Ginger Wildheart – The Year Of The Fanclub

 

Photo taken by Paul Harries

Photo taken by Paul Harries

Starting out as his latest and the most interactive fan-funded project, new album The Year Of The Fanclub is the outstanding ‘highlights show’ of another highly successful Ginger Wildheart offering for fans and modern rock ‘n’ roll. Always looking to increase and extend “fan connectivity”, Wildheart created G*A*S*S (Ginger Associated Secret Society) in 2014, a digital subscription based fan club platform that saw a new 3 track single released every month for a year, along with demos and previously unreleased material direct from his personal vaults for members to immerse in. Beyond the music it also gave subscribers full access into the world of Ginger Wildheart through podcasts, Q&A’s, personal diary entries, film reviews and exclusive merchandise options. Now for all, comes the irresistible tempting of The Year Of The Fanclub, a collection of Wildheart’s personally favourite tracks from the 36 song session.

The proudly diverse and rousing treat starts off with Down The Dip, a boisterous maelstrom of energy and varied eagerly entangling flavours. Like The Damned meets The Beatles with understandably The Wildhearts in on the act, the song throws its muscles and hooks around with imaginative zeal and virulence. Body and appetite are an easy submission for the track, a success just as powerfully found by Honour straight after. Featuring Courtney Love, the punk ‘n’ roll stroll instantly carries a defiant swagger whilst sharing a passions enslaving hook to get aggressively greedy over, quickly matching then eclipsing its impressive predecessor.

El Mundo (Slow Fatigue) is a carnival in the ears next, swinging into view with thick resonance and a mischievous character as company to a flowing contagion of sound and resourcefulness. There is also a dark side to its lures, an intimidating smog that erupts as the track’s volatility gets a head of steam on in certain moments before relaxing back into warm revelry.

art _RingMaster ReviewThe country rock spiced The Last Day Of Summer has feet and hips swaying with eagerness straight after, the pop rock catchiness already glimpsed in earlier songs now in full vibrancy with matching melodies and backing vocals before the outstanding Only Henry Rollins Can Save Us Now hits even greater heights. Feverish dirty rock ‘n’ roll to have you grinning whilst punching the air in defiance, the track twists and turns from start to finish. It is a roller coaster of snarling riffs and juicy hooks embracing everything from punk metal to ravenous hard rock through to jazz induced festivity and much more.

The Green Day/Flogging Molly like canter of The Pendine Incident has body and soul bouncing next, its Celtic air aural manna whilst Do You? whips up closely matching reactions with its eighties scented pop rock saunter equipped with engaging melodies and harmonic caresses. Each proposition leaves ears busily keen with the feet and imagination tightly involved, though they soon get overshadowed a touch by the inviting yet melancholic romance of If You Find Yourself In London Town where fizzing keys and vocal prowess respectively surround and fill the embrace of acoustic and electric enterprise as evocative as the words from Wildheart’s lips.

The magnetic saunter of Toxins & Tea is an increasingly galvanic slice of folkish pop rock which perpetually surprises with every passing second and turn. Imagine XTC going heavy rock without losing their melodic beauty and imagination and you have a close idea of one glorious encounter.

That eighties air returns openly again in No One Smiled At Me Today, the song bringing bands like The Cars and The Motors to thoughts before Ostracide uncages its punk fuelled rock ‘n’ roll which ears are destined to devour with relish. Both tracks in their individual ways ensnare body and emotions though each has to pass the limelight over to the irrepressible majesty of closer Don’t Lose Your Tail, Girl. That unpredictability is in full force in a song which fluidly evolves from melodic rock to electro pop mania and on to industrial rabidity, alternative rock with techno infestation, and punk ‘n’ roll confrontation, and that is just the first half of its nine minutes. Like a lifetime of musical styles tenaciously rolled up into one skilfully bedlamic and ingeniously sculpted emprise of sound, the track is a kaleidoscope of flavours which could easily have been the soundtrack to one’s personal musical journey over the past five decades.

As musically enjoyable and impressive as The Year Of The Fanclub is, so lyrically Wildheart delivers a potent and lingering punch to eagerly embrace too. The album is simply a gem and Ginger Wildheart showing why for so many, the man is rock ‘n’ roll.

Year Of The Fanclub is available now through most online stores via Round Records.

The G*A*S*S club is still available to join at http://g-a-s-s.co

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Pete RingMaster 17/02/2016

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Maybe We’re Dead Already – On The Way Down

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Recent single Shrapnel alerted us, like for so many others, to the raw and explosive potential of Scottish rockers Maybe We’re Dead Already. It was a potent teaser for the band’s latest EP, On The Way Down, a powerful invitation to go exploring what proves to be an impressively rousing incitement.

Formed in 2013 by guitarist Matthew Sharp and bassist Steven Bowie, the Glasgow hailing band took little time in making their mark on the Scottish live rock scene. With a line-up completed by drummer Cree Hoggan and guitarist/vocalist Paul Morton, Maybe We’re Dead Already take inspirations from the likes of Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Truck Fighters, Led Zeppelin, and Queens of the Stone Age into their own attention catching sound as evidenced by their previous self-titled first demo EP. Now with that aforementioned single leading the way, the band has sparked a new strength of focus their way with the release of On The Way Down.

