Eyemouth – Noera Genesis

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It is impossible for anyone to discover every band unleashing their imagination and musical prowess on the world alone so it is always with great gratitude when something simply falls into the lap whether as a by-product of doing something else, through recommendations, or simply by an artist introducing themselves personally. That gratitude is especially intense when it leads to something which truly excites and stirs up the imagination. So it is with thanks to Marcus Lilja that we can now enthuse about his band’s latest release and fascinating sound.

A member of Swedish band Eyemouth, Marcus alongside David Lilja, Tove Ekman, and Joakim Åberg, have already sparked great attention and eager appetite with previous EPs, Black and Blue Latitudes and Non Compos Mentis, both out earlier this year. In an intent to bring ears a quartet of EPs in 2015, they now unveil the third in the enthralling shape of Noera Genesis, a theatre of sound and imagination which is as bewitching as it is wonderfully challenging. Formed in 2011, the Eyemouth sound defies pinning down, their original synth led endeavours having evolved over the ears to what captivates within their latest proposal. Merging industrial and post rock ambiences with shamanic rhythms, electro rock intrigue, and darker as well as heavier rock incitement, the Göteborg band had bred a tantalising and unpredictable tapestry which is cinematic, at times sinister, and thoroughly compelling.

noera-genesis-_RingMaster Review     It opens with Come This Far, and a haunting ambience littered with portentously dulled bell tolls in a cavernous landscape. An equally ‘flat’ but alluring bass adds further peculiar bait to the brewing enticement before stepping away again as synths and vocals begin their individual and colluding narratives. Soon, the track slips into an electronic canter awash with the expressive melodies and atmospheric hues of the keys and littered with rawer guitar and bass tempting. Ears and imagination are gripped early on, a hungry appetite soon following suit as the song with its Ghost In The Static crossed with Celldweller like stroll explores more of its imagination whilst simultaneously opening up provocative depths amidst roars of contagious enterprise.

That cinematic essence we mentioned is quickly bringing a suggestiveness across the EP; a gothic/industrial drama with 1984 meets Lovecraftian occultism growing in thoughts during the first song separate from its actually premise whilst the dark bowels of a sea bed leviathan explored and corrupted by the Victorian trespass of someone like Captain Nemo echoes the dystopian siren call seeping out of The Rise Of You. This is just the power of the music triggering such dark adventures, the band lyrically opening up doors to more ideas through its broad yet equally intimate theatre of word and premises. It is gripping stuff which reveals more with every listen and pleasingly confuses the imagination with each turn too as thoughts and ears try to work out the heart of the impressive song and release.

In My Mouth has a lighter soundscape but that leads to a more bedlamic and psychotic playroom for the listener’s thoughts. It is aural madness sublimely sculpted and organically uncaged as deranged keys, haunting harmonies, and demonic textures slim down to inventive smog, this toying with the listener for just under two absorbing minutes. The fact it ends too soon is a brief frustration, a short lived moan though as soon all focus is on the initially just as disquieting Sometimes. We say initially, in fact the song never stops being a disturbing magnetism as it evolves with every passing breath, more shamanic drums and lures aligning with whispered vocals which alone almost taunt the psyche with their tone. Subsequently synths build walls of tempestuous oppressiveness coated in discord laced melodic captivation, that in turn twisting into an instrumental finale of melodic rock infested with rasping and erosive textures.

It is impossible to provide a truly clear idea of what Eyemouth brings to bear on body and mind with Noera Genesis, so much going on as they additionally spark personal thoughts to run wild in grand ideas as you have just read, but every listen is full mouth-watering joy. We have yet to investigate the previous pair of EPs from the band, but you can only assume they too offer an experience rare to the ear and most others going by the invasive beauty of Noera Genesis.

Noera Genesis is available from September 30th via most online stores.

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Hub City Stompers – Caedes Sudor Fermentum: The Best of Dirty Jersey Years

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It never takes much of a reason to get our stomp on here, any excuse to fling limbs and energy around like a headless chicken devoured. One band which has perpetually been a spark is Hub City Stompers but in collecting a horde of their horniest ska bred tunes for their latest album, the band has set the fuse to global skanking like no other.

     Caedes Sudor Fermentum: The Best of Dirty Jersey Years is an irresistible bundle of songs personally chosen by band founder Rev Sinister and taken from previous releases Dirty Jersey, Blood Sweat & Beers, and Mass Appeal. It is also offers a long awaited outing on vinyl from the band, its songs re-mastered by David Perez of Memphis Street Studios for the format.

