Horse Party – What I’d Do

 

 

by Kate Wood June 2015

by Kate Wood June 2015

As well as so far impressing with every release, UK alternative rockers Horse Party have also managed to bring hefty elements of surprise as their dark sound and song writing evolves. The band’s 2014 Integrity Records released debut album Cover Your Eyes especially came stocked with unpredictable and riveting adventure, qualities emulated and twisted yet again by the Out Of Sight​/​Receiver single last December. True to form, the Bury St Edmunds has again whipped up a fresh blend and imagination to their music with new single What I’d Do, and again there is no surprise it leaves ears and imagination enthralled.

The trio of drummer Shannon Hope and vocalists/guitarists Ellie Langley and Seymour Quigley, emerged in 2012 and through singles, EPs, and of course album, have earned a strong reputation and increasingly acclaimed stature in the British underground rock scene. Fan, media, and radio attention has followed suit in growing and blossoming greater attention upon Horse Party and for regulars and newcomers alike, it is easy to see why their bluesy, often melancholic, and perpetually gripping creative adventures just capture the imagination and emotions.

Fair to say that Out Of Sight/Receiver was Horse Party’s finest moment to date, a release even managing in many ways to outshine the band’s outstanding album. It impacted that much we wondered whether the band had peaked and would struggle to match the dark majesty of the release but What I’d Do soon addresses any thoughts. Its two tracks certainly do not leave the previous encounter in the shade but with their own unique character and new whiff of flavours, they boldly stand side by side in lighting ears and sparking new hunger for the band’s hypnotic sonic devilry.

What I'd Do cover_RingMaster Review    What I’d Do comes first, strolling in on dark riffs and crisp beats with shadows dripping off the former and scything resonance spinning from the latter. The sultry tones of Langley swiftly add her distinct temptation but though the song is still as dark and invitingly solemn as ever, there is a more melodic rock toning to it and the guitars enterprise. At times the song casts its spell on attention with a Forever Still meets Stevie Nicks like persuasion and though it is not a major shift in sound from say the last single, What I’d Do comes with a more relaxed and less agitated countenance. The spikier, more discordant elements of the Horse Party sound are always greedily devoured here but with the same kind of ease, the melodic roundedness of this track slips through ears and into a hungry appetite for its mellower though no less provocatively dramatic presence.

The following Horizons sees Quigley take the vocal lead, his expressive tones filling the darker climate of the song whilst the ever enticing and incendiary rhythms of Hope guide and framing the encounter with skilled prowess. The track from another reserved landscape begins brewing an increasingly volatile breath until eventually exploding in a blaze of raw guitar and melodic intensity. Though returning to its more restrained saunter, the song has already taken a new magnetic turn proceeding to twist and writhe with invention and vocal resourcefulness. Unexpectedly an essence of The Housemartins comes to mind at times early on though across its fluid landscape, Horse Party creates bracing roars and intimate caresses wrapped in dark emotion and ferocious imagination.

What I’d Do and its companion prove once again that Horse Party is one of the most invigorating and original lights in British rock ‘n’ roll; how they are not a household name yet is baffling.

What I’d Do is available now as a free download @ http://horsepartyparty.bandcamp.com/album/what-id-do-horizons

Upcoming Horse Party Live Dates:

Fri 17th July – SAWLEY (Lancs) Beat-Herder Festival

w/Levellers & Basement Jaxx

Sat 8th August – NORWICH Owl Sanctuary

Sat 22nd August – CAMBRIDGE Junction

Fri 28th August – BURY ST EDMUNDS Homegrown Festival

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The Meow Meows – Friends On Benefits EP

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Starting with one of the most flirtatious embraces likely to be heard this summer and proceeding to cast another two slices of pure aural suggestiveness, the Friends On Benefits EP from UK ska rockers The Meow Meows, puts the irresistible into virulent temptation. Three songs of the Brighton nine-piece’s increasingly renown fusion of eighties ska and even older garage rock with a more than healthy punk bred diversity, the EP is one inescapable incitement for body and imagination.

