently compelling best and in others the absorbing drama of Echo and The Bunnymen, whilst essences of Helldorado and Benaccia also suggestively encroach on thoughts. In truth though, Tijuana Bibles has a sound which has an individuality setting it and the band apart, and now, breaching new masterful heights with the quite brilliant and rigorously thrilling Sun Chaser.

Sun Chaser is available from March 2nd

Upcoming Tijuana Bibles live dates…

MARCH/;

6 Copleand Stadium – Whitehaven

7 This Feeling – Amersham Arms – London

20 This Feeling – Broadcast Midnight show – Glasgow

21 This Feeling – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh

27 Leicester Academy 3 – Headline Show

28 This Feeling – Night and Day Cafe – Manchester

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