Standing before the jaws of time: talking Exumer and Raging Tides with Mem V. Stein

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Following the release of Exumer’s ferocious and thrilling new album The Raging Tides, a fearsome and virulent proposition which confirmed the US Thrashers as one inimitably uncompromising force of sound and energy, we grabbed the opportunity to steal a slab of time with band founder and vocalist Mem V. Stein. Kindly he let us in on the creation and background to the band’s latest protagonist for ears and imagination as well as providing insight into his and the band’s creative heart.

Having chatted with Mem back in 2012 around the release of previous album Fire & Damnation, we asked him to bring us up to date with all things Exumer between the two releases?

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Next we asked Mem if there was any specific aim in regard to the writing and character behind The Raging Tides

There is no escaping an evolution and movement in sound between albums, and fair to say The Raging Tides was as open in a creative leap and shift as any Exumer release to date. So we asked Mem where he most saw the differences and growth of sound between the latest albums and Fire & Damnation.

How about the edge and snarl in what is for The RingMaster Review, the band’s most venomous and compromising encounter musically, as well as lyrically, so far.

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Staying with the lyrics, and what feels like a slab of unrest and defiance, as well as an raw commentary on, the injustices and sufferings dealt upon the ’common’ man today, Mem delved for us into the main inspirations to the lyrical side of tracks and to the overall theme behind The Raging Tides and whether the band has become angrier with each release and song over time, emotionally and sonically.

The Raging Tides saw Exumer link up with producer/engineer Waldemar Soychta at Waldstreet Sound in Dortmund again, so we wanted to know what about what he brings to the recording experience.

It seemed strange to say it about a band formed in 1985, but we wonder that with The Raging Tides, Exumer had truly slipped into its creative skin; its sound coming of age?

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It is fair to say that Exumer’s new encounter has lit a fuse for a highly successful and no doubt eventful 2016 and beyond for Exumer. So we had to ask what was in store for fans and band across the rest of the year.

Finally we simply left Mem to add any final thoughts which had a message for Exumer’s British fans.

Our big thanks to Mem for sharing his time with us and for letting us into the heart of band and The Raging Tides. Check out the band and all their upcoming tour and show news @

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Pete RingMaster
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The Filthy Tongues – Jacob’s Ladder

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Seriously beguiling and theatrically suggestive, Jacob’s Ladder is the highly anticipated debut album from Scottish trio The Filthy Tongues, and a glorious adventure into the dark and magnetic underbelly of the band’s home and imagination. Consisting of eight slices of dark rock ‘n’ roll woven from an evocative tapestry of caliginous flavours and textures, tracks further infused with poetic lyrical drama, the album is an immersion into gothic cloaked and intimately alluring portraits of, in the words of the band, “a dark neo-feudal Edinburgh.”

The Filthy Tongues consists of vocalist/guitarist Martin Metcalfe, bassist Fin Wilson, and drummer Derek Kelly, a threesome who were the core-members of eighties/nineties band Goodbye Mr Mackenzie. The band, which also featured Shirley Manson as keyboardist and backing singer, evolved into Angelfish and recorded a well-received album with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, whose manager Gary Kurfirst gave a helping hand to the Scottish band. Subsequently Manson was lured to front a new project called Garbage whilst Metcalfe, Wilson, and Kelly became Isa & the Filthy Tongues and released a pair of albums with American-born Stacey Chavis as vocalist. Now the trio have stepped forward as The Filthy Tongues and uncaged a creative incitement which must rank up there with the finest offering to come from their creative minds and talent.

The album opens with its title track and a melancholic caress of strings which soon part for a vibrant stroll of dark bass and nagging riffs around distinctive vocals. A ripple of keys adds to the instant expressive character of the track, backing vocal lures just as potent as the track strolls along with a sinister yet mesmeric swagger. Like a mix of The Monochrome Set and Milton Star with a healthy scent of Nick Cave to it, the opener alone gives Jacob’s Ladder all the bait needed to tempt ears and appetite, whilst setting up an already eager imagination with the lust to delve into what is to come and enslave.

album_RingMasterReviewThe brilliant start continues with the rhythmically tenacious High. As the bass aligns it’s ominous yet invitingly throaty suggestiveness to the anthemic pull of beats, Metcalfe’s tones bring the narrative to pungent life like a lyrical Pied Piper within the post punk seeded and dramatic ambience of the sounds around him. It is gripping, irresistible stuff that demands increasing attention with consummate ease, much as the album and songs surrounding it, including the following Holy Brothers. Rhythms again create a bold canvas for keys and strings to share their provocative and melodic suggestiveness which in turn creates an aural sketch for vocals and words to captivate within. There is a slight feel of Fatima Mansions to that lyrical and indeed emotional prowess cast, a sharing of the descriptive and virulently compelling art of offering the imagination a fully equipped landscape to play with.

