Bailer – Self Titled

Currently in the midst of a tour across Russia, Irish metallic hardcore quartet Bailer recently unleashed their new creative tirade in the shape of a self-titled EP. The five track fury is a brash and uncompromising slab of rapacious hardcore; the kind of trespass in sound and emotion the band has already drawn thick plaudits for yet everything about it is richer, bolder, and creatively more mature than their previous successes.

We got hooked on the Bailer trespass back with the Shaped By The Landscape EP of 2016, the PTSD EP a year later only cementing their lure on personal tastes. It has to be said though they were just appetisers to the thick goodness of the band’s latest offering. Whether the band’s sound has come of age time will tell but certainly it has breached a new plateau as Bailer continue to prove themselves one of the most exciting and imaginative prospects within the hardcore scene.

Lying For A Living sets things off, its initial scene setting interrupted by the vocal blast of Alex O’Leary amidst a concussive surge of sound. Featuring guest vocals of Xander Coughlan from Emigra, the track invades with an infectious swing and irritable attitude, the creative clamour of Chris Harte’s guitar uniting with the cantankerous throat of David Cleere’s bass and the vicious swings of drummer Sean Conway. It is a gripping affair, imaginative twists adding to the adventure with craft and composure rather than force and only escalating the temptation.

Tuesday Blues follows, the track also leaping head first upon the senses as guitar and rhythms crowd the hostile attack of the vocals. The heavy snarl of bass is simply irresistible, its enmity as catchy as it is imposing and matched by the song overall as sonic endeavour and emotive discontent collude with a headstrong but composed intent. As within those around it, every second brings intrigue and drama, both aspects embroiled in ferocity and adventure.

That imagination again fuels the feral exploits of Long Gone, a song from its first moments almost dancing in ears with invention and unpredictability within the familiar Bailer insurgency. With Adam Carroll from Zoax guesting, the song flirts and captivates with striking enterprise which never seems to settle in the moment but is always looking for a new twist to explore. As carnal as it is captivating, the track infests the psyche before Feel It More brings its capricious but skilfully nurtured antics to bear upon the senses. There is an almost progressive wind to the Bailer sound which especially teases and flirts with the imagination here as ears are accosted and the senses chewed.

Closing track is Death Is A Reminder, a rousing slice of rock ‘n’ roll which has the body bouncing from its first breath as rhythms entice as senses cower from its predatory character. With another guest in the shape of Red Enemy’s Kevin ‘Lefty’ Letford, the track prowls and subsequently trespasses with sonic volatility, its mercurial nature voracious but with a seriously infectious intent.

The new Bailer EP is one of the year’s early treats; a triumph from a band which just grows from bold exploits to greater adventure by the release and will surely be one of those guiding the hardcore scene over coming years.

The Bailer EP is out now @ https://bailerofficial.bandcamp.com/

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 Pete RingMaster 20/02/2018

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Who Killed Nancy Johnson? – Flat Earth Theory

Having recently checked out their latest single, Dark Horse, and been definitely taken by it, it was a really welcomed treat to be sent over by the band itself the release the song came from. Its creators are UK outfit Who Killed Nancy Johnson?, a​ ​​​Reading-based quartet creating an eventful fusion of punk and rock with post punk imagination. It is a tenacious sound fuelling a new EP in the shape of Flat Earth Theory, four tracks of raw and devilish rock ‘n’ roll which just got under our skin.

Formed in 2015, Who Killed Nancy Johnson? has grown into one increasingly praised and devoured live presence across the south of England. Their debut EP, Cops and Robbers, released early last year only added to their rising reputation, one sure to be energised again by Flat Earth Theory. Musically the band embraces inspirations from the likes of The Stooges, The Ruts, Wire, Magazine, Black Flag, Buzzcocks, The Rezillos, Fugazi, Ash, Killing Joke, Lit, Rival Schools, The Drills, and 3 Colours Red; an array of flavours which if not openly echoed in the band’s individual enterprise certainly adds to its substance.

Flat Earth Theory is an eventful encounter, an affair coincidently echoed in its making with former bassist Paul Anthony leaving the band just before the EP’s mixing stage and preventing the basslines already laid down being used. A mystery bassist saved the day though, Who Killed Nancy Johnson? leaving the studio with four slices of ear grabbing rock ‘n’ roll.

The EP opens with Strip, a song which opens the band’s live show and to rousing success one imagines such its potent impact on Flat Earth Theory. From a dulled clang of guitar, spirit sparking beats launch their bait, Mark Wren whipping up song and appetite alike as Pete Moulton’s guitar continues to linger casting raw strokes. Quickly though the song surges through ears, its rapacious energy and disruptive intent manna to the imagination and capped by the distinctive tones of vocalist Stefan Ball. Old school punk meets post punk devilry, kind of like The Adicts in league with a Fugazi fuelled Gang Of Four, the track is irresistible and for us a must single. It is easy to see why their shows get off to a flyer with the song, its two minutes instinctive punk ‘n’ roll incitement.

The following Alien has a broader rock landscape, alternative and punk merging for a tenacious stroll which teases and lures the listener to one irresistible call of a chorus demanding eager participation. As in the first song, the band casts wicked hooks and anthemic persuasions which manipulate by the second, a great throbbing bassline accentuating their dexterity as the track matches its predecessor in hitting the spot dead centre.

Mouth and Trousers is next up, a more controlled song which almost prowls ears initially even as a rush of riffs crowd them. It calms down further as vocals join the shuffle, rhythms keeping their restraint in place too. There is a whiff of pub rock to the song, a Dr Feelgood breath to its punk ‘n’ roll which brings another potent shade to the EP’s sound and though the track did not ignite the passions as richly as its companions, it had the body bouncing and vocal chords indulging especially through another potent chorus.

The EP is completed by that latest single, Dark Horse. The song is a muscular affair of alternative rock which straight away springs a lure of firm beats and juicy hooks, building on their prowess with appetising grooves and a brooding bassline aligned to almost predacious beats. Recalling bands such as The Motors and Mind Museum, the track dances in the imagination whilst arousing the spirit.

With new recruit Julien Bruinaud completing their line-up on bass, Who Killed Nancy Johnson? are ready to build on their previous success with a real nudge on national attention, the thoroughly enjoyable Flat Earth Theory irrepressibly leading the persuasion so watch this space.

Flat Earth Theory is out now @ https://wknancyj.bandcamp.com/releases

 

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Pete RingMaster 20/02/2018

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