MFC Chicken – Goin’ Chicken Crazy

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There is no escaping the itch in feet and anticipation in the hips at the news of a new offering from MFC Chicken. Past encounters with the swinging sounds of the London bred band have ensured such instinctive reactions and it is fair to say they are set for a rigorously enjoyable workout with the band’s new album. Goin’ Chicken Crazy is the fourth from a proposition formed on top of a dirty chicken shop on Holloway Road by Canadian export and tenor saxophonist/vocalist Spencer Evoy. Press releases suggest it is also the band’s greatest album to date and as a breathless body dives into the feverish mix of rhythm ‘n’ blues, surf, garage, and rock ‘n’ roll colluding for the band’s sound it is not easy to argue.

With a new expanded DELUXE line-up which made its acclaimed debut at the 2016 Hipsville Festival and sees Chuchi Malapersona (Oh! Gunquit) on baritone sax, Dan Criscuolo (The Fuzillis) on baritone guitar, and Tim Harrison (The Caezars) on piano alongside the core line-up of Evoy,  lead guitarist/vocalist Alberto Zioli, bassist Zig Criscuolo, and drummer Ravi-Low Beer, MFC Chicken leave no speck of dust on the dance-floor settled with Goin’ Chicken Crazy.

Also featuring veteran Chickens, The Reverend Parsley on guest keys and Fernando Terror on double lead vocals on Baby Let Me Bang Your Box, the album leaps upon ears with relish through opener Chicken In A Hurry. The kind of introduction which gets you hot and boisterous, the track is prime fillet MFC Chicken, a swinging carnival of fun washed by saucy flames of sax. Criscuolo’s bass adds a grumble which just caps it all off perfectly, setting up the album and the mischievous shenanigans of next up New Socks. A slice of fifties seeded rock ‘n’ roll, like Jerry Lee and Chubby in cahoots, the virulently infectious song is a flirtation of proudly acquired male hosiery again lit up by the fiery lure of Evoy’s sax.

Take It Or Lose It is a tenacious rumble upon the senses next with more twists than an exponent of the pole while Hooch Party is an intoxicating shuffle with beats alone making an irresistible incitement. The track is manna for the body, an invitation to swerve those hips and expend eager breath just as any party should be. Both tracks inflame the passions, a lustful response only concentrated further by the warm and fuzzy embrace of Big Cluckin’ Mistake where the sax again bewitches as keys and rhythms tempt in another fifties scented excitement.

mfc-chicken-goin-chicken-_RingMasterReviewcrazy-lp-cover-please-add-artwork-credit-chris-mooreFor all their irresistible goodness though, Women Who Jog steals the show with its metronomic athletic beats crossed by scything flames of brass. The track is glorious, Evoy declaring his lustful wants as keys add their courting with melodic elegance. The initial jog of the song breaks into feistier canters throughout, never dropping its hypnotic prowess and mischievous zeal.

The smouldering balladry of I Ain’t Crying (That’s Just Pomade In My Eyes) allows a moment to calm down and lose oneself in its bluesy lament before energies are back in top gear for Baby Let Me Bang Your Box. Jazzy and melodically frisky, the song is bred in the same heart as a Fats Domino or Big Joe Turner offering and just as magnetic with its lively character and intent.

The boozy sax sighs of Blackout Drunk helps create another ear enslaving escapade within Goin’ Chicken Crazy while the simple but ridiculously addictive textures of Roast Potato Time has body and imagination licking their proverbial lips at its flavoursome feed. Both tracks simply keep album and listener eagerly entangled, a union more than strengthened by the horny blaze of the album’s title track and the buoyant antics of Beach Party, a song which is maybe too close a relation to the Danny & The Juniors classic than it should be but quite irresistible.

Completed by the incessant beat driven festivities of Losing My Mind, a song further lit up by the woozy devilry of keys, and the closing feverish frolic of Working Girlfriend which reminds of The Stargazers if for no obvious reason, Goin’ Chicken Crazy is pure inescapable incitement for body and soul.

Each of their previous encounters have sparked a lusty appetite with us but to confirm that thought at the beginning, Goin’ Chicken Crazy is the finest juiciest meal of MFC Chicken yet.