Long Time Dead brings a steely edge and attitude to its guitar crafted opening and subsequent body next, providing a dark country spiced proposal bred in the dirty back streets of life whilst Bowhead Saint swings and seduces with a delta blues kissed romancing of the imagination. Both tracks enthral and tantalise from within their individual creative skins and darkly lit hearts before Violent Sorrow shares its intimate and, as throughout the album, lyrically raw croon. Each of the trio leaves a lingering mark in their varied ways, all offering a long term flirtation with the psyche and passions.

A more physically agitated piece of rock ‘n’ roll, Children Of The Filthy keeps enjoyment and excitement as high as ever. Once more rhythms provide the irritable yet anthemic side of the song, vocals the dark scenic persuasion, and melodic and sonic imagination a bewitching poetic majesty which here is surf rock infused. The track is glorious, with Metcalfe vocally continuing to be like a Vaudevillian Poe sharing a dark tale to embrace and be inspired by. Its success is swiftly matched by the sultry exploration of Kingdom Of Ice, a song as enchanting as it is emotionally intimidating. Carrying a sound brewed with volatility, the closer is a firmly arresting proposal with as much suggestive depth and persuasion as the words it merges with, and a superb end to a similarly impressive release.

Jacob’s Ladder is destined to be one of the most acclaimed debuts of 2016, if it can truly be called a first release or simply another proposal in a long term evolution of three artists. More than that though, the record is a blend of fantasy and reality which ignites ears and emotions like a sonic poet; so being destined to emerge as one of the most acclaimed albums of the year might be the better suggestion.

Jacob’s Ladder is out now via Blokshok and available in varied formats and packages @ http://www.filthytongues.com

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Silver Coast – Seasons

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Breeding a loyal fan-base and earning a potent reputation for their sound and live presence in their home city of Inverness and beyond, Scottish quartet Silver Coast is now getting to grips with stirring up broader attention across the UK. Latest mini album Seasons is leading the persuasion, the release an emotive roar of alternative and melodic rock with an invitation for ears which commands to be taken notice of. It is an introduction to a wider spread audience which will certainly not stir any real surprise if and when it sparks a new flood of eager ears the way of Silver Coast.

Formed late 2012, Silver Coast was soon lighting up appetites on the local live scene with highlights including supporting the likes of Fatherson, lostAlone, and King Charles in the city. Over time they began sharing their presence and sound further afield, backed by the release of the highly praised 2014 single Believe. Last year saw the foursome of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Aaron Murray, guitarist Andrew Thomas, bassist Jason Simpson, and drummer Michael Cappie playing the main stage at Belladrum and end 2015 with a show at Glasgow’s King Tuts, and with Seasons already beginning to stir things up, this year looks like following suit in success and raising attention.

art_RingMasterReviewAs Seasons opens with Pictures, there is an immediate lure of popping guitar strings as a seductive melody wraps around ears. It is a swiftly engaging entrance to release and song reinforced by the strong melodic tones of Murray and subsequently the darker heavy hues of bass amidst crisp beats. As things evolve, a sultry country tinged twang escapes guitars, sparking brightly against the sombre yet warm atmospheric sky of the song. As it continues, ears are lured deeper into the song’s creative heart, every passing minute a discovery of subtle but openly inventive twists and elements which have laid in wait for their moment to please and intrigue. The band has cited inspirations as coming from bands such as Feeder, You Me at Six, and Twin Atlantic, and similar spices, if not direct comparisons, certainly colour the opener and its following companions.

