Blacklist Union – Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell

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June sees the release of Back To Momo, the new and fourth album from US rockers Blacklist Union. To whet the appetite and incite rich anticipation for it, the band have unleashed the single Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell, a raucous stomp of an infection proving that rock ‘n’ roll can be raw and accessible, raunchy and endearing in one single slice of devilment.

Formed by frontman Tony West back in 2004, the Los Angeles hailing Blacklist Union has consistently earned plaudits and recruited an increasing loyal fan base through their colourful and ferociously varied mix of alternative metal and heavy rock. Debut album After The Mourning in 2006 was a well-received introduction to the band, an attention reinforced and pushed on by its successor Breakin’ Bread With The Devil two years later. Following up their third full-length Til Death Do Us Part of 2012, another eagerly welcomed incitement, the band is readying another full-on assault on the broadest spotlights with the West and Todd Youth written Back to Momo, and if their new single is any indication it has a fair chance of achieving its aim.

Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell makes a relatively low key entrance, a lone guitar luring ears before a vocal shrill breaks the air. Energy and fiery revelry is soon swamping ears from this point as thickly jabbing beats and a throaty bassline joins a bluesy mesh of grooving. The track is soon into a tenacious stride, riffs and rhythms a punkish badgering within a sonic enterprise loaded with choice hooks and that persistently enticing groove. A following moment of clarity is pure contagion matched by the mischievous vocals whilst the busy haze of energy around rock ‘n’ roll endeavour has anthem written all over it.

It is easy to assume that Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell is a firm fan favourite live and will be the same as it now storms through the airwaves and listener’s speakers. It is unfussy, unbridled rock ‘n’ roll baby and probably the best advert for Back To Momo that Blacklist Union could have come up with.

Alive N Well Smack in the Middle of Hell is out now whilst Back to Momo will be hitting stores from June 13th.

http://blacklistunion.com   https://www.facebook.com/BlacklistUnionRocks

RingMaster 21/05/2015

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We-Are-Z – Walkaway

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The song might be about “taking a journey into the recesses of consciousness, exploring perceptions and angles that don’t add up”, but musically Walkaway is just one inescapable funk ‘n’ roll devilment of indie pop come new wave virulence. The song is the new single from We-Are-Z, a UK band which on the evidence of their new release, springs a sound on the senses as agitated and warped as it is infectiously magnetic. It incites body and imagination with tribal like rhythms amidst paranoia kissed sound, each racked with St. Vitus dance like activity within theatrical melodies and mellow washed vocals. The track is pure temptation, like Shriekback meets Late Cambrian in a Two Door Cinema Club embrace, yet different again.

The London based Anglo/French quintet formed in 2012, with its line-up already seasoned musicians bringing experiences of playing with the likes of Beyonce, The Waterboys, and James Morrison into the mix. Debut track Airbrush swiftly drew strong attention and support from media and fans alike, whilst the band since then has lured in diverse comparisons from Vampire Weekend to Devo and Franz Ferdinand to XTC. Inspirations are equally varied within We-Are-Z, the likes of David Bowie, Serge Gainsborough, Talking Heads, Blur, The Clash, and Static cited but as their new single shows, the band ultimately emerges with something yes a little familiar but perfectly peculiar to them.

Walkaway from its first touch is a rampant shuffle of jabbing beats and a dark flirty bass lure from Guillaume Charreau and Marc Arciero respectively. The guitar of Drew Wynen adds a lively temptation to the attention grabbing start also, little but gripping hooks and slithers of melodic spices a flirtatious tempting adding to the instant magnetism. Seductive and quirky keys are colouring the song further next, Clement Leguidcoq bringing a smouldering coaxing seeping around and within all the other tenacious textures at play whilst vocalist Gabriel Cazes has a drama and flirty quality to his insatiably vibrant tones and harmonies. There is no escaping the enslaving effect of the song, the puppeteer like lure of rhythms on limbs and the addictive contagion of everything else on voice and emotions, a proper feel good treat.