For those new to Hub City Stompers, the band was as mentioned, formed by Rev Sinister, the former vocalist for NJ Ska band Inspecter 7. When that band went into a kind of hibernation around 2001, Sinister searched out to like-minded musicians and by the following year, Hub City Stompers, with a line-up consisting of ex-members of bands such as Inspecter 7, Bigger Thomas, Professor Plum, Predator Dub Assassins, Bomb Town, and The Heavy Beat, was unleashing irrepressible creative romps. Infusing essences from styles such as reggae, punk, oi!, and hardcore amongst a few others into an array of ska flavours from the 60’s through to the 80’s, the band quickly bred a unique voice to their music which took little time in awakening greedy appetites, as shown by the success of 2004 debut album Blood Sweat and Beers and the Mass Appeal EP a year later. Both the Dirty Jersey and Ska Ska Black Sheep full-lengths of 2006 and 2009 followed suit before the band took a year out on hiatus as Rev Sinister members returned to help revive Inspecter 7. Last year though saw the frontman quit the band and return to Hub City Stompers, bringing it back to raucous new life as evidenced by their last album Life After Death which came out last December. It was of course a heftily welcomed return with their new compilation alone holding all the reasons as to why.

HCS Cover low_RingMaster ReviewThe twelve-track escapade opens with the epic sounds of Wtfiu, ears instantly under a cascade of roving rhythms and sultry brass whilst keys seduce and romance the imagination. Soon into a trampoline like gait, every beat and riff a bold bounce, the track is quickly the puppeteer to the body and soul of the listener, its contagion and energy aural addiction and merciless incitement. Uncaging a scuzzy intensity in its climax, the glorious opener sets release and ‘victim’ off in insatiable style before Bumbl-B is allowed to swarm over ears with its choppy stride and infesting key bred melodies. Vocals snarl and invite whilst the bassline coring it all, is heavy nectar, just two aspects colluding to stir up air around and the passions of all in close proximity in an encounter reminding of the UK’s own King Prawn at times.

Both the smooth skinned, Scarlet & The Harlots meets The Beat like Skinhead Boi and the ska ‘n’ roll canter Johnny Date Rape, captivate with their individual swaggers, both enticing as masterfully through the voice of Jenny Whiskey as they do with their ever tenacious weave of sounds whilst Chatterbox swings with reggae hips as the flirtatious clipping of the guitar aligns with hypnotic beats and another juicily moody bassline. Again the two tone elegance of The Beat comes to mind as the song seduces feet and sparks thick attention but once more Hub City Stompers employ all spices in their own renowned inventive and hungry adventure.

Trojan Night lifts bodies and dance-floors with its insatiable infection of sound and revelry next, early Specials a scent within its romping body, whilst a great Hub City Stompers infested version of The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry hits the passions in the form of Skins Don’t Cry which hounds and brawls with ears; its punk toned sound and words twisted with Hub City Stompers warm irreverence.

A sixties smooch comes with the lively dance of Leave Me the F**k Alone after that thrilling pair, its own body a mischievous and flirty tempting sure to ignite everything from toes to voice in all to fall under its spell. Another exciting physical workout is guaranteed by band and song, a promise pretty much applying to all songs on teh album let us be honest, the following I’ve Got a Boot even in its belligerent and rawer ramble, a tonic to enliven the body, its relaxed and resourceful hooks and boozy brass lures especially intoxicating.

The magnetic punk irritability of F**k You, You’re Irish hits the spot with ease, its Dropkick Murphys like bar-room tromp a grin inciter matched in fun and unique persuasion by the jazz lined, blues charmed Little Julie Swatstika before the album is closed off by Mass Appeal and one last undiluted swing of sound and energy.

     Caedes Sudor Fermentum: The Best of the Dirty Jersey Years  is the cream of Hub City Stompers in the ears and thoughts of the band. Sometimes it is easy to forget the power of a band in consistency and evolving adventure over time and a good Best Of as here, can bring that home. This is simply a brilliant compilation which excites whilst igniting even greater and eager anticipation of the band’s exploits ahead.