First offering from the EP is Stretched Out and Strained. From its first heavy breath with winding tendrils of sonic rapacity, the song awakens ears and appetite, especially once the aggressively inviting tones of Morton begin to add additional bait to get easily hooked on. A feisty opening slips into a relaxed moment as the vocals emerge but swiftly sparks into a feistier twist of energy and intensity with all contrasts colluding from thereon in as rhythms stalk the senses. To it all, the guitar prowess of Sharp creates a striking sonic web, everything uniting in irritably ballsy hard rock as the song gets the release off to a strong and enjoyable start, though it is soon eclipse by the following incitements.

cover_RingMaster ReviewThe EP’s title track is next, instantly unleashing a fiery tempest of attitude and sound upon the senses. On The Way Down is a predator of a song, prowling with venomous rhythms and riffs as Morton growls with his welcomingly varied delivery. Like a mix of Reapers Riddle and Crashgate, the song is a tempestuous assault leaving pleasure thicker than ever; a success matched by the groove sculpted Lost in Static. As guitars entangle ears in their bluesy toxicity, the vocals lead an anthemic resourcefulness which equally fuels bass, drums, and the track’s sultry flames.

Both tracks show the grouchy charm and infectious ability of Maybe We’re Dead Already to thrilling effect, qualities and more echoed in Shrapnel. From the start rhythms throw muscular temptation as riffs singe the hairs lining ears, their inflamed coaxing enhanced by the throaty drama of Bowie’s bass and the great mix of vocals. It is easy to see why the song was the EP’s lead invitation, its hooks and sultry grooves caked in a contagion of craft and imagination with energy impossible not to find yourself fully involved in.

The Bitter Things We Know soon shows itself a dynamic match with its less imposing but just as virulently catchy and inventive charge. Melodies caress as Cree’s ever gripping beats probe, their combined lure in the more robust and boisterous intensity which develops, never wavering within another pungent rock ‘n’ roll stomp.

Completed by the relatively brief acoustic enticement of True Faith (Break the Destiny), a song which grows from a decent first impression to a far stronger proposal over listens, On The Way Down more than lives up to the promise of its single. Maybe We’re Dead Already is a band still growing into their skin and sound, with minor elements to refine, but they also have announced themselves as a real prospect on the ascent within British rock with thoroughly enjoyable and seriously potent songs to prove it.

The On The Way Down EP is out now as a name your price download @ http://maybeweredeadalready.bandcamp.com/album/on-the-way-down

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Pete RingMaster 17/02/2016

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The Lazlo Device – Looking Glass

lazlo device art_RingMaster ReviewIt is fair to say that UK quartet The Lazlo Device, have laid down an inescapably immersive adventure with new single Looking Glass to offer a fascinating invitation and teaser to their upcoming debut album. A majestic serenade of sultry melodies and elegant charm bound in an evocative ambience, the song glides through ears and into the imagination. It is in a way aurally erotic such its suggestiveness yet equally has a rousing prowess of energy and subtle crescendos to seduce the body’s instincts and leave a quickly keen appetite lustfully greedy by its close.

The band is a quartet from London which formed towards the rear of 2010. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of Mogwai, Wild Beasts, Grizzly Bear, Stateless, Four Tet, The Beta Band, and Elbow, the foursome of bassist/vocalist Dan Murdoch, guitarists/keyboardists Mark Litobarski and Ross Saunders, and drummer Leo Fenn soon began earning a growing reputation for “their unique blend of delicate soundscapes, thumping riffs and epic climaxes.” It is a quality openly evident in their latest single, it impressively building upon the invention and success which fuelled the band’s 2014 released trio of EPs, Unlucky 13, Gunslinger, and Lazlodia (Tokyo High St EP).

Taken from impending full-length Duelism, the swiftly seductive Looking Glass first caresses ears with a sombre yet welcoming bass. Within a few breaths more keys and guitar strings within floating harmonies lay poetic fingers upon the senses and imagination, they orchestrated by the engaging vocal charm of Murdoch. The song’s atmosphere is warm whilst its scenery is a mellow yet flirtatious festivity involving jazzy textures and evocative melodies amongst many more spices which simply romances ears.

There is an underlying catchiness to the proposition too, one lurking in the magnetic rhythms and the swing of the vocals. It is an infectiousness which builds to controlled but anthemic expulsions that only reinforce the track’s grip on the listener before allowing them to fall back into the seductive arms of the Muse scented encounter. A smooch on the senses, Looking Glass is further enhanced by the irresistible flames of guest and alto saxophonist Dennis McDonagh, they another hue to a lingering treat which by its end has incited the beginning of impatience for the album ahead.

There is/was a Japanese band called Tokyo Chaos City which created a similar alchemy of emotion flooded ambiences around fiercely provocative textures and sonic experiences, they the only real references we can offer to the uniqueness of The Lazlo Device sound. Expectations are that Duelism will follow-up and push on the beauty and invention of Looking Glass whilst The Lazlo Device will go on to be a potent part of the rock landscape at home and most likely further afield.

Looking Glass is out now @ https://thelazlodevice.bandcamp.com/ with Duelism to be released 11th March with its launch show on March 12th at the Camden Barfly.

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Pete RingMaster 17/02/2016

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