Falls – One Hundred Percent Strong

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We all have bands, and no doubt many, which almost with their first creative breath spark an instinctive and lustful affair between their sound and ears. For us UK noise poppers Falls is one such union, a riotous quartet which spins webs of invention so contagious that they make the common cold seem lazy. Back in 2014, the band had us hooked with their self-tagged gash pop/fuck rock via the Dirtbox EP. Now they have unleashed its successor, One Hundred Percent Strong; a bigger, bolder, and even more devilish affair to rapture over.

Formed in 2013, Falls has been a hungry and irresistible live presence from day one, tours and shows with the likes of Allusondrugs, Shikari Sound System, God Damn, Blacklisters, Press To MECO, and Black Peaks among their own headlining conquests. The Dirtbox EP equally sparked attention upon its release, eclipsed the next year by the band’s two track single Mastiff which saw a host of radio play and support from the likes of Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq, Alex Baker, and Sophie K. Ahead of a co-headlining tour with I Cried Wolf and an appearance at ArcTanGent in August, Falls is now uncaging One Hundred Percent Strong, a four-track stomp sure to outshine its predecessors in acclaim to match the leap in sound and invention.

There is a more mature and accomplished feel to the songs with the band’s latest offering, but without defusing the loco imagination and quick fire twist and turns which have already marked out their sound and imagination. In fact those elements have been honed with an even keener creative devilment to keep ears and the imagination as busy as the song’s instinctive rock ‘n’ roll does the body. With everything combined, Falls’ music is like a mix up in a noise infested pop factory blending early XTC with Hawk Eyes as seepage from Melvins adds a thrilling contamination.

front cover one hundred percent _RingMasterReviewIt all starts with the kinetic shuffle of Get Well Soon; a track instantly accosting ears with throbbing bass grooves and rolling beats as the guitars of Martin Gallagher and Philip Kelsall perpetually cast wiry hooks and teasing riffs. That alone is enough to infest the psyche and lift the spirit, but add the rousing vocals of the band, with one of the three string pickers leading though no idea which, and you have instant emotional arousal. The track continues to swing and thump, even as its pop fuelled chorus dances provocatively on the imagination. It is simply glorious; we all find manna for the ears in certain songs and this is ours.

Though it is quickly matched by the even more tenacious and slight psychotic Shady Nasty. Again grooves and hooks are swift bait around the lively inviting beats of Steff Jones with the band’s vocals further harmonic and mischief making fun. There is also a volatility to the encounter, at times it almost intimidating ears with the resonating snarl of Ben Griffiths’ bassline a prominent enticement though it is just as compelling in the warmly flirtatious moments too.

SWARM comes next and lives up to its name as riffs crawl incessantly through ears, though there is no particular urgency to their incitement. Instead the song writhes around with steely grooves and off-kilter exploits within a web of punk hooks and noise rock sensibility. Ultimately, it is as funky as it is ferocious, as poppy as it is cantankerously inventive and pure alchemy for the senses and at this point our very greedy appetite for the release.

There is no relaxing of the twisted tempting and addictive ingenuity with closing track Death In Disco Shoes either, the track leaping around like a hyperactive sugar fuelled teenager not knowing whether to party hard or be creatively responsible and doing both with unbridled zeal.

It is an exhilarating end to one of the year’s major propositions so far and no doubt will remain so. Falls and One Hundred Percent Strong are noisy, raucous, and prone to addictive habits; the very best kind of rock ‘n’ roll.

The One Hundred Percent Strong EP is out now via Venn Records digitally and on 7” vinyl @ https://www.vennrecords.com/shop/music/fallsvinyl/

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Cute Cute Death – Vessels

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With a name which certainly sparks intrigue, Cute Cute Death back it up with a sound just as attention grabbing and now an album which climbs over the senses, trespasses their boundaries, and leaves fierce satisfaction in its wake. Vessels though is a slightly curious affair for personal tastes, an album which for its first third certainly pleases yet without sparking much more whilst its remainder is a different type of protagonist sparking real excitement about itself and the band’s future.

The seeds of Cute Cute Death began in 2008 when drummer Wayne Kopman and guitarist Johnny Correia relocated from their home city of Johannesburg, South Africa to the UK. Settling in London, the pair met and subsequently linked up with vocalist Niko Forster. After a few line-up changes, guitarist Ricky Gurung and bassist Robert Pipe were enlisted, at which point the band properly emerged, initially under the name Set The Air On Fire. They were soon lighting up stages with their American Metal/hardcore influenced post hardcore endeavours, taking to their growing sound inspirations from the likes of Lower Definition, Alexisonfire, Gallows, Finch, Refused, Deftones, and Glass Jaw, who especially come to mind at times listening to Vessels. The subsequent time since starting has seen the band play across the UK with bands such as Broadway, Atlantis, Flood of Red, They Say Fall, Confessions of a Traitor, and Rival State, all the time adding to their potent reputation which is now pushed again by their debut album.

