Victories at Sea – Everything Forever

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Everything about Everything Forever is noir hued; even its melodic glows and emotive beauty is wrapped in some form of portentous shadowing resulting in something highly mesmeric and provocative. The encounter is the debut album from UK band Victories at Sea, a Birmingham trio already no strangers to an excited buzz and attention around them and their sound, with plenty more sure to surface as Everything Forever seduces over time.

Musically Victories at Sea draw on inspirations ranging from the likes of Mogwai and Factory Floor to Slowdive and The Chameleons, and it is the latter in a fusion with Editors, Felt, and The Slow Readers Club which emerged in personal thoughts as a hint to the flame and suggestiveness of the band’s new release. Written over two years within an abandoned steel works in Digbeth and recorded in the damp basement of an old whistle factory, Everything Forever builds on the character of the bands’ previous EP In Memory Of. That was a release leading to keen support by the likes of NME, The Guardian, Clash Magazine, and XFM’s John Kennedy, something already being echoed in the wake of the new album’s varied and fascinating persuasion.

Artwork_RingMaster Review   Released via Static Caravan Recordings, Everything Forever opens up with Bloom, an apt title as release and sound does openly grow and blossom within the song. Synths offer the initial hug of coaxing, their mix of intense and emotive colours melancholic yet lively and increasingly inviting as they lead ears and appetite into a catchy stroll bound in sonic guitar lures. The mellow vocals only add to the warmth within a more oppressive climate as an eighties hue reminding of bands like Felt and also The Wild Swans adds to the fascinating and swiftly gripping success of the impressive opener.

The rich start continues with Florentine and there is barely a slither of difference to the sheer majesty of the first two tracks; the second, with more of that familiar nostalgic air, flirting from within another flavoursome shuffle of floating keys, harmonic vocals, and spicily melodic enterprise courted by the darker swing of the rhythms. Inescapably infectious, the track shares its attributes with the following Up, it too bridging eras of synth rock and post punk whilst bringing a big smile of infectiousness aired in a whisper of Duran Duran meets Tones On Tail. Keys and guitar entangle throughout, spinning a kaleidoscopic web of sound with minimalistic strands thick in temptation and resourceful imagination. Already the first three songs are rivalling for best track honours and to be honest they continue to chain the choice amongst themselves though many songs attempt to rival them.

The smooth celestial swing of On Your Own is one, its charming canter of sound and vocals a pulsating and contagious radiance on ears and imagination whilst DMC finds the band slip into something far more dystopian in air and suggestion. Its dark heavy climate embraces a blend of cool and warm keys, whilst its industrial spawned instrumental heart alone echoes as much the dark animus the world is in and which inspires some of the band’s lyrical exploration, as any vocalised tracks within Everything Forever.

Poles Apart is initially a low key but still boisterous affair compared to earlier tracks, vocals against skittish percussive tenacity creating a lively canvas from where keys and especially the spicy tonic of the guitars breed emotive imagination and subsequently a growing intensity which soon roars like a fire. It is compelling stuff which continues in the slightly starker but no less riveting seduction of Swim, a slice of again eighties inspired post punk that ignites the imagination as swiftly as hips and emotions. As suggested already, the Victories at Sea sound delves into the deepest shadows and darkest corners of worldly reflections and emotional intimacy yet boy is it easy to dance to, band and music built to get bodies fully involved and heading to the dance-floor.

Future Gold just epitomises that intent and success, its golden sunspot of melodic and harmonic prowess a sultry glow on another landscape crafted to tempt hips and an instinctive motion of the body. Emotionally driven by hope matched by an alluring radiance of sound, the song as so many quickly gets under the skin, leaving a welcome imprint that draws attention back again and again.

The thumping bait and virulence of Into the Fire provides one more rousing waltz of imagination and addictiveness next before album closer Sirens uncages its haunting atmospheric soundscape. The breath and design of the final song lives up to its title with ease, intimidating air and emotionally desolate scenery colluding in a post rock tinged exploration of physical dissonance; it all playing like a reflection of the same invasive discordance now gripping socially and globally. The track is darkly captivating, revealing even richer aspects of the Victories at Sea invention whilst taking the listener to yet another new place within Everything Forever.

