The Slytones – Shake The Cage

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There is no precise way to describe the rich sound of The Slytones and no way to stop it crawling under the skin and enslaving the psyche. This has been proven over previous releases but is at its most seductive and darkly magnetic in new single Shake The Cage. The song and the accompanying Thomas Thumb making up the release cast a kaleidoscope of ravenous flavours, styles, and warped imagination whilst their characters are as relevant to the carnival as they are to voodoo bred escapades. They both epitomise the heart of The Slytones sound whilst simultaneously creating their own new and unique imagination romancing adventures.

The British band began as a trio, expanding its line-up over time whilst quickly alluring keen appetites with their The Psychedelic Sounds of EP in 2011. It is fair to say that the Brighton hailing sextet of Ashley Edwards (vocals/guitar), Bradley Wescott (lead guitar), Chip Phillips (vocals/keys), Freddie Hills (drums), Chris Warren (vocals/bass), and Robin O’Keeffe (percussion) have drawn comparisons, in an attempt to describe their sound, as broad in the diversity of bands as the mix of ingredients colluding to ignite their individual incitements. There are few bands which can conjure such variety within a single song let alone a whole release, but as Shake The Cage proves it is child’s play to The Slytones.

The striking of a match sparks a fanfare of enticement, its blowing out the trigger to a feisty stomp built on ska clipped riffs and jazz seeded swing. Keys and guitars instantly have feet and hips involved whilst the dark tones of the bass along with the infectious hooks, simply work on the imagination. The track continues to stroll along with 12 Stone Toddler/ Mynie Moe like devilry, a flowing torrent of unpredictability lighting up and bewitching from every move taken before it all gets turned on its head for a garage rock prowl reminiscent of Th’ Legendary shack Shakers. Grisly barker like vocals leads the fresh parade of sinister carnival-esque flirtation, keys and rhythms an insatiable romp in the shadow soaked shuffle now toying with ears and brewing even thicker enjoyment. All the time the song is still weaving a virulent swing and psychotic drama, every passing minute an adventure of individual design with superbly woven styles but always leading back to the rich contagion of its original psych kissed and energetically rabid swing.

As if one irresistible treat was not enough, Thomas Thumb brings its own maze of ingenuity in sound and invention. Opening with a gospel seeded dose of harmonies and ambience around the leading edge of the main vocals and narrative, the song subsequently opens into mystique lined psychedelic scenery brimming with creative theatre and picturesque tempting. Like a blend of The Doors, Arthur Brown, Rocket From The Crypt, and Tankus The Henge, the song swarms over ears with invasive magnetism, every touch a slight evolution from the last before the track bursts into a sturdy garage rock canter which steers towards a Queens Of The Stone Age meets Faith No More/6:33 devilment.

Both tracks are glorious, a must for anyone with a taste for avant-garde and psychedelically warped adventure, but songs which flow with a natural and skilfully infectious, and wonderfully unpredictable, waltz. The Slytones is a carnival of invention, mischief, and most of all unstoppable fun so do yourself a favour and check them and especially Shake The Cage out.

Shake The Cage is out now.

Dates for The Slytones and Moulettes tour this September! :

16th September                   Southport                     Atkinson

17th September                   St Helens                       Citadel

18th September                   Halifax                           Square Chapel

19th September                     Morecambe                  Hothouse

20th September                   Ramsbotton Festival   Manchester

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Patriot Rebel – Propaganda

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British alternative/hard rockers Patriot Rebel provide raw and rousing rock ‘n’ roll as virulent as it is ravenously aggressive. They proved it with their outstanding Two Worlds EP in 2013 and do so again with new single Propaganda. The song is a raw and explosive confrontation, an anthem to get fully involved in straight away but emerging even stronger and more impressive with every listen.

Though formed around 2007, it was arguably when the current line-up of vocalist Paul Smith, guitarists Danny Marsh and Dave Gadd, bassist Will Kirk, and drummer Aaron Grainger came together that the Nottingham hailing Patriot Rebel found the truly potent spark to their sound and in awakening eager attention. Inspired by the likes of Stone Temple Pilots, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and Velvet Revolver, the quintet created a musical proposal which was soon invigorating ears and appetites, shows with bands such as Tesseract, Jettblack, Skarlett Riot, Cornerstone, Earthtone9, Spirytus and Violet over the years the live proof and Two Worlds the potent studio evidence. The Matt Elliss (Black Spiders, Terrorvision, Skarlett Riot) produced EP certainly drew acclaim and keen focus from old and new fans as well as the media upon its uncaging, which the band’s live presence has only driven on and now Propaganda can only kick into greater reaction again.

