Playing House – New Haircut EP

Photo by Veronica Aguilar Photography

Photo by Veronica Aguilar Photography

The New Haircut EP is another debut this year which needed little time to excite ears and incite reactions to go wow. There has been a few already in 2016 and amongst the most thrilling is this introduction to East London alt-pop trio Playing House. The three song festival of pop discord and irresistible hooks simply grabs attention and a swiftly greedy appetite with its creative devilry and maturity. Listening to the EP for the first time was a being stopped in the tracks moment with the grin on face and the passions telling all.

Much like another big site favourite Horse Party, Playing House is a two girl, one guy exploration of pop music. Every raw jangle, off-kilter twist, and discord fuelled sidestep of the genre embraced and re-honed to the threesome’s own startling escapades whilst weaving in the melodic prowess and flirty hooks you would expect and hope for. Inspirations for the three are said to include the likes of David Bowie, Velvet Underground, and Chic but you just can tell that their own tastes provide a much broader canvas for their music to draw from before finding its own unique character.

Hitting the London live scene in the September of 2015 with a sold out headline show at St Giles in The Fields Church, hosted by Kal Lavelle for her We Love Shows series, Playing House have become a greedily devoured live proposition. The New Haircut EP is going to try and transfer that support to a broader landscape with its release; success hard to see being missed as gets ears lustful again listening to the release whilst fingers hit keys.

It opens with the first song written by the band, Feel The Weight. Its initial touch is a fuzzy mist of keys, the second a romping stroll of bouncing rhythms and a spicy hook still embraced by that melodically dissonant wash. The coaxing into the song is ear thrilling and becoming even more irresistible as things relax for the lively and lyrically potent vocals courted by an equally infectious prowess to rhythms and riffs. The edge to its thick beats contrasts perfectly with the funky swing of the song and the imaginative blend of vocals from the two ladies, a combination of sound and energy which has a definite and repeated in other songs feel of 4 Non Blondes to it.

The excellent start only hits another plateau with the EP’s title track and band’s new single. New Haircut is quite superb, again enslaving attention from the first moments as choppy and steely guitars entangle around the vocal roar. Once the song slips into post punk meets alternative pop ingenuity, the deal is done, ears and passions enslaved. From there rhythms roam and roll with a quirky almost deranged tenacity whilst stabbing riffs and those increasingly choppy chords have feet and spirit throwing shapes like a slinky. The track is quite brilliant with that vocal agility and adventure of the band the ringleader to glorious revelry and lyrical incitement of thought.

The release is completed by Grapefruit, another addiction in the making proposal which takes barely seconds to entice and engross as guitars chip away at ears which are simultaneously being slowly seduced by keys. Though carrying a more restrained energy than its predecessors, the song has a lively swagger and charm which will have bodies on their feet and hips swaying in boisterous union.

It is a fine end to one thrilling first look at Playing House. You always assume a band will grow and blossom further from their first endeavour which in this case means the British music scene has one mighty and destined to be exhilarating adventure brewing ahead of them. A must hear release.

The New Haircut EP is released April 8th

Upcoming live dates:

Wednesday 13th April – Birthdays, London (EP release show)

Sunday 17th April – Sound Control, Manchester

Wednesday 20nd April – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

Thursday 21st April – The Garage, London

Friday 22nd April – Sofar Sounds, Liverpool

Saturday 23rd April – Moon Club, Cardiff

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Paradigm – Realize EP

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Offering four tracks which either hit the ground running with ears and imagination or simply blossom into just as potent propositions over subsequent listens, it is fair to say that the Realize EP is one attention commanding debut. The first EP from London trio Paradigm, it is a striking introduction to a UK rock band already stirring up strong words of acclaim.

With its initial seeds sown when vocalist/guitarist Alex Blake met drummer Angel D at school where they exchanged a Nirvana album and instantly became best friends, Paradigm truly stepped forward with a line-up completed by bassist/pianist Giulio Granchelli. Honing their sound whilst earning swift and potent reputation for their live presence, the band eventually hit the studio where producers John Cornfield (Muse, Oasis, Robert Plant, New Model Army, Supergrass) and Paul Corkett (The Cure, Bjork, Placebo, Nick Cave), after recording the EP with the band, announced that “This is one of the most fresh and exciting modern rock bands we‘ve produced!”

