Morass of Molasses – So Flows Our Fate

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UK rockers Morass of Molasses have been locked on our radar and feeding primal needs ever since the first moment the band emerged from its founder’s previous impressive band Karn8 in 2013. Since then Bones The Beard with his soul grasping vocals and salacious baritone guitar lures, Phil The Mountain with his treacle thick grooves and rapacious riffs, and Chris The Beast whose rhythmic swings induce more physical earth tremors then fracking, have become one of the most potent and compelling, not to mention sonically tempestuous propositions in British stoner and heavy rock. After some seismic slabs of temptation posing as singles, the trio now unleash their debut EP, So Flows Our Fate. It is as epic as it is thunderous and further evidence that UK rock is not only ready to take on the world but poised to teach it some new and template shaping tricks.

Hailing from Reading, Morass of Molasses has earned a deserved and mighty reputation for a live presence which has seen them a constantly acclaimed and eagerly devoured provocation, especially across the south of England. Now is time for a national awakening and there is no doubt in their fan’s and indeed our minds that So Flows Our Fate is the incitement to do it, with the potential to ignite a much broader landscape simultaneously.

Morass-of-Molasses-Front-Cover-Final   Rotten Teeth is the first infestation of ears and psyche, also the first single from the band igniting a horde of slavering appetites all on its own in 2013. Its opening air is immediately portentous but swiftly defused by the dirt clad seduction of grooves and equally inviting riffs. There is also a predatory nature to the offering which descends straight away on the senses as well as a delicious and unpredictable character which sees the track, out of the blue, slip into a seductive lure of restrained and hypnotic rhythms alongside a bordering on toxic caress of guitar. Bones’ vocals discover a mellower character to the rasping snarls which lit the track from the start, and the whole twist provides a mesmeric spark for the imagination, if also a deceitful wrong-footing as you just sense it is toying with the listener and luring them in before unleashing its tempest again which of course it does after more of the insidious romance. When the eruption does come with the caustically flavoursome and intensive chorus, another wave of pleasure washes emotions before the delicious cycle begins all over again.

The track is superb, one which has only gained in stature and quality since its first unveiling two years ago, and a trait matched in the following Ashtabula. It too is an earlier song from the band which just seems to get richer and more intoxicating over time and listens, something easy to expect the new songs on the EP to similarly do. The second song has an even richer and thicker blues lilt to its magnetic sound and citric grooves, as well as that fascinating unpredictable tenacity which again from a fiery and ferocious start toys with expectations and imagination, moments of eye of the storm calm and virulent sonic explorations colliding and uniting with more hellacious and ravenous almost overwhelming heavily boned rock ferocity.

In the first two songs alone a depth and diversity to the Morass of Molasses sound, which truly sets the band apart from the rest, is open and stretched once again by Fear to Tread. As its predecessors, rhythms pound as the song prowls ears and psyche whilst at the same time casting a tribal bred tempting which frames and flirts with the winding tendrils of sonic ingenuity posing as melodies and the ‘soft spoken’ tones of Bone’s vocals. Of course it is all relative and the song from start to finish is a beast, again predator being the best word to use as it stalks with addictively sick grooves and bone shaking rhythms whilst stroking the senses with its lithe moves and venomous voracity.

The sludginess of the song is explored in another individual way by Bear River, the EP’s closing and just as mighty incitement. Rhythms again are shamanic in presence and resonance, their inescapable bait entangled in a vine of melodic reflection before it all brews up into noise driven smog of virulence which has elements of lighter almost pop like rock, erosive causticity, and scorching flames of delta blues bred devilry. This is all on top of the instinctive rich grooves and bracing riffs aligned to ravenous rhythms the band exhales like air from lungs.

It was hard not to expect great things from So Flows Our Fate because of those previous singles but the EP has brought home the sheer raw majesty and unbridled potential in the Morass of Molasses invention and imagination. Watch out world is all there is to add, oh apart from only a fool would ignore this exhilarating offering.

