Ex Norwegian – Pure Gold

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There is always a sense of anticipation and indeed excitement when faced with a new release from US band Ex Norwegian, but in approaching their new album Pure Gold, there was a heavier sense of intrigue involved too. It was the first encounter since the serious illness which band founder Roger Houdaille suffered, the proceeds from the album going towards the emergency hospital bills incurred, and brings a collection of re-interpretations of tracks by other artists alongside original compositions from a new line-up to that which created the acclaimed and outstanding Wasted Lines album of 2014. So there was a wondering if the release was merely a filler in the future of the band but fair to say and straight away ears and imagination were alive whilst being immersed in the recognisable but ever unpredictable Ex Norwegian pop/indie rock sound, and the diversity of flavour that breeds to show it was anything but.

The creative union of Houdaille (vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion), Giuseppe Rodriguez (vocals, bass, moog), Lucas Queiroz (vocals, guitars), Fernando Perdomo (drums, slide guitar), and Michelle Grand (vocals), with occasional guest organ prowess from Chris Price, tempt and grip ears straight away with album opener It’s A Game. A String Driven Thing song arguably made more famous by The Bay City Rollers, it quickly has feet in an eager shuffle and appetite licking lips with its catchy pop rock stroll. Ex Norwegian cast a vibrant energy to the song without losing its folkish charm whilst the great blend of vocals between Houdaille and Grand is almost flirtatious in its persuasion. There is also an Abba-esque hue to the great start to the release, though the fade-out is a touch annoying just to be picky.

Asking Too Much steps forward next and just as easily has attention enthralled with its melodic caresses and infectious persuasion as a healthy scent of Kirsty MacColl like folk pop flavours it. As the first, the song has a simplicity which is as inviting and enjoyable as the nuances and melodic enterprise the band inject into its design, the result another lively excuse to romp; a similar invitation given again by the feisty rock infused Beeside, a Tintern Abbey song. Sultry air and fuzzy breath soaks the song to great effect, whilst its psych rock character becomes increasingly compelling with each passing second and smouldering melody.

Already it is fair to say highlights are the order of the day so far, another provided straight away by the band’s impressive cover of the Melanie song Cyclone. Providing an inflamed melodic roar led by the superb tones of Grand, her harmonic expressive serenading ears as potently as the fiery side to her great voice, the track swiftly gets under the skin. It’s successor, the boisterous and show stealer On The Sidelines, is a match in such invasive potency, it playing like a feisty Martha and the Muffins but creating its own unique personality with every swinging rhythms, melodic temptation, and gripping hook. For us every Ex Norwegian album seems to have one song which especially hits the sweet spot, On The Sidelines that irresistible offering within Pure Gold.

A new wave essence fuels the following Other Half, a touch of Graham Parker to the song lighting up ears with a nostalgic bluesy air whilst the Paul McCartney track Keep Under Cover is given a virulent tonic of adventurous infectiousness and quite simply a tenacious fresh breath. Both tracks again leave body and emotions smiling and greedy for more, the album’s title track eager to satisfy with its mix of dark funky basslines, surf harmonies, and romancing melodic seduction. There is a less dramatic feel to the song compared to other tracks but with keys an emotive haze around the contagious lure of the bass and the lacing of spicy blues guitar, it is a robustly catchy proposal very easy to get fully involved with.

A fine take on the Jimmy Campbell song Close My Case And Move On comes next, Ex Norwegian accentuating its emotive heart and intimacy with a sturdier frame and tangy country rock colouring. A fascinating canter of a song with an element of pleasing discord to its nature too, it is maybe not as immediately impacting in comparison to the more boisterous approaches of other tracks within the album, but it matches all in persuasion before Shadow Ships and a version of Tell Me Your Plans by The Shirts brings things to an enjoyable close. The first of the pair merges Americana with sixties pop vibrancy, creating a richly satisfying if not fevered incitement; Tell Me Your Plans providing that with its again sixties hued interpretation of a great power pop offering.

