The Shapers – Reckless Youth

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Having gotten their melodic punk claws into other parts of the world, French trio The Shapers are now concentrating on the UK with the uncaging of new EP Reckless Youth which is set to be followed by a British tour. The release offers a captivating collection of songs bred from the heart of punk rock and brought up embracing its numerous strains. It is punk ‘n’ roll to breed a hungry appetite for and an encounter which starts with a bang and, though it arguably does not always maintain its initial impact, only leaves a want for more.

Hailing from Toulouse, The Shapers emerged in 2009 from the union of vocalist/guitarist Anthony Cauvin, bassist/backing vocalist Raphaël Bouissière, and drummer Benoit Holin. Quickly unleashing a hunger to play live, by 2011 the threesome was touring China and Indonesia to such success that the band retuned again in 2015 to eagerly awaiting fans, adding the likes of Thailand to their global CV. Two years after that first tour, The Shapers was going around North America where they shared stages with NOFX and Pennywise, the prize for winning a ‘best up-and-coming band’ competition. With the release of debut Everybody Needs To Have A Dream in 2012 equally drawing potent acclaim to go along with shows alongside the likes of The Flatliners, Silverstein, Face To Face, and Dream on Dreamer over time, The Shapers have been on a unstoppable roll set to continue with Reckless Youth.

The Shapers Cover Artwork_RingMaster ReviewThe EP opens with a gentle caress of guitar as Can’t Forget slips into view. Within a few more breaths it is rumbling through ears with sturdy beats and ravenous bass riffs as band shouts crowd the voice and guitar enterprise of Cauvin. Initially there are few surprises but certainly an alluring dose of hooks and anthemic prowess which has the body bouncing and energies aroused. Subsequently though, an electro hinting broadens its presence to sizzle and provoke, the song from an opening Blink 182/Pennywise like character with a hint of Buzzcocks to it revealing a fiery G.R.I.M scented invention. Melodies and adventurous twists only add to the increasing creative drama and virulent persuasion of the song, resulting in a superb and invigorating introduction.

The outstanding start continues with Secrets and straight away it is taunting with beats as the guitar enjoyably hassles the senses with its spicy intimidation. The grooved bait of the bass only adds to the swiftly gripping tempting, as too an excellent mix of lead and group vocals. Carrying a fuzzy electro pop mischief into its imagination and urgency, the song reminds of Russian band Biting Elbows in a punk ‘n’ roll stomp that only gets the body and emotions fully involved.

The following Another Chance equally shows its muscle and catchiness early. The bass offers the menace whilst beats and hooks uncage the infectiousness which fuels the songs’ surge into attention and a keen appetite. Again maybe uniqueness is not as high on the agenda of the song as stirring up a good time, but whilst lacking some of the spark of its predecessors, the track only pleases with its feverish enterprise and refreshing energy loaded revelry.

The instrumental Lonely Moments comes next with an acoustic guitar hug of melodic charm which is enjoyable but does not quite fit in with the company of the songs around it, something which No Regrets has less problem with. It too is an acoustic bass croon with Cauvin as potent as ever vocally and impressively backed by band harmonies. It also misses the same elements which made especially the first pair of songs so captivating but again it only leaves satisfaction full before Youth Disaster takes over with its grumbling riffs and skittish percussion around more of Cauvin’s engaging. Offering a tenacious landscape of classic rock laced, punk seeded rock ‘n’ roll, the track plays like a mix of Good Charlotte and Sum 41, blossoming from a strong start into an inescapable, almost stormy roar thick with anthemic persuasion.

Ending almost as powerfully as it certainly started, Reckless Youth is one of those releases easy to find yourself drawn back to time and time again. As mentioned The Shapers have their eyes on the UK now and going by the potency of their EP, it is hard to see them failing to stir up another wave of eager fuss.

The Reckless Youth EP is available from Friday 26th February through all digital platforms.

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On The Open Road – Storyteller

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With pop punk releases seeming to be coming thick and fast already in 2016, Storyteller is another well worth giving some attention to. The new EP, or should that be album with its eight boisterous tracks, comes from UK punksters On The Open Road. It is a collection of rousing and openly accomplished tracks which may not veer on the side of uniqueness but certainly provides plenty to be thoroughly satisfied by.

Formed at the beginning of 2013, the Nottingham hailing On The Open Road began as the school friend trio of vocalist/guitarist Tom Hawk, bassist Dan Abey, and drummer Ollie Green. The release of their debut EP was not long in coming or soon after, the decision to grow with the addition of lead guitarist Jack Dutton. Musically the band draws on inspirations taken from the likes of Blink-182, Sum 41, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and A Day To Remember, a mix flavouring a sound which quickly ensured the band was an eagerly followed live proposal. Last year, the quartet released the Harm’s Way EP to potent responses, a success easy to expect being emulated by Storyteller.

