Los Brigands – Nothing’s Clean

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We had limited knowledge of Los Brigands up to this point in time but that is about to change and for a great many others no doubt, thanks to the might of their debut album Nothing’s Clean. Co-released with Crowd Control Media, the sixteen track stomp is an incendiary brawl of punk rock in its varied forms and devilry. It is quite simply rousing undiluted rock ‘n’ roll which just hits the sweet spot and can only push the band to greedier, broader spotlights hereon in.

Hailing from Los Angeles, the trio of vocalist/bassist Aroldo, guitarist/vocalist Hector, and drummer Keith have become one of the staples of the LA punk scene since forming in 2009. Inspirations come from the depths of hardcore but as their first full-length shows, the band is unafraid to add and twists things to embrace a host of distinctive styles and flavours within their songs. Back home they are a loyally supported outfit renowned for their high energy shows and catchy incitements of sound. Now with the unleashing of the sabre like charge of Nothing’s Clean, sixteen songs in thirty four minutes, Los Brigands look set to become a name on a much broader expanse of enthused lips.

     The Haters’ Circle starts things off, the track a thickly enticing instrumental slice of psychobilly/punk which alone has body and emotions ignited and ready to feast, which they greedily do on its successor. Like Dead Kennedys meets Tiger Army, the opener brings its two minutes plus to the boil perfectly, making way for the similarly bred but hardcore driven 8 50. Hooks and rhythms are a hungry enticement whilst the vocals roar and brawl to match the addictive impact of the sound around them. For less than a minute and a half, the track incites ears and appetite, and for that same length whilst embracing familiar inspirations and essences, the punk rock passions are aflame, burning greedily for what is to follow.

losbrigandsnothingcleanalbumart_RingMaster Review   10 Times Worse is the first to step up with pulsating beats and a throbbing bassline aligned to ska bred enterprise. The song continues to swing along with infection lining its thick lures and chorus, its body an irresistible mix of UK band The Vox Dolomites and [Spunge] and leaving lips licked and a ripe want for more. The following Robbie does not provide more of the same flavour but is instead a highly agreeable Los Brigands take on Johnny B Goode which leaves rich satisfaction in its wake before the Spanish sung Algun Dia provides a Clash like stirring of ears and energy; its hard bounce another lifting the listener to feet amidst anthemic calls.

Things only get tastier as the belligerent ska brawl of Cold Cold City escapes the album next, it’s bruising attitude and prowess another spark to ignite the passions for the release with a success emulated and indeed eclipsed by the outstanding Dead American Dream. With a feisty tinge of street punk to its tempestuous swagger and defiance fuelled attitude, the song is as spiky as it is infectiously virulent whilst On The Wall straight after, dips into some raw pop punk revelry with a Rancid meets The Bouncing Souls proposition to outshine much around it as impressive though they all are.

The opening volley of beats from Keith straight away puts Downtown Nights on a pedestal to expect big things from, the swiftly rapacious riffs which swoop in not letting anyone down, or the snarling vocals and energy flooding the great confrontation. It is a raging force continuing in the excellent blaze of Fight Fire With Fire and true to form anthems come one after another within Nothing’s Clean but few incite participation as effortlessly as this excellent aggression.

As you will have guessed, variety across the album is rife and provides another colourful shade of adventure through the caustic ska romp of Broke, guitars and sax especially fruity against the growl of the vocals and the brooding bass tone cast by Aroldo. That fluid diversity creates another appealing contrast as the grouchy bellow of First 48 springs its contagious old school punk irreverence on the passions before it has to make way for Bumming Cigs and its bluesy rock ‘n’ roll canter which has all bouncing in their chairs, on their feet, and in the streets on personal experience.

Denver Ave has a feel of Russian punk rockers Biting Elbows to its more relaxed but spicy and increasingly agitated presence next, its magnetic tenacity and creative bait getting body and soul excited ready for Bad Vibes to exploit with its furious tempest of boisterous riffs alongside antagonistic rhythms, they bounding around another steely bass sound to get lusty over. It is the home straight on the album and both tracks are nothing less than impressive and addictive as they steer ears towards the finale that is Last One, a last bracing arousal of ears and enjoyment honed into a tangy and furious anthem.