From start to finish Pure Gold is a thoroughly engaging and highly enjoyable romp. It might not quite match the triumphant majesty of the band’s last album yet it is a different kind of proposition. For pleasure though, it is a rivalling success and reason enough to suggest Ex Norwegian is one of our brightest pop rock bands.

Pure Gold is released December 11th via Dippy Records @ http://shop.exnorwegian.com/album/pure-gold

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Pete RingMaster 02/12/2015

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Mouth of Ghosts – Falling Down/Somebody Like You

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It has been two years since UK alternative rock band Mouth of Ghosts unveiled something new to captivate ears and ignite the imagination, but a time seeing the band grow creatively richer and bolder in sound and invention. Equally the already potent temptation in their songs has been honed into a thicker seduction; the evidence is all there in the London based band’s new single. Already this decade Mouth of Ghosts has given ardour an outlet through one of the decade’s best singles in the shape of When The Sun Sets, now they stoke the fire again with a pair of riveting gems, with as potent accompanying videos, in Falling Down and Somebody Like You.

The beginning of Mouth of Ghosts goes back to 2011, guitarist Simon Langford and bassist Marco Italia starting the project with vocalist Alla Seydalieva joining the pair soon after. With their band name taken from a Dillinger Escape Plan song, Mouth of Ghosts quickly whipped up ears and attention with debut EP When The Sun Sets in 2012, its title track as previously mentioned, the bewitching lead into a fascinating merger of romantic melodies, atmospheric textures, and a theatre of expression. The following year its successor, the You Will Go Again From Me EP confirmed the impressive emergence and potential of the band, luring a wealth of new fans and media attention in turn. Now it is the double A-sided single doing the inescapable tempting with real prospect of the trio, Langford, bassist Polyannidis, and drummer Phil Page stepping into the broadest, greediest spotlight.

Falling Down instantly kisses ears with melodic romanticism blessed with warm ambience and the stunning vocal lure of guest singer Elisa Zoot from Black Casino and The Ghost. The recognisable creative hue of Mouth of Ghosts is right there seducing the senses and appetite from the start but already there is a more dynamic energy to the structure of the song and its drama loaded textures. Keys court thoughts and emotions as rhythms build a shadowy landscape over which a sonic and vocal expression glides with infectious charm. A Portishead meets Jingo like air comes with the uniqueness of the song but also a less pronounced but spicy essence which reminds of The Capsules also warms the imagination. The song is aural seduction, a spellbinding slightly tempestuous hug filled with inventive drama, vocal beauty, and enthralling magnificence.

Somebody Like You is a different kind of temptation, a song again fuelled by the distinctive Mouth of Ghosts craft and imaginative colour but exploring a noir lit landscape with more than a hint of Bond inspired cinema to it. The song, as Zoot’s vocals, flow seductively but every element from the slow paced rhythms to the immersive croon are lined with a dark tint of shadowed emotion amidst a similarly smoky ambience. The track, as its predecessor, is pure magnetism; a compelling event in its own right that takes the listener into a world of dramatic aural alchemy.

Mouth of Ghosts has returned better than ever with two songs sure to linger in hearts and push the band to deserving new heights.

Falling Down/Somebody Like You is out now and available for download http://www.themouthofghosts.com/

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Pete RingMaster 01/12/2015

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Go Primitive – 100 Ways EP

Pic MARIANNE HARRIS

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If you are looking for a slice of rousing alternative rock then taking a punt on the new Go Primitive EP would definitely be a good move. Featuring five tracks which seriously stir ears and appetite alike, the release is a sparkling offering from a UK band heading towards strong attention. Admittedly the 100 Ways EP employs many recognisable flavours within its tapestry of creative contagion, but what it lacks in major surprises it heavily makes up for in fresh adventure and creative tenacity.

