Virgin Kids – Greasewheel

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Having more than teased with their self-titled EP in the November 2014, UK garage rockers Virgin Kids have unleashed their full sonic flirtation with debut album Greasewheel. Breeding their off kilter rock ‘n’ roll from an entangling of garage and post punk with psych and fiery pop rock, the London based trio cast an intoxicating enticement posing as an album which swiftly arouses the spirit and colludes with the imagination.

Formed as a bedroom project by Asher Preston, Virgin Kids fully emerged as a band late 2014 with childhood friend Paul Rosser and ex-Fawn Spots drummer Sean Hughes alongside the band’s frontman. Since then and the release of the aforementioned EP, the threesome has gained a potent live reputation, an adventure which has seen them share stages with the likes of whilst Jacuzzi Boys, The Coathangers, Kim and The Created, and Dirty Fences amongst others to date. Numerous comments about the band on stage talks of a “fevered intensity”, an element Virgin Kids has seemingly tried and for the main succeeded in now representing across Greasewheel.

The album opens with Bruised Knees, a kinetic jangle of guitar and contagious vocal urging from the first second. In no time, the song climbs over the senses, dark rhythms mixing with a fuzzy entrapment of ears in something which provokes thoughts of The Sonics, early Horrors, and The Hives in devilish union. A lively spark for the spirit, the track provides a great start to the revelry of the album, quickly backed by the more reserved but no less magnetic Cracks In A Colour. The band’s new single, it immediately swings with a graceful gait infused with appealing bass cast shadows. Soon that sixties seeded enterprise becomes a busier eruption of sound and energy, returning to the song’s initial melodic and controlled romancing before alternating between the two from thereon in.

art_RingMasterReviewFrom one pinnacle to another as My Alone stands tall from the off with its own individual sonic flirtation and seduction of ears. Like The Dickies meets Love Buzzard meets Asylums with a touch of Buzzcocks to its hooks and melodic grooves, the song is a glorious blaze of garage rock/pop, with a virulent harmonic invitation as inescapable as the anthemic rhythmic tenacity the track rolls along on before Never Nude slips in with a healthy whiff of seventies punk to its Thee Exciters/The Fleshtones like scent.

Both tracks on their own make Greasewheel an epic must listen, and are powerfully backed by the chaotic punk ‘n’ roll of Crook and the acidic Horrors-esque smooching of Shrink. The first of the two is another high point, its scuzzy heart and raw crescendos delicious tempering and companion to addictive grooves and melody sculpted hooks. Its successor proceeds to writhe with sonic temptation from its first breath, mellowing out into a psych pop seducing seemingly brewed from a blending of shoegaze and psychedelic pop. Equally there is a darker lining to the track which emerges more as it develops and spins a tangy web of guitar crafted suggestiveness littered with heavier rhythmic trespasses.

After the melodic lure of Shrink Wrap, a very brief epilogue like follow-up to its predecessor carrying a Teardrop Explodes air to it, the album concludes with the feisty pop jangle of Be Your Friend. Whipping up energy in body and voice to unite with its own, the song is an irresistible close to a similarly thrilling release. Greasewheel builds on the dramatic introduction of Virgin Kids’ first EP whilst creating its own unique character of sound and potential for bigger and creatively rowdier things to come. We for one cannot wait for their fruition over future releases whilst being a perpetual companion for this treat of a proposition.

Greasewheel is out now on cd, vinyl, and digitally through Fluffer Records in the UK and Burger Records in the US.

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Pete RingMaster 14/03/2016

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Three Days From Retirement – If We Keep Walking Eventually We’ll Fall

Pic - Roisin Smith

Pic – Roisin Smith

Released last November, If We Keep Walking Eventually We’ll Fall, the latest EP from Scottish post rock band Three Days From Retirement (3DFR) is seemingly and deservedly getting a fresh push to spark new attention. The four-track EP is the result of a busy 2015 which also saw the Edinburgh hailing outfit eagerly embark on recording sessions, gigs, and a successful single. It is also evidence of the reason why the band’s cinematic post rock explorations are beginning to create a stir.

Formed in 2013, 3DFR take inspiration from the likes of Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky into their persistently evolving sound and invention. The following year featured the release of the band’s self-titled debut EP which eventually led to a link up with Infinite Hive Music and the unveiling of first single What Is Dead May Never Die last year. It was swiftly followed by the well-received If We Keep Walking Eventually We’ll Fall, which as suggested seems to be being given a new push to kick start another potent year for the quartet of Matty McGhie, David Henderson, Joe Warnock, and Matthew Floody.