Major surprises on Nothing’s Clean are not dramatic or regular but with a freshness and passion few bands can contemplate let alone match, Los Brigands has provided one of our favourite slabs of rock ‘n’ roll this year. After this the band deserves to be a big blip on all punk rock radars of fans and media alike.

Nothing’s Clean is available now through Crowd Control Media.

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ChuggaBoom – Zodiac Arrest

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Chuggaboom is one of those bands which will always divide opinion; its attention grabbing creativity and bullying body breeding a minefield of irreverent assaults sure to blow up in the faces of the band for some and hit the sweet spot for just as many. Behind the character of the band and sound though is a craft and imagination which ensures however the lyrical prowess and content may work for you, musically the band is seriously formidable and to be taken only seriously; after all they in their own words are the “greatest metalcore band in the world”.

That statement of course is the first hue in the band’s satiric intent to spotlight the nonsense which colours, often fuels their chosen genre, the music scene generally, and indeed life. Music is a game which all involved have to play to some degree at some time, ChuggaBoom no exception, but as their debut album Zodiac Arrest shows, there is nothing stopping anyone taking pot shots, hefty swipes, and having merciless fun within that landscape. It is a devilment which drives the band’s sound and the collection of ravenous and inventive tracks within the album raising broad smiles in thoughts and imagination whilst exhausting the body with prime chunks of thickly satisfying metal.

The anonymous British five-piece uncage their new release through opener Raise the Roofie, the track immediately a bedlamic torrent of voices and sound which gets bolder and more ravenous as it intensifies, until eventually becoming a raging fury around a jagged riff and a violent rhythmic spine. Almost as quickly an impressive array of vocal styles and their delivery grabs ears, most expelled by the fine throat of Levi Taurus whilst guitarists John Virgo and Leo Carter sculpt a steely snarl and toxic grooving within their rousing and malevolent metalcore designs. Within its raucous belly though, the song has a perpetual line of inventive twists and spicy additives which ensures every minute is a fresh adventure within the core tempest, and a gripping persuasion which continues through the savage techno hued Unfriendly Operations Up On The Roof. The Browning comes to mind as the track courts ears and spills its animus; driving grooves leading thoughts and an ever increasing enjoyment further astray into a fluid and psychotic tapestry of sound and flavour.

cover_RingMaster Review   Mad Skills Brah! is next, wrapping sinister cinematic keys around a rabid storm of riffs and predatory rhythms brewed by bassist Avira Caprica and drummer xKRIOSx from the off. The vocals show similar unhinged intent and imagination throughout whilst the deceptive calm hanging around with the clean tones of Taurus and ambience spilling keys reinforces the always available unpredictability which veins every song within Zodiac Arrest, as testified by 14 Year Olds Have Sex More Than Me straight after. Arguably, a more merciful proposal with angst lined vocals an early tempting, it too flings hostile hues and erosive textures at the senses. It does not quite live up to the thrills and spills of its predecessors yet continues to linger and entice after departure even as A BBQ In Antarctica spreads its own toxic beauty and atmospheric spite amidst a sonic devouring complete with melodic tempting. Again as much as you can call ChuggaBoom metalcore, there is plenty more to their expansive sound which reaps slithers of anything from post-hardcore to alternative metal, punk to straight edge heavy metal.

Another brutal pinnacle arrives with the insidious maelstrom of Smoke Rings of Saturn, vocals a broad range of demonic potency as the guitars chew and seduce the battered senses in equal mouth-watering measure. It is stirring stuff, another inescapable anthem which will surely tap into the instincts of fans and doubters alike, just as its successor Fat Guy In A Little Coat. The next track is deceptively accessible, at times creating a form of metal pop which between the catchiest of warm choruses paces and crawls over the senses to rip the heart out of the psyche and ear drums. The song did take longer to fully convince but eventually and continually since, has revealed the thickest temptation, though it is always eclipsed by the outstanding #TBT That Time I Made Out With Your Sister and its carnivorous intent and bewitching creative venom. At times it plays like Fall Out Boy does metalcore and in other moments creates a sonic psychosis which is Hollywood Undead meets Hell Puppets like with a delicious dose of The Locust included.