It is easy to see why Victories at Sea are a favourite proposition for a great many right now and will be for many, many more now their album, a release not to miss out on, is working its temptation.

Everything Forever is out now via Static Caravan Recordings digitally and on vinyl/CD @ http://victoriesatsea.bigcartel.com/product/everything-forever

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Pete RingMaster 16/11/2015

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Deadly Circus Fire – The Hydra’s Tailor

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Casting a creative and impassioned roar which just gets richer and more compelling with every listen, The Hydra’s Tailor is a majestic beast of an album; a release that invasively seduces and cantankerously snarls. The second album from UK metallers Deadly Circus Fire, it has been the source of much attention and highly enthused praise already, so time we thought to get involved in its acclaimed proposal and fair to say disappointment was not on the agenda.

Fusing persistently unpredictable explorations of progressive metal and rock with just as magnetically carnivorous textures, The Hydra’s Tailor is already no stranger to drawing keen attention, just like the band’s debut album The King and the Bishop which was heartily embraced by fans and media alike. Drawing on inspirations such as Tool, Mastodon, and Deftones, the London based Deadly Circus Fire laid down a fiercely inviting teaser for this their latest emprise of sound and imagination through a couple of eagerly welcomed singles and since their release, they have signed with Musicarchy Media for the release of the crowd-funded, The Hydra’s Tailor as well as share stages with the likes of Crossfaith, Funeral For a Friend, and Bleed From Within across the UK and Europe. Right now they are lighting up European venues supporting Skindred on their Pump Up The Volume tour, just as The Hydra’s Tailor does the same to ears and speakers.

Artwork_RingMaster Review     The album starts with In Darkness We Trust, its keys spawned melancholic air embracing the immediately enticing and impressing voice of Adam Grant. The duet is bewitching, a solemn yet magnetic coaxing into the heart of the album and second track Animal. Riffs instantly begin prowling ears as it opens up predatory scenery, vocals again a potent enticement as the firm swings of drummer Paul Igoe resonate and the guitar of Save Addario spins expressive sonic enterprise around the still ravenous riffery. Grant again strikes with compelling vocals, his presence backed as resourcefully and potently by the tones of Mike Enort, whose basslines are no slouch when it comes to casting dark temptation either. Whereas the opener was a minimalistic treat its successor shows the shape of things to come with its unpredictable and seamlessly diverse landscape, it also a triumph in its own right.

The following Where It Lies expands from an acoustic flirtation into another mesh of wiry guitar tendrils and emotive flames, ebbing and flowing in aggression and intensity but relentlessly seducing in charm and adventure. As vocal craft and imagination shadows every step made by the ideation building the track, a scent of bands like Circles and Palms lay upon the fascinating encounter, Karnivool too in the song’s mellower moments but all spices to something already showing Deadly Circus Fire uniqueness.

Victim is another entering with an antagonistic glint in its creative eye, rhythms and riffs aligning their rapacious natures as Metallica-esque grooves line the emerging tempest. This time there is a whisper of bands like Bloodsimple and Lamb of God to another song which needs little prompting to evolve into new pastures of tenacious ideation and compelling craft, subsequently an air of Porcupine Tree and Tool just as suggestive across the outstanding incitement.

Another pinnacle comes with the stunning blaze of Devil’s Opera, a track as infectiously catchy as it is mouth-wateringly involved. It takes ears, emotions, and the imagination on a heady ride of united enterprise and individual exploration, a flight which twists and turns with an inventive turbulence that only ignites the appetite to greedier intent towards album and band. It is a forceful yet respectful invasion of the senses continued in Rise Again, it too aligning riffs and rhythmic rabidity with a fire of sonic invention and emotion driven melodic expression guided by the superb voice and delivery of Grant.

