High Tiny Hairs – LP

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It is fair to say that High Tiny Hairs do not waste too much time thinking about names for their releases, their introduction being called EP and a debut album going by the name of LP, their names the distinction between two self-titled proposals. Where they do centre their attention is on a sound which tantalises and captivates. Creating a compelling mix of garage and psych rock as sultry as it is infectious, the band captured ears and imagination with their first EP, a tempting which has blossomed into something even more beguiling in its full-length successor.

The beginnings of High Tiny Hairs came in the spring of 2014, the band starting out as a solo project for Minneapolis songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Ben Bachman. He recorded and produced the High Tiny Hairs EP soon after before joining US garage rock band Fuck Knights on their European tour prior to its release. It was on the Spanish leg of that adventure where he met Spanish troubadour Cristina Mirica and found a union in music and loves. They kept in touch after his return to America, an emotional bond growing which Bachman put down to the cure to his writers block. Towards the end of that year, he returned to Spain and Mirica, the pair also creatively uniting for what stands before us, the band’s magnetic first album.

Mixed by Ross Nueske, the album opens up with Bcna, guitars quickly wrapping engagingly around ears as the warm serenade of keys flirt with the senses. Seriously catchy from its first breath, the song only grows in tempting as Mirica’s warm tones joins the swagger of bass and crisp beats. There is a surf rock scenting to the track alongside its sixties flavoured garage pop, a mix which has hips and appetite dancing and all warmed up for the just as lively and enjoyable stroll of Upside Down. Hooks and melodies entangle as rhythms bound with an irresistible swagger, Bachman’s vocals and keys sauntering along the infection loaded encounter.

As Night Walking engages ears next it is clear that the punk essences of that first EP have been more or less replaced with a richer wash of variety, the song’s warm and seductive swing embracing psych blues and broader rock elements. There is no escaping getting hooked up in its masterful sway or the seventies glam pop flavoured rock ‘n’ roll of the following Rattlin. With more than a passing nod to bands like Sweet, the song romps along with ear enslaving virulence as Bachman’s guitar weaves a web of melodic enterprise around beguiling vocals.

art_RingMasterReviewRolling Smoke dips back into the seeds of sixties garage rock next while Stained smoulders with psych rock imagination from the same era straight after; both tracks as diverse and unique as they are mutually captivating and creatively stylish. They are qualities which again shape the hazy canvas of My Mind, a track with a whiff of bands like The 13th Floor Elevators and The Electric Prunes to its dark pop romancing.

The album is completed by firstly On a Plane, a humid summer of psych and garage rock with underlying tempestuousness, and finally Sunset. The closer is a riveting controlled stomp of punchy beats, brooding bass, and exotic melodies aligned to just as hazy vocals and steamy keys. It is a delicious end to an album which is just as flavoursome and more as a whole.

With a line-up now expanded by the addition of Coda’s Guillem Gabarró and Raül Romero of Flashback Five, High Tiny Hairs is looking at a rather exciting year on the back of one rather fine release.

The High Tiny Hairs LP is out now @ http://hightinyhairs.bandcamp.com

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Pete RingMaster 25/02/2017

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Kilkovec – Plunge

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Following up their eagerly praised EP, Sick Of This, British trio Kilkovec make an even louder knock on real attention with its successor Plunge. Again built on the band’s feisty mix of alternative and punk rock, the new EP takes the band’s sound, imagination, and presence to a new level, one demanding that people take notice.

Consisting of vocalist/guitarist Daniel Wilson, bassist/vocalist Matt Stroud, and drummer Tom Longwater, Hampshire hailing Kilkovec emerged in 2012. Hitting the local live scene with relish, they released debut EP Name Your Place to good reactions in the underground scene though it was Sick Of This last year which sparked critical and broader fan acclaim the way of the threesome. As Plunge roars and twists around in ears it is easy to suggest and suspect even greater plaudits hitting the band’s creative shores, praise to match the rich reputation earned by their live prowess which over the years has seen the sharing of stages with the likes of Yearbook, Seething Akira, Flood of Red, Bad Sign, Press to Meco, Black Foxxes, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

The EP’s brief title track kicks things off, its atmospheric instrumental setting a schizophrenic scene from which the following Change whips out an initial provocative guitar groove swiftly joined by portentous beats and in turn predatory bassline. As much as it carries dark danger, the coaxing has spicy warmth drawing the imagination further into its depths and the potent waiting tones of Wilson. As it develops, raw infectiousness brews and blossoms within the track’s tempestuous punk ‘n’ roll making its irritable charms even more compelling and its unpredictable enterprise pure magnetism.

kilkovec-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewIt is a great start to the release setting the agenda for the adventure and invention shaping Plunge and next up Just Get Better. Rolling in on great rhythmic agitation with just as alluring tides of riffery, the track quickly grips ears and appetite, throwing itself rhythmically around with muscle and attitude as vocals roar and grooves entangle the senses. Its fiery rock ‘n’ roll takes no prisoners though again its virulent catchiness perfectly tempers the raw aggression.