So Flows Our Fate is available now via Wicked Boy Records on CD and as a name your price download @ http://morassofmolasses.bandcamp.com/

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Kill The Silence – Self Titled

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Inspirations to UK band Kill The Silence are said to include the likes of Lower Than Atlantis, Bring Me The Horizon, and Reuben and it is the latter which most comes to mind as the band’s debut release sets about inciting an excited appetite for their sounds. The self-titled EP from the Leeds quartet is an explosive roar of imagination and fierce energy with potential oozing from every idea and twist whilst an already nurtured enterprise simply floods the four-track rampage. Release and band straight away stirred up a bloom of pleasure in ears and emotions but now after numerous excursions across its raging sonic rapids it is fair to say that responses offered now come with a healthy dose of lust.

Kill The Silence emerged in mid-2013 and it was not long before their ferocious mix of alternative rock, post-hardcore, and melodic metal was earning invites to play shows and appearances at festivals. The time since forming has seen the foursome of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jason Walsh, lead guitarist Sam Rickerby, bassist Jack Townend, and drummer Reece Cockayne play with bands such as Fearless Vampire Killers, Blitz Kids, Max Raptor, The Family Ruin, Attention Thieves, Ashestoangels, Yashin, Mallory Knox, The Defiled, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Rolo Tomassi across the north of the UK. Now the whole of Britain is their target and it is easy to suggest that their first EP just might be all it needs to push the band into the broadest national spotlight.

Kill The Silence Cover Art     The EP opens up with the band’s current single Get Out, Get Out! and swiftly has ears engaged in a blend of riffs and melodies. It is a raw introduction mellowing out with the clean vocals of Walsh who in turn reveals his prowess at offering raucous throat bred squalls and angst hued harmonies. His delivery is nothing less than impressive, something applying to all elements of the band to be fair. Bleeding addictive citric grooves and disorientating rhythms, the track continues to explore a widening expanse of rock music for a potent start to the EP, though the song is the ‘weakest’ on the EP for personal tastes with the major excitement and might of Kill The Silence coming in the following trio of tracks.

Darling is next and from a muffled rhythmic shuffle explodes into an intimidating blaze of sonic ferocity and vocal hostility, both soaked in instant anthemic persuasion. The track proceeds to lurch and scythe through the senses with its volatile animosity and virulent contagion, that Reuben spicing a loud whisper in the tempest of punk and metal with melodically lined rock ‘n’ roll. The searing and psyche seeded hooks of the song are irresistible on top of this whilst the sheer energy and passion of the band is fuel to its voracious fire and indeed ire.

The major inciting of ears and emotions continues just as forcibly with S.S.D.D, its opening prowl of low key but suggestive riffs courted by a nagging single-minded bait of beats. There is a menace and intensity to the track from its first breath too, one slowly brewing up a storm which erupts in a web of riffs and cantankerous rhythms driven by rawer but no less magnetic vocals. The muscularly swinging beats of Cockayne dominate the sound in some ways, a very small niggle over the production there, but it only adds to the confrontation and explosive character of the outstanding song. Though again openly infectious, the song is a predator, from voice to beats, riffs to barbarous hooks, it looks to challenge the senses as it takes the EP up another level.

It is a step soon outshone by the best song on the release in Chapter II. A waspish groove almost instantly emerges to seduce and bind ears and appetite, springing from a bracing bluster of guitar and bass aligned to again wickedly swung beats. It is a toxic and intoxicating lure buffeted by another strong variety of vocals and the tempestuous heart of the dirty and ravenous song. Drawing on the most metal honed and carnivorous aspects of the band’s sound, the track equally entangles catchy pop rock and melodic ferocity into its tempest, creating a song the Reuben boys would have been more than proud of.

The EP is a seriously exciting and attention stealing introduction to Kill The Silence, the first of many impressive and incendiary offerings ahead we suspect as they do indeed spark a pungent nationwide spotlight on their blistering sound and presence.

The Kill The Silence EP is available from April 20th through all stores.

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NEW VIDEO SINGLE SET TO BE UNLEASHED BY THE BARNUM MESERVE

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Ascending epic rock pop trio ‘The Barnum Meserve’ continue their climb with the national release of their mesmerising new video single ‘Underneath The Grey’, taken from their self-titled debut album. The Nottingham based combo pull from a range of areas, from Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden to Arcade Fire.

Check out the video for ‘Underneath The Grey’ at
http://youtu.be/F83QNUL_OAE .