The brief instrumental tempting of Martyrs provides a relaxation for the senses next and a new spark for the imagination to play with before the exceptional House of Plagues groans and grinds ears with guitar endeavour around an enjoyably volatile blend of vocals. That bestial intent continues as melodies catch flame and rhythms jab with the stealth of a predator, all contrasts uniting in a scintillating emprise of emotive and provocative ingenuity, one that gets more ravenous and thrilling over each passing minute. Amongst so many within The Hydra’s Tailor that linger and relentlessly lure constant attention, as the album itself, the track is pure addictiveness as it takes best track honours.

Through the bold air and wonderfully fluid and varied tapestry of Aeden and the climatic atmosphere and soundscape of the album’s title track, The Hydra’s Tailor continues to enthral and tempt lustful reactions, its namesake another especially mesmeric blaze of dexterous songwriting and skills matched in sound. Both songs add thick layers to the epic nature of the album with the next up Turning the Tide equally as mighty with its agitated rhythms and sonic swirl of discontent. Equally within its stormy nature though, melodies brew, calm emerges, and bewitching harmonies entice to engross and excite before the turmoil returns in similarly exhilarating style.

The album is closed by the celestially lit, intensively aired Universe; a song which soars and bullies its way into ears and the psyche whilst leaving a great resonance and glow from its respective merger of harsh and tempestuous textures with absorbing beauty. The song is just masterful, repeating the major success cast before it across The Hydra’s Tailor with its own impressing adventure.

The good things heard and read about Deadly Circus Fire barely do the band justice, and now having been infected by The Hydra’s Tailor it feels safe to say if there are those yet to feel the power and prowess of the band the chance of finding reactions breeding the same kind of enthusiasm as us here, is high. There is only one way to find out of course and that is one of the heartiest recommendations made at The RR this year, go explore.

The Hydra’s Tailor is out now via Musicarchy Media @ https://www.musicarchymedia.com/project/the-hydras-tailor/

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Pete RingMaster 17/11/2015

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Blind Cows – Stan/Your Enemy

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With there being little we can tell you about the band in background, Italian rockers Blind Cows make a potent introduction to themselves with new double A-sided single Stan/Your Enemy. If it is their debut release or not, again we cannot say, but certainly recommending the checking out of their new release and the band’s fiery, grunge inspired sound is something easy to suggest.

Formed in 2010, the Foggia hailing band began with vocalist Giuseppe Barbone and guitarist Domenico Fioredda, subsequently becoming a quartet as they hit the live scene, before eventually settling on the current line-up of bassist Andrea Pontone and drummer Nico Micaletti alongside Barbone and Fioredda. Inspirations come from grunge and the likes of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, and there the background dries up. Right now though their music tells you all you need to know about Blind Cows, and of course that is always the prime factor in liking a band or not; and brewing a very healthy interest in the foursome is the likeliest outcome such the new single’s impact.

artwork_RingMaster Review     It is not a roar to stop you in your tracks but certainly one that boldly turns up and strongly nudges attention, and as found here, a swiftly keen appetite its way too. First track Stan, which comes with a just as alluring video, opens on a winey web of guitar tempting as rhythms robustly line it’s sonic coaxing. The strong and expressive tones of Barbone, backed strongly by Pontone, soon have ears just as fully engaged, his voice as the song’s sound, carrying an open air of familiarity to create a presence lying somewhere between Gruntruck, The Cars, and Joe Jackson. Increasingly it blossoms an invasive flirtation of keys and creative drama with a virulently infectiousness in tow which makes easy work of exciting ears and an ardour. It is arguably not a song offering real surprises but with plenty of imagination soaked flavours it is a thorough, inescapable enjoyment.

The accompanying Your Enemy veers more to the Soundgarden side of inspirations, but as it emerges from a sky of sonic pulses on a tendril of melodic expression with a harmonica aligning to the potent lure of guitar, the track soon casts its own character. Shadow wrapped and emotionally haunted, with Barbone again impressing with his dusky tones, the song’s intensity soon becomes increasingly fiery, a Queens Of The Stone Age breath blowing through the provocative blend of throaty bass, stalking guitar, and relentlessly jabbing beats. More of a grower than its counterpart, the song is soon an incendiary incitement drawing the same depth of reaction and satisfaction its way.