Caedes Sudor Fermentum: The Best of Dirty Jersey Years is available from September 30th as a co-release between Rebel Sound on 150x White Riot Vinyl, Crowd Control Media on 150x Clear Vinyl, and Not Dead Records on 150x Green Goblin Vinyl, each colour exclusive to the individual label with 50x Classic Black Vinyl versions also available.

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Vanilla Muffins – The Drug Is Football Double 7”

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Apparently Switzerland’s Vanilla Muffins have been the undisputed Kings of Sugar Oi! for the past 25 years or so. I am not sure about you but I have no idea who else has a sound which fits that genre; well actually maybe we do as the trio from Basel create a stomping proposition which blends pop infused punk with infectious rock ‘n’ roll. It is quite simply punk ‘n’ roll but a strain which indeed has a distinctiveness singular to the band whilst providing one rousing and thoroughly enjoyable escapade.

Driven by a passion for football and their home city team, Vanilla Muffins began in the late eighties, growing in presence, songs, and stature with each passing year. Now they have five albums, eleven EPs, and numerous compilation appearances under their belt, the latest being a re-issue of their classic and highly sought after 2003 album The Drug Is Football via Rebel Sound Music. Last year saw the band return with Best Of (Triumph of Sugar Oi!) via Bandworm/Spirit of the Streets and after it the A Little Night Music / Eine Kleine Nachtmusik EP on Sunny Bastards. Both re-ignited old and indeed sparked new appetites for the band’s insatiable infectious sound, as too limited edition single Goal of the Month earlier this year. Now for a limited edition Double 7″ offering, the band itself has plucked eight of the best songs from The Drug Is Football and if like us you are new to their presence, it is a must listen.

The trio open things up with No Punk Rock In My Car, and a rally off boisterous vocals and punchy rhythms aligned to bracing riffs. Instantly it is a virulently catchy affair with sinews as gripping as the warm and inviting melodies are infectious, slavery for feet, neck muscles, and vocal chords the result. There is a feel of UK rockers Spunk Volcano and The Eruptions to the encounter, a similar old school punk meets modern devilry at riotous and irresistible play.

The following Brigade Loco is just as magnetic and inciting, the grooved coaxing from the guitar of Colin Brändle an inescapable lure within the jabbing beats of Eddie Jr and the great bass groans posing as a bassline from Ian Norris. Equally Brändle’s vocals are nothing less than rich persuasion and though there are no major surprises in the song, as throughout all tracks, everything colludes in a power pop meets punk rock tempest of boisterous and seriously invigorating goodness.

Dirt Box Disco meets Weezer is a handy description for All Roads Lead To Rome which follows, the song sitting somewhere between the two as Vanilla Muffins swing riffs and hooks like a puppeteer to again command eager hips and reckless feet. Without quite matching the first two in drawing lusty reactions, the song is an easy going protagonist to get swiftly involved with, its success nicely setting up the appetite for the brilliant 3 Comrades. Rhythmically compelling and vocally inescapable, the song is pure anthemic rebel rousing and maybe the best thing on the release, though that fluctuates between a trio of songs daily.

The title track rampages through ears next; its steely punk attitude and intensity simultaneously tempered and urged on by the ever alluring vocals and melody rich hooks which just as potently rouse the spirit and spark unavoidable participation. It is a blood pumping call backed resourcefully by The Gang From Kannenfeldpark and its nostalgic look at the young years and more carefree times and straight after by The One And Only with its Buzzcocks like nag of a hook and fuzzy Vibrators like contagion. Both songs whip up more pleasure and hunger for the thickly enjoyable punk frolics, and the wonderment as to why it has taken this long to come across the slavery of the Vanilla Muffins sound.

The Mob From Kannenfeldpark is built on similar seeds as to its predecessor with another recognisable hook the lead into a slice of rock ‘n’ roll which finds a inspiration in decades further back than that of its original birth to spice up its own tenaciously imagined rock ‘n’ roll.

As the saying goes, better late than never and it certainly applies to finally get wrapped up in the Vanilla Muffins experience, a treat no punk and rock ‘n’ roll fan should miss out on. Watching FC Basel play on TV will come with a new soundtrack and fun from now on too.