According to reliable sources, with an energetic and irrepressible live presence to match the adventure of their new single alone, it is easy to suggest we will all be hearing and devouring a lot more of We-Are-Z from hereon in.

Walkaway is available via Sputnik Records from May 18th

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RingMaster 17/05/2015

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Two Skies – Feel

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As mesmeric as it is provocatively shadowed, Feel the new single from UK rock band Two Skies, explores a soundscape which as immersive as it is, also shows a haunting almost sinister essence to its body. It is a mix which captures ears and imagination with consummate and intriguing ease, taking both on a flight of dark adventure soaked in melodic temptation. Certainly there is nothing overly aggressive and menacing about the song’s character but its emotions and climate are compellingly shadow bred.

Hailing from Sheffield, the trio of vocalist/guitarist Dan Cutts, bassist Jamie Cheetham, and drummer Oliver Harrap create a blend of alternative and psyche rock entangled in numerous other potent flavours. It is a sound which has been luring attention since the release of the track Quiet Stones in the final weeks of 2011. A couple of releases in 2012/2013 has similarly gained good responses whilst last year saw the band release the Red EP and a two track 7” vinyl encounter in the shape of Stay / Ocean. Each basked in the fusion of warm and light tones to rawer dark textures, some revealing a fresh predatory element entering the band’s already potent sound and songwriting.

a2232955837_16     Feel has a more seductive baiting to its tempestuous side this time around, its tenebrific breath a floating shadow within the sultry air of the song. A lure of keys makes the first welcome, opening the door for flames of guitar to enter and entice against the melancholic yet vibrant lure of bass, its lines and hooks reminiscent of Michael Dempsey in the early days of The Cure. The late seventies/eighties feel does not end there, the melodic enterprise captivating ears and thoughts offers a scent of Julian Cope to further spice up a swiftly impressing and bewitching song.

The psychedelic fuzziness and swarthier tone of rhythms and accompanying textures continue to merge and entwine across the song, its livelier essences an expansive flirtation for feet and ears whilst slower, more blues hued emotions firmly hold and work on thoughts. The song is a fascinating and thrilling affair, Two Skies’ finest evocative sculpting of sound and emotion yet, and easy to imagine being the wake-up call to much larger attention.

Feel is available from May 11th on download @ https://twoskies.bandcamp.com/album/feel-broken-hearts and on Ltd cassette via https://blakhandrecords.bandcamp.com/

http://www.twoskies.co.uk/   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Two-Skies/20306313311?fref=ts

UPCOMING LIVE DATES:

May 21 – Carsons, Middleton

May 30 – Opium 10, Barnsley supporting Blossoms

July 3 – Kraak, Manchester supporting The Cult of Dom Kellar

July 24 – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

July 25 – Karma, Leeds

RingMaster 11/05/2015

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Glenn Hodge Banned – Family Man

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Awoken to the punk folk, to give it a name, prowess of Glenn Hodge Banned through the outstanding Iconoclast EP last year, it is fair to say we had a tingle of excitement going into the London based musician’s new single Family Man. Carrying on the infectious adventure crafted by the previous release, the new song is an equally irresistible stroll of lyrical and creative revelry taking another honest and striking look at a slither of life.

Originally from Ashford in Kent, Hodge was brought up in East Anglia but it was once moving to the capital that his musical adventure really began. Surrounded by inspirations to breed his catchy and often mischievous folk seeded songs, the singer songwriter soon built a potent reputation on the city’s live scene before releasing the well-received single Faces on Tables in February of last year. Its success led to keen anticipation of the acclaimed Iconoclast EP, a collection of magnetic songs from Hodge looking at city life and personal relationships with honest social commentary, an exploration as mentioned continuing in Family Man.

cover     The single opens with a strum of guitar which quickly becomes a constant coaxing as Hodge begins his magnetic narrative. It is a lively acoustic start with voice and lyrics easily the focal point but wrapped perfectly in the lean sounds around them. Things expand and reveal greater colour when harmonies caress a moment of calm with their enticing presence whilst after another inviting passage like at the start, the rigorous chorus adds a moment of boisterous energy to the already gripping persuasion. Things continue to ebb and flow in energy but not in magnetism, the song musically and lyrically taking an increasingly tighter hold on ears and imagination as it explores the protagonist of its title and dark secrets.

