Bitter Grounds – Two Sides of Hope

Hailing from Utrecht, Bitter Grounds is a Dutch quartet that has a sound which could be best described as Hagfish meets The Vox Dolomites wrapped in the heart and breath of Bad Religion and Dropkick Murphys. But as swiftly evidenced within new album, Two Sides of Hope, it is a proposition with a bold and individual character that just demands keen attention.

Entangling the attitude and aggression of punk with the instinctive and raw attributes of ska, Bitter Grounds first stoked potent attention with their 2016 debut album Hollowlands. It emulated local support and praise across a broader landscape which now its successor should only strongly expand upon. Since that first release, the band has played numerous shows across Europe alongside the likes of The Real McKenzies and The Interrupters and earned plaudits for their performances at festivals such as like Punk Rock Holiday and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy. It is easy to suspect that Two Sides of Hope will spark an even bigger demand and time for Bitter Grounds such its stirring and virulent nature

As with its predecessor, the new album was recorded with engineer and producer Menno Bakker and immediately gets down to business with opener Lost. Instantly a spicy groove entangles senses rapping beats, highly catchy bait simply reinforced by bass, riffs and in turn boisterous vocals. The infectious attributes of the band’s sound and enterprise is as swiftly evident, coursing song and appetite with a viral quality whipping up eager participation. There is a familiarity to the track yet as with the band’s sound overall, it is a welcoming hue to something wholly individual.

The following Two Sides (of Hope) has a just as catchy lilt and swing to its tenacious swing shaped by a more intensive attitude. There is a defiant edge to every twist and turn, a rousing wind fuelling its incitement as the track swiftly got under the skin; a success more than matched by the contagious antics of Let Me See Now. Another which has a sense of an old friend returning with a new identity and intent, the song quickly had hips and feet doing its bidding as melodic and imaginative endeavour nurtured its brief but highly manipulative exploits.

As with its predecessor, the ska side of the band’s sound fuels next up Bad Dreams; its gait alone enticing physical involvement while the band’s potent dual vocal temptation works away on ears side by side with the jangle of guitar and the moodier stroll of the bass. Instinctively Bitter Grounds seem to conjure hooks and grooves which know what gets the juices going, My Time another addictive example with its melodic revelry and vocal dynamics.

Through the relatively calmer but just as infectious and mischievously woven Faded and the raucous holler of Let Them Talk, the album just reinforces its temptation and the band the creative dexterity of their songwriting and flavour rich music, the latter sparking thoughts that if Angelic Upstarts had embraced ska in their sound way back it would have been something akin to this inescapable trespass.

The album concludes with firstly Seven Nights, a Rancid scented stomp needing mere seconds to command limb and spirit, and finally the punk ‘n’ roll defiance of FML. With compelling rhythms battering the senses and riffs careering through ears as vocals spew attitude, the track is a tenacious and rousing end to one outstanding release.

From first breath to last, Two Sides of Hope hits the punk greedy spot, hungrily proving itself one of the best punk indeed rock ‘n’ roll albums of 2018.

Two Sides of Hope is out now, available @ https://bittergrounds.bandcamp.com/

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 Pete RingMaster 16/10/2018

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Parasitic Twins – All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other

A charnel house of sonic destruction and corruption, All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other is the debut EP from British hardcore duo Parasitic Twins. Offering three tracks of raw noise infested dissonance, the release is an inhospitable animus of sound and intent which as it charred the senses had them keenly captivated.

Hailing from Hull, Parasitic Twins is the union of guitarist/vocalist Max Watt (Rotting Monarchs) and drummer Dom Smith (Mary and The Ram). Having previously worked together as part of Seep Away, the pair bred their new project within a “desire to create the most abrasive sound they could.” Caustically lo-fi and mercilessly intrusive, an encounter recorded live and raw, All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other is the first result of that intent,.