The Drug Is Football Double 7″ is available from 30th September via Rebel Sound Music on Black Vinyl (200), Red A&B Side, Blue C&D Side coloured vinyl (200), and on Half N Half Blue/Yellow vinyl (100 and only exclusive to Rebel Sound)

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Paul Menel and The Essentials

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Having teased us all in regard to their new album with recently released single They Call Her Leaf, Paul Menel and The Essentials have offered a bigger insight into in their forthcoming full-length with a five track sampler. Primarily a promotional tool to awaken media attention, all we can say is if the five tracks within its walls are an indication of the album to come, the band has a sure-fire success on their hands with Spare Parts for Broken Hearts.

Led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul Menel, an artist who fronted prog rock band IQ from 1985 to 1990 and whose previous solo albums in Carpenter From Nazareth Seeks Joiners and Into Insignificance I Will Pale have met with increasing success and acclaim, the band is proving itself to be one of the bright winds on the British rock scene. The line-up is completed on the Gav Monaghan produced Spare Parts for Broken Hearts by bassist Steve Swift and drummer Tim Churchman but also sees numerous guest appearances including Vix Vox of Fuzzbox who features on the opening song from the sampler, that latest single They Call Her Leaf.

From its initial tingle of melodic guitar the song is perpetual captivation, escalating its potency as the strong vocals of Menel join rich melodies and resonating beats. Shadows come from a tasty, if understated, bassline whilst atmosphere and suggestive expression oozes from every aspect of the aural fascination. There is no escaping a Peter Gabriel essence to the flowing folkish charm and dramatic colourful of the song it has to be said, but it is a hue only adding to the refreshing imagination and originality flowing freely around and in the vocal roar of Menel. With the siren tones of Vox equally entrancing within the richly flavoured fusion of progressive and classic rock, The track is a master of ears, and just as powerful and irresistible after a torrent of plays as it was first time around.

The second song on the sampler is Walk In My Shoes, a glow of voice and emotive melodies spread further by harmonies and keys. The song quickly reveals a different shade to the sound and songwriting of Menel and band, its classic elegance and emotive intensity a warm slice of thick balladry. It is a potent and powerful proposition but not one which sparks with personal tastes and that is the only issue it has, just trying to please someone missing an appetite for its kind of temptation.

There is going to be plenty of rock ‘n’ roll diversity across Spare Parts for Broken Hearts going by this early taster too, the third song Strife strong evidence with its glorious post-punk/Bond like hook and steamy blues toned flame of guitar. Equally there is a theatre in the jungle of rhythms and expressive vocals which leave their addictive bait across the fifties/sixties laced rocker, all uniting in a glorious incitement as individual as the rest of the songs and equally riveting.

The title track from Spare Parts for Broken Hearts is another striking tempting on the sampler. Opening on a worldly chorus and also developing a bassline and stirring core as much punk as it is melodic rock, the track soon breaks into a feisty canter enveloped in a tapestry of melodies and varied styles; all the time increasing its virulent persuasion. Strings, brass, and keys serenade as robust rhythms lead the unpredictable and addictive waltz into igniting ears and imagination.

The final early look at the album on this release is Let’s Do It, another Gabriel-esque seduction loaded with a cosmopolitan air and world bred rhythms bred with shamanic hypnotism. There are glimpses of almost every flavour and corner of the globe somewhere within the scintillating party of the song, its title a suggestion you can only embrace and apply to checking out the full Spare Parts for Broken Hearts album when it is soon unveiled.

We will be there and hopefully you too as this sampler more than hints that there is something very special awaiting us.

The single They Call Her Leaf is out now via most online stores.

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Julian Grimm – Hazy

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Grabbing the listener by the scruff of the neck and taking them on a relentless charge of energy fuelled rock ‘n’ roll, the new single from Julian Grimm rousingly whets the appetite for all forthcoming offerings from the artist. Next to come is an EP called Rebirth later this year and it is fair to say that it could not have been given a better flyer than the boisterous roar of Hazy.

The musical journey of Grimm began under the Brazilian shadows of Sao Paulo skyscrapers where his first exploits came in a couple of independent punk bands. Subsequently moving to the UK and London, more punk fuelled adventures followed in a few bands before he formed Snap Out, an outfit releasing the Static and Dino Diner EPs and who played across a host of venues such as the O2 Academy and Monarch. After this things colluded to push Grimm “away into his own darkness”, the band coming to an end because of it and the man using “his time incarcerated in the shadows to rebuild himself.” Now music has had a ‘rebirth’ within him with Hazy the first, if it is a sign of things to come, stirring anthem to hit ears and emotions.