Realize opens with the instantly impressing Desire, a track which has the listener’s physical and emotional involvement on broad with little time or effort. Riffs and rhythms create a united coaxing further enhanced by spicy grooves and the quickly compelling and throaty bassline cast by Granchelli. As melodies add sultry temptation, the dark tones of Blake steal their big portion of attention, his presence already being described as Nick Cave-esque, and understandably so listening to the opener.  It is an enthralling persuasion catching further alight with its rousing chorus and volatile emotive energy. Every twist brings a new spice to enjoy, keys pulsating with an enterprise as resourceful and magnetic as the drama fuelled hooks and collusion of vocals cast across the band.

Paradigm Cover Artwork _RingMasterReviewThe stunning start is closely matched by Your Darker Side. It is a less intensive affair but just as rich in melodic tempting and creative imagination. Many bands have been offered up as an attempt to describe Paradigm’s individual sound; Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, U2 among them but we suspect everyone will find out their own unique comparisons, as here the song reminds these ears of The Fatima Mansions and Teardrop Explodes as much as anyone else, a Julian Cope air also seemingly lacing Blake’s again impressing tones and delivery. The thrilling and highly infectious song itself proceeds to build crescendos of energy and intensity, each erupting seamlessly into anthemic roars and gentler hugs of expressive sound.

To reveal another shade to their songwriting and sound, the sombre yet fiery Strangers has a Walker Brothers air to it at times, going on to unveil a grungier presence leading up to and for its tempestuous chorus. Pete Wylie also comes to mind across the song, but as suggested each will hear their own references such the thickness and depth of the Paradigm sound and invention. Fusing various strains of rock, past and present, the song fascinates as much as its catchy qualities seduce, and though it does not leap on the passion as swiftly as its predecessors, Strangers has them just as greedily hooked in time

The same with closing track The Miracle. Its theatre of sound and emotion sees the poetic hues of a piano aligning with almost orchestral like drama, an imaginative blend needing longer to explore and get into but emerging as another easy to embrace proposal if admittedly not quite to the same strength as the previous three on personal tastes. Nevertheless the band only impresses individually and as a single thick flirtation of the senses.

Paradigm have announced their presence in big, bold, and at times breath-taking style with Realize so expect to hear much more from and of this potential bulging band.

The Realize EP is released April 8th through Sumind Records across all stores.

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Pryti – Bitter Pill

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Like intoxicating liquor, some flavours simply grown stronger and more compelling with age, and that is the same with Bitter Pill, the new video single from British independent rock artist Pryti. The song comes from the Birmingham singer songwriter transfixing and mightily impressive debut album Tales Of A Melancholic, which was released on her own label, Welcome To Pariahville early last year. Within the collection of dramatic and imposing landscapes of emotions and dark shadows, Bitter Pill certainly captivated and infested the imagination with its “bracing vocals and melodies caught on a passionate sonic wind”. Fair to say, as the album, it just grew with every listen from there but it is now on its own, and for whatever reason, the song really seems to have gained its biggest blossom as one seriously enthralling moment.

Inspired by the likes of Deftones and Paramore, both audible spices in Bitter Pill, Pryti is quite simply a sonic force all on her own. On the single and album, she was the sole source of songs, vocals, guitar and bass; a resourcefulness and strength which goes with the DIY ethic of her label and presence. It is a talent which only impresses when hearing her Justin Hill (Sikth, Heart of a Coward, Yashin, Bury Tomorrow) produced and majorly acclaimed first album, Tales Of A Melancholic and only does so again with Bitter Pill.

Pryti Cover Artwork _RingMasterReviewThe song instantly grips ears with its dark ambience and portentous beats, the lone lure of guitar as melancholic as the sounds around it are imposing. Pryti’s vocals equally have a solemn resonance to their intimate emotion and beauty, only flaming with greater inviting hues as the song equally rises in intensity and suggestive drama. That Deftones influence is an open colour, adding to the almost invasive air and tempestuous nature of the song. It is simply intoxicating stuff, a beguiling and haunting incitement of ears and imagination which shows no lessening of its potency even as lighter breezes dare to creep in on the compelling act.

