Yukon Blonde – On Blonde

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There is a melodic humidity to On Blonde, the new album from Canadian indie rockers Yukon Blonde, a sultry and almost sticky feel and ambience embracing and seducing the senses song by song. Already renowned for their seamlessly crafted and contagious pop songs, the Vancouver band went into experimentation mode for their latest endeavour, weaving in textures and sounds bred within psychedelic, digital, and synthetic adventure. It was a move bringing bolder and more fascinating character to music and release whilst breeding an even greater virulence for their maybe unexpectedly purest pop encounter yet.

It is easy to expect infectious proposals from a Yukon Blonde release but the quartet of Graham Jones, Jeffrey Innes, Brandon Scott, and James Younger have found a new epidemic of persuasion and catchiness despite venturing into the ‘unknown’ with On Blonde. Frontman Innes has said about the album, “We were more ambitious writing On Blonde so it’s sort of ironic that in experimenting we created a more accessible record than ever before.” Easy to slip into and embrace, the Colin Stewart (Black Mountain, Dan Mangan, Sleepy Sun) produced, Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, Foster the People, Air, Depeche Mode) mixed album simply backs up his words, starting straight away with opener Confused.

The first song instantly swamps ears with a buzzing electro tempting, the potent coaxing quickly joined by spicy guitar and crunchy rhythms. It is soon a stroll of magnetic melodic and vocal tenacity, eighties and spatial breezes a lively simmering within the vibrant body and energy of the song. Down below though there is an underlying rumble in the heart of the encounter, a stirring dark intent which gives real depth and intrigue to the refreshing pop romp. There is a bit of Weezer to the song, a bit of Super Happy Fun Club too, but it emerges as something distinct to Yukon Blonde just like Make U Mine which follows. Its body moves with a funky gait within a mellower more reserved energy, vocals and harmonies floating around ears as they forcibly flirt with the imagination alongside musical echoes of bands like Heaven 17 and Röyksopp.

Variety is a swift essence of On Blonde too, the first pair of tracks coming with individual characters but not as openly as the outstanding Como which follows them. Its acoustic lead soon lures the appetite into a summery canter of endearing melodies and vivacious vocals, all tempered by another great shadow wrapped bassline. A tinge of China Crisis teases throughout but equally a whisper of The Beach Boys floats with the tantalising harmonies as guitars dance with sparkling adventure and revelry within the hazy romance of a song.

yb-onblonde-Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review     I Wanna Be Your Man slips into a fuzzier and grittier landscape, one seemingly blossomed from a Bolan-esque seeding. It saunters around which attitude and confidence, every resonating bassy lure and sonic sizzle carrying a glint in their mischievous eye whilst unpredictable and tantalising twists and turns merge with the warm fluid flow of the bewitching proposition. In no time it has seduced and enslaved ears and emotions, an inescapable success and potency cultured just as powerfully by the similarly mouth-watering Saturday Night straight after. The song pounds ears with relentless rhythmic incitement around which eventful vocals and an elegant embrace of melodies rigorously serenade. Every second comes with a flirtation of sound and ideation but also that unpredictable essence which again as much as the fresh investigations of sound infused right across the album, is the spark to new adventure and ingenuity in the Yukon Blonde persuasion.

A sixties hued, folkish ballad in the shape of Hannah steps forward next; its harmonic charm an easy snare for ears. Once it has full focus it unveils bulbous bass tones and evocative drizzles of melodic expression to tighten its hold, though whilst again pushing the diversity of the album, it never manages to come up to the persuasive levels of its predecessors, something the admittedly enthralling Your Broke The Law also cannot quite emulate. In context though both songs are like a lover’s romance with the listener, never leaving them less than enamoured whilst allowing the likes of Starvation to steal more of the limelight which it does with consummate craft. Carrying a Depeche Mode/Daniel Miller like dark croon to its intoxicating enveloping of body and thoughts, the track swings and sways with irresistible and addictive ingenuity, never startling with its temptation but smouldering away for the same long-term effect.

From one triumph to another as the indie rock sculpted Favourite People bounces around with varied guitar jangles and contented bass grumbling within another rosy veil of keys. Just as the energetic musical creativity of the track, the vocals have an animated and frisky intent to their presence and enjoyment, and though once more it is a song which you can only really compare to Yukon Blonde themselves, there is a small urge to suggest the likes of XTC and Talk Talk as hints.

The release ends with the electro rock stomp of Jezebel, a sultry temptress of a song adding a final rich twist and spark in one masterful slab of aural gold. On Blonde is seriously compelling, a whole diverse summer in one spellbinding embrace. Yukon Blonde do not light a blazing fire in the belly and heart with the album but it is the hottest, spiciest warm glow felt from a release in a long time.

On Blonde is available now via Dine Alone Records / Caroline UK digitally and on CD/Vinyl through most online stores.