Produced by Joseph Grouse with Justin Hill (Sikth) mixing, mastering, and co-producing, Vessels opens up with its title track; a song needing little time to get a firm hand on ears and attention. The guitar prowess of Correia and Gurung quickly casts a web of enterprise that lures the imagination, their sonic touch soon wrapping the impressive clean tones of Forster. Straightaway he impresses, increasingly so as his delivery springs rawer, dirtier, and grouchier roars to equally fine success. As the rhythms rumble and prowl the resourceful landscape of the song, there is no escaping the lure and vibrancy of the encounter yet, and we emphasize for personal ears and tastes, it never quite taps into something which really stirs up the passions.

Cute Cute Death Cover Artwork_RingMasterReviewAll the same it is a powerful and dramatic start to Vessels continued by the Sikth meets Incubus personality of Alarm. Once again, the guitars dance with invention and craft as rhythms crowd the senses with their hungry shadows, all colluding to burn fiercely around the equally inflamed and rousing tones of Forster. The track enjoyably blisters on the ear before seamlessly evolving into the rawer antipathy of Pockets. Sonic tendrils and band shouts bring fresh drama to the album whilst the bass of Pipe borders on predatory as it robustly swings through the web of unpredictable and intoxication grooves and scything hooks. There is something extra about the track, if indefinable, which its predecessors lacked, an essence which and hints at the adventure waiting to escape the album further on.

Red Lights makes a calmer entrance next, though walls of bruising rhythms led by the tenacious swings of Kopman amidst intimidating riffs are soon descending on the senses before the song grows into another skilled and magnetic blend of contrasting textures and intensity, as ever echoed in the vocal enterprise of Forster. From its success the brief instrumental of Interlude looms upon ears with electronic suggestiveness on board, it drawing the listener into the awaiting revelry of DMT. It is from here that Vessels suddenly triggers a lustier reaction, though again it is hard to say exactly why, the major differences between the qualities and invention of songs before and after the melodic break not an open reason. With persistently twisting grooves and unpredictable rhythms aligned to writhing tendrils of sonic imagination adding to its temptation, there is no denying that the song simply enthrals and sparks a new breed of pleasure.

There is certainly greater diversity across the songs from hereon in on the album, starting with the warm caress of Statues. The song is an emotive melodic hug and vocal croon with the guitars spellbinding and Forster bordering on majestic with his again wonderfully varied tones. Taking best song honours, the track almost alone tells you all you need to know about the potential and already established invention of Cute Cute Death and that is without sharing any invasive trespass, which they have already proven to be equally adept at.

Leave This City follows and quickly holds courts as its web of spidery grooves and melodic acidity lies magnetically upon the rapier like thrusts of Kopman and another darkly juicy bassline from Pipe. There is a theatre to the hooks and the lively invention which grips the imagination as forcibly as the song’s underlying rhythmic rumble and fiery catchiness takes the body. It is an almost imposingly persuasive proposal matched by that of the enjoyably volatile and often irritable Glass Eyes and eclipsed by the closing might of Dinosaur. The final track is a tempest of anthemic hardcore, rebellious punk rock, and psyche infesting noise rock persistently involved with progressive and melodic ingenuity. The song is rebel rousing, a spirit igniting finale to the album offering a creative call to arms for the impressive invention and presence of Cut Cute Death.

Vessels is an excellent first full-length from the band; one which, even with that odd impact initially, left us thrilled and eager to recommend all fans check out what is a fresh breath in the post and hardcore scene.

Vessels is out now through all outlets on Friday 13th May.

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Amaryllis – Nova Initium

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There is an honesty to the Amaryllis sound, a raw pureness in heart and feel which is as magnetic as the music cast by the British band. The alternative/pop rock quartet comes from London and has already awoken keen interest with a pair of previous EPs; now it is debut album Nova Initium doing the asking of attention as the band’s most resourceful and imaginatively crafted proposition yet.