Chump! starts things off, band vocals leaping into ears straight away amidst an antagonistic yet welcoming collusion of rhythms and riffs. It is an enjoyably rowdy start which slips straight into the like-minded and similarly sounding No Rush. The opener is really an extensive ‘intro’ to the second track which soon involves ears in its own boisterous canter interspersed with calmer strolls and emotive escapades. Retaining its aggressive energy and highly catchy anthemic prowess throughout, the song provides a tenacious slice of high energy pop punk with a familiar wrapping to a fresh heart in sound and enterprise.

On The Open Road Cover Artwork_RingMaster ReviewThe following Smooth Sailing Is A Fool’s Thought makes a heady entrance too, quickly arousing ears with its infectious temptation driven by a vocal energy and variation from Hawk and band. It is a potent element matched by the predatory riffs and rhythms badgering and inciting the sonic flames and piercing hooks also trespassing on the senses. Though it holds a similarity to songs around it, a trait all tracks have to good and at times frustrating effect, and entangles ears in recognisable spices from elsewhere, the song is a roar to greedily and regularly devour.

The grouchier tone and inescapable contagion of Regret Me Not hits the sweet spot quickly too. Again it is easy to offer up comparisons such as Blink 182 and The All-American Rejects but equally there is no stopping the track’s irresistible lures and a rich enjoyment of its sparkling character and revelry.

Current single Rainy Days steps up next with rapier like beats and bulky riffs stalking ears first before vocals and melodies wrap suggestively around the song’s bracing bellow. It is a potent invitation into the release though for personal tastes it is outshone by the thick qualities of the previous pair of songs, each suitable as an attention grabbing single. Nevertheless it leaves a want to hear more which Bedrock keenly provides. Starting with a melodic seducing which rises into a voracious tempest of hooks and imposing rhythms driven by the vocal eagerness of Hawk, the track is a resourceful and pleasing confrontation which, as the release itself, impresses more with every listen.

The enjoyable This Is Goodbye (I Tried) keeps things ruggedly energised and attention still firmly in the hands of On The Open Road before letting The Worst Guy bring things to a ferocious close. Featuring Adam Connor, the track is a minute and a half of blistering punk rock with highly welcomed primal and hostile tendencies which stands up there with Smooth Sailing Is A Fool’s Thought and Regret Me Not as the major highlights of Storyteller.

On The Open Road has yet to find a sound which stands unique to the crowd but they do have an ability to create seriously catchy and anthemic exploits which stir up an appetite for more. A success so many others would kill for.

Storyteller is released on February 26th via all outlets.

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Lady Jane’s Revenge – 1554 EP

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There has been a buzz brewing up around UK alternative rock band Lady Jane’s Revenge for a while now and with the release of debut EP 1554, it is understandable why. It’s collection of songs make a striking impression on ears and imagination, not one to warrant calling them the next big thing but certainly plenty to spark keen interest in their progress from hereon in.

Hailing from the beauty that is Cornwall, there is a calm and freedom inspired by that part of the UK which is matched by and reflected in the sound of Lady Jane’s Revenge, even when it is roaring away in ears. The band itself began in the January of 2015, the quartet of vocalist Billy Crook, guitarist Sam Kent, bassist James Coffey, and drummer Ash Jenkin coming together through online advertisements. Comparisons in sound with the likes of Mallory Knox, YouMeAtSix, Incubus, Alkaline Trio, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers soon arose, references the band itself equally suggests as inspirations to their openly evolving and still being established sound. In short time, they became a potent and eagerly followed proposal on the live scene across the South West of England, and now Lady Jane’s Revenge is looking at stirring up broader national attention with the release of 1554.

The EP opens up with Floodgates and its initial water logged storm. The song swiftly emerges from that tempestuous climate spawned first lure; breaking from the ill-clement weather with steely riffs and swinging rhythms bred in a mix of alternative metal and punk rock. Straight away the tones of Crook are enticingly stabbing and trespassing on the more welcoming stroll of the track, though it too is ripe with intimidating textures and senses smothering shadows. At times lying somewhere between Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ill Niño and in its calmer moments finding a persuasion nearer to an Incubus or Hoobastank, the track is a thickly enticing start to 1554.