Produced, mixed and mastered by Tony Doogan, the EP opens with Avalanche Error which instantly and gently lures ears and imagination into a melancholic yet inviting soundscape. Guitars and keys align like a meeting of planetary bodies to immerse the slow but ripe rhythmic canvas with melodic and suggestive caresses. A fine but expressive mix of cold laced shadows and an emotive colouring of sonic tempting only add to the restrained yet kaleidoscopic nature of the song and its tapestry of sound, a weave which grows a sense of volatility over time. Like an aural aurora borealis erupting with bolder and thicker drama as textures and intensity expand, the track is a poetic and magnetic start to the release.

art_RingMasterReviewIn contrast to the more earthbound feel of its predecessor, Shatner’s Rhapsody shares a spatial ambience with ears and thoughts next. Similarly it has elegance and intimate charm to its character whilst it’s blending of textures and emotional shades this time explores a more celestial atmosphere. Subsequently revealing an imposingly dark and weighty drama, the track transfixes before By the Power of Grayskull offers a more comfortable and romantic flight for the listener to discover, immerse in, and interpret. From virtually the song’s first touch, the funky tone of the bass provides a lure for the body, backed by the magnetic shuffle of beats, whilst the melodic mystique and shoegaze scented air and nature of guitars has ears and mind enthralled.

Spooky Action Across Distance brings the release to a haunting close; vocal reflection adding to the theatre of sound and imagination which is nothing less than a compelling persuasion. Though maybe not impacting as commandingly on personal tastes and emotions as the tracks before it, the track leaves thoughts eagerly busy and pleasure full whilst revealing another side to the band’s invention. The fact the emotive vocal/sonic union reminds of the Scars track Your Attention Please, does it no harm either.

Three Days From Retirement is beginning to command attention with many reasons why contained within the highly enjoyable If We Keep Walking Eventually We’ll Fall; a release as suggested deserving of another wave of attention from media and fresh listeners alike, especially fans of bands such as The Cure, Mogwai, Russian Circles, and Sigur Ros.

The If We Keep Walking Eventually We’ll Fall EP is out now via Infinite Hive Music at https://3daysfromretirement.bandcamp.com/album/if-we-keep-walking-eventually-well-fall-off and most online stores.

Upcoming live dates:

Friday March 18th 2016, Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

Sunday March 20th 2016, Nice ‘n Sleazy, Glasgow

Friday April 22nd 2016, Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Tuesday May 10th 2016, Audio, Glasgow

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Raging Speedhorn/Monster Magnet Split EP

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To support and celebrate their part in Desertfest this April, British sludgers Raging Speedhorn have linked up with US stoners Monster Magnet for a split EP to be released the opening day of the UK festival. It is the meeting of two beasts from either side of the Pond and the union of two tracks which more than reflect their reputation and weight as riff and groove laded protagonists.

The successor to last year’s EP featuring Sons of Alpha Centauri and Karma To Burn, again released to mark the festival, the new Desertfest sponsored 7” split comes via H42 Records and will be available as a limited pressing of 300.

Raging Speedhorn, who are currently in the studio with Russ Russell finishing their fifth record Lost Ritual, start the 7” off with Halfway To Hell. From its first lure of riffs, the track has admittedly already eager ears gripped, inflamed once guitars burst into a feisty rumble under the forceful courtship of meaty rhythms. The grouchily throaty vocals of John Loughlin and Frank Regan only add to the imposing invitation, a tempting really easy to submit to once Jim Palmer and Jamie Thompson uncages their almost toxic grooves and a trespass of a melodic seducing. With the rhythmic predation of bassist Dave Thompson and intrusive beats of Gordon Morrison, the track offers prime Raging Speedhorn bait which is certain to be greedily devoured. Taken from the band’s forthcoming album, it is sure to inflame the anticipation of its release.

Hallucination Bomb is Monster Magnet’s offering to the EP, a track which was obviously born with a growl and has no problem sharing it from its first breath of grisly riffs and portentous air. As with its predecessor, once grooves emerge, even with their prowling intent, ears and imagination are hooked and ready to embrace the familiar tones of Dave Wyndorf. The sultry, almost sweaty, flavouring of guitarists Ed Mundell and Phil Caivano’s melodic tapestry easily captivates with their heated enterprise and landscape reinforced rather than tempered by the rhythmic rapacity of bassist Jim Baglino and drummer Bob Pantella.

Both tracks offer heavy and invasive but fiercely anthemic rock ‘n’ roll cast in their creator’s familiar aural voices honed into fresh designs. The tracks hint at big years for the bands and indeed equally for Desertfest. The words of Raging Speedhorn’s Jim Palmer probably sums it up best; “Having been a fan of Monster Magnet, forever it’s a real pleasure to be part of this split record! We also feel tremendously honoured that Desertfest chose us, as we are big fans of the festival. It doesn’t get much better than this!

The Raging Speedhorn/Monster Magnet 7” Split EP is released April 29th via H42 Records.

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Pete RingMaster 14/03/2016

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