Formed in late 2012, Amaryllis was a potent live proposal by the following year, backing up on stage and more the promise found in the band’s self-titled debut EP of 2013. It was a release which clocked over 10,000 downloads and 25,000 plays/views. Since then the quartet of vocalist Sante Moonie, guitarist Alex Whiteford, bassist Stewart Whiteford, and drummer Michael Mann have expanded their sound as first hinted at in their 2014 second EP, Revolt, and earned an increasing reputation for a live presence taking in shows with the likes of Elliot Minor, The Dirty Youth, Boy Jumps Ship and more over time. Nova Initium now reveals itself a clear step up on those previous strong successes; in songwriting, sound, and impact whilst still suggesting there is potential of even bigger and bolder as well as increasingly unique things to come.

The album opens with new single Thorn and straightaway an air of drama lines the initial keen strokes of guitar and the darker scythes of the same which soon arise around then with meaty rhythms in tow. In no time those early spark on ears become a rousing stroll with enticing band calls deep within the catchy roar of sound. Things settle down a little as the emotive tones of Moonie join the tempting, her voice as emotionally honest as the sounds fuelling the character of the album and in many ways their lead. There is also an instinctive snarl to her delivery echoing the rawer energy and attitude of the song; every aspect uniting for a potent and highly enjoyable not forgetting memorable start to Nova Initium.

amarcover_RingMasterReviewHold On steps up next, matching its predecessor in tone and intensity as well as organic drama. Riffs and hooks collude to quickly create an ear catching canvas through which the bass prowls and beats land upon with intimidating intent. Again there is an infectiousness which is pop bred but more so a beefiness which unmistakably announces Amaryllis firmly as a hungry rock band. With some great imaginative hooks and unpredictable twists, the song simply builds on the success of the opener before making way for All We Have, a slightly lighter affair with its own depth of emotive reflection and ear pleasing enterprise. Moonie again only impresses, especially when she brings a bolder roar to her delivery, whilst the Whiteford’s guitar and bass enterprise show great invention in uniting calm and explosive contrasts and textures.

Bounding along with emotive and energetic liveliness, Basement has attention and appetite for the release firmly held, if without quite leaping through ears with the same immediate potency as those before it. With an infectious swing led by the vocals of Moonie and band, it is not too long before the song has convinced and involved feet and voice though, with the atmospheric Nova following to tantalise and reinforce the album’s capture of the imagination. There is a great theatre to its brief presence; a shortness suggesting it is more a lead into its successor Initium than a standalone proposal which in a way is a shame because the piece really grips attention with its provocative tone and craft and feels like unfinished business by the time it drifts away. It is a missed opportunity maybe, though Initium provides its own tapestry of invention and adventure to quickly lure all attention its way.

The groove infested rock ‘n’ roll of Drown hits the spot straight after, the track a heavier rumble with certain grouchiness to riffs and rhythms; they contrasted by the warm harmonies and melodies crowding round Moonie’s engaging voice. Emerging as one of the bigger favourites within the album, it departs for the accomplished balladry of Rain which brings Nova Initium to an increasingly mesmeric close.

Across Nova Initium, Amaryllis reveals their most expansive canvas of variety and imagination yet. It might lack that final explosive spark at times, the last element to ensure that the release explodes on the ear but there is no escaping that it is also an encounter which announces the band as something different and exciting, with as suggested earlier, the promise of even more impressive things to come.

Nova Initium is out now @ https://amaryllisuk.bandcamp.com/album/nova-initium and http://amaryllis.bigcartel.com

Upcoming Live Dates:

May

20th – B2, Norwich

21st – Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham

22nd – Leeds, Milo Bar

June

4th – Camden Rocks Festival

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Devildriver – Trust No One

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There is no mistaking Trust No One as a Devildriver incitement. From the recognisable throat scarring vocals squalls of Dez Fafara to the anthemic rhythmic antagonism of bassist Diego Ibarra and drummer Austin D’Amond, through the grooved and sonically caustic imagination of guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann to the pure carnivorous roar of the groove metaller’s sound, the Californian’s seventh album is familiar Devildriver animosity. Yet there is something different to the beast; its body slimmer, almost stripped back to the core elements of the band’s sound whilst its contagion of venomous grooves has become even more creatively vocal and more virulently compelling. Whether Trust No One in this state is the band’s best proposal to date is under debate but it is fair to say that the album might just be the most physically and emotionally enjoyable encounter with Devildriver yet.

