Quella – Donor Fatigue

Though not their first offering, we will admit that Donor Fatigue is our introduction to UK outfit Quella and the beginning of close attention such its striking persuasion on ears. Offering four slices of the band’s progressive punk/metal which truly embraces much more than that tag suggests, the EP provides a gripping landscape of imagination and noise which demands and devours attention.

Coming out of London and Brighton, Quella have built a potent fan base through their previous releases including the Fantastischen! EP of last year and a live presence which has seen them share stages with the likes of Sumer, Core of iO, In Search of Sun, Black Orchid Empire, Gold Key, and Dirty Sound Magnet. Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Lewis Johns (Conjurer, Rolo Tomassi, Gnarwolves, Employed to Serve), Donor Fatigue would spark no surprise if it drew even greater attention and a new horde of ears the way of the band, indeed such its riveting adventure we expect it.

The EP opens with Crown Of Flies and immediately lured intrigue with its cinematic sample and sparked eager attention with the tempest of sound which swiftly follows. It in turn breeds a punchy and lyrically pungent canter as infectious as it is barbarous. The striking tones and imaginative words of vocalist Stefano Sebastianelli stand at the core of the captivation, the voracious rhythms of drummer Adam Parker and bassist Lee Davidson predacious temptation alongside breeding the drama as the guitar of Bean sonically shapes he song’s adventure. A fusion of punk, noise rock, and metallic dexterity, the song is simply superb and more compelling by the rock induced twist and imagination flooded turn.

Though it remained our favourite moment within the EP, it is regularly challenged if not dethroned within Donor Fatigue, with Smalltown Eiderdown the first to stake its suggestive claim. Instantly accosting ears with a dirty tide of riffs and senses swiping beats, the song just as quickly reveals spiky hooks and melodic taunting within its contagious and volatile body. Southern tinged grooves only add to the appetite nagging stoner lined lure of the song, its persuasion multi-faceted and all-consuming in voice and sound.

Loyal To The Lie teases with hard rock stranded enticement initially but no surprise as a thickly and varied flavoured web of sound and imagination grows from it, the band’s progressive instincts  entangling punk and anthemic rock dexterity before its brief but potent presence makes way for the groove punk riot of Them Apples. Entering with a similar melodic involvement to that its predecessor left in, the track keenly uncages its rapacious rock ‘n’ roll wolfishness amidst a feral but composed breath. It is a galvanic mix which is likely to arouse the spirit of punk and hard rocker alike.

That last suggestion applies to Donor Fatigue as a whole, a release which has brought a new and already eagerly devoured pleasure in the shape of Quella to us at The RR

Donor Fatigue is released 22nd November with pre-ordering available now @ https://quella.bandcamp.com/album/donor-fatigue

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Pete RingMaster 19/11/2019

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Youth Illusion – Terms of Submission

Terms of Submission is the debut EP from UK outfit Youth Illusion and an encounter quickly showing why the quartet has earned potent praise and attention since emerging.

London based, the band consists of members born and raised in the States, UK, South Africa, and Italy. Their creative coming together last year has spawn a sound bred in the instincts of pop punk and alternative rock but as the four tracks within their first EP show it is already brewing its own varied identity. Already the band has notably shared the stage with plaudit luring success alongside I Set My Friends On Fire and impressed at the Camden Rocks Festival and should expect a fresh flood of ears and attention their way with the release of Terms of Submission.

Though maybe uniqueness is not yet as prevalent as familiarity within their EP, Youth Illusion openly sow and water the seeds of such future originality across its offerings, that familiarity more of the overall flavouring of their genre inspirations than of certain protagonists within them. Terms of Submission opens up with Better Off, the song rising on a sonic thread into a dextrous mass of riffs and rhythms before hitting its immediately infectious stride. The guitars of Matt Ungaro and Zach Almond proceed to weave a web of enticement loaded with keen hooks whilst the latter’s vocals add matching temptation with melodic prowess. There is a great steeliness and trespass to the guitars too which proves just as magnetic as the striking beats of drummer Tim Storey and the brooding hues of Rory Deans’ bass.

It is a great start to the EP and maybe it’s most potent moment though persistently challenged by its companions led by next up Cover Up And Die. If not as dramatic and punchy as its predecessor in its entrance, the song soon reveals its own contagious exploits and imagination in pop punk fuelled rock ‘n’ roll. Its bounce and snarl is unapologetically infectious and body an accomplished persuasion with Deans’ backing vocals a strong addition to Almond’s potent lead.

The increasingly impressive Enemy launches at ears from an almost tempestuous start with a rousing rally of rhythms at its core, they the lead to the track’s continually evolving adventure as melodic and vocal contemplation blends reflective calm with pop infused catchiness. Dean’s bass is again an ear grabbing ingredient in the mix but all four members of the band prove their dexterity and imagination in its creatively raucous body before Rebellion brings things to a close. Though in some ways it is the least surprising song within the release, with its A Day To Remember/All Time Low like character, it is nonetheless a bouncing pleasure inciting the same eager energy in those paying attention.

Terms Of Submission is an infectious introduction to a band easy to see a potent future for if their sound evolves its true individuality from this impressive start. On the evidence of the EP, they will provide plenty to enjoy however it turns out.

Terms Of Submission is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 19/11/2019

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