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RingMaster 18/06/2015

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Montrose – Monster Under The Bed

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Though their debut EP, If Only You Knew, was enjoyable and was run on a fuel of great potential, it did not really remove UK melodic punks Montrose from the heavy crowd of similar sounding bands. It was an aspect which seemingly the band also realised and strived to do something about, resulting in a far more powerful and unique offering in its successor Monster Under The Bed. There is still plenty of familiarity to the new EP, but with a grittier, more robust presence and structure to their pop punk bred enterprise, the Bath quartet are well on the way to becoming a distinct and, on the evidence of their fine release, an even more exciting proposition.

Monster Under The Bed opens with the outstanding Underperformer, a song instantly gripping ears and attention with its initial collusion of spidery grooves, punchy beats, and feisty riffs. It is a thumping coaxing which even when the song relaxes into a more restrained embrace for the entrance of Jason Bishop’s vocals continues to incite and lead a rousing flirtation through a similarly evolving guise. The dramatic swings of drummer Jake Matthews just stirs up air and song as guitarist Sam Chard expels some of the juiciest hooks and grooves you are likely to hear in a punk romp. The track is a blistering start and temptation to the EP, the kind of opening to get the blood rushing through veins and appetite greedily hungry.

The following song offers a more expected proposal of muscular pop punk, The End Game an equally accomplished offering but not quite having the bolder imagination and invention of its predecessor. Nevertheless with impassioned vocals and another brooding bassline from Ben Curd, the song has ears wholly content before Walking Contradiction takes the release back towards its opening plateau. Tenacious rhythms spear a muggier sonic air from the start but with smart moments of clarity to temper the sweltering climate, the track reveals a well thought out tapestry of melodic and sonic imagination aligned to its emotionally and physically tempestuous landscape.

Artwork - Montrose MUTB_Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review     The final three tracks of Monster Under The Bed steal the show, Montrose opening up Blush next with a tendril of spicy tempting from Chard around again pungent rhythms. It is a fiery coaxing which continues to lure as Bishop opens up his strong tones, a mellow caress of keys and warm ambience eventually sweeping over song and the senses. The rigorous and emotive stroll is soon back though, Montrose subsequently merging both in an intoxicating atmosphere whilst exploring a thrilling new terrain of spiky hooks and unpredictable adventure. The song is glorious, getting bolder and better with every passing minute and more compelling with every listen.

The same applies to Good Old Days, a treat clutching attention right away with a Hagfish like incitement before brewing an evocative wind of thick melodies within a slightly agitated atmosphere. It does not have the same startling ingenuity of the previous song, but stirs the senses and appetite impressively before the closing Fit For A King gets to work on the passions. Matthews casts a web of rhythmic addictiveness right away, his lone bait soon enticing a spiralling lure of guitar and a growling, bordering on grouchy bassline. Keys only add to the theatre and thick enticement smothering ears as they join the vocals in the increasingly broadening presence of the galvanic roar of a song. The track is a climatic end to a thoroughly invigorating release, one as exhilarating as it is exhausting on the senses

Bishop has said of Montrose, “We want to make sure we don’t get lost in the crowd,” and fair to say that Monster Under The Bed is definitely a big move to fulfilling that wish. It may not quite tear them far enough away from others yet but with another similar step on evolution ahead, there should be no mistaking or losing Montrose amongst a host of others in the punk field.

Monster Under The Bed is available now digitally at http://montroseofficial.bandcamp.com and physically @ http://montroseofficial.bigcartel.com/product/montrose-monster-under-the-bed-ep

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RingMaster 18/06/2015

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High Horses – History Repeats EP

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It would not be too far from the mark to say that The Hours EP was a potent and impressive introduction to UK electronic rockers High Horses, with its title track the single last year that especially stirred up ears and appetites for the band’s full and flavoursome sound. Now the Manchester trio has unveiled its successor, History Repeats, a release taking their familiar yet forcibly fresh sound into new dramatic and virulently roaring climes.

Since the release of their first EP and single, the band has been busy with the likes of shows and interviews alongside sessions and regular plays on BBC Introducing. It is a schedule and energy set to be emulated and surpassed as the now three strong line-up of Kieran (guitars/vocals), Stephen (keys/bass/vocals), and Lyndon (drums) reinforce and forge a new stature and reputation to their impressing emergence through History Repeats.

Cover_Reputation Radio/RingMaster ReviewReleased through Animal Farm Records, the EP opens with Fiction and straight away thumping thick beats within a radiance of keys awakes ears and attention. Their magnetic union is soon joined by potent vocals and harmonies, their flame matched by the increasing web of guitar and keys but superbly grounded through the dark tone of bass. A rich drama and virulence comes with the evolving adventure and energy of the track, the chorus a harmonic anthem and keys a narrative of expression and imagination in their own right. Once again it is probably fair to say that some textures and colouring in the song has a recognisable presence yet it only brings appealing hues to the definitely more unique invention and voice of the band’s sound.

The captivating infection continues in Sleep The World Away, punchy beats the lead into a waltz of keys and melodic enterprise. There is a more restrained energy to the song compared to its predecessor, but an equally involved tapestry of keys, guitar, and vocals blessed with, at times, an eighties synth rock air. There is also a more classical, almost medieval hue to the dance conjured by synths, their elegance and invention aligned to a feistier modern tenacity persistently driven by the resonating rhythmic bait of bass and drums.

