Juno – Speed Won’t Cut It

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Speed Won’t Cut It is a mighty roar to get you to your feet, incite a closed fisted punch of the air, and arouse the spirit to stand defiant and proud. It is also the new irresistible punk incitement from UK punks Juno, a band just bubbling under finding major attention for a while now but now giving it an almighty nudge with their latest four-track EP.

Formed in 2008, the Leeds band sparked keen interest with their debut release We are Juno. A trio initially, they expanded attention and their line-up by the time of second EP Set Sail in 2009. A short break followed before a new head of stream saw the band return with the acclaimed Counting Backwards Causes Explosions EP. It was six tracks of boisterous rock ‘n’ roll which with its 2012 unleashing, drew a host of new fans and led to the band signing with The Animal Farm and the release of its successor Answers a year later, a proposition which eclipsed its predecessor in sound, persuasion, and success. Aligned to a potent live presence and craft which has seen Juno share stages with the likes of Summerlin, ACiD DROP, The Roughneck Riot, Twenty Twenty, Blitz Kids, Forgotten Roots, Adelaide, The Afterparty, Page 44, Failsafe, The Headstart and many more, the foursome of lead vocalist/guitarist Rob Kirk, lead guitarist/vocalist James Duncan, bassist/vocalist Ben Rowe, and drummer Matt Grum are now ready to pounce on full nationwide recognition without stopping at those boundaries and it all starts with the highly tempting Speed Won’t Cut It.

speed_wont_cut_it_RingMasterReviewMerciless hooks and swinging melodies have always been a part of the band’s punk ‘n’ roll offerings but alongside the band’s energy, all have gone up the gears within the new EP. It opens up with new single/video Last Dance, a track which ensures its invitation is quickly taken by feet. It is pure contagious punk rock with a flavoursome touch of AFI to it, though it quickly enforces its own lively character upon ears and imagination. With busy rhythmic bait and fiery guitar enterprise backing up Rob’s anthemically leading vocals, it is gripping stuff and just the start of the voracious revelry to follow.

Will I Be Free steps up next, immediately offering attitude in its riffs and jabbing beats. That continues into the quickly established canvas of jagged guitar tempting and band harmonies, Rob’s voice the ringleader as Ben’s bass prowls deceptive calms before one incendiary chorus. As with the first track, you cannot claim that Juno are re-inventing punk rock but few songs and indeed bands have set ears and emotions alight as effortlessly and rousingly recently as Juno in their first two songs on the EP alone.

Across the tracks the luring of physical participation from voice and body is inevitable and continues with the swinging stroll of Sirens. An arguably less imposing encounter but no weak link in stirring up spirit and thick enjoyment, the song bounds along throwing hooks into a gripping sonic resourcefulness to, like the Pied Piper, tantalise and seduce ears and spirit.

Speed Won’t Cut It ends on its biggest high and the mighty call to arms of Face Our Demons. Like a melodic punk version of Stiff Little Fingers, the track makes thick nudges on thoughts and emotions as its web of guitar tenacity and rhythmic pugnacity aids the song’s inescapable rebel rousing. The track is glorious; an inflammatory slice of intense punk ‘n’ roll which by its unstoppable and virulent finale, is sure to have the listener standing tall and yelling enough is enough to those and things which have taken advantage and more. It certainly did here.

Juno songs have a social and emotionally political aspect to their words which seems to further fire up the sounds around them and in turn the listener. It is a balanced weave though, which makes Juno easily stand out from similarly intense propositions whilst providing a hell of a great time, as proven by the must have Speed Won’t Cut It.

The Speed Won’t Cut It EP is out now across most online stores

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Blood Youth – Closure EP

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Blood Youth hold nothing back on their new EP; their passion, fury, and intensity is fuelled to the top and going for the jugular. To that, the UK metallers also add some imaginative invention and snarling contagiousness to create one attention grabbing incitement.