Patriot Rebel Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     The single is taken from that earlier EP but manages to hold a fresh breath and character now standing alone as the band’s new protagonist. It is also a teaser of sorts for things to come, Patriot Rebel most likely in the studio, again with Ellis, as you read this. Sometimes tracks show a new light upon their depths and presence when taken away from an album or EP, and fair to say Propaganda, for whatever reason, manages to do the same as it roars from its opening second through to its last. From an initial sonic lure of a second of two, thumping rhythms prowl and riffs stalk the senses; their intimidation crouched over by the distinctive tones of Smith. The predatory start of the song and his croon subsequently triggers the embedded contagious might and stride of the encounter, grooves and melodies entangling in an irresistible tempting still graced by the formidable and throaty nature of bass and drums.

The song is a blaze of anthemic rock ‘n’ roll, luring the listener with its verse and leads into the irresistible chorus where full involvement from band and listener is a given. There are no truly major surprises within the song, the band’s influences open spices, yet it has a resourcefulness and enterprise which leaves expectations empty and enjoyment full to bursting.

Patriot Rebel continues to impress and though Propaganda is taken from their previous release it only thrills and ensures anticipation for the band’s next exploit will be greedy. Completed by a great acoustic version of Propaganda too, and accompanied by one equally enjoyable video, this is one single for new and old fans to spend a riotous summer with.

Propaganda is available from 3rd August.

Read our interview with Patriot Rebel @

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Daycare For Jedi – Worst Things First

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If you have a striking name, which Daycare For Jedi does, it is not a bad thing to back it up with a sound which grips attention with equal strength, and that is certainly what the Danish pop punksters have as evidenced by their debut EP Worst Things First. Uncaging four songs which are as contagious as they are inventively sculpted, the release is a magnet for ears and imagination, not one re-inventing the pop punk arena but one certainly giving it something fresh and tenacious to think about.

Formed in 2014, the Aarhus quartet openly embraces the origins of pop punk whilst giving it their own, if not startling, certainly invigorating twist. Early songs such as Throwing Dirt and Last Pages sparked eager intrigue and appetites to their potent emergence and sound whilst their live presence, which made its debut at the Distortion Festival in Copenhagen in the band’s first year, has only cemented and pushed their reputation for unleashing seriously energetic, hook laden, and intense rock ‘n’ roll. The early songs were a teaser of things to come, of the thoroughly enjoyable and impressive Worst Things First which should put Daycare For Jedi on broader genre maps from hereon in.

Cover_RingMaster Review   The Jacob Hansen recorded EP opens up with Outcome, quickly entangling ears in a web of melodic enterprise and sonic suggestiveness. Quickly riffs and forceful rhythms are joining the affair, as too the potent tones of vocalist Jens Erik, his expressive voice a magnetic lure alongside the resourceful endeavour of his and Mikkel Rohde’s guitar play. There is a touch of bands like Millencolin and Blink 182 to the song, but nothing too strong amidst other spices of familiarity in sound and texture. It all adds up to a strong and engaging start to the EP but just a taster to bigger things which start with its successor.

Broken Bones instantly flirts with a stirring rhythmic coaxing, its bait soon joined by great niggly hooks and an infectious raw caress of riffs. Into its even more energy driven stride, the song soon employs a great mix of vocals from across the band around the again inviting delivery of Jens Erik, whilst around them the heavier dark throated bass of Jacob and the crisp beats of Kristian provide intimidating contrast. Again the canvas of the song has a recognisable flavour but it is the inventive twists and turns, musically and vocally, which bring the track alive and into its creative own, as with the following Sinking Adventure. It too is a swiftly engaging and persistent protagonist unafraid to infuse its more straight forward spine with sparkling melodic imagination and juicy hooks aligned to fiercer adventure and unpredictable revelry.

Worst Things First increasingly impresses and grows stronger with every song, the third a potent peak but quickly eclipsed by the closing Gain And Lose, a light-footed agitation of infectious devilry shaped with sonic radiance and aggressive rhythms. The bass brews a delicious dirty tone whilst the vocals, singularly and united, have a slight belligerence to them which only lifts the song to greater impact and rigorous persuasion. The best song on the EP, it is a rich and thrilling climax to one thoroughly enjoyable encounter.

It is still early days for Daycare For Jedi but Worst Things First suggests not only are they heading in the right direction but they have the potential to become one of those names a genre is especially noted for.

The Worst Things First EP is available from August 3rd via Prime Collective.

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