Humorously Elongating The Title Of This Song grinds and growls in ears next, its vicious funk as rapacious as the carnal textures spun by guitars and bass whilst the brilliant Ohana Means Family (You Bastard) opens the curtains on a dark vaudeville entrance which sweeps over and swoops upon the imagination with My Chemical Romance drama, subsequently releasing the jaws of creative hell for another greedy hunger in the appetite sent the way of the album.

The songs majestic theatre and rancor makes the perfect end to the album but no ChuggaBoom have one more treat in store, unleashing a bonus and fun cover of The Lonely Island track I Just Had Sex which is not a patch on their own irreverence but fits perfectly and enjoyably into the texture of the album thanks to the distinctive ChuggaBoom violation given to it.

You may get the joke or not, but for thumping uncompromising metal to get seriously infected by, Zodiac Arrest is the dog’s doodahs; hairs, smells, and all.

The self-released Zodiac Arrest is out now via all online stores and @ http://chuggaboom.bigcartel.com/

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Braddock Station Garrison – A Hint of Recognition

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Last year US rock band Braddock Station Garrison gave a strong and enjoyable introduction to their rock ‘n’ roll with debut EP/mini album High Water. Exploring all the best bits of that release whilst honing other potential but previously less striking elements in their sound, the Washington DC quartet has recently unveiled its successor, A Hint of Recognition. Still carrying a flavoursome Americana tang to their no frills rock ‘n’ roll, Braddock Station Garrison have produced another highly magnetic and creatively organic proposition with their second full-length to thoroughly enjoy. It is probably not a game changer in stirring major awareness of the band by wider spotlights, though it has enough to make a stir if given the chance, but A Hint of Recognition is definitely going to entice new fans as they show they are heading in the right creative direction for bigger rewards ahead.

Formed by vocalist/guitarist Steve Schillinger and lead guitarist Tom Soha in 2011; Braddock Station Garrison take inspirations from the likes of Tom Petty, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Johnny Cash, and The Smithereens into their openly growing sound. Completed by drummer Michael Chapman and bassist Michael Haddad, a line-up in place since mid-2014, the band released High Water last year to keen responses. Its fusion of classic and modern sounds was a highly appetising if unspectacular proposal which left a richness of pleasure in its wake. A Hint of Recognition continues the groundwork it laid but with more inventive tenacity, bolder imagination, and depth of sound. It is still not the offering to make an explosive impact but it definitely guarantees a thoroughly enjoyable time with every listen and who can say no to that.

cover_RingMaster Review   The album opens with Forgotten Teenage Dream, a contagious little number with jangly riffs and a great alluring bassline alongside the ever distinctive and appealing tones of Schillinger. With crispy beats adding to the easy going stroll, the song rather than providing a big splash to start things off is more a catchy coaxing, a warm up to bigger and brighter things. Nevertheless grooves and melodies offer a pleasing tempting which the more relaxed and emotive She’s Too Cool employs with relish in its more fifties rockabilly seeded stroll. As in its predecessor and the band’s sound generally, there is a masterful simplicity at work; leanness to the invention which ensures only the choice cuts of sound and imagination get involved in the song whilst avoiding unnecessary embellishments.

Things really takes off from the album’s third track, Lies, where once more a fifties breeding is carried by the tantalising air of the song, and initially through another tasty bass lure and the rich vocals. It is a flavour continued by sultry melodies and welcoming riffs cast by the guitars whilst a raw cascade of intensity only adds to the drama and unrelenting addictiveness of the song. Its success seems to spark something extra in its following companions too, Hey Cindy spinning a web of sonic tendrils across its body within a great rhythmic beckoning next. To this the guitars spray a creative smog like contrails behind a plane, with both Chapman and Haddad laying down gripping bait before Never In Danger emulates the earlier Lies with its own dark rock hues, though this time they touch upon a R.E.M. colouring in the song’s evocative swing. Infectious from first breath to last, the track is a reserved but lively seduction adding more warmth to the satisfaction already brewed by A Hint of Recognition.