Goin’ Chicken Crazy is released November 4th via Dirty Water Records and available @ https://mfcchicken.bandcamp.com/album/goin-chicken-crazy and through http://www.dirtywaterrecords.co.uk/shop/#!/~/category/id=2990295&offset=0&sort=normal

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Pete RingMaster 04/11/2016

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Light The Skies – Human

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It seems that there is a sudden swell of excitement around British quartet Light The Skies primarily because of their new EP, Human. Creating an attention luring sound built on a fusion of post hardcore with melodic metal influences, it maybe that the band has been on the radar of a great many before now but it is with their potential fuelled new release that the rest of us might just be catching on.

It is hard to say there are many major surprises within the six songs making up the EP but each is an accomplished and imagination built proposal easily enticing ears. Since forming during their college days in 2013, the Birmingham band has grown into a potent live force, sharing stages with the likes of Ghost Town, Palisades, Boy Jumps Ship, Alverez Kings, Scream Blue Murder, Lock & Key, Beyond Recall, and Templeton Pek along the way. The Human EP is a new step up in their ascent, a release sure to be nudging national awareness of the band’s dynamic sound.

The EP opens up with Animals, a track which promises much but does not always deliver yet leaves a definite intrigue to hear more. Its muscular opening with the probing beats of drummer Sam Hemus make a potent coaxing, escalating as just as intensive riffs and grooves from the guitars of Will Douglas and Charlie Elliott grip the senses. With the heavy tones of Conor Browne’s bass seducing it is a formidable start capped by the raw throated cries of Douglas. A sudden slip into mellow climes with clean vocals is a less potent move for personal tastes though redeemed by the great band harmonies which lead back into the tempestuous roar of the song.

light-the-skies-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewContinuing to switch between its increasingly imaginative stages the song is ultimately a powerful and pleasing start to the release and soon matched by Distractions. Its gentler melodic opening paves the way for a tantalising mix of Douglas’ clean vocals and a web of guitar enterprise speared by the shadowy yet flirtatious nature of the bass. With a lighter climate throughout compared to the tempestuous air of its predecessor, the song is a radiant tempting with keys and melodies as suggestive as the emotion lining the eventful song.

Acclimate uncages its own irritable storm of sound and intensity straight after, a challenge nicely tempered by warmer vocals and melodic endeavour as rhythms intrude upon the senses. It many ways it is as poppy as it is aggressively raw, veering more towards the latter the further into its creative and emotional turbulence it ventures though still it makes room for more welcoming ideas.

Looking Back unites the same kind of contrasts in an infectious stroll with a forcibly anthemic chorus and heavier textures which prowl its body throughout while its successor Ourselves is an acoustic caress with Douglas showing the strength of his harmonic tones. The first of the pair is a certain highlight of the EP with the second increasingly beguiling, their individual qualities combined by the closing drama of Distance. As its start, Human ends with a song which fully satisfies if without finding all the ingredients which ignite other tracks but each nurtures an appetite to hear more from Light The Skies; a success in anyone’s book.

Human is out now via Snowhill Records @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/human-ep/id1154785404

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Pete RingMaster 04/11/2016

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The Bad Flowers – Self Titled EP

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Since forming in 2014, UK rockers The Bad Flowers have been persistently been drawing attention with their groove woven and enjoyably imposing rock ‘n’ roll, Through singles, a previous EP, and a live presence which has been no stranger to strong praise either, the trio has being pushing towards national attention. That spotlight just might be broken with the release of their new EP, a self-titled offering of four tracks which just rumble and tempt with increasing persuasion.

Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Tom Leighton, bassist Dale Tonk, and drummer Karl Selickis, the Cannock hailing outfit released their well-received debut EP Vicious Lullabies in the March of 2015 while earlier this year the singles Killing Time and City Lights did the growing reputation of The Bad Flowers no harm at all. Backed by a live presence which has seen the band play with the likes of Crobot, The Sheepdogs, and The Sonics among many, the band is a coming force. A thought and expectation only reinforced by their new proposal.