The Meow Meows emerged on the Brighton live scene around 2005, the collective rising from the ashes of several bands from the south-coast ska-punk scene. It was not long before their reputation and fan-base flourished through their energetic live presence and a sound which bewitched feet and ears with infectious ease. The years since forming have seen the band share stages with the likes of The Temptations, The Skatalites, Reel Big Fish, The Beat, The Selecter, King Blues, The Skints, and Hollie Cook amongst many, and the release of a couple of well-received albums. Debut full-length Songs From The Fridge stirred up plenty of attention but it is probably fair to say that its 2013 successor Somehow We Met, helped push the band into new spotlights. Friends On Benefits, like that album, was recorded with producer and reggae legend Prince Fatty and quickly confirms The Meow Meows as one of the UK’s truly instinctive creators of contagion.

cover_RingMaster Review     The seeds to the Friends On Benefits EP arose from the band being one of ten artists commissioned by Fuel Theatre for their Music to Move to project, its aim to create works from bands in union with choreographers which would inspire the general public to dance. Equipped with another pair of toe inciting swingers, also loaded with humour laced and snarling social /political themed lyrics, band and release swiftly set hips to work with the EP’s title track. Brass and rhythms instantly collude in a gentle but forceful sway as guitars within another breath add their sultry hues to the melodic smile of the keys. Alternating their individual vocals over the verses, both Danny and Hanna spark further hunger, the two ladies temptress like within the rousing swagger and shuffle of the song. With a whiff of The Bodysnatchers to it, as well as The Beaubowbelles and The Jellycats, the track is a spellbinding and lingering bounce of a persuasion swiftly matched by its successor.

London Road has an even chirpier gait to its stroll, brass and beats quick-footed protagonists within the key’s smouldering caress. As in the first, the music embraces the vocals with a more restrained energy yet it never loses the infectious lure ripe in its presence and enterprise, in fact springing new melodic flames with every twist of its irresistible tempting. As it proceeds with a distinctive and magnetically quaint Hammond organ tone seducing, the song gently and seamlessly evolves to subsequently emerge with a Martha and the Muffins like new wave colouring which seems to feed and accelerate the excellent ska fuelled and increasingly agitated climax of the outstanding song.

The EP is completed by Tits & Hatred, a more old school punk endeavour which echoes with essences of bands like Au Pairs and The Raincoats within its severely tantalising and eagerly varied character. The track is again primarily brewed from the band’s seventies inspired 2-tone/ska punk inspirations which of course are in turn dosed up with the band’s compelling touch and imagination; the result being one mouth-watering end to one thrilling proposition.

The Meow Meows create ska punk ’n’ roll to lose your inhibitions and body to, with Friends On Benefits the spark to lustful endeavour.

The Friends On Benefits EP is available on vinyl from July 13th via Jump Up! Records and digitally @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/friends-on-benefits-single/id997669416 or http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00Y6EIGXO?keywords=Friends%20On%20Benefits%20EP&qid=1436784848&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

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A Billion Lions – Doomsday Babies

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You assume all bands unleash their best and most potent song on ears for their debut single, uncage their most virulently attractive proposal to whip up attention and appetites. The following question is always can they back it up next time. Well that query offered has been dynamically answered when it comes to British band A Billion Lions. Earlier this year, they exploded on the imagination with Torquay, a song which with contagious ease provided of one of the year’s most invigorating singles so far. Now they return with its successor Doomsday Babies, a just as fiery and tenacious riot of pop rock which sizzles on the senses and explodes in the passions. If their first single lit the fuse to inescapable attraction, prepare to have lustful thoughts with their second.

Formed in 2012, the Leeds/Bradford hailing A Billion Lions soon had the local scene to their feet with their ferociously energetic rock ‘n’ roll. A pair of demo recordings, On My Lover and I’m Free, began an introduction for the band to broader fields via YouTube, that potent tempting backed by an increasingly acclaimed live presence. This led to End Of The Trail Records paying attention and a subsequent link up between label and band, and in due course the release of the acclaimed Torquay and now Doomsday Babies. The former lured strong media and radio attention, as well as a flood of new fans, and it is hard to see any reason why their newest offering cannot emulate and push further that kind of success.

artworks-A Billion Lions - Doomsday Babies_RingMaster ReviewDoomsday Babies opens on a bait of drum persuasion which alone awakes ears with a licking of lips, the brief and singular but potent lure soon joined by sonic caresses and a moody bassline, all courted by an instinctively suggestive hook. It is a masterfully magnetic start which discovers new fiery energy and a melodic haze as again thoroughly impressive and enjoyable vocals come in. Vocally the band is as energetic and resourceful in igniting ears and imagination as anything but within the just as rousing sounds they seem to gain extra angst and zeal. The layers of the song, as its predecessor, reveal twists of garage rock, punk, pop, and numerous more spicy flavours, all woven and honed into something distinct and individual to A Billion Lions, though at times there is a feel of My Red Cell to the track; a positive in anyone’s book we would suggest.