Equally the video for Bitter Pill is as invasively mesmeric; Pryti alone in a shadow washed forest an evocative visual melancholy only reinforced by the elegant moves of the masked dancer which seem to add  to the song’s heart spawned solemnity. Directed by Marcus Maschwitz, the film is a captivating piece which draws rather than distracts attention to the actual song and its open heart.

The press release for the Bitter Pill suggests that, “There is little doubt that 2016 is going to be colossal for Pryti.” We for one will not argue.

The Bitter Pill video/single is released Friday 8th April.

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Only Shadows – Be Still

 

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Hoping to build on and replicate a highly successful 2015, UK alternative rock band Only Shadows attempt to kick its successor into similar life with new single Be Still. A teaser to the West Midlands band’s impending debut EP, the new offering suggests they can expect another lively time especially if that upcoming encounter can match the single’s rousing proposal.

Formed in 2014, the foursome of Nick Ashby, Ben Riley, Paul Wechter, and Alex Moffitt pull on the inspirations of artists such as Manchester Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit, Editors, and Queens of the Stone Age for their own creative imagination. As mentioned, last year was a potent time for the band with Only Shadows supporting numerous artists including the likes of Coasts, Young Kato, and Saint Raymond whilst also headlining their own sold-out shows in Birmingham and London.

art _RingMasterReviewRecorded as the EP with Jamie Evans and Shane Shannahan (Jake Bugg, London Grammar, The Killers) at Westpoint Studios, Be Still quickly shows why people like BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio have been vocal in their praise of the band. A resonating guitar string and emotive vocal coaxing opens things up with both swiftly backed by punchy beats and warm harmonies. As the song rises in sound and energy, anthemic textures spring from bass and drums with drama fuelling the rich enterprise of guitars and voice around them. That Editors influence is a readily noticeable hue to the song too but a spicing only colouring a bolder Only Shadows theatre of sound and emotion. The track continues to rise and fall in its intensity and sonic fire across its body, never undulating in its persuasive roar and almost feverishly successful tempting of ears.

It is a gripping offering from the band which you might argue is not overly unique in sound, yet there is plenty about the single which takes Only Shadows away from the crowd and into an appetite to hear much more. Indeed 2016 is looking like another potentially triumphant year for the band.

Be Still is released April 8th on CD and Download via Nu Breed Records.

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WE-ARE-Z – Easy

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Yet again showing themselves the puppeteer of hips and funk in induced revelry, UK based indie poppers WE-ARE-Z release new single Easy this month, a song that pulls you to your feet to share moves probably best kept under wraps. The song is a virulently persuasive little number, something for ears to wear and inhibitions to depart for from a band making a habit of turning the world into an eager dance-floor.

Formed in 2012, the London based Anglo/French quintet merge individual experiences of playing with artists such as Beyonce, The Waterboys, Pharell Williams, and James Morrison with inspirations ranging from David Bowie, Serge Gainsborough, Talking Heads and Blur to The Clash, Devo, XTC, and Sparks. The band’s debut track Airbrush sparked potent interest in 2014 though fair to say Walkways the following year was the real attention grabber. With its success backed up by tracks like Knucklehead and a live presence which leaves everyone out of breath, you might say that WE-ARE-Z and their songs have become one of UK pop’s eagerly anticipated adventures.

art _RingMasterReviewThe new single pulsates into view, its initial electronic tempting soon joined by rhythmic throbs and vocal bait. The ripe coaxing, speared by the purposeful swings of Guillaume Charreau, increasingly grows as sultry hues caress ears, their lures aligning with a just as potent melodic and harmonic drama. In no time body and imagination are lost in the flirtatious and riveting theatre of the song with the dark rhythms, led by a gorgeously throat bassline cast by Marc Arciero, alone just irresistible. The keys and guitars of Clément Leguidcoq and Drew Wynen sparkle and dance as they entangle with each other around the ever welcoming and tenacious vocals of Gabriel Cazes, he like the ringleader to a band of sonic mischief makers with a delivery which simply lures the listener deeper into the party playing with their ears.