The Closure EP is four tracks of punk driven metal seemingly unleashing, lyrically and physically, a pent up heart and ire. The successor to the well-received Inside My Head EP of last year, it emotionally carries on from its predecessor with guitarist Chris Pritchard recently saying about the release, “Our debut was a lyrical meltdown. It expressed the issues Kaya (vocalist Kaya Tarsus) has had for the past six years in a way he hadn’t been able to show until the band started. With this new E.P – Closure – it’s about what he once felt coming to an end. And for all of us this EP is literally closure for the personal anxiety we all felt while writing Inside My Head. The whole thing was a recovery process…Full circle.” That unleashing of emotion is an open roar backed by a sound which equally builds on its predecessor and subsequently leaves it in the shade through its voracious and creative enterprise.

BY CLosure Artwork_RingMasterReviewRecorded, as the first EP, with producer Jonny Renshaw, Closure opens with the calm yet agitated Breathe. Its brief body is a melodic coaxing of guitar and keys with the potent vocal caresses of Tarsus laying out his emotive reflection. Around it though is a tension, an underlying almost portentously melancholic air which erupts in full rigour within the following 24/7. A vocal roar sparks a stalking of the senses by predatory beats and grievous yet buoyant riffs. They do carry some restraint which is quickly thrown off once Tarsus vents with impressive expression and vocal dexterity as the rest of the band spring an inescapable web of creative animosity and temptation. On the surface, the Blood Youth sound does not strike as being overtly unique yet from a salacious bassline and the irritability of vocals, which seem to transfer their spikiness into the hungry sonic enterprise, band and song show themselves to be something imaginatively distinct and pleasingly volatile.

The song continues to twist and turn, bruising and badgering the senses whilst gripping ears with a fierce engagement of bold ideation; qualities and success continuing in Mood Swing. Living up to its name, the track is a torrent of predacious grooves and lethal hooks aligned to barbarous rhythms yet at a slip of a note becomes a melodically catchy and warmly engaging enticement of seriously catchy rock ‘n’ roll. The track is superb, Blood Youth creating the kind of slavery ears long for and the type of song which pushes bands into major spotlights.

The EP closes with its title track, the song also the new single/video from the band. Bred from the same template as the last track, it offers a warm melodic hand initially with the voice of Tarsus again impressing with its mix of clean and hoarse deliveries. Though it is easy to see why it was chosen as the lead track with its anthemic roars, it does lack the extra creative spark of Mood Swing for personal tastes yet leaves ears and emotions invigorated and hungry for more.

Blood Youth have leapt on in style from their last highly enjoyable release. If In My Head was a call to arms, Closure is a declaration of war on dark times and thoughts announcing the Harrogate band as another potential soaked and exciting proposition to add to the watch very closely list.

The Closure EP is released March 11th physically and digitally via Rude Records.

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Six Reasons to Kill – Rote Erde

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Six Reasons to Kill has a sound which is bred from the cancerous depths of death metal and metal/hardcore, an assault and corrosion of the senses which has been increasingly brutal and ravenous over the years. The German quintet calls it Darkside Metal and it is in full rabid force on the band’s new single, Rote Erde.

Formed in1999, The Koblenz hailing band has evolved and defined their raw and voracious sound across five albums as well as a handful of singles and split releases. Lyrically they have become BE094 Six Reasons To Kill - Rote Erde Cover_RingMasterReviewjust as imposing and uncompromising with themes of social issues, war, racism etc. fuelling their attacks. 2015 saw Six Reasons to Kill undergo a significant line-up change. It has not slowed them down though, instead it was an issue which has seemingly only opened another vat of malevolent intent and ferocity in their music if Rote Erde is the sign of things to come.

From its opening breath, the track is a wall of hellacious rhythms and wiry grooves for a murderous yet fiercely enticing welcome. In no time, the predator within is in control, bestial intent and intensity colluding with the incisively ravenous riffs and alluring hooks from guitarists Marco and Loc as well as the thick rabid rhythms of Christian and Sven. With Daniel’s insatiable growls and spleen venting animosity the instigator of even greater antipathy, ears are inescapable victims and the imagination, with the emotions, greed driven devourers of the corrosive treat.