Needing You Needing Me slips in next and instantly builds upon the great start with its magnetic coaxing of sonic enterprise and vocal prowess. Through never nearing an explosion of energy, the track is as catchy as hell, even in its quietest moments, and even more compelling when it raises its creative and emotional temperature. Again without exactly sounding like them, the song brings thoughts of The Mighty Lemon Drops to the fore and also frees a scent of Orange Juice to its jangling resourcefulness before making way for the similarly infectious Wake Up. Enticing ears into following its title, the song saunters along with a melodic smile and emotive edge; further feeding an already keen appetite for the band’s highly engaging rock ‘n’ roll.

A beefier intensity is uncaged by Taking Chances next, its tempestuous air thick drama around the emerging melodic and harmonic contagiousness of the song. Rhythms add a punch and imposing shadowing whilst Thomas spins a web of sonic expression with his fingers as Murray potently croons. It is fair to say that each Silver Coast song is a kaleidoscope of flavour and textures, here light and dark colliding and colluding for another arousal of air and ears before parting for the album’s title track. A calmer hug of emotive sound, the final song is a reflective serenade of voice and piano wrapped in the expressive arms of guitar. It too bares new sides to its inventive and emotive soul with rhythms building up a brooding atmosphere which becomes subsequently laced with the provocative romancing of keys and melodies.

It is a fine end to a release which is certainly thoroughly enjoyable on the first listen or two but really comes into its own over time and with further exploration. At times it feels like Silver Coast pull back on their boldness, hinting at losing any creative restraints but in the end keeping that final spark which anticipations wants under wraps. Nevertheless Seasons is a potent first look for a great many at a band really beginning to creatively blossom.

Seasons is out now @ http://silvercoast.bigcartel.com/product/seasons-ep-pre-order-now

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Bear Makes Ninja – Shenanagrams

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We all like a bit of teasing before being seduced, a touch of flirting before getting fully involved in a lustful union and that is exactly what the songs within Shenanagrams do. The debut album from British math/alternative rock trio Bear Makes Ninja, it is a collection of tracks which offer a variety of off-kilter and imaginative bait which lures and entices before leading ears and imagination into feisty sonic revelry.

The Sleaford in Lincolnshire hailing, 2010 formed, threesome of James Palmer, Ben Kutzner, and Karina Lawrence are no strangers to attention and lusty praise thanks to a previous pair of EPs in If We Were Cats of 2010 and Shouting at Bridges two years later, as well as a compelling and dynamic live presence which has taken in the sharing of stages with the likes of Mutiny On The Bounty, Cleft, Axis Of, Alpha Male Tea Party, The Wyches, Axes, and Alright The Captain amongst many over time. The band has also made very well-received appearances at festivals such as Arc Tan Gent, BBC Introducing, So Festival, Hockey Hustle and Airfield Anarchy. Fair to say they have welcomed plenty of praise over time but now they are ready to create their biggest stir yet with Shenanagrams, an encounter which has body and imagination on board from its first tenacious moments.

The contagious instrumental Double Twice gets things off and rocking first, guitar and bass riffs colluding from its first breath to nag and entwines the senses as bolder rhythms brew behind them. Once into its full stride, irresistible hooks spear and vein a muggy but no less vibrant climate of sonic enterprise and captivating temptation. There is a Buzzcocks-esque hue to those hooks and the wandering melodic spicery whilst the heart of the track becomes increasingly volatile and feistier over time to complete the inimitable tempting of body and spirit.

art_RingMasterReviewA virulently gripping start to the album, it is magnetically backed up by Aches and Veins. A less agitated encounter to its predecessor but no lightweight on math rock ingenuity as skittish rhythms link up with jazzier flirtations of guitar and bass, the song also brews its own slightly tempestuous crescendos of energy and drama. Like The Fall of Troy meets Young Knives, ears and feet are gripped in no time then passed over to the similarly explosive and virulent Bob’s Logs. Again the just mentioned Leicestershire trio come to mind, they the most regular hint we can use to the creative tapestry spun by Bear Makes Ninja across Shenanagrams. The three pronged vocal persuasion is especially alluring in the third track, radiating with character and harmonic charm from within the at times thickly busy climate of the track.

B.F.C (Banned from Chicken) bounces around with stabbing hooks and eccentric rhythms next, every second of the track creative drama which, as the album, only intrigues, reveals, and impresses more with every listen. The same of course applies to the funk loaded shuffle of I Ditch Girls Who Believe in Ghosts, another hip manipulating, enjoyment installing instrumental, whilst 12345, from a celestial ambience smothered entrance, evolves into a vivacious swirl of sinew sculpted grooves and sonic intensity which storm over the senses whilst treating them to acidic hooks and racy melodic flames. Ebbing and flowing in energy, the song alone triggers another urge of greed to an already eager appetite for the album.