Linking up with producer Mark Lewis again at the Audio Hammer Studios, Devildriver show their intent from the first seconds of opener Testimony Of Truth, the want to savage the senses with hellacious rock ‘n’ roll. An inviting groove winds around the initial hefty jabs of D’Amond first with already the climate of the song a fiery challenge which only imposes further as the song evolves and Fafara’s raw tones further fire up the spirit of the song. It is prime Devildriver incitement but already devilish designs of melody and grooving is gripping the imagination, bringing individual character to each twist and turn here and in due course, to each subsequent proposal within Trust No One.

The thick and potent start is quickly surpassed by the barbarous exploits of Bad Deeds. The torrential assault of the invasive beats and the ear accosting rapping nature of the vocals aligns perfectly with a sultry melodic weave spun by the guitars within their own corrosive tide of predacious riffs. It is gripping stuff, irresistible hostility fuelled by a drama and imagination individual to that of the band’s previous outings. The track’s impressive success is soon matched by that of the even more grievous My Night Sky, though its own animus of emotion and intensity is tempered by the equally potent magnetism colouring the web of sonic invention and suggestiveness.

Devildriver_CMYK_RingMasterReviewThree tracks in and already the senses are numbing and energies breathless such the force and creative weight of the tempests. No respite is given though as This Deception, from a waspish coaxing round melancholic keys, tears into the listener with nostrils flared over a rabid rhythmically jagged ire spewing jaw and in turn, Above It All crawls all over the senses and into the psyche with what can be best described as a swarming surge of ravenous belligerence and aural irritability. Both tracks are not short on their own array of expectations defusing and imagination sparking essences either, the first through seductively flirtatious grooves and the latter with exotically hued strings and melodies which entice and bewitch even within the raging storm of the outstanding ravishment.

Daybreak spins some bluesy grooves into its maelstrom next, they colluding with addictively heavier cousins as riffs and vocals unite for some savaging with the backing of infectiously mercurial rhythms. Spreitzer and Tiemann simply shine throughout Trust No One, here especially as they conjure a landscape as unpredictable and fascinating as it is blistering, while in the album’s title track, they help shape a tempest as sonically elegant as it is uncomfortably threatening.

Arguably the nastiest and most uncomfortable track on the release is Feeling Ungodly, though it too is unafraid to spring some of the catchiest grooves and hooks across the whole of Trust No One while devouring the senses in body and emotion. Again, it is hard not to be swept up by the spiteful air and invasively infectious nature of the excellent track before Retribution grows from a melodically alluring proposal into one which nags and growls like a rabid dog infested with the inescapable irritancy of niggly grooves and the biting incessancy of beats and riffs. It is an irresistible incursion followed with equal ferocity and compelling adventure by For What Its Worth and an adversarial and merciless sonic malefaction which might not quite live up to many of its predecessors but leaves only a craving for more.

As we said at the start, whether Trust No One is Devildriver’s final hour we cannot say yet, even after a dozen listens, but it is hard to remember many encounters with them bringing as much raw enjoyment and the same kind of urge to go straight back into the turbulence as their new album.

Trust No One is out now via Napalm Records on CD @ http://devildrivertrustnoone.com/  and digitally @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/trust-no-one/id1091651702?app=music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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Josh Mellor – Same Bed

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Josh Mellor is a young British singer-songwriter bred in Ipswich and now based in London. He is also poised to release debut single, Same Bed, a poetic melodic caress around honest lyrics and heart fuelled vocals making an ear pleasing introduction to an artist with promise on open show.

Establishing his live presence in local Suffolk venues, Mellor moved to London last September, taking “a large portfolio of material” to the capital and quickly hitting its live scene. With over 40 gigs a month, he soon made a mark on the night life there, a success and reputation already being furthered by Same Bed with the single being picked up and supported by the likes of Express FM, Shoreditch Radio, and Croydon FM among others.

As this first single suggests, Mellor’s music has its roots in folk, musically and in the simply but clear portrayal of “emotions and feelings through the eyes of everyday people.” With bassist David Dupuis and drummer Leo Martin alongside, Same Bed and Mellor quickly have ears engaged as melodies float from his guitar as easily as expression with his distinctive vocals. There is an immediate emotive edge to his voice which at times almost defuses its consistency yet only adds to the heart and suggestiveness of word and song.

Against the darker hues of the bass, melodies and harmonies blossom with a spicing of keys being equally involving of the imagination as increasingly energetic beats invite hips to sway to the song’s infectious manner.

The single makes for an enjoyable first listen to Mellor, leaving many clues as to why he has been so successful on the London live scene.

Same Bed is out now @ https://joshmellormusic.bandcamp.com/releases

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