It opens with Massive and instantly challenges ears with gnarly rabid riffs soaked in doom bred venom. The track uncages a predacious doom nurtured stroll upon the imposing rhythms of Smith, desolation and toxicity oozing from every psyche ravishing note as pestilential animosity coats every syllable out of Watt’s scarred throat. Yet there is an instinctive swing to the track which easily gets under the skin.

It is a template of sorts which breeds all tracks even with their true and open individuality as shown by Flipswitch. Its hardcore breeding ravages the senses from its first breath, riffs snarling as they abrase while the dual attack of vocals is similarly a fierce grazing to challenge and incite.

Final track, End, is a consumptive plague of noise but again springing an infectious noise punk incurred sway which soon settled within ears and body. Barely exposing a minute and a half to its carnivorous dealings, the track is feral pleasure; the EP the same times three.

All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other will be a scourge too far for many and erosive manna for others as it announces the outbreak of one striking aural trespass going by the name of Parasitic Twins.

All That’s Left To Do Now Is Sleep With Each Other is released October 26th.

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Pete RingMaster 17/10/2018

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Snew – You’ve Got Some Nerve

Not having a strong taste for eighties inspired hard rock Snew is not a band which has particularly been on our radar since they emerged back in 2005. Having finally taken the plunge with their new album, You’ve Got Some Nerve, though it seems we may have missed out as the release is one thoroughly enjoyable and deviously magnetic proposition.

Founded by vocalist Curtis Don Vito, lead guitarist Andy Lux, and drummer Mark Ohrenberger, its line-up subsequently joined by rhythm guitarist Lenny Spickle, Snew has unleashed a trio of albums which have caught the imagination of hard and glam rock fans. Embracing inspirations from artists such as Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Ramones, Kiss, AC/DC, and MC5, the LA band has bred a sound which is as salaciously fun as it is openly seventies/eighties rock influenced. It also has also nurtured its own inimitable character as evidenced by their fourth full-length, You’ve Got Some Nerve; a proposition which makes you smile as you rock out whilst leaving inhibitions at the door.

You’ve Got Some Nerve opens up with UR Freaking Me Out, a track which soon had ears and attention heading the way of the release when released as a single a number of weeks back. The track is a romping stomping slab of mischief immediately flaring up with brass flames as it bursts out before settling down into one contagious stroll. From Vito’s distinctive swagger loaded growl of a delivery to the sonic revelry of the guitars and a rhythmic punch which leads hips and neck muscles like a puppeteer, the track is pure crowd rousing incitement; the kind of anthem that commands rather than invites eager involvement.

Arguably the album never quite had us as lustily involved again though it comes close but in saying that, next up Holy Hell with its blues liquor and fiery antics left no room for calm contemplation either. It too is a punchy, lustily exuberant slice of hard rock getting under the skin with a devilish intent in its veins while Acetylene Queen straight after, brings sonic lewdness to proceedings with its licentious grooves and melodic libido.

The boisterous rock ‘n roll of Put Upon eclipsed both as it had the body bouncing with fresh keenness before Sharpie had an already compliant appetite licking lips with its R&B spiced antics. Brass again just inflame swift pleasure, adding that extra spice the band’s sound seems to truly relish while helping the track seriously rival the first for best album moment.

Across the calmer almost raptorial saunter of the chant breeding You Tell Me, through the infectious enterprise of Something New Everybody Wants, and the tenser drama of Revolution is a Closed Loop, bait for close attention never dwindled even if none of the trio could reach the heights of their earlier companions. The harmonica fired heat of the last of the three though was definitely one compelling lure especially when aligned to the melodic lacing of keys.

The album’s title track completes the sonic debauchery, its hard rock carousing not particularly unique but a thick barrel of bad habit inducing fun. That applies to the album as a whole where Snew is not trying to re-invent the scene but give it something to lustfully party with; You’ve Got Some Nerve is proof of success.

You’ve Got Some Nerve is out now across most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 17/10/2018

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