A Billion Lions have not only followed up their tremendous opening song with one of matching quality and thrills but Doomsday Babies reveals just a little more to what seems to be an increasingly expansive sound and imagination. Ahead of debut album Let It Happen which is scheduled for September, Doomsday Babies makes the perfect teaser whilst A Billion Lions simply reinforce themselves one of the exciting new breaths in UK rock.

Doomsday Babies is available from July 13th via End Of The Trail Records.

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Los and the Deadlines – Perfect Holiday EP

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With more distinctive hues to their creative tapestry of sound than colours in a drag queen’s make-up palette, UK based Los and the Deadlines unveil their new EP to cast a captivating enticing which is as dynamically refreshing as it is imaginatively inflamed. There is adventure on every corner and inventive devilry within each creative breath of the Perfect Holiday EP, exciting times coming with increasing persistence over each and every listen. The band has sparked intrigue and enjoyment with previous releases but those just pale against the vibrant and bewitching exploration of this new Los and the Deadlines encounter.

The seeds of the band began when Arizona bred lead vocalist/guitarist Alex LoSardo moved to London in 2010. After being introduced to guitarist Neils Bakx, common interest and already existing musical thoughts began to bear fruit between the pair as they began writing and composing together whilst studying for their undergraduate degrees. A few line-up changes ensued as the band established its sound and presence, the time offering up a pair of strong EPs in the shape of Metro Talk in 2012 and Part One: Bank last year. Italian drummer Alberto Voglino had joined the band before the release of their second EP whilst Israeli bassist Rotem Haguel linked up more recently after another change in personnel. Whether he was the missing link to the band’s full potency others can decide, but there is no doubting a new spark and maturity, not forgetting energy, to Perfect Holiday which declares a band coming of age.

cover_RingMaster Review    The band’s sound is often and understandably tagged as art-rock but as opener Feel At Ease quickly reveals that barely hints at the evolving brews of grunge, stoner, punk, noise, and many other rock ‘n’ roll spices woven together in the EP’s individual exploits. The first song is an immediate throaty groan of heavy bass, discord deranged guitar, and jabbing beats. It is an almost menacingly brewed lure which never flinches as the spoken delivery of LoSardo opens up a just as pungent narrative. Fresh predatory air hits all areas before the song opens out into a catchy and melodically tempting chorus, its appearance another trigger as the song returns to its stalking but with a hungrier and livelier nature. We would suggest as this and all songs play, each listener will find their own references and hints to compare songs with, and here, thoughts of early Squeeze, Split Enz, and just a touch of Pere Ubu nudge these thoughts.

The outstanding start is followed by It Could Be So Much Better, an instantly grittier and more classic rock toned saunter resonating to metallic swipes on drums and blossoming a bluesy tang to the winding grooves of the guitars. Melodic vocals only add to the sultriness whilst off kilter scythes of sonic invention ensures another song not here just to feed expectations, even if it is arguably less adventurous than surrounding proposals with its fiery Red Hot Chili Peppers like smoulder. That is not to suggest the track has an air of predictability, just that it is less creatively ‘psychotic’ compared to the likes of The Youth’s Opinion which follows it. Once again the band opens a track up with the richest bait, rhythms and riffs compelling enticement with a touch of grouchiness which soon expands into a maze of wiry grooves around a Queens Of The Stone Age melodic revelry. Addictively virulent and tenaciously imaginative, the song swings and dances on ears, treating them to further sonic and warped resourcefulness which it would not be too far from the mark to suggest plays with a Melvins spicing.

From one glorious incitement to another as Batshit Crazy steps forward, its entrance a merger of crispy beats and a heavy, dark funk bred bassline around more greatly alluring tones of LoSardo, the vocalist potent whether speaking or singing across songs. Though restrained in its energy and assault, its title sums up the song’s nature perfectly, a funky Jane’s Addiction like prowess colluding with Dog Fashion Disco like imagination. To be fair all references offered never weaken something original to Los and the Deadlines, and as mentioned everyone will hear someone different within the band’s unique waltzes.

The shadowy flirtation of the track makes way for closer We Lust To Shop For Nothing, another with a Josh Homme like touch to its inventive colouring though in no time the song expels a blaze of rock ‘n’ roll which is more I Plead Irony like but constantly creating its own addiction sparking, ridiculously infectious emprise of sound and ingenuity. As all tracks, there is, for want of a better word, bedlam at the heart of the song, a ‘crazed’ weave which is as fluid and magnetic as it is relentlessly surprising.

As suggested earlier, Los and the Deadlines have suddenly blossomed from an enticing potential fuelled prospect into a beast of ravenous and mouth-watering rock ‘n’ roll, though again that really only hints at the thrills found within Perfect Holiday.