Featuring Dylan Griffiths (Bass), Leon Wiley (Piano/Vocals) and Paul Moss-Pearce (Drums), The Barnum Meserve were officially formed in 2007, and since then, the band have gone on to successfully release two EPs, which have received critical acclaim throughout the underground. Now, after two years in the making, The Barnum Meserve set loose their self-titled debut album, and it’s an outright scorcher. The record contains thirteen tracks that are epic, dark and cinematic, but above all, utterly riveting. The three piece are set to lift ‘Underneath The Grey’ from the album, and it’s a killer cut. The track illustrates the trio’s true craftsmanship and nimble knack to genuinely ignite anyone within earshot, and the video magnificently portrays the track’s haunting beauty. With further shows and festival appearances planned for later in the year, along with a new album already in works, there is no stopping The Barnum Meserve.

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– THE BARNUM MESERVE RELEASE ‘UNDERNEATH THE GREY’ ON MONDAY 20th APRIL;
VIEW THE STUNNING VIDEO AT http://youtu.be/F83QNUL_OAE

FlashFires – Play EP

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It would not be surprising if the name FlashFires rang a bell even if their sounds were a mystery because of the potent buzz that has been brewing up around them, certainly over the past six months or so. A couple of recent singles gave a good hint as to why the enthused reaction to their emergence and now the UK band’s debut EP brings the strongest evidence yet. A thoroughly engaging proposition with a sound lying somewhere between indie pop and rock, the Play EP makes a refreshing and fascinating full introduction to the young band.

Hailing from Basingstoke, FlashFires was formed by a quintet of school friends who aged nineteen to twenty, brought their skills and imagination together for a band swiftly inviting local attention and appetites. They were soon playing venues along the South Coast as an eager fan base grew around them, increasing their reputation all the time as they proceeded to gain slots at the Alresford Festival, Blissfields, and a headline slot at the B’Stoke Live show this last year. A song called ManShark in 2012 brought the band to the notice of Angry Badger Records, the independent label signing them up the following year as plans to record an album were put in place. Linking up with Tesla bassist Brian Wheat at J Street Recording Studios in California that September, the band set about recording a collection of songs produced by Wheat who was so impressed he expressed an interest in co-managing the band with Jules of Angry Badger Records. It was a union concluded by early 2014 as the band continued to lure focus and praise through a live presence seeing them playing with the likes of Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Telescreen, The Birthday Suit (Idlewild), and The Rifles to date. Last November FlashFires released acclaimed debut single Circus Boy, a potent lure followed recently by its successor Shy. Now Play is set to make its mark on a national awareness and reinforce the claim of vocalist Alex Gonzato that “We have been moving to bigger and better things recently, the hunger and drive in the band keeps us moving forward all the time”.

The Play EP     The release opens with 31, a song quickly luring ears with thumping beats within a melodic coaxing of guitar. It is not a dramatic start but a potent one, continuing as the expressive tones of Gonzato step into the weave of restrained yet firmly inviting enterprise cast by the guitars of Fraser Roskilly and Jon Cullis. The song continues to engage and embrace ears with its colourful melodies and more shadowed hues brought by the bass of Liam Kinslow and speared by the crisp beats of drummer Toby Bartlett. It is a warm and welcoming start to the EP, one bringing a slight whiff of Americana to its air, but in hindsight not carrying enough of the creative drama which inflames the following songs starting with Shy.

The band’s current single almost flirts with ears through its opening strokes of guitar, turning that suggestiveness into a stronger captivating texture as sharp hooks start to line the track’s creativity. There is snappiness to the encounter which was not exactly lacking its predecessor but certainly defused, whilst harmonies and melodies seem to have an even spicier colouring to their inventive embrace of punchy rhythms. Hints of Muse equally add intrigue and adventure to the infectious proposition before it makes away for the sultry presence of Lingo. With a great grizzled bass tone aligning to another impressive dance of jabbing beats from Bartlett, the track makes an imagination sparking start which only erupts in greater temptation through a contagiously imaginative chorus. It is fair to say that none of the songs on the EP explode into out and out raucousness and adrenaline driven revelry yet the song certainly leaves you breathless by the end of its wonderfully unpredictable adventure.