The EP opens up with Can You Feel It?, a track which instantly descends on ears with a wall of biting beats and sonic enterprise as forceful as it is inviting. Cored by the dark lures of Tonk’s bass, the song mellows a touch as melodies and Leighton’s quickly impressing vocals open up their energetic suggestiveness and emotion but still has a weight and raw boldness to it which commands attention. Further into its body the more grooves and sonic enterprise is unveiled, the heady beats of Selickis a potent link and though the song maybe is at its most compelling when roaring heartily, it is a strong and fiercely enticing opening to the EP.

the-bad-flowers-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewCity Lights is next sharing bluesy liquor from its first sway of sonic enticement around the expressive tones of Leighton. As it gathers up its imagination, the song prowls the senses, courting the imagination with its heavy rock grooves which at times carry a touch of Red Fang to them as a spicing best described as Black Sabbath meets Electric Woodland gets involved in the magnetic textures of the outstanding track.

Easy to understand its successful lure as a single, the song is more than matched by Big Country and its own web of arousing bass grooves and swinging beats within the infectious and inventive sonic endeavour of Leighton, his voice a matching potency in another fine proposition from band and EP. As in its predecessor there is something familiar to the song if hard to pin down yet but this only adds to its enjoyment and urging of participation as well as expectations that it is a real crowd pleasing arouser at the band’s gigs.

The EP is brought to a close by Run, Run, Run. It too is a riveting slab of grooved temptation, at times a  blues punk toned piece and in other moments simply sweltering rock ‘n’ roll hard to see many resisting with its uncompromisingly catchy demeanour and spirit rousing energy.

The same applies to the EP as a whole, its sound and character very easy to embrace without question especially as the release seems to blossom more with every listen. The Bad Flowers is certainly moving in the right direction with a sound which is refusing to take no for an answer.

The Bad Flowers’ EP is released November 4th

Check out our interview with The Bad Flowers @ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/snarling-blossoms-exploring-the-heart-of-the-bad-flowers/

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Pete RingMaster 03/11/2016

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Raising Jupiter – Standing in the Light EP

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Around this time last year British rockers Raising Jupiter were catching ears and attention with the Chrome EP, a release which confirmed that previous debut album A Better Balance  of 2014 was no flash in the pan in offering highly flavoursome melody rich  rock ‘n’ roll. Now they have the Standing in the Light EP luring old and new appetites with two tracks which enjoyably grumble as they seduce the senses.

Cored by vocalist/guitarist Dave Aitken, the Cork outfit sees drummer Kieran O’Neill linking up with the songwriter for the again Beau Hill mixed and mastered new EP. It has resulted in another duo which seems to just click and breed rock ‘n’ roll that feeds natural instincts for fiery and melodically blazing sounds.

raising-jupiter-ep-artwork_RingMasterReviewLead track Drive On (I Wanna Know) opens up the release, a song inspired by and in homage to members of the 27 Club, artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, and Kurt Cobain who have all passed away in tragic circumstances aged 27. Straight away the track grips ears and imagination with a growling bassline which just ignites the passions. Its irritable but fiercely alluring texture is joined by firmly swung beats before Aitken adds his melodic vocals and flames of fuzz lined guitar. Swiftly a Queens Of The Stone Age feel blossoms but equally hard/classic rock hues emerge as the song grows, captivates, and only increases its impressive presence.

Easily the finest song from the band’s songbook to date, it is accompanied by Take The Fall, a more mild mannered proposal but no light weight on snarling riffs and forceful rhythms alongside searing melodies and infectious hooks. It too has a catchiness which needs little time to show its persuasion as Aitken fills the melodic rock canvas of the track with his potent sonic enterprise and vocal expression. O’Neill is equally a striking element with his rhythmic prowess, each providing nothing flashy but openly accomplished craft combining for a highly enjoyable slice of rock ‘n’ roll.

With a fuller version of Drive On (I Wanna Know) completing its line-up, the Standing in the Light EP is Raising Jupiter hitting a new plateau in their alternative/melodic rock invention and reminding all that they are a band deserving of close attention.

Standing in the Light is out now via iTunes and Amazon.

Upcoming Live Dates:

November 11th – Luna Lounge London

November 12th – Opening for Ellipsis (Venue TBC) UK

November 18th – The Live Room Bru Bar, Cork

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Pete RingMaster 04/11/2016

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