The Perfect Holiday EP is out from July 13th

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The Cheap Thrills – Rusty

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Another band with a bit of a potent buzz brewing up around them in recent months is UK rockers The Cheap Thrills, and though only one song and our introduction to the band, it is easy to get a gist on why thanks to their new single. Rusty is a flaming brew of melodic rock with the infectious roar of pop and the sultry hues of psych rock; a union creating one very flavoursome and enjoyable stroll.

cover_RingMaster Review     Hailing from Liverpool, the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Lewis Pike, lead guitarist Terry Eaves, bassist Fitzy, and drummer Anton Eager seem to have had little trouble in raising eager attention locally and then further afield since forming a clutch of years ago. Aged eighteen and nineteen, The Cheap Thrills has created a potent reputation and following for a live presence which has seen them play with the likes of Cast, The Rifles, The Moons, The Jezabels, Wave Machines, Skaters, and Superfood, light up numerous venues in London and headline 02 Academy shows, successful gigs backing up their winning the coveted Liverpool Sound City Youth Award 2012 in 2012 and playing the Calling Out stage of Kendal Calling that same year. With previous songs and EPs under their belt, The Cheap Thrills now look and sound ready to poke national awareness with their alluring sound and new single, which if its energetic and vivacious manner alone has anything to do with it, will be an easy persuasion.

Rusty lays a gentle melodic caress on ears initially, guitar and keys stroking with a hazy elegance before bass and firm beats balance things with their catchy shadows. With the vocals of Pike an inviting croon within the appetite catching mix, the song continues to builds into a feistier yet controlled stride, rhythms driving its energy and contagion with a garage rock rumble in the belly. Around this pungent core keys and guitars cast evocative sways of sonic enterprise, enriching the lively smoulder of the song as it grows and thickens. There is a whisper of familiarity to Rusty also yet it only adds to the persuasive drama and freshness of the increasingly persuasive song.

It is clear that The Cheap Thrills are still on the journey towards their final sound and just as open is the anticipation of much bigger things on their future horizons when taking Rusty as a marker of progress so far.

Rusty is available from July 13th

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Underground Ocean – Get Me Out

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Get Me Out is the debut single from UK rock band Underground Ocean and it is fair to say that the strong and seriously agreeable encounter sets a very potent base from which the band can spring forward from. It is an attention sparking introduction, not a song to set a fanfare ringing in the head, but one easily suggesting Underground Ocean are moving in the right direction to becoming a very viable rock success.

The Worcester quartet began early 2014, breeding their sound from inspirations ranging from Foo Fighters, The Police, and Manic Street Preachers to Stereophonics and Fleetwood Mac. The foursome of vocalist/rhythm guitarist Stuart McDonnell, lead guitarist Matt Beddoes, bassist George Parker, and drummer Lee Evans all come into the band with experiences of playing across the UK with various bands, Evans alone a part of outfits supporting the likes of L.A. Guns (Both), Ratt, Twisted Sister, Poison, Vince Neil, Bang Tango, Skid Row, Faster Pussycat, and Dirty Penny over the years. Experience is always a plus factor and you can feel that kind of knowledge and prowess soaking the new single, its creator’s learning of craft in the field so to speak, bringing as much to the maturity and rich songwriting fuelling the band’s sound and indeed Get Me Out, as the undoubted individual skill and invention of its members.

cover_RingMaster Review    Get Me Out emerges on a sonic lure, quickly unveiling a weave of melodic and rhythmic enterprise ready for the warm tones of McDonnell. With everything in place as the song hits a vibrant and punchy stride, a familiar air washes over the track yet it brings no distinct comparisons, just a general glaze of melody rich rock and quickly enjoyable endeavour. There is also real catchiness to the song which has feet tapping and voices involved in its easy going chorus, that infectiousness enhanced by the great shadowed feel of the bass which bring an opposing and a similarly rounded depth to the song as the vocals.

Recorded with Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden studios and originally released last December, the re-release of Get Me Out feels like it is in the right place at the right time to awaken greater awareness of Underground Ocean and their persistently engaging sound. The song does not have you sparking into rigorous declarations about the band just yet but ahead of their new single I See Through You in September and their first EP later this year, it inspires definite intrigue to hear more.

Get Me Out is out now on iTunes and most other major platforms.

Upcoming Underground Ocean live dates…

7th August, Worcester Beer, Cider and PERRY FESTIVAL – Pitchcroft, Worcester

22nd August, Boars Head – Kidderminster

http://undergroundocean.com/  https://www.facebook.com/undergroundocean

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