Lost Without Cause – Revival

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It has been a while since outfit Lost Without Cause had ears and appetite grabbed with mini album Take Back Everything, six years in fact, but now they are back with a brand new release and a sound which has matured and blossomed into one powerful statement. The Revival EP is an encounter which if it does not get you first time around will on its second sweep through ears. Each of its four songs comes blessed with melodic enterprise and instinctive infectiousness, traits admittedly just as open in its predecessor, but bred with a new confidence of imagination and craft which alone commands attention.

Hailing from the South East of England, Lost Without Cause consists of vocalist/bassist Simon Marks, drummer JamesJJ’ Jaggers, and newest member in guitarist Tony Stead. Formed in 2004, the band swiftly stoked eager fans and attention with their pop infused alternative rock sound. 2011 saw Take Back Everything stir up a whole new ball game of recognition with its lead single, Trigger and accompanying video, being heavily featured on Kerrang TV and supported on national and online radio shows. Live the band has shared stages with the likes of Bastille, Kids In Glass Houses, Fozzy, Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, Sacred Mother Tongue, My Passion, The Crave, Koopa, Fei Comodo, None The Less, Saving Aimee and many more. Revival in some ways reflects the ‘return ‘of the band and what is sure to be a regenerated rise in their reputation and presence within the British music scene.

Breathe starts things off and the track instantly has attention hooked as the dark grumble of Marks’ bass lines up alongside his strong expression carrying vocals. JJ‘s beats in turn hit with relish before it is all wrapped in the melodic enterprise of Stead.  Instantly appetising and swiftly infectious, the song proceeds to stroll with wild nostrils and flirtatious hooks, its melodic jangle a teasing lure in the jungle of more exacting rhythms. It is fair to say that previous song Trigger has been the marker for Lost Without Cause up to this point but no longer as Breathe steals its thunder.

The following Depleted brings a Green Day-esque feel to its rousing canter, a hue soon immersed in the band’s own character of sound and invention. Great vocal harmonies and support to Marks across the band light up an already earthily anthemic incitement; swinging rhythms and spicy grooves all adding to the riotous yet skilfully controlled encounter.

Teardrops and Cigarettes in contrast is a mellow aired, warm seduction playing like a blend of China Crisis and Placebo with a further spice of Jimmy Eat World involved. Its gentle but lively sway has hips quickly involved, the sultry strains of the guitar courting the imagination as swiftly though it is the vocal unity again and the song’s adventurously imaginative landscape which seals the deal, not forgetting one glorious finale of emotion and power.

The EP finishes with Another End, a slice of rock pop which might not quite match up to those before it for personal tastes but only adds to the overall pleasure with its catchy rock ‘n’ roll and sonic dexterity.

Listening to Revival, it is easy to feel that Lost Without Cause’s time to make an indelible mark is imminent, if not with their fiercely flavoursome new EP with whatever comes next.

Revival is out now across most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 10/10/2017

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Tiger Lilly – The Story So Far

Swiftly enamoured with the new single from British singer/songwriter Tiger Lilly, we thought we would rather than focus on one slice of goodness take a full look at the album it masterfully concludes and it proved to be a wise and highly rewarding move. The Story So Far brings together a collection of songs echoing her creativity and releases of the past eight years led by that new single, Broken Glass. It is a ‘best of’ offering in many ways but also a highly tempting introduction to new ears and keener attention of one captivating and imaginative artist.

Named at birth Dani, the Tiger Lilly name began as a consequence of being told she was “too dark to be Wendy” when playing Peter Pan in the playground, being tagged as Tiger Lilly. It was just one moment in her experiences of being bullied at school, one spark which led her to write about her thoughts and feelings in a diary at home whilst listening to music which in turn evolved into poetry and lyric writing to release her over whelming emotions and despair. The ability to share and expel the rawest most honest emotions has given a power to her music which is easy to connect to for whatever reasons which goes hand in hand with her want, need, to help others though music and her Music & Mental Health Awareness workshops which Tiger Lilly takes around the country to talk about subjects close to her heart; bullying, depression, anxiety and living with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Recently becoming the official Artist in Residency at The Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, the Slough hailing songstress creates a tantalising mix of rock, indie, and pop which never fails to surprise and tempt certainly on the evidence of The Story So Far. The album opens up with Chasing Ghosts and immediately has ears transfixed and appetite licking lips as an initial guitar strum is joined by Tiger Lilly’s magnetic voice. An eager catchiness is just as swiftly there teasing attention before the song blossoms into a bold and rousing rock stroll. There is an instinctive power to the sound and energy, one equally bound to passion delivered words but also an unpredictability which only adds to the creative drama and compelling temptation.