The track leaves exhaustion and lustful reactions in its wake, confirmation that the changes have only inspired Six Reasons to Kill to new vicious treat and adventure, which in a different way continues in the accompanying Of Fire, a rousing cover of the Dismember track. The band has not fiddled with it in any big way but their fresh belt of creative savagery alone offers another appealing shade of hostility to the encounter as it completes a thoroughly enjoyable and bruising release.

Six Reasons to Kill are darker and fiercer than ever before yet it feels like they have only just begun exploring this new wealth of brutality. Should we rejoice or run in fear?

Rote Erde is released March 11th through Bastardized Recordings on 7″ vinyl coming in three limited-edition colours available @ http://shop.bastardizedrecordings.de/index.ph

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Mellor – Damage/ Joy

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Formed in 2011, British quartet Mellor has earned some high praise and interest from fans and media alike, and there are plenty of reasons to expect things to continue and get busier around the band with the release of new EP Damage/ Joy. Four tracks which leap and bound into the imagination, the EP is a rousing slice of kinetic indie pop easy to get a healthy taste for.

The band itself calls their sound “Pop Smack”, but it can be best described as raucous Brit pop with an arsenal of twists. On the EP, it is like a galvanic stomp woven from the indie adventure of The Jackals, the punkishness of a Top Buzzer, the eighties fervour of a Purple Hearts or Secret Affair, and the transatlantic mischief of Weezer. It is a sound which has already lured potent attention through a trio of singles and a debut EP to date as well as a highly praised live presence which has seen the band share stages with bands such as The Milk, Carl Barat, and The Kooks. Now it is the turn of the Mo Hausler (Babyshambles, Everything Everything) produced Damage/ Joy to whip up fresh ears and appetites the way of Reading quartet Gary, Josh, Evert, and Sam.

The release gets straight down to it too with opener Win Me Over. Punchy rhythms and a fine clash of guitar swiftly springs a hook lined swagger which soon has hips and ears locked into it’s a seriously catchy and flirtatious stroll. Bursts of feisty energy and aggression add to the spicy drama on offer whilst its melodic infectiousness and rhythmic shuffle is not too far removed from sixties beat bands like Herman’s Hermits.

logo_RingMasterReviewIt is a gripping and eventful proposal entangling a host of flavours across the decades into its bouncing body; a treat of imagination emulated again in Dolly Daydream. A slower but no less enticing proposal which gets increasingly compelling with every minute, the song is a serenade of emotive keys and vocal prowess within rhythmic shadows and an underlying but restrained urgency. It is an energy which gets more of an escape in the riveting Going Nowhere, a track which from its delicious opening groan of bass has ears and appetite on board. Sultry caresses of guitar and melodic seducing need little time to captivate the listener either whilst fiery grooves and the ever potent vocals, as well as that persistent dark lure of rhythms, ensures enjoyment is full to the rim.

The EP closes with Schadenfreude; a rip-roaring romp of indie rock ‘n’ roll with again a breeding in each of the past five decades via various strains of galvanic sound. If reading all the references to times and flavours past triggers thoughts that the band may have missed their time in musical history, be rest assured that Mellor, certainly going by Damage/Joy, is very much a band of the now and one of those with the potential to eventually steer the adventure of the British indie rock ‘n’ pop scene.

Damage/Joy is available from 11th March 2016 via iTunes and other stores.

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Upcoming Live Dates:

Saturday 12th March – Oakford Social Club – Reading (READING EP RELEASE SHOW)

Friday 25th March – The Railway – Winchester

Friday 8th April – Sebright Arms – London

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Nish Goyal – In Our Parents Eyes

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If a song has you ‘doo doo be dooing’ within seconds on the very first listen, you know it is doing something right. In Our Parents Eyes does that and more, the new single from singer/songwriter Nish Goyal one boisterously and seriously magnetic slice of indie/folk revelry. There is also a scent of punk to the song’s highly flavoursome stroll which again simply adds to its rousing prowess.