Family Man just lights up the senses, reinforcing the impact of the last EP and confirming Hodge as one of UK’s brightest and resourceful songwriters/musicians. If the likes of Billy Bragg, Ste McCabe, and Frank Turner catch your ears then Glenn Hodge Banned is an exciting must.

Family Man is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id990246719

http://www.glennhodge.com/   https://www.facebook.com/GlennHodgeBanned

Upcoming live shows:

11th June      Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, London
4th July        The Spice of Life, Soho, London
17th July      Brentwood Festival, Brentwood, Essex
23rd July     Ambition Festival, Matthews Yard, Croydon, supporting Beans on Toast
23rd August Beautiful Days Festival, Devon

RingMaster 06/05/2015

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Plastique – Quake

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Bringing fresh aggressive incitement to the dance-floor along with the virulent contagion of sound they are renowned for, alternative-electro trio Plastique unveil new single Quake. It comes after a quiet period for the band, a time which saw them take time away to reassess their direction and next step. Vocalist Anelise Kunz spoke about that period and the new single recently, saying “After two albums we kind of wanted to add something new to our sound, but we started pressuring ourselves for new song ideas…and because of that nothing was really happening, the new single [‘Quake’] came out as a sign of hope…there was no pressure, the vocal jam just happened, and soon we were all involved in getting this one ready to go!

11035313_812517938830346_8230624647920208335_n     It is fair to say if only with one song to assess it by so far, that it was a reflection and exploration spawning potent results. Kunz, guitarist Fabio Couto, and DJ/producer Gabriel Ralls have returned with a feistier and more voracious attitude in sound and intent. Coming together as Plastique, Brazilians Kunz and Fabio Couto with British bred Ralls quickly gripped keen attention with their self-titled debut album late 2011. It was a release backing up their growing stature on London’s alternative scene, a presence pushed and ignited further by its successor #SocialScar two years later. Now after that time away, the threesome are back with a more industrial rock fuelled incitement, one sure to spark frantic activity on the dance-floor again but this time with darker predatory inclinations.

From its first creative mechanism of sonic and rhythmic provocation, Quake displays a psyche challenging imagination and turbulence to it. Beats thump with resonating toxicity whilst guitars blaze with their own raw aggravation, yet there is that expected virulent catchiness and techno energy which sends addiction spawning urges through ears and body. The vocals of Kunz bring their own challenging posture to the song, her tones and delivery reminding a lot of Lesley Woods of eighties post punks Au Pairs, and indeed there are elements of that genre within the increasingly magnetic encounter. Equally essences of PJ Harvey and Cauldronated come to mind as the song continues to cantankerously ripple and contagiously seduce the senses.

If Quake is the sign of things to come, the wait since the last album was well worth the frustration for fans and band alike. It also suggests that Plastique’s next full-length will be their finest most intoxicating offering yet, something you can apply right now to their single.

Quake is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/quake-single/id980105266

http://www.plastiqueband.com/   https://www.facebook.com/PlastiqueBand

RingMaster 05/05/2015

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The Shy Lips – Bahia Part II

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Their name might be The Shy Lips but there is nothing reserved or timid about the band’s energetic and captivating sounds. Theirs is an almost feverish invention and adventure which fuels the music, and already the Gothenburg based rockers have stirred up strong attention and eager appetites with previous songs, but it is with new single Bahia Part II that the band looks set to breach the broadest recognition. The song is an infection soaked slice of rock ‘n’ roll drawing from various flavours past and present for its own intoxicating romp.

