Last year saw the release of an attention sparking single from UK alternative rock collective Joykill Collective, and a couple of weeks or so ago, the unveiling of its successor. Both were potential drenched, ear pleasing propositions now being potently backed by the band’s self-titled EP. Consisting of those two singles and another couple of fresh and flavoursome propositions, the release is evidence of a band skilled and comfortable in raising rousing roars or intimate serenades.
Originally intended as a solo project by vocalist/guitarist Leif, the Joykill Collective was conceived in the attic of an artistic commune in Northampton. It was here where Leif quickly expanded his idea and began drawing together talented friends and artists from various mediums; musicians, writers, poets, and filmmakers all becoming part of the emerging creative collective. The solo project was soon a multi-talented “politically-charged battle cry”, and the emerging band an adventurous proposal taking experiences of supporting the likes of Skindred, Bullet For My Valentine, and Frank Turner into music making and currently the of regions within the likes of Kazakhstan, China, and Morocco. The middle of 2015 saw the release of the Battle Cry single, and this past month Liberty Taker was uncaged, their lures and qualities now part of the band’s debut EP.
Liberty Taker is the opening incitement within the release and quickly very easy to see why its roar as a single whipped up new attention upon the band. It opens with a raw caress of guitar and vocal temptation, and an almost fifties rock ‘n roll coaxing. Quickly though, the song is strolling along on a throaty bassline within fiery melodies and a great harmonic vocal flame. Things settle a touch as evocative melodies slip from guitars, into a lively simmer which is soon bubbling feistily as the chorus erupts and voraciously entices. The track is superb, a blending of raucous, almost predacious intensity and glowing emotive enterprise within smog like sultriness in air and energy.
It is fair to say that the song steals the show straight away but is potently backed by the following offerings starting with Battle Cry. A lone melancholic strum of guitar within a mesmeric ambience wraps ears first, and continues to keep an evocative hold on the imagination as the surrounding climate becomes tempestuous. A volatility seeps into the atmosphere and body of the song, especially as rhythms and chords spark a sinister and intensive dexterity with almost bedlamic resourcefulness. It is an enthrallingly muggy affair; a rich eruption of creative angst and emotional fire which increasingly fascinates and inspires.
The mellow warmth and reflection of Lies And Gold follows next with Leif’s vocals a soothing yet slightly morose proposal within a gentle hug of guitar. Harmonies rise around his melancholy, rhythms quickly linking in too as the song continues to captivate. As expected, there is drama brewing in its depths which leads to an impassioned crescendo within the track’s mesmeric croon. Whereas the first pair stirs up ears and emotions almost instantly, the song is a slow burn towards the same kind of lingering impact, though enjoyment is a swift result, but it gets there.
Game Show brings the EP to a close; the track making a potent entrance through strings and voice which again easily lure attention into the waiting clutches of one delicious tension and intensity building hook. Subsequently a jazzy, off-kilter passage of unpredictable and gripping imagination frees itself, soon becoming woven into the infectious canter of the song and that pungent hook which came before. Continuing to intrigue and beguile, the track is a thrilling end to the release and arguably the most potent escape of the striking invention and bold imagination fuelling the band’s songwriting and sound.
It feels like the project is still finding the core to its sound; the stable centre from which their diversity and explorations can spring from. When they do though, such the strength and enjoyment experienced with their EP, big things could erupt for them and us.
The Joykill Collective on the EP is Leif- Main vocals, guitar; Lewis- Drums, Bass; Jay- guitar, Bass; Andy- Film; Ben- Stories; Mark- Song writing contribution.
The Joykill Collective EP is released 4th March through all stores and platforms with the single Liberty Taker out now.
Pete RingMaster 03/03/2106
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