As the first track, Your Enemy wears recognisable clothes in the making up of its own outfit of sound, and like Stan whips up a great intrigue and want to know more about Blind Cows, an outcome easy to see a great many others experiencing from this single alone. With an album planned next June, 2016 has the potential of being a big and breakthrough year for Blind Cows, definitely if their single is a taster of things to come.

Stan/Your Enemy is out now via Musicarchy Media @ https://www.musicarchymedia.com/project/stan/

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Pete RingMaster 17/11/2015

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Old House Playground – 21st Century Glory

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Having already seduced 2015 with their dark blues honed rock ‘n’ roll courtesy of The Great Escape EP, UK homed Old House Playground do it again with their new single 21st Century Glory. Continuing the compelling and fiercely alluring sound of their last release, the Manchester based trio take ears and imagination into another shadow built and gothic aired adventure, a creative escapade as seeded in “the songwriting culture of traditional Greek folk music” as it is the noir spawned recesses of modern blues rock. The result is a pair of songs which bewitch and inspire, and a single sure to add pressure on the richest spotlights to wake up to the impressive band.

Athens bred, Old House Playground relocated to Manchester in 2009, to “experiment with new musical paths and forms of expression.” Consisting then of vocalist/guitarist Tryfon Lazos, drummer Andreas Venetantes, and bassist Conor Loughran, the band drew on inspirations from the likes of Tom Waits, Django Reinhardt, Nick Cave as well as Greek artists Psarantonis and Marcos Vamvakaris as their sound’s character and voice evolved. After the departure of Loughran, the remaining pair recorded debut album God Damn That Gold with producer/musician Chris Evans, its release coming in 2013 through Evening Economies/Fat Bob Records. Well received and praised, the full-length led to a collaboration with Durutti Column, that leading to Lazos singing onstage alongside Vini Reilly. The addition of bassist Jago Furnas was made in 2014, with the threesome going on to record, and earlier this year release, The Great Escape.

21st Century Glory Artwork_RingMaster Review   Now it is the turn of 21st Century Glory to whip up ears and appetites, a success quickly in motion as the track opens with flames of brass upon strolling rhythms and fiery guitar coaxing. The distinctive tones of Lazos are soon adding to the temptation as the song itself entwines strands of blues and jazz into its emerging sultry swing within an imagination driven intent. As with their previous release, strong hints of artists like Tom Waits, Nick Cave, and The Doors collude with the scent of others like Eighties B-Line Train Disaster and Bernaccia, yet what emerges is a mischievous proposal that stands alone as an Old House Playground incitement. The virulent nature of the song continues to enslave, even as the guitar at times creates a fuzzy sizzle of persuasion; that underlying catchiness perpetual and inescapable bait throughout.

The song is bewitching; a lively shuffle of gothic intrigue and tenacious sultriness, matched in kind by the accompanying Love And Other Demons. A slower rockabilly coloured saunter, the song courts ears and imagination with the guile of The Stray Cats and the tangy noir scent of Chris Isaak, whispers of Gene Vincent and Harry Connick, Jr. also lighting its presence as it swaggers along with poise and charm. As restrained as it is in comparison to its companion, there is zeal to its persuasion and presence which seems to know it is something special as it infests the psyche.

Like a great many, Old House Playground is proving to be a band we cannot get enough of, so if you have yet to be infected by their majestic dark alchemy, we suggest 21st Century Glory is the perfect way to be first bitten by them.

21st Century Glory is out now via Horus Music.