More heady bass temptation brings a grin to lips as Any Day Any Way opens up, the enticement persistent as guitars spread fuzzy causticity across a punkish encounter unafraid to change tact and energy at the drop of a note. More inventive and fiery with each passing minute, the track is another striking high point which Stop and Reflect struggles to match right after, though its country twang and melodic smoulder only feeds a happy appetite before Johnny Stone Stole My Girl brings things to a rocking close. Its unsurprising yet irresistibly catchy shuffle feeds all wants from a slice of rock ‘n’ roll, especially with more of that flavoursome old school fifties tone to please personal tastes; a pursuit of which would definitely go down well and add something more to future Braddock Station Garrison songs it is easy to suggest on the evidence of A Hint of Recognition. More of the very solid and enjoyable sounds found on the band’s new album would be quite fine too.

A Hint of Recognition is out now via the Braddock Station Garrison Bandcamp.

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Convoluted – Self Titled EP

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Providing a potential loaded and quickly satisfying introduction to themselves through their self-titled debut EP, Convoluted is a Swedish rap metal band beginning to make a hefty stir, certainly back home. Formed in 2014 by guitarist Stefan Stajkovic, bassist Michael Bergstrand, and vocalist Viktor Brus, the band has a depth and character to their sound which is much more than that previous tag implies. Merging an array of flavours it stands somewhere between Rage Against The Machine, Clawfinger, and Papa Roach, but additionally shows an open fondness for nineties grunge amongst other spices. It is a potion which going by the evidence provided by their EP, creates a slightly fluctuating but constantly rousing incitement.

With their line-up completed by drummer Oscar Ahlbin, Convoluted have become a potent live proposition on the Swedish underground scene, playing the likes of the Emergenza Festival and with fellow local bands such as Oviraptor Club and Mazed on their growing CV. Earlier this year the single Hospital Bed sparked online attention the way of the band through fans and radio shows alike, a success easy to see continuing as the band’s EP begins sizing up and confronting ears.

Recorded at Arena 305 and mixed at Weird Pony Studios by Bjorn Stegerling, the EP opens with The Doctor, a dark and sinister bellow that is as lyrically enticing as it is vocally and musically gripping. In no time ears and appetite are brewing a hunger for what is on offer; its hefty mix of flavours colluding to create an attention grabbing brawl of sound and creative energy sculpted in metal tenacity and getting the release off to a compelling and impressive start.

cover_RingMaster Review  Decide comes next, announcing itself with a bait of tangy choppy riffs which definitely has a spice of Limp Bizkit to them. From there it expels a controlled but energetic stride; the ebbs and flows in its gait adding additional drama to the emerging feisty swagger of the song. The strong voice of Brus leads the antagonistic yet respectful attitude of the track with potent style whilst plentiful grooves and hooks line each aggressive move offered and every wash of fiery melodic endeavour. It is a raw and enjoyable challenge which at times does lose its spark but only for brief moments before re-asserting a pleasingly hostile roar.

The following Get Back Up has a bit of Bad Brains to its confrontation but equally that Clawfinger-esque quality, especially around the vocals and the understanding sounds around them whilst Hospital Bed gets its groove on early with a bluesy/grunge coating. These soon spiral into a sonic weave of enterprise around a sturdy and bracing rhythmic imposing, the blend a rousing tempest to the unmistakable RATM canvas of the song. Excellent when unleashing its volatility but also captivating in its melodic calm, though not always consistently gripping ears as it should have, the track is an attention grabber with a tremendous fury of a climax.

The EP is concluded by the predatory and increasingly adventurous proposal of If There’s A God, an encounter sculpted with tangy grooves and emotive intensity. It is the most unpredictable and thus exciting track on the EP, one which if anything does not go far enough with its unique invention. It certainly brings the release to a strong and magnetic end, with the EP top and tailed by its loftiest peaks of invention, originality, and sound.

Convoluted reveal plenty of potential across their EP and a thick dose of it in certain songs. Theirs is not a sound with its own unique voice yet and the release is not without limitations but both have sparked healthy intrigue and anticipation for what comes next from the band whilst thoroughly pleasing ears.

The Convoluted EP is out now via iTunes.

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