Hailing from Chester and of Indian heritage, Goyal graduated in law and briefly worked in The City as a legal advisor before moving to Frankfurt to take up a stockbroking job. From his early years though, music was a major part of his life and in 2011, Goyal quit his day job and immersed himself in his music. Initially mastering the piano, over time he navigated to the guitar and bass with art_RingMasterReviewhis music breeding fresh textures and avenues to explore. A debut album called A Little Validation was followed by The Hedonist EP before last year the eight-track EP, The Rage was released to great responses. A pair of singles in Get Started and Save the Day only enticed more attention alongside a live presence which has seen Goyal play the likes of The Jacaranda, The Cavern, and appear at 2000 Trees Festival in Gloucestershire last summer; that followed by a tour across America where he played eleven shows in eight states.

Recently signing with the Portsmouth based indie label Coffee Jingle Records for his next album, scheduled for early this year, Goyal unveils its first rich temptation for it in the thrilling shape of In Our Parents Eyes. As mentioned, within less than a handful of breaths the song has voice and hips involved in its anthemic doo doos. A first strum of guitar provides the spark before becoming a persistent companion to a growing flirtation of rhythms and a net of spicy, slightly bluesy melodic enterprise which follows.

In voice Goyal is just as welcoming; his snappy delivery like an old mate ready to re-ignite fun whilst sharing the songwriter’s own experiences of growing up in the UK with Indian parents and the conflict rising within trying to be a musician whilst trying to please his family with a more academic career.

Like a mix of Glenn Hodge, Flogging Molly, and Billy Bragg, the track is a spirit raising, thought sparking romp which has all the qualities to nudge the name Nish Goyal towards bigger spotlights.

In Our Parents Eyes is released March 11th via Coffee Jingle Records.

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Upcoming Live Dates:

11th March – Single launch, The Jacaranda, Liverpool

16th March – Nambucca, London

23rd March – King Billy, Northampton

27th March – Joe Perks & Co, Oxford

1st April – Clash Bar, London

6th April – The Four Horsemen, Bournemouth

10th April – Rebellion Club, Manchester

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Kids on Bridges – Something in the Water

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With a spicy jangle to its warm melodic invitation, Something in the Water is a song which dares ears to ignore it. The new single from UK trio Kids on Bridges knows it is on to a winner though, safe in the knowledge that its electronic enterprise and vibrant rock ‘n’ roll tenacity has a catchiness even the common cold would envy.

Liverpool based Kids on Bridges consists of Christian Bragg, Daniel Rankin and Andrew Culshaw, a trio which, since emerging in 2014, has supported the likes of Beck, Hot 8, LCD Soundsystem, Soulwax, and Friendly Fires, and been Britain’s only representatives to play alongside Stevie Wonder at the Special Olympics in LA. Add working with New Orleans legend Zigaboo Modeilste and Jennie Vee as well as playing a string of gigs in America marked out by sold out shows at LA’s iconic The Viper Room and Tipitinas in New Orleans, it is fair to say Kids on Bridges is on a lively roll.

The successor to their successful previous single When The Needle Drops, the magnetic Something in the Water is looking to stir things up in 2016 the same way. Straight away keys and guitars cup ears in their respective romancing and jangling, bright pulses and eager beats laying potent bait alongside as emerging melodies and harmonious vocals wrap and dance energetically in ears.

It is a captivating start with something invitingly familiar to it at times; a scent of previous synth pop spiced decades mixing with nineties indie pop boisterousness as the song grows. They are spices which only hint without drawing exact comparisons though, essences which add extra flavour to the electro pop revelry that Kids on Bridges have honed as their own.

Spirit lifting songs always make potent singles and Something in the Water certainly qualifies as a moment of rather enjoyable fun.

Something in the Water is released March 11th across most online stores.

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Upcoming Live Dates:

16th March – Highbury Garage, London

22nd March – Liverpool, supporting Blancmange, details tbc

1st -3rd April – Threshold Festival, Liverpool

30th April – Polyfest, London

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