The track is superb, a glorious start soon matched in the mellower but no less potent Promises. With a slither of Americana in its melodic sway, impassioned rock in its own highly persuasive roar, the song hits the spot dead centre before Silence is Golden swings in on a melodic canter. There is a Pretenders-esque hue to the tantalising track, a whiff of Fleetwood Mac too as it dances on the senses into the passions.

Three songs in and you just know you need to hear more, an appetite only rewarded in return by the flirtatious antics of Throw Me A Line and the more fiery heart of Over, both taking ears and imagination by boisterous hands. The first is an indie rock tango, every rhythm a mischievous incitement and hook a teasing invitation as the tones and expression of Tiger Lilly enchants with passion, beauty, and energy. Its successor has a more restrained touch to its also lively enticement but energy replaced by a more incendiary intrigue and atmosphere as it bares its soul.

Physically calmer waters are dipped into by Green Eyed Monster though its heart and emotional climate borders on lava-esque as another country like breeze colludes with melodic rock instincts before the following Army provides a plaintive plea with its own emotion arousing crescendos.

Cradled in the emotive poetry of the piano, Tiger Lilly seduces ears and thoughts within New Year next, its melancholic grace and lyrical hope a warm hug while Woman simply bears its heart with melodic elegance and emotional fire. Both songs simply get under the skin though each has to bow to the majesty of closing track and that latest single, Broken Glass. Instantly there is a thicker intensity of shadows; imposing essences skirting voice and melody from the dark corners of the track but held at bay by the beacon of light in keys and voice. It is a highly evocative and magnetic encounter providing the perfect way into the creative and reflective heart of Tiger Lilly.

The album, through track order, is set up to have you rocking and dancing then emotionally embracing and reflecting with never a moment bringing a decrease in pleasure and two way intimacy. The Story So Far has been a captivatingly honest adventure with the next exciting chapter just beginning…

The single Broken Glass is out now on iTunes.

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Pete RingMaster 10/10/2017

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Never Found – The Human Condition

Having laid down ear pleasing foundations with their debut EP, British outfit Never Found build bigger lines of attention with its successor The Human Condition. The release sees the Oxford / Bridgend hailing band take their punk infused, metal seeded sound to new throes of adventure and enterprise. It is not a proposition which exceptionally startles but certainly excites whilst whetting imagination and appetite for the future of Never Found with its rousing songs and raw energy.

With their first EP, Sorrow & Cyanide, coming in 2015 not long after the emergence of the band at the tail of the previous year, Never Found has continued to build a potent and loyal fan base and an increasingly strong reputation for a live presence which has seen them support Aiden on tour and share stages with the likes of Fearless Vampire Killers, William Control, and Annisokay among many to date.

The Human Condition is the next step in the band’s ascent through the UK rock scene, a push which quickly gets down to business as the instrumental of its title track sets an atmospheric and imposing scene. Its dangers and vocal statement pulls the listener into the waiting jaws of new single Come To Me. Comparisons to bands such as A Day To Remember, Funeral For A Friend, and Bullet For My Valentine have been placed upon Never Found but the track openly has a potent Reuben feel to it; an irritability which colludes perfectly with the melodic trails of the guitars and the harmonic lure of Daniel Barnes’ vocals. With the stabbing beats of Kieran Ivey in league with the brooding tones of James Sweeten’s bass, the song is a lure and trespass of the senses in equal measure.

The lead guitar of Samuel Redmayne continues to weave a flavoursome web in next up Favourite Mistake, the riffs of Barnes strolling invasively alongside his own vocals with raw throated and melodically nurtured tones as similarly united as the guitars. The track has the infectious instincts of its predecessor and the aggression but misses out on its richer adventure. Pleasure is still a given though and its cinematic heart provocative before The Monster Remains steps in to part steal the show. The band’s metal inspirations instantly fuel riffs and a predacious air, keen bait which only expands and blossoms as the contagious exploits of the band bound in with punk spirit and imagination. It is a great blend with Barnes heading great vocal variety within the virulent roar.

Anyone But Me brings its own catchy and tenacious strain of metal bred rock ‘n’ roll with tempting hooks amidst emotional and vocal discord. There is something openly familiar to the track but plenty to reinforce the growing individuality of the band’s sound though it is quickly eclipsed by the mighty throes of My Grave. It is the other half of the two prong pinnacle of the EP, an aggravated and mercurial trespass which manages to flirt with the passions whilst chewing on the senses with its punk metal nurtured tempest. For its dark side and temperament, the song is as irresistibly infectious as anything on the release and another easy excuse to keep Never Found under close attention ahead.

The EP closes with the equally boisterous Misanthropy (A General Hate), a track with its own crabby tone though tempered by the song’s melodic dexterity. It is a fine end to an encounter which just blossoms with every listen while suggesting that Never Found is a proposition riddled with more than just potential.

The Human Condition is out now and available @ http://www.neverfound.bigcartel.com/

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Pete RingMaster 09/10/2017

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