Hailing from Rugby in Warwickshire, Go Primitive has been making a potent name for themselves locally and further afield, luring in an increasing horde of fans and media attention. Live the quartet of guitarists/vocalists Tomm E Williams and Adam White, bassist Dan Teale, and drummer Ben Goodwin has earned a reputation for adrenaline fuelled live performances, sharing stages with the likes of Mallory Knox, We Are The Ocean, The Subways, Lonely The Brave, Hawthorne Heights, and Yashin along the way. Now they are set to provoke national spotlights and support with the Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses) produced 100 Ways, a success easy to see being within its highly enjoyable persuasion.

It opens up with Breathe In, Bleed Out Go and instantly fires up ears and imagination with a rousing vocal roar against firm beats and the inflamed tempting of guitars. It is a relatively restrained but rich start quickly working on thoughts and emotions, expanding its potency as fiery melodies collude with shadowy rhythms within the persistently provocative vocal cry. References have already been made to bands such as Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox, and Don Broco when talking about Go Primitive, suggestions easy to understand from the opener alone.

100_Ways_RingMaster Review   Its impressive presence is soon eclipsed by the excellent In A Band, a slice of rugged pop rock with a host of addictive hooks and tenacious enterprise around the excellent vocal union of Williams and White. The track is pure temptation; every lick of a riff, swing of a beat, and dance of a syllable virulent incitement impossible to avoid getting physically involved in let alone ignore.

The Sun Will Rise takes over next, its more fiery textures and sonic tone also a swift invitation with inescapable bait laid down by the anthemic craft and jabs of Goodwin. The bass of Teale is a darker coaxing too, it’s throaty prowl less intrusive but just as magnetic in the captivating emotive croon of the track. With a great tempestuousness to its air and touch, the song carries a volatile edge which hints at more than it realises but adds tension and attitude to the stormy music surrounding the excellent vocals.

The EP’s most virulent moment comes in the niggling hook of Save Your Self, it initiating the quickly blossoming slice of sinew crafted and melodically spicy rock ‘n’ roll. The track is another highly persuasive and anthemic stomp tempting feet and emotions with a web of nagging grooves and spidery sonic imagination, perpetually veined by an infection of rhythms and repetitious invention not forgetting that gripping first enticement.

Coming to a more than solid close with the highly flavoursome and emotively honed What You Pay For, an initial seeding of creative prowess which blossoms to greater and more riveting success with every listen, 100 Ways is a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting introduction to Go Primitive. It is hard not to imagine, as the band grows and evolves a more unique sound, that they will further come into their own and truly stand out on the crowded alternative rock landscape. More of the same next time would go down rather well too though.

The 100 Ways EP is out now @ http://goprimitive.bigcartel.com/product/100-ways-e-p

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The Red Fuze – Bazooka Circus EP

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There is an air of rebellion to the sound of Swedish rockers The Red Fuze, a devilry which gives their songs a great unruly and feisty character as shown by new EP Bazooka Circus. The release is a handful of fiery garage rock/blues bred tracks bursting with the passion of the sixties /seventies and the tenacious hunger and enterprise of the now. It is a slab of boisterous rock ‘n’ roll easily stirring the body and emotions, an incitement lying somewhere between White Stripes and In The Whale leaving an intrigue and want for more.

The Red Fuze is the creative partnership of vocalist Randy Wild and guitarist/producer Raimond Raio Geezer, a duo from opposite ends of Sweden who met through an online Bandfinder page. Once connecting, the pair began writing and recording music via email, text message, and phone calls; not physically meeting until the release of their self-titled debut EP last year. As suggested, musically they have nurtured a sound seeded in blues and garage rock but are many other essences from psychedelic rock to more punk inspired hues which are just as potent. It is an attention grabbing potion now lighting up second EP Bazooka Circus to fine effect.

Bazooka Circus EP-Cover2_RingMaster Review   The EP opens with its title track, Bazooka Circus swinging in on a surf rock blossomed sonic enterprise aligned to a similarly woven repetitious groove. It is a seriously enticing entrance increasingly in temptation as Wild’s vocals ride the tendrils of tantalising sound like a sideshow barker, he backed by restrained but anthemic rhythms and wrapped in the sublimely quirky wash of captivating keys and guitar.