Picture 4   The Shy Lips began in 2012, created by vocalist Adam Benrahmoun Johansson and bassist Victor Pettersson. The idea of the band sprung up during travels in Europe and South America where the two met and bonded, the creative thoughts bred becoming a reality once the two moved to Gothenburg and recruited drummer Anton Ekedahl and guitarist Alexander Lisinski to their musical cause. Band members come from the differing climes of Morocco, Poland, and Sweden, and bring an eclectic mix of inspirations and ideas which openly add to the variety and drama of the band’s sound. The Shy Lips were soon luring in potent and loyal support once emerging, an increasing fan base growing up around them through their live presence backed by eagerly devoured songs such more recent singles She was Born in Bahia and That’s Where I Belong. A pair of EPs have only reinforced their impressive emergence and striking sound too, luring in attention from fans and media alike not only at home but across a trio of continents. Now it is the turn of Bahia Part II to awaken another breath of hungry reactions, a done deal here sure to be emulated far and wide.

A lively stroke of guitar is soon bolstered by rumbling rhythms and the expressive tones of Johansson as the song starts its persuasion, a swiftly engaging mix equipped with a great blues air and sixties scented garage rock tenacity to it. Feet and emotions are soon locked into the smiling energy and stroll of the song, its revelry increasing in a ridiculously infectious chorus. The bounce of the song is just as irrepressible whilst the vocal and melodic enterprise shows a touch of Babyshambles and The Sonics to its irrepressible devilry, again eras blending into a distinctive shuffle of beats and the ever spicy melodies.

Bahia Part II will only relentlessly linger once infesting ears and psyche, we can vouch for that, sparking up at will to reinforce the creative potency and impressive arrival of its creators on the indie/rock scene. Time for an album me thinks.

Bahia Part II is available now.

http://www.theshylips.com   http://www.facebook.com/theshylips

RingMaster 05/05/2015

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The Jade Assembly – One Last Time

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The best singles are those which leave you emotionally and maybe physically (behave) aroused by their conclusion, songs which take the listener on emotional and musical rides with lingering effects. They vary from ear to ear, heart to heart of course but a few manage to tap into a potency and energy which captivates the broadest landscape of eager appreciation. One such proposition is One Last Time, the new single from UK rockers The Jade Assembly. The song is a rousing incitement of passion and energy which from a strong and inviting start simply soars with anthemic and dramatic majesty. It leaves bodies breathless and emotions fired up ready to take on anything, whilst thoughts just want to know and hear more.

The Bolton hailing quartet of vocalist/guitarist John Foster, lead guitarist Gareth Smedley, drummer Andy Watson, and bassist Danny Hayes, has taken the Manchester scene by the scruff of its neck in recent times with their blend of alternative, indie, and melodic rock. They have frequently lured acclaim and support with their fiery impassioned songs, Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets describing The Jade Assembly as the ”Best Guitar band since Kasabian”. With a song like One Last Time pounding away in ears it is hard to make any counter argument, instead a nod of the head and repeat play of the single the response.

The voice of Foster cupped by a melodic caress of guitar opens up One Last Time, his expressive delivery instantly impressive. A bass tone almost rumbles with resonance next as the song entices with increasing strength, spicy hooks soon emerging alongside firmly jabbing beats and the infectious exploits of Forster’s vocals. The cap on the bottle of the song is soon off, riffs and rhythms suddenly strolling rigorously through ears led by equally fiery vocals and badgering rhythms. Another relaxing emotive breath is taken before things once again erupt into a stirring contagion fuelled canter, the full anthemic force of band and song a raging/seductive persuasion. Riffs and even more tempting hooks explode on the senses whilst the passion of the band drives the heart of the creative and emotional roar of the track.

Obviously one song does not mark a band but a look at other songs soon reveals the creative weight and inventive prowess of the band with One Last Time, The Jade Assembly’s finest moment yet.

One Last Time is available now

http://www.thejadeassembly.com/   https://www.facebook.com/thejadeassembly

Upcoming live shows:

Saturday 9th May – Midland, Rochdale (Acoustic)

Saturday 16th May – Sound Control, Manchester with Danny Mahon & Friends

Friday 22nd May – Maida Vale, Sheffield

23rd/24th May – Liverpool Sound City (not yet announced)*

Saturday 20th June – Cadence Festival, Tyldesley

RingMaster 05/05/2015

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