Lady Jane's Revenge Cover Artwork_RingMaster ReviewIt is more than matched by the spiky infectiousness of The Kid Within. Swinging along with attitude and spicy hooks, the song provides a captivating incitement within which vocals and anthemic calls make their similarly inviting play. It is the guitar craft of Kent and the song’s rousing hooks which ultimately steal the show though, plus a Skids like essence which simmers in the heart and enterprise of the compelling encounter. It is a success shared by the melancholic charm of Carbon, an again Red Hot Chili Peppers scented song also equipped with an emotive caress reminding of Deftones and a rousing intensity hinting at Million Dead. More of a slow burner compared to its predecessor, it grows in persuasion and stature over time whilst showing another shade to the raw and volatile rock ‘n’ roll of the band.

The melodic croon of Next Tuesday engages ears next, its emotive heart a strong hue in the fiery nature of the song. It lacks the spark of its predecessors for personal tastes but reveals more depth to the songwriting and imagination that fuels the band, as equally does the acoustic seduction of Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). Another with an Anthony Kiedis and co flavouring, the track is superb with Crook at his most potent on the EP. It is an encounter which beguiles from start to finish much as Sunny Side Up which continues the mellower side of the band’s intensity and sound. Once more guitar and voice hold ears and imagination firmly enthralled, ultimately matching the triumph of PMA before it.

Completed by a radio edit of Floodgates, the 1554 EP is a strong introduction to Lady Jane’s Revenge. It may lose its power mid-way, in relation to its excellent start and ending, but the release more than suggests Lady Jane’s Revenge as a band moving in the right direction and carrying the potential to be a dynamic part of the UK rock scene ahead.

The 1554 EP is available from 26th February through all stores.

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THE DREAMER WITHIN UNVEIL THEIR STUNNING NEW VIDEO

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South West metalcorers ‘The Dreamer Within’ have made an attention grabbing statement with a sound that is dramatic, cinematic, explosive, and now new video single ‘Purge’, which is out now and viewable at https://youtu.be/_M8pMRy26P4

Spawned in 2014 and fusing a devotion for synths, blistering riffs and ruthless breakdowns merged with engrossing melodies, The Dreamer Within pull from everyone from Enter Shikari and Skrillex through to Bullet For My Valentine and HIM. Consisting of Matt Stuart (Vocals), Charlie Smith (Guitar & Clean Vocals), Alex Hepworth (Guitar and Programming), Eliott Lipscombe (Drums), and Josh Hepworth (Bass), the quintet have already shared stages with the likes of I Divide, Glamour of the Kill, Skindred and Palisades to name a few, and are set for their first UK tour this June.

Besides playing as many live performances as possible, the Exeter outfit has been busy crafting a crushing new set of songs that have a darker lyrical tone, strong use of atmospherics and an overall epic groove brought about with brutal riffs that bed into your very core. First temptation is the new video single for ‘Purge’, a roar of technical riffs and impressive dynamics which is set to not only spark potent anticipation for an in the works new EP but lay the foundations for a very successful 2016 which will include a full UK touring schedule later this year.

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MORE THAN MOST UNVEIL THEIR ‘NIGHTMARES’

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Brit alternative rock outfit More Than Most have released their new video single ‘Nightmares’, a track taken from the band’s new EP ‘Impossible Is Temporary’ which was releases on February 5th.
You can check out ‘Nightmares’ right now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVxaRsc7xA&feature=youtu.be

Hailing out of London, the 2014 formed ‘More Than Most’ are a diverse and potent five piece originating from across the globe. The alt-rock combo consist of Leandro Leonardi (guitar) who moved from Brazil to England to pursue music, Mok Saib (bass) who journeyed from Algeria, and Cole Solem (drums) who arrived from the USA. Izzy Stylez (vocals) and Daniel Allan (guitar) are the only original UK based members. With a varied range of influences and life experiences, ‘More Than Most’ tug from their diversity and draw it down to their music. The result is both wholly captivating and all consuming.

It is fair to say that the energetic quintet hit the ground running, playing their first ever show at the start of this year in a sold out O2 Academy Islington 2 Show, supporting ‘Dirt’. From this point, the quintet has not looked back, breeding a dedicated fan-base whilst picking up slots at Takedown Festival and Camden Rocks Festival, and playing with the likes of Mallory Knox, Charlie Simpson, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine, Skindred, Funeral For A Friend, Finch and While She Sleeps. More Than Most have gone on to sell-out another O2 Academy show, as well as impressing through a succession of pummelling shows throughout the Southern plains. As well as vigorously working on their live set, the alt rocksters have put out two videos ‘Feed The Fire’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’; both receiving extensive TV airplay with Scuzz.

Now with the release of their new video single ‘Nightmares’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVxaRsc7xA&feature=youtu.be) following one impressive new EP in the Justin Hill (Young Guns, Heart Of A Coward) reorded ‘Impossible Is Temporary’, it is fair to say that More Than Most have arrived.
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