By its end ears are hooked, appetite sparked, and the imagination waiting to be treated again, Dance Now quickly obliging with its spicy weave of guitar amidst mesmeric keys, both speared by jabbing beats. Wild’s vocals have a mellower tone compared to the first song, but with a great raw edge which growls perfectly against the smoother persuasion of keys and melodies. As soon realised, every track from The Red Fuze has volatility to it, an incendiary spark which is always near the surface and often breaking its skin to blaze and add even richer tempting for ears to bask in.

Black Mustang unveils a stirring web of tangy grooves and fuzz filtered guitar next, the track romping around with fifties rock ‘n’ roll breeding and a noise/indie rock imagination which is not that far removed from a Pixies or a Thee Exciters. There is wildness to its nature and rowdy rock ‘n’ roll intent to its heart which inspires the throwing off of the shackles of inhibition and get involved, an offer impossible to refuse again when made by Kitchen of Love. The fourth track is a funk infested, blues scented stomp with swinging rhythms and saucy sonic tempting, both working away on feet and hips with swift success. As with Dance Now, there is a fiercely infectious quality to the song, a rich enticement seizing body and emotions with consummate ease.

The EP is closed by Blue Girl, another scuzz kissed lure of captivating and bluesy invention which seems to know just what ears and emotions need to have a good time. It is a thoroughly pleasing flame of sound to end a great release, and though admittedly the Bazooka Circus EP is not necessarily showering the listener with major originality there is plenty about it that is truly fresh and distinct to the band, and a whole which that leaves pleasure the overriding reaction.

The Bazooka Circus EP is out now @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bazooka-circus-ep/id1045505131

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Eujenics – Kalashnikov

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With their debut single Meniscus, UK alternative rock band Eujenics announced themselves as a potential fuelled and seriously striking proposition. It was a song bulging with emotive textures within a pungent atmosphere of provocative craft and fiery imagination; an impressive incitement breeding intrigue and an eager appetite for more. Its successor Kalashnikov has now been unleashed to confirm all thoughts and suggestions arisen about the band whilst uncovering another aspect to their increasingly gripping sound.

Hailing from Sunderland, the quartet consists of vocalist Nic Wood, guitarist Chris Hanna, bassist David Scott, and drummer Adam Hay. Since forming earlier this year, Eujenics has of course made their introduction through the September released single Meniscus and backed it up with shows at the O2 Academy and Bannerman’s, with another on the immediate horizon at Trillians. The last track’s success also saw it being featured on Nick Robert’s BBC Radio Newcastle show and listed as Amazing Radio’s track of the week, a reaction easy to Kalashnikov initially emulating before pushing things on again.

The new single opens on a delicious earthy and predatory bassline from Scott, the beats of Hay soon in tandem with a similar stalking to their presence. In no time the song is ablaze with a wall of stoner-esque, rapaciously heavy enterprise from Hanna, a melodic suggestiveness also swiftly springing from his endeavour as the enticingly volatile delivery of Wood completes the arousing incitement on ears and emotions. As with the last single, there is a raw scent of Manic Street Preachers to the encounter, and the emotive tenacity of Mind Museum, though the track is a far more dynamic and explosively tempestuous encounter which suggests possible inspiration from a Therapy? or Reuben.

The track continues to be a fire of physical and emotional angst, skilfully crafted and layered to make a thick impact from start to finish. Eujenics again impresses as they build another almost tsunami like roar of creative drama and persuasion within Kalashnikov. The band is currently working on their first EP scheduled for release March 2016, anticipation of which is now inflamed thanks to Kalashnikov as well as its previous fellow protagonist.

Kalashnikov is out now and available as a free download @ https://soundcloud.com/eujenics

Upcoming live show: Trillians, Newcastle December 15th 2015

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Pete RingMaster 01/12/2015

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