These Little Snakes is a more even mannered proposal, though just as frisky with its robust pop rock conjuring of rapacious invention. The burst of kinetic sound and intensity which blesses all tracks has, as here, a certain Reuben like quality, if without the predacious snarl of the still missed UK band. It is a quality which only adds to the experience and enjoyment though, as echoed in the closing roar of the album’s title track. Shenanagrams song and full-length is a bracingly animated incitement of body and spirit, its snaky grooves like wandering hands fondling the imagination as rhythms swing hips and vocals spark another host of eager involvement.

Exploring fresh post/noise rock hues too, the track is a masterful end to a thoroughly fascinating and rousing release. Shenanagrams is the announcement of a fresh creative devil in the British rock scene; the realisation of the hints and promise laid in Bear Makes Ninja’s previous encounters but more so the opening of a new depth of imagination and inventive fun within the band.

Shenanagrams is out now on CD, Vinyl, and digitally via Mountains Of Records @ http://bearmakesninja.bandcamp.com/

Upcoming Bear Makes Ninja Shows:

UK:

Sat 23rd April- Stag and Hounds, BRISTOL.

Fri 6th May- CHAOS THEORY, The Black Heart, Camden, London.

Sat 7th May- SMALL POND RECORDINGS, Brighton.

Sat 21st May- SHANTI FEST, Horncastle, Lincolnshire.

Fri 17th June- Cobbles Bar, Louth, Lincolnshire.

Sat 18th June- BAD OWL, Leeds.

European Tour With Alright The Captain:

Fri 25th March- Music City, Antwerp.

Sat 26th March- Cologne, Germany.

Fri 1st April- Mistni Borci, Pilsen, Czech Republic.

Sat 2nd April- Prague, Czech Republic.

Weds 6th April- The Wild Rover, Aachen, Germany.

Thurs 7th April- Luxembourg

Fri 8th April-Brussels, Belgium.

Sat 9th April- Borgloon, Belgium.

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Golding – Feel Alone

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Feel Alone might be the name of their new single, but it is not an emotion you can imagine Golding experiencing right now as they continue to attract ears and attention with their engaging sound.

Formed by school friends back in 2013, the British band was swiftly hand-picked to tour the length and breadth of the UK with Illinois indie noise fiends The Orwells. Since then it has been a lively time for the Brighton hailing band as their fusion of alternative and indie rock with more shoegaze and psych pop bred flavours have enticed more and more ears through shows and festival appearance across the past eighteen months or so, and in turn with the unveiling of songs.

art_RingMasterReviewNow the band have their debut single poised to spark broader awareness, a hope and intent which will certainly be given a healthy start by Feel Alone, a song which gets right down into the nitty gritty of making a potent persuasion from its opening second. A lone guitar lays a melodic jangle upon ears first; it quickly joined by a rolling lure of drums before a wider caress of guitar alongside a moodier tone of bass get involved with the brewing affair with ears. Once into an energetic but composed stride, the song unveils an imaginative landscape of varied rock ‘n roll, creative scenery scented with post punk shadows and drama around a volatile rock/pop enterprise. The vocals of Kipp Boucher add further mellow texture to the calmer twists of the song whilst the bass of Toby Withers and Louis Ayto’s beats offer the shadier hues and irritable energy which smoulders throughout the single.

The track is a fiery and as suggested tempestuous proposal with the guitars of Boucher and Liam Bemrose a mix of raw and emotive flames around the solo prowess of the latter. That greatly impacting post punk spice continues to reinforce the stormy heart of the song and only aids what would be a very decent track grow into something much more impressive and memorable.

Feel Alone shows why many have been eagerly shouting about Golding whilst offering the potential of bigger and bolder things from them ahead. With a UK tour kicking off now, 2016 could be very good year for the south coast bred outfit.

Feel Alone is out now @ https://golding.bandcamp.com/

Upcoming Tour Dates:

17/03 Brighton, The Prince Albert

18/03 Bath, The Nest

19/03 London, The Garage (Upstairs)

20/03   Sheffield, The Greystones

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