It is the pinnacle of the release though shares that plateau with the following You Say Nothing. Its opening hook has ears and appetite seduced whilst the quickly joining melodic wine dripping from guitar strings brings a scent of Dire Straits to the proposal. It is an alluring entrance which continues to expand as band and song entangle bluesy rock ‘n’ roll with a strain of more classically cultured rock as well as a power pop/punk essence. The outstanding song is simply catchy and enthralling, especially when the bass steps out with a delicious and throaty bassline which in turn inspires a new twist in the creative dance of rhythms and guitar.

Play is brought to a close by Circus Boy, a feisty and energetic flame of inventive craft and passion cast in another forcibly infectious slice of pop rock, and the most raw and explosive song on the release if not one to challenge the previous pair for top honours.

FlashFires easily show why the keen interest and praise being laid at their creative feet with Play whilst revealing a potential and strong hint that we have seen and heard nothing yet. With a very enjoyable and strong first seed in the EP, we for one cannot wait to see their talent blossom.

The Play EP is available on CD from 20th April via Angry Badger Records @ http://angrybadgerrecords.bigcartel.com/ and digitally @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-play-ep/id979989859

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Juniors – Barcelona

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With singles sparking some keen interest and a live presence which has earned the band the chance to play the Leeds and Reading Festival last year, it is fair to say that UK indie pop band Juniors is beginning to make attention luring waves within the British music scene. Now the Leicester quartet is releasing debut EP Barcelona, a proposition building on the impact of those early singles and set to further the band’s already potent reputation.

The birth of Juniors came with the conveniently timed demise of its founding member’s previous bands. This was in 2013, and the moment vocalist/guitarist Jamie Hives, bassist Jake Tasker, and drummer William Bond, already school friends, linked up musically. Working on their sound, the trio subsequently enlisted guitarist Daniel Lee to the line-up in the following year and swiftly set about having a strong 2014, which as mentioned saw the band play Leeds and Reading. It was a year where the band also found itself earning interest and plays with BBC Introducing shows in the UK through the singles We Swim and Declare & Surrender as well as spins on BBC Radio 1’s Jen and Ally show. Now it is Barcelona primed to wake up a new and greater national spotlight on the band, and though the release does not blow the socks off it easily makes Juniors a prospect to keep a close eye on with its striking potential.

Picture 42  The release opens with new single Elusion, a song which from its first acidic and inviting embrace of keys within a rhythmic and sonic web has ears and attention gripped. The just as swiftly engaging vocals of Hives begin to unveil the evocative narrative and emotion of the song soon after, backed imaginatively by a strong creative weave woven by the guitars and a hearty and indeed earthy bass sound. The core of the song is an inventive and accomplished proposal which seems to gain strength and persuasion with every listen whilst the citric wash of keys is simultaneously at odds with and a potent compliment to the sounds within its reach. It is an intriguing and enjoyable blend, a busy and slightly tempestuous one which allows the song and band stand out.

As mentioned previously, Juniors is tagged as indie pop but there is a great raw edge and aggressive roar to their sound and presence which continues from the opener into the following We Swim. The song definitely has a more reserved and emotively mellow presence than its predecessor but with punchy rhythms and cloudy atmosphere aligning themselves to great vocal harmonies and sparking guitar enterprise it offers a forceful rather than gentle encouragement to embrace its appetising lures. The song, as the release, does not exactly create a brand new adventure yet there is something fresh and rigorously captivating about the band and sound which takes both to the outer edge of the crowd if not yet completely away from it.

Declare & Surrender steps up next with a misty ambience equipped with floating harmonies as its initial tempting and an emotive flame of melodies and vocals as its body. It is a potent weight of tempting punctuated by the ever pungent and heavily hitting swings of Bond and coloured by the shadow clad tones of Tasker’s bass. Through the sonic imagination of Lee and Hives there is a beaming progressive essence to the song too which definitely argues against the band being merely tagged as indie pop, yet has that catchiness soaking its sound which supports the suggestion.

It is a fine end to a richly satisfying bigger introduction to Juniors. People are already expecting big things from and for the band ahead and though only one EP, Barcelona does nothing to raise any doubts or questions. We will all have to wait and see but with more offerings like this it will be with an eager breath.

