THE TiPS – TWISTS’N’TURNS

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An album to get you dancing, thinking, and acting on your instincts, TWISTS’N’TURNS is a mighty reminder that its creators, THE TiPS, is a band you really need in your life, especially if reggae, ska, punk, and funk brings your ears and emotions to life. The third full-length from the German band, it is also their most eclectic and imaginative adventure yet and in turn their most rousingly enjoyable.

Hailing from Dusseldorf, THE TiPS was formed in 2009 by vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Aljoscha Thaleikis after returning back to his homeland after spending some of his formative years in the United States where he was introduced to styles of music that he was previously unfamiliar with. Having explored the merger of flavours such as soul, ska, reggae and dub with the punk rock of his roots, his return to Germany led to the creation of THE TiPS. The band’s debut album High Sobriety was released in 2011 with its successor Trippin’ unveiled two years later, both to potent success. The past two years alone has seen the trio of bassist Philip Pfaff, drummer Janosch Holland, and Thaleikis play over 130 shows, the sharing of stages with band such as The Mad Caddies, Die Rakede, Ruts D.C., The Toasters, and Jaya the Cat amongst them. Now they are poised to stir up broader and stronger attention with the Alexander Beitzke (Jamiroquai, Ed Sheeran, Florence And The Machine) produced and Pete Maher (U2, Linkin Park, Lana Del Ray Nine Inch Nails) mastered TWISTS’N’TURNS; twelve tracks which swing and stomp whilst taken a bite at issues impacting on all.

The album opens with Birds in Trees, instantly clasping ears with vocal and melodic temptation before showing its sonic and rhythmic muscles. From that wall of energy a mellower but no less magnetic stroll emerges as the song saunters with its reggae bred gait. Thicker eruptions break throughout, grooves and spicy hooks adding to the welcome trespass before things relax into captivating calm again. It is a riveting persuasion, a rich tempting only blossoming further with the distinctive tones of Skindred frontman Benji Webbe who guests on the excellent start to the album.

THE_TiPS_TWISTSNTURNS_RingMaster ReviewThe following Leaving Home gently swings in next, its sultry sway aligned to the thick brooding tone of bass and gripped by the excellent vocal presence of Thaleikis. Impossible not to be hooked by its reserved yet anthemic chorus alone, the song has a By The Rivers meets The Skints nature which simply entices, a success matched by the seductive croon of Wasting Time. Similar spices line the infectious romancing of ears, as too an equally catchy and tenacious energy which soon has hips and voice in eager involvement. Both tracks are irresistible, easy going yet imposingly compelling proposals though both are overshadowed a touch by the outstanding Chosen Fool. Stabbing riffs collude with the grouchy bass to quickly excite ears; imagination and an already keen appetite swiftly inflamed by the Ruts like punk ‘n’ roll invention which also emerges to add fresh bite and attitude to the exceptional encounter.

The band’s punk heart is given full rein for Johnny’s Song next, another striking and virulent arousal of body and emotions carrying an essence of Russian punks Biting Elbows to it. Similarly THE TiPS brew flavours which hint at a Sublime/Living End link-up, but coming up with something distinct and incendiary to themselves. It is uniqueness just as apparent in the infectiously sultry funk infused saunter of If You Want To and the noir lit landscape of City Lights. The first glides through ears with a slightly mischievous enterprise whilst the second is pure aural and emotive drama. From vocals to keys, exotic hooks to the ever pungent tone of Pfaff’s bass, the transfixing incitement is a web of intrigue with a volatility that is seemingly Skindred seeded.

Alien emerges with the same shadowy hues and emotional intensity next, flowing from the provocative shadow of the previous track. It swiftly wraps heavily persuasive and seductive tendrils around ears, at times conjuring a darker climate of intimidation to contrast and unite with the bluesy hued flames also arising from the mellower strains of the slow burning treat of an encounter.

Igniting another devouring of the band’s punk ‘n’ roll imagination straight after, Parade shares a riveting steely bass lure amongst swinging rhythms from Holland, before Do It Right prowls and flirts with its predacious ska punk devilry. Managing to be as sinister as it is irresistibility tempting, the song has body and emotions bouncing, matching all feisty movements in catchy and melodic kind. Equally, it powerfully stirs up thoughts too; an impressive knack the band has leading to full involvement from all aspects of the listener as evidenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers spiced Back in the Days. There are some songs which are instinctive manna for the soul; encounters which simply turn on the sweet spot for an everlasting romance and this definitely qualifies as one.