As with previous songs from WE-ARE-Z, our thoughts bring the likes of Shriekback and Franz Ferdinand coming to mind but also there is a touch of Sparks and Talking Heads to a song which, at the end of the day, really only sounds like another highly enjoyable and rather naughty WE-ARE-Z soirée.

Easy is released April 8th via Sputnik Records.

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Sabatta – Middle Of The Night

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Creating a fiercely flavoursome breed of rock ‘n’ roll described as grunge soul, British band Sabatta follow up the release towards the end of last year of their well-received album Middle Of The Night with a new single in the fiery shape of its title-track. The track is a feverish mix of styles and flavours epitomising the band’s broad sound and a tenacious energy which ignites their live presence and its parent release.

Led by singer/songwriter guitarist Yinka Oyewole, the London based Sabatta has toured across the UK and Europe as well as the US over the years, sharing stages with the likes of Peter Doherty, Slaves to Gravity, Saul Williams, Zoe Kravitz, and Janelle Monae along the way. Numerous festivals has embraced the band’s crowd inciting live show too, whilst later albums like Emperor’s MOTN_SINGLE_COVER _RingMasterReviewNew Clothes and Sabatta have especially drawn acclaim and attention. With Oyewole exploring solo material as well as making appearances in films, TV, and music videos with the likes of Kevin Bacon, Ashley Waters, and James Arthur since 2011, the quiet Sabatta bounced back into ears in fine style with Middle Of The Night in 2015, its title track now poised to spark 2016 off in the same way last year ended for the band.

A guitar jangle and rhythmic roll breaks the silence first, its repeated rally sparking a strolling groove spreading sultry tendrils as the quickly engaging vocals of Oyewole join the brewing party. It is a growing energy which bursts into a fuzzy blaze stocked with soaring harmonies and rousing funk ‘n’ roll revelry. The track relaxes back into that initial catchy canter again, all the while building its energies and tenacity to spring up again, a repeating cycle which has anticipating glowing with each round as eagerly as the band’s own to burst into boisterous action.

Weaving a tapestry of dirty grunge and emotive soul, flirtatious funk and fiery classic rock, to name some of its textures, Middle Of The Night is a spirit raising feel good stomp which might not be re-inventing the rock wheel but certainly provides a whole new colour to its invigorating roll.

Middle Of The Night is released April 8th @ https://sabatta.bandcamp.com/album/middle-of-the-night

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Peter M. Smith – Speak No Evil

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Having earned eager praise and success with a cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart with JD Kelleher in the Irish rock charts, a track released to raise awareness in the lead up to Ireland’s “Yes Vote” for Marriage Equality, and with the song for the Requiem (For Fighting) on the Ireland Laid Bare compilation album, Peter M. Smith is firing up his own moment in the spotlight with new single Speak No Evil. It is a rousing and commandingly infectious proposition which suggests that the Dublin hailing singer/writer’s moment with be no fleeting period.

Taking inspirations ranging from Thin Lizzy to Lenny Kravitz into his tenacious songwriting and sound, Smith caught the attention of Lonely Child Records to whom he recently signed, no doubt helped by his already mentioned successes that has had the Irish rock scene offering eager support. Now it is Speak No Evil providing the fresh nudge on attention, a song which manages to sound boldly familiar yet similarly openly fresh and individual to Smith.

A great bassline opens up the song, its punkish tone contrasted by the sultry guitar flirting away in the background. Thick beats add to the ears and imagination sparking start, successful bait only elevated by the first showing of Smith’s vocals and the infectiousness brewing up in the already gripping proposal. As he vocally swings with the opening verse, there is a Huey Lewis meets Halls & Oates feel to the song, that strong lure soon boiling into a hard/classic rock roar for the easy to get involved in chorus.

The track continues to romp and incite participation, its tenacious rock ‘n’ roll a spark for feet and voice whilst heavily suggesting Smith is someone ears want to hear plenty more of. With recent successful shows in the UK alongside The Jokers and Emma Stevens, signing with his new label, and now the release of Speak No Evil, 2016 is looking like a big year where many more will be enjoyably discovering Peter M. Smith.

Speak No Evil is available now via iTunes.

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