The Barcelona EP is available via Robot Needs Home from April 20th @ http://itunes.apple.com/album/id970561123

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Coquin Migale – Gold

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Taken from their recently released and swiftly acclaimed EP Feel, new single Gold from UK alternative/indie rock band Coquin Migale is unleashed this week, a song which alone wakes up an eager appetite for the band’s transfixing sound. It is an encounter bursting with swirling melodies, flighty harmonies, and busy imagination, easily reinforcing the potent buzz and keen attention surrounding the Newcastle based quartet.

1661926_447762932047545_9093603215007750566_n  Coquin Migale was formed in 2013 by friends studying at Northumbria University. Swiftly the band released The Yellow Room EP, a free download which quickly lured in vocal fans. The foursome’s live performances equally caught the keen ears and hunger of a heavily increasing many and subsequently it did not take too long before the likes of NME, Generator, and Fresh On The Net also caught on to the band; a media interest shown again this year with the new single being featured by Tom Robinson on the first BBC 6 Music Introducing Mixtape of 2015. Released via End Of The Trail Records, Gold is the kind of bait anglers dream of and you can only suspect it will induce a fresh and wide expanse of new ears and mouths to get in on the band’s emergence.

Gold opens on a clean jangle of guitar with punchy rhythms quickly joining in before the whole song erupts in a warm bluster of melodic enterprise and vivacity. It is a thick and colourfully musty mix which relaxes for the entrance of the engaging vocals of Alex Soper and returns with greater energy and appealing hues as regularly intermittent and potent expulsions around his alluring tones. The guitars of Soper and Matthew Wooton are a constant flame of invention and unpredictable enterprise too, their frequent detours and sparkling inserts of fresh ideas taking the song and ears on a riveting ride whilst the darkly toned bass of Stevie Kane and the crisply landing swings of Dan Rawlinson only add more creative drama to the encounter.

With the vocal harmonies of Soper and band probably the most virulent part of it all, the song is a mouth-watering introduction to Coquin Migale for newcomers and continuation of a potent ascent those in the know have already taken to their emotions. Quite simply it is a song band which more than supports claims from people like Tom Robinson that the foursome are “currently the best unsigned band in Newcastle. Surely it won’t be long until the majors start knocking?”

Gold is available from Aril 20th via End Of The Trail Records

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Turrentine Jones – Moonlight is On Yer Side

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Towards the rear of 2014, UK trio Turrentine Jones signed with London based label Rough Trade and released debut album Our Days. It was a proposition which marked an already rising attention upon the 2012 formed Manchester trio, and sparked a fresh wave of media and fan support. Now the band backs it up with the seriously catchy single Moonlight is On Yer Side, a song taken from the band’s full-length carrying all the attributes which has already made Turrentine Jones a very flavoursome favourite for a great many.

Last year saw the band play the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, becoming the third most shared act of the day on the BBC event website. This was soon followed by the link up with Rough Trade and the unveiling of Our Days. So it is fair to say that 2014 was a strong year for the band with all indications that this one will follow suit. First single from the album, Moonlight is On Yer Side has already found itself played across over 40 stations to date, a success you can only expect continuing as its release takes hold.

Produced by Chris Hamilton, the song which is lyrically inspired by vocalist/guitarist Julian Neville’s aunty who is a full-on alcoholic, undeniably has that Manchester air to its swagger and melodic persuasion. There are whispers of bands like Inspiral Carpets and Stone Roses flirting with thoughts within what is a character and presence to the song which prove to be fresh and individual. References to artists such as The Strokes, The Rolling Stones, and Booker T and the MGs have been offered the band’s way too, and again whiffs emerge in the single but once more mere spicing to the infectious encounter.

The opening tone of the bass makes appealing bait and is soon matched in effect by the stabs of guitar from Neville and a colourful and expressive dance of keys from Thomas Scotson. There is a great seventies breath to their designs, a sultriness which equally brings a Brit Pop toning whilst the guitar also at times dips into a magnetic sixties flame with its enterprise. With the crisp beats of Rich Watts framing it all and the vocals of Neville familiar and impressive, that Manchester twang you know, the song is an energetic palette of sonic colour and increasingly persuasive.

The buzz around Turrentine Jones is beginning to become rampant and it is fair to say that the highly satisfying Moonlight is On Yer Side is only going to encourage further praise and attention upon the band.

Moonlight is On Yer Side is available from April 20th

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