Somerset Cottage brings a mellower proposal straight after though it’s underlying steel and angst is soon flowing through the song’s creative veins as both sides of its character interact with imagination around the impassioned vocals of Wilson. Again there is nothing predictable about the song and its twists; even if the chorus has a familiar feel ensuring participation with it is easy. Littered with groaning grooves, the track is an increasingly captivating spectacle matched by the more straightforward punk infused rock of 40,000 Leagues and Counting. It may not have the boldness of its predecessors but the track only satisfies with its growling nature, anthemic heart, and melodic acidity.

Constructive Criticism is another short instrumental, creative doodling before the outstanding Go On (and on and on) brings its Fatima Mansions meets letlive. like creative drama to bear on ears and thoughts. At times it is a suggestive croon, in others a caustic brawl and increasingly an inescapable lure for the imagination leaving Here’s to You to close things off with its tenacious mix of engaging melodies, rousing vocals, and barbarous rhythms.

It is a thoroughly enjoyable end to a similarly agreeable release suggesting that Kilkovec are not too far away from getting their hooks into nationwide recognition, if not even bigger spotlights.

Plunge is released 27th January.

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Pete RingMaster 25/02/2017

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Renegade Twelve – Self Titled

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With a character which refuses to be pigeonholed yet openly embraces every flavour of melodic metal and heavy rock you care to mention, the self-titled debut from Renegade Twelve is oh so easy to like. Offering ten rousing slices of rock ‘n’ roll as inventive as they are seemingly familiar, the release is a formidable and increasingly captivating introduction to the British outfit.

Hailing from Suffolk, Renegade Twelve emerged in 2014, formed by long-time friends in lead guitarists Jacob Mayes and Dan Potter, bassist Josh Barnard, and drummer Jack Mcsloy. It was with the addition of vocalist Sam Robson that the jigsaw of talent was finally complete, a union driving the band through over 100 gigs in 2016 alone in support and preparation for the release of their first album.

Recording it with producer Rupert Matthews who has collaborated with the likes of Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Eagles, and Black Sabbath, Renegade Twelve quickly unleash their individual and united enterprise with opener Mad Max. It opens from afar, sonic melodies and fiery energy brewing up their engines at a distance until ready to stand toe to toe with the listener. Once in place it is an imposing yet not overtly aggressive proposition, Robson soon leading the surge of adventure with his quickly impressive tones as guitars weave their sonic tapestry around the swinging rhythms of Barnard and Mcsloy. A definite Avenged Sevenfold colouring coats the song but it also offers plenty more to get the teeth into.

Vanity follows with its own blistering weave of melodic and heavy metal, its instinctive roar equally brewed on an array of textures from alternative and groove metal to classic rock. With ease, as its predecessor, it sparks the spirit and energies before Heroes Of Mine embraces ears with its melody rich, almost folk metal spiced enterprise before settling into its muscular melodically persuasive rock ‘n’ roll canter. Though the track is eclipsed by those around it, there is no lessening of appetite and enjoyment already bred by the album especially as the technical imagination of the guitarists dance evocatively on ears.

A carnivorously toned bass growl is just one ingredient in the thickly riveting success of Bipolar, anthemic vocals and raw virulence another as it energetically and at times venomously prowls the senses. It too just misses out on matching earlier heights yet has attention solely in its inventive hands especially when the organic animosity of its heart erupts and fuels a great passage of irritability.

renegade-twelve-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewThrough the predatory landscape and infection clad swing of the outstanding This Town the album hits a new plateau, the track a boisterous funk lined stomp with a defiant snarl on every corner. Its individual nature adds to the already open variety within release and Renegade Twelve sound, a diversity further stretched by the power balladry/classic metal blaze of War Plane and in turn the epic yet intimate bellow of Somme. The first of the two leaves nothing to be dissatisfied with but is overshadowed by its surrounding companions with the sensational second of the two pure creative theatre with no signs of indulgence or wasteful seconds.

Yeah Boi swaggers in straight after, grouchy basslines and punchy beats joining cantankerous riffs in an irresistibly compelling instrumental unafraid to reveal a Pantera inspired swing bound in spicily toxic grooves. It sets ears and pleasure up perfectly for the fiercely catchy antics of MFC, a blistering sonic ravaging of ears, and straight after the melodic hug of closing track Bill & Chief. From its gentle, acoustically nurtured start, the song catches ablaze with melodic and emotive flames to bring the album to a conclusion as impressive as its start.

Renegade Twelve is a stunning debut sure to appeal to fans of most flavours within the metal realm such its richness of styles. The fact that the band still finds a pretty distinct sound even with its familiar essences is testament to the imaginative writing and unmissable skills of its individuals.

Renegade Twelve is out 27th January.

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Pete RingMaster 25/02/2017

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