Completed by the simply mesmeric, emotive serenade of Still Turning, another song which leaves a lingering imprint, TWISTS’N’TURNS is one thoroughly and imposingly thrilling union between band and ears. It is surely the release to take THE TiPS to the attention of spotlights beyond their homeland’s borders and the underground scene in general, at the very least destined to make a mark on a great many end of year favourites lists.

TWISTS’N’TURNS is out now on Long Beach Records Europe @ http://thetips.de/shop/

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Pete RingMaster 22/02/2016

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States of Emotion – Black & White To Gold

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The journey of UK rock band States of Emotion and indeed debut album Black & White To Gold has been fraught with obstacles and disappointments, but it is fair to say that it has been well worth the fight and determination. Centred around vocalist/guitarist Olly Hookings and bassist Bonzai, States of Emotion has finally stepped into the fullest spotlights with a debut album which is destined to be one of the most tantalising and increasingly magnetic propositions this year.

The first days of States of Emotion go back to 2001 with Essex hailing school friends, Hookings, Bonzai, and drummer Luke Lloyd linking up to play “bad Green Day covers in the summer house at the bottom of Olly’s grandmother’s garden.” Within eight years, the band was playing the likes of the Great Escape Festival, Offset Festival, and Glastonbury’s Introducing Stage. It was at this point they also began recording their debut album with producer Greg Haver with their self released debut single, The Unsung stirring up eager appetites with its outing in 2010.Its success saw the band deciding to sign with urban label Rinse but though a successful tour with The Enemy followed there was little else apart from a half-hearted promotion of next single The Way That I’m Wired by the band’s label. With much frustration to the band, the album was of seemingly little interest to their label and with that lack of action and support highlighted by the “half-baked single release that wasn’t marketed properly”, they decided to walk away from Rinse.

This was followed by Lloyd and fourth member Brick leaving the band, and the premature announcement of the end of States of Emotion. Thankfully Hookings and Bonzai then decided to carry on working on the album, writing new tracks, often sparked by the past issues and departures, to go with those already nurtured. This in time led to the pair creating their own Label White Room, through which after five or so years, Black & White To Gold finally gets its unveiling.

art_RingMaster ReviewWith the Rag n Bone Men EP offering a tasty teaser of the album a few weeks back, anticipation for the release was heightened and is quickly rewarded by outstanding opener I Broke The Mould. Straight away guitar brewed drama envelopes ears; a potent lure of dark bass led shadows and vocal expression from Hookings which only blossom further as melodies and anthemic tenacity bursts in the irresistible chorus. With keys caressing the imagination in alignment to tangy hooks from Hookings, the track smoulders and sizzles on ears and appetite with a prowess and majesty which reminds of bands like Doves and The Mighty Lemon Drops, the latter a regular thought across the album, especially in the following Lena.

The second track has a brighter climate and warmer melodic breath with matching rhythmic enterprise whilst bass and guitar again unite their contrasting tones and textures. In tandem it all makes for a catchy canvas for the excellent vocals of the band to dance upon with emotive flirtation. Feet and hips are as quickly enamoured as ears with the encounter, a persuasion easily matched by the album’s moodier title track. With Bonzai’s bass a rumbling incitement against the interlocking melodic intimacy and orchestral character of the song, it is a fiery serenade tightening the album’s early grip on ears.

Through the romancing sonic flights of Inside Out and Brooksys Box, the album continues to hold the listener close to its creative breast, the first an evocative swirl of melodic resourcefulness and its successor a celestially laced yet robust slice of balladry. Both carry a deliciously dark vein enriched by infectious basslines and openly anthemic fuel and each is increasingly impressive and highly alluring, as too in its more personal way Back to Back, where piano and vocals steal attention before Seeking Oblivion engagingly wraps ears in its guitar driven electronic seducing.

The album at this point is in a magnetic flow, each song like an inventive continuation and emotionally related follow on from its predecessor. The band raises the ante again with Rag & Bone Men though, the track a bold and boisterous adventure which saunters in with electronic beats and siren like keys around the melancholic but inviting coaxing of Hookings’ voice. All the time a low key but building virulence is at work, brewing and enhancing the swing of the song until it releases a chorus with the persuasive mastery any hypnotist would be proud of. The song is glorious, equipped with little twists and dramatic hooks that just pull the imagination deeper into its galvanic temptation.

Slowly has a Coldplay like scent to its calm but suggestive embrace next whilst Into The Dream Catcher uncages a melody rich rock ‘n’ roll stroll which as all the pinnacles on the album, draw emotional reflections and gentle tempting into an energetic and subsequently anthemic roar which is pure contagion and insistently memorable. It is an elegant flame of a song with the right amount of intensity to create an even feistier stir.