The track also reveals just a little more of the new maturity and expansion in the High Horses sound between releases; it not a massive leap but one with a new craft and understanding of merging and entwining varied strands of imagination and resourcefulness, a success in evidence again in the closing To The Honour. The song carries open shadows from its first breath, but it is a darker ambience which is at ease in welcoming and giving way to the impassioned and anthemically crafted bellow of the song. Though the increasingly gripping incitement does not have the sonic rush of the first track, it is almost cyclonic in its invigorating and melodically bracing roar, ensuring as it transfixes that it leaves ears and emotions hungry for more.

High Horses have given their potent and fascinating ascent a real push with History Repeats, though there is a sense that the band is still finding its unique feet and that there is much more inside their creativity to blossom and thrill. An exciting thought though more of the same next time would go down a treat too.

The History Repeats EP is out now via Animal Farm Records through many online stores and https://open.spotify.com/album/0plp8Cnq1Mo62TCl3sG8Do

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RingMaster 18/06/2015

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Spiraling Suns – Accidental Truths

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Formed in 2012, US rockers Spiraling Suns make their formal introduction through debut album Accidental Truths and an accomplished and enjoyable offering it is too. Though it does not quite set a blaze going with its wares, the encounter certainly brews up a healthy appetite for the trio’s inventive and potential soaked sound. It is full of well-written songs embraced in a matching enterprise of sound; they are tracks which do not overwhelm but definitely leave strong satisfaction a firm outcome.

Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Spiraling Suns consists of vocalist/guitarist Nick Petroff, bassist Adam Meindel, and drummer Rob Avsharian. The band name was chosen to reflect “a creative interest in the mythology of ultimate truth and the far-reaching effects of paradigm shift”, a meaning further explained in the album’s press release by “We often assume the permanence of objects and concepts in a universe in which continual change appears to be the rule. If the Earth fell out of orbit during some unexpected cosmic event, the Sun might appear (in our remaining moments as tiny beings on a small solar satellite) to spiral from the Earth.” Sound wise Spiraling Suns create an imaginative brew of progressive and heavy rock but also embraces just as potent grunge flavouring, indeed at times sound and vocals especially carry a good Soundgarden essence.

The release opens with One Less Thing, drums making the initial invitation before strokes of guitar and bass collude with beats in a strong invitation for ears. It is not a dramatic or startling start but easily has attention awake and ready for the melodic and vocal colouring quickly joining and wrapping its tidy frame. The voice of Petroff, as his guitar enterprise, almost winds around ears, binding them with resourceful and magnetic persuasion as the bass of Meindel offers a pulsating groan. The track remains an easy going and pleasing slice of rock ‘n’ roll, its gait and energy controlled but openly enticing before being matched by the following tempting of The Skin That Sleeps.

cover_Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review   The second song has a greater tenacious start, riffs and bass hooks an instantly keen and lively coaxing; in fact they are almost dancing in ears such their adventurous and vivacious enterprise. Avsharian punctuates their flair with well-timed and imaginative rhythms, it all providing a thrilling beckoning to body and emotions. As across the whole album, the song does not surprise with any genre challenging explorations but its familiarity comes with an enjoyable strain of unpredictability.

The gentler melodic caress of Like Clouds comes next, its opening a mesmeric shimmer of evocative sound and endeavour. Things settle into a more familiar landscape once the song hits its sauntering stride, satisfying fully as it feeds expectations. Vocally Petroff continues to impress but already there is a lack of diversity in his delivery which at times calls out for the same kind of twists and turns found in the surrounding music of song and album. Nevertheless the track hits the right spot before The Thing Is with its bluesy air and the fiery Tomorrow Burns add their substantial and highly pleasing persuasion to the lure of Accidental Truths. The second of the two songs especially grips the appetite with its persistent swagger and spicy stroll, the bass of Meindel a rich compelling enticing throughout.

     Under My Sun from a spatial ambience slips into another captivating walk through colourful melodic terrain and skilfully sculpted textures, that Chris Cornell and co feeling especially ripe as the song explores its narrative and boundaries.

The album is brought to a close by firstly Silence Is Sweeter, a musty slice of blues kissed rock ‘n’ rock working successfully away on feet and thoughts, and lastly the excellent In My Wake. The last track is the best on the album, its presence and imagination the boldest proposal in sound and imagination within Accidental Truths and stealing a fair chunk of the plaudits because of it.

There is a certain spark missing across Accidental Truths to stop it exploding in ears as it suggests it will whilst the great ideation within songs very often just does not go far enough, seeming to avoid going with the same boldness as shown the final track. Bottom-line though is Accidental Truths lures repeat attention and gives strong enjoyment, making a very enjoyable base from which Spiraling Suns can expand and evolve from.

Accidental Truths is available now via Laughing Apsis @ http://www.spiralingsuns.com/album/247220/accidental-truths

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RingMaster 18/06/2015

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