The single is, according to Grimm “about a girl that inhabits both my dreams and my nightmares. I can never be sure who she is and what she wants to do with me, but I can’t help to be incredibly attracted to her. It’s a song about raw instinctive feelings, love and hate.” It is also a proposition which takes an inventively building breath before launching into a foot to the floor, adrenaline fuelled charge with scything rhythms, crunchy riffs, and snarling attitude, but equally exudes rich melodic warmth and contagious virulence throughout which leaves the body breathless and hunger for more, greedy.

Part punk, part alternative rock, and part power pop, to slim down all its flavours, Hazy also has a familiarity which only works in its favour and a passion that cannot fail to transfer to the listener. Simply it is rock ‘n’ roll to get highly enthused over and a potent hook for the upcoming Rebirth EP where more of the same would do very nicely please.

Hazy is out now via iTunes and other online stores.

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Ferocious Dog – Slow Motion Suicide

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There is no denying that Ferocious Dog is known for breeding a snarl in their traditional Celtic folk inspired rock which lives up to the band name but if you need further proof then go grab the band’s new single Slow Motion Suicide. Taken from the bands new and second album From Without, the single is simply a stirring proposal of lyrical and musical incitement, a “working class hero’s anthem’ as punk as it is melodically tempting.

Consisting of vocalist/acoustic guitarist Ken Bonsall, fiddler Dan Booth, lead guitarist Les Carter (from Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine), bassist John Alexander, drummer Scott Walters, and mandolin/banjo player Ellis Waring, Ferocious Dog come off a successful Glastonbury appearance with their new pair of releases, a performance at the festival on the Avalon Stage pulling the third biggest crowd of the whole weekend. The unveiling of the single and album are to be followed by a country wide UK tour ensuring the rest of the year is definitely going to belong to the rock ‘n’ roll hounds.

Guitars open up the lures within Slow Motion Suicide; their raw punkish air quickly joined by the potent vocals of Bonsall and in turn the prowling and eager rhythms of bass and drums. The rest of the band is soon in collusion as the song brews Irish familiarity and bracing intensity of emotive and creative drama. There is no escaping a Flogging Molly essence to the song, a welcome hue at any time, or the street punk breath which lines its honest and straight edged core, but fair to say it is the poetic persuasion of the fiddle, strings, and voice which taps into the imagination most engagingly, as they share the track’s heart for aural fascination.

Taking a look at the band’s album is our next intent; we suggest you do too after enjoying the intimate roar of Slow Motion Suicide; maybe add a show to your end of year treats too?

Slow Motion Suicide is out now.

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Sun Arcana – Oblique

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A new name but with a sound which has been brewed over the past few years, Sun Arcana offer up their new single Oblique for another mesmeric persuasion by this emerging band. You may know them better as Looking For Liam but with seemingly a new moniker and shift of sound, rather than a whole new project around the songwriting of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Tom Harper-Ward, Sun Arcana provide new evidence of the growing temptation in their individual and diverse alternative rock sound with their latest single.

Formed in 2009 by Harper-Ward, the Essex hailing project soon grew to a trio of young and talented musicians. Quickly they earned a potent reputation for their live shows and craft, gigs around London especially grabbing attention as indeed their debut EP which took them to the notice of BBC Introducing. Subsequent years has only reinforced their emergence, the band now a quartet, and the open imagination in their music as evidenced once again in the Steve Belgrave (The Killers, Jack White, Beady Eye, Katy Perry) mixed Oblique. It is a new creative call to draw fresh ears in, and with the name change, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the band’s journey.

cover_RingMaster ReviewThe single opens with a gentle shimmer of keys, though that is just a breath worth of a slim kiss before thick rhythms and crystalline guitar melodies entangle ears. Their relaxation brings the entrance of the expressive vocals of Harper-Ward amidst a warm yet melancholic ambience, it in turn soon immersed in a headier energy and emotive intensity with matching growth in sound. The song continues to ebb and flow with fluid enterprise and drama from hereon in, every nuance and bolder move potently engaging ears around the increasingly enjoyable vocal tones of Harper-Ward.

Oblique is not a song to leave you breathless or lost in lively ardour, yet it is a mesmeric companion which lingers past its time, suggesting whatever the reason for the changes in the band, it is the beginning of something even stronger and more adventurous with Sun Arcana.

Oblique is available from October 1st

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