The final pair ensures Black & White To Gold ends on the kind of high it started on. She Cuts Shapes is first, casting rhythmically infectious bait within an equally zealous rock pop roar which again shows the band’s skill at creating a landscape of ebbing and flowing energy which in turn breeds gripping crescendos. Its superb revelry is instantly matched by the slower melancholic beauty of My South Drive. Possibly the most contagious track on the album with its welcome trespass of melodic and harmonic seducing, it provides the album with a last major triumph and the listener with a song which simply lingers.

Black & White To Gold may have had to bide it’s time to introduce itself but it needs little time to announce States of Emotion as a band no one with a melodic heart will want to ignore.

Black & White To Gold is out now via Label White Room @ http://labelwhiteroom.bigcartel.com/product/states-of-emotion-black-white-to-gold-signed-cd-album-pre-order

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Upcoming States Of Emotion Dates:

Wed 24th Feb – BRISTOL Thekla w/ The Rifles

Thu 25th Feb – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms w/ The Rifles

Sat 27th Feb – LONDON Roundhouse w/ The Rifles

Pete RingMaster 22/02/2016

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Rangda – The Heretics Bargain

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The Heretic’s Bargain is the new album from instrumentalists Rangda, a trio who take ears and imagination on tantalising and feverishly unpredictable adventures of sound and intent, as evidenced by the five temptations making up their latest release. The album is a kaleidoscope of flavours and exotic hues, an incitement as psychedelically sinister as it is melodically sultry and perpetually hypnotic.

Rangda is the imagination fuelled union between drummer Chris Corsano alongside guitarists Richard Bishop (ex- Sun City Girls) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance/ Comets on Fire). 2010 saw their debut album False Flag released with two years later its successor Formerly Extinct unveiled, both on Drag City who also release their new carnival of sound and invention. With also the live 10” offering Rangda Live in Krefeld and a split album with The Dead C under their creative belts, and the experience of featuring on over 400 albums between the three of them, it is fair to say that something new from the band is highly anticipated by a great many, something The Heretics Bargain rewards in magnetic style.

Starting with To Melt the Moon, Rangda provide a maelstrom of suggestiveness for the imagination which will undoubtedly create unique tales for each immersing in the song and album’s escapades. The opener instantly ruffles ears and appetite with its direct shuffle of niggling riffs and feisty rhythms. It is eager bait which in no time then slips into something mystique wrapped; melodies toying with thoughts as the perpetually nagging lure of guitar and drums entices. Within its other-worldly landscape, surf rock colludes with psyche rock; psychobilly and blues rock scented hues further adding to the cinematic yet intimate nudging of hips and thoughts.

Rangda_RingMaster ReviewThe track is glorious and quickly matched by the compelling and devilish canter of The Sin Eaters. Once again grooves and melodies entangle spicy hooks as the crisp jabs of Corsano create an alluring frame. They are all sinisterly seductive ingredients courted by hidden dangers in the song’s shadows as the track becomes a tenacious soundscape of drama and tangy temptation, much as its successor Spiro Agnew. Bishop and Chasny explore in the same scenic emprise as the previous pair, where Middle Eastern flirtation romances the senses whilst sparking in thoughts a tapestry of interpretations of the sound soliciting ears with every listen; that a success found by each track in their individual ways.

Sonic smog with deranged rhythms descends on the senses as Hard Times Befall the Door-to-Door Glass Shard Salesman smothers ears next. Straight away Bishop and Chasny create a cauldron of discordance and sonic trespasses as the beats of Corsano court their own deranged challenge. From this electric dust storm calm eventfully emerges, a mellower passage which still unbalances thoughts and emotions with its jazzy, seemingly improvised but expertly conjured exploration of depths soaked in melancholy led emotions.

From its haunted body, Mondays are Free at the Hermetic Museum slips out, the nineteen minute exploration a gallery of musical and emotive avenues clad in humid sonic invention and sweltering melodies soaked in an air of romance and dangerous intent. Perpetually evolving from start to finish, with moments of lively festivity merging into dark strains of emotional espionage and vice versa, every turn a whole new outlook of scenery and suggestiveness, the track alone makes the album a worthy sharing of time with.

Coming new to Rangda, we cannot suggest how it compares to its predecessors, but certainly we can say for coherently exhilarating, experimental, and creative drama, The Heretics Bargain is a temptress very hard to say no to.

The Heretics Bargain is out now via Drag City @ http://www.dragcity.com/products/the-heretics-bargain

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Pete RingMaster 22/02/2016

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