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Pete RingMaster 17/11/2015

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Everybody Looks Famous – Fiction

ELF_RingMaster Review

Last year British pop rock quintet Everybody Looks Famous sparked attention and a keen appetite for their vibrant and catchy sound with the Earth EP. It was an offering of accomplished and increasingly pleasing sounds; a release which might not have set ears ablaze but revealed a real sense of promise suggesting bigger and bolder things ahead. Now the band return with new single Fiction, a track which has seen the band in the time between releases realise some of that potential in songwriting and music to create their most striking and potent offering yet. Fair to say it is maybe still not quite the game changer for the band but they are certainly and enjoyably heading in the right direction.

artworks-_RingMaster Review   Hailing from Tamworth Everybody Looks Famous emerged in 2010 and soon made a potent impression live and subsequently through their first EP, I Break My Own Rules with its release two years later. 2013 debut album Fuel To Fire was even more effective in raising support and fans to the quintet’s sound, as too their live exploits which has seen them share stages with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Royal Republic, Scouting For Girls, and Canterbury over time. The Earth EP was another potent step forward but there is a sense of a new creative chapter being opened by Fiction.

The single opens on an inviting canter of choppy riffs, the bass equally as magnetic in its darker stroll framed by jabbing beats. Quickly there is catchiness at work but also a more organic and unfussy air compared to the previously energetic but more expectations feeding sound of earlier songs. This raw approach brings a distinct tone though, not originality worrying as such but certainly breeding a fresh character and impact that continues as the melodic prowess of vocalist Lex joins the increasingly persuasive affair.

Already having proven themselves more than capable of writing infection loaded temptations, it is no surprise that the song rustles up a catchy tenacity that sparks the appetite and retains its potency as it becomes entwined by the inventive twists moulding the song. From the ska kissed bass to the resourceful rhythms and climatic air of the guitars, Fiction continues to blossom, growing into a thoroughly captivating slice of pop rock.

There is still some way to go before Everybody Looks Famous find their real uniqueness but Fiction offers evidence that the band is on the march to it whilst stepping further away from the crowd with each release. We look forward to their next step of progress with a real sense of anticipation.

Fiction is out now via Go Faster Records.

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23rd – Manchester Factory

24th – Newcastle Think Tank

25th – London The Garage

26th – Basingstoke Sanctuary

27th – Cheltenham The 2 Pigs

28th – Cardiff Undertone

29th – Birmingham The Rainbow

30th – Glasgow G2

Pete RingMaster 16/11/2015

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The Klik – Find My Way

The Klik_RingMaster Review

The Klik sounds like it should be the name of some indie pop band, even a bland boy band, but it is thankfully the moniker of a rather fine rock band from Essex in the UK. Creating a vibrant and transfixing fusion of rap, hip hop, and melodic rock, the sextet of Toggz (rapper/ vocals), Cobez (rapper/ vocals), Ellis (vocals), Ross (guitar), Rob (drums), and Nat (bass) are releasing their new single Find My Way early December. It is a masterful temptation that twists and seduces with craft and enterprise, creating a weave of flavours and textures that quickly dance with the imagination whilst just as swiftly exciting the body.

The Klik cover_RingMaster Review   Approaching three years as a band this coming January, The Klik released their debut EP Stress Levels mid-2014, a three track encounter awakening new appetites beyond their local scene to their captivatingly imaginative sound. With Find My Way now ringing in our ears, expectations are that the band’s upcoming single with stoke up a more national spotlight and hunger for their creative adventure. Its sound lays somewhere between Great Imitation and Lazy Habits but with its own character the prime temptation, and on the evidence of its lively persuasion alone, thoughts are that The Klik are ready to entice far bigger spotlights.

From an opening caress of voice and guitar, the song has ears enticed with full attention just as swift. As the song opens up into a swinging stroll, dark throaty bass lures collude with melodic expression from the guitars. Blossoming in strength and attraction through the impressive mix of vocals across its three frontmen alone, the track is an infection of striking textures courted by tenacious tones and enterprise. Rhythms flirt and melodies entice throughout; each as perpetually engaging as the vocals, whilst a subsequent essence of By The Rivers adds a little something more to the seriously tantalising mix

As suggested, the new single has the potential of breaking The Klik into a broader and hungrier spotlight, attention easy to suggest Find My Way more than deserves.

Find My Way will be released on December 7th via Myrmidon Records with pre-ordering available @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/find-my-way-single/id1056677080

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Pete RingMaster 17/11/2015

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