Frau Pouch – Biscuit Beard


Having meant to do this a couple of weeks ago, we apologise to the band and to you all for the late lusty shouting out of one of the year’s most irresistible singles. The track is Biscuit Beard and comes from irrepressible noise post punks Frau Pouch. Since their outing with another of Medway’s essential bands Houdini in a split release, the trio of vocalist/guitarist Joe Wise, bassist Ollie Crook, and drummer Suzanne Freeman has invaded the psyche with the All Hail Space Chicken EP and invaded the senses with their lo-fi punk sound live. Their finest moment though comes now with Biscuit Beard, the kind of song and addiction we for one were born for.

From the first second of its insane grooving and rhythmic baiting, the track is in command of ears and imagination. It is a throwback to the late seventies/early eighties in some ways and a new unique beast of invention in others. Rhythmically the track is a cross between Gang of Four and The Mekons, Crook’s bass a deliciously grouchy growl infesting the psyche with its grooves whilst Freeman’s beats are a hypnotic tapping of the senses far too easy to succumb to. Alongside them the guitar of Wise teases and taunts with almost cancerous grooves and spiky cuts before spreading melodic discord over it all from time to time. With his vocals as distinct and wonderfully slim as the textures uniting for one rich incitement, Biscuit Beard is pure manna for ears and any punk heart.

To it all there are moments when eighties band The Dancing Did is parked in thoughts too, just one more rather enjoyable essence in easily a single of the year contender.

Biscuit Beard is out now via Skingasm Records on iTunes etc.

Pete RingMaster 14/10/2016

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Indya – Strip Me Down


Having burst through ears with an introduction which as good as stopped you in your tracks, that being the outstanding single Harder Faster, British rockers Indya follow up with another highly flavoursome slice of heavily seductive rock ‘n’ roll in the shape of Strip Me Down. Their new single is a bordering on salacious web of tangy grooves and rapacious riffs guided by the temptress tones of vocalist and band founder/songwriter Natalie Indya West; an encounter which wraps its tenacious and muscular body around the senses like an erotic dancer.

The character and moves of the single in many ways echo a part of Natalie’s earlier life. Hooked on music from a young age with the sounds of her Mother’s eclectic taste in bands ranging from indya-art-strip_RingMasterReviewFree and Bad Company through to David Bowie and Rainbow fuelling a brewing passion, Natalie studied music at the Performing Arts & Technology school in Croydon before moving on to study at the Colin’s Performing Arts College in Essex. On a 50% scholarship, Natalie had to fund the remaining of school fees and subsequently worked as a pole dancer in a gentleman’s club. The single physically reflects that environment with its twists and turns whilst, as many of her songs, the dark time she also experienced at that period of her life is equally evocatively touched.

With a touch of the now demised Karn8 to its personality, Strip Me Down is instantly a lure of grooved temptation, the guitar of Maxime Raguideau-Obadia weaving a seductive yet invasive entangling of ears as the stalking rhythms of drummer Andrea Rapisarda prowl hand in hand with the rapacious groan of Raymond Tagnola’s bass. There are many familiar textures at play within the drama honed song but all with freshness and an imaginative spicing which magnetically slips in with the band’s own invention.

Their first single stoked the fires of attention towards the 2015 emerging outfit; the Dan Baune produced and James Lerock Loughrey mixed/ mastered  Strip Me Down now keeps that blaze burning very nicely whilst showing another flavoursome flame to the rich body of Indya’s rock ‘n’ roll.

Strip Me Down is available now.

Pete RingMaster 07/10/2016

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Risa Hall – Sixth Sense/Inconsistently Consistent


As her new album lures ears and acclaim, Risa Hall provides further temptation for it with new double A-sided single Sixth Sense/Inconsistently Consistent. Previous single Kids on Victoria Avenue provided a rousing teaser for Love is Telepathic, sparking only eager anticipation for Hall’s second album, which the new pairing of songs, also taken from the full-length, now firmly backs.

The great-niece of Estee Lauder and friend of The New York Dolls, New York City born and now UK, Manchester to be exact, based Hall has been no stranger to praise through her acting work and music through the likes of the Apple Tarte EP and debut album Glass Full…? which she recorded with Nigel Stonier (Waterboys, Thea Gilmore, Sandi Thom).  Love is Telepathic is quickly drawing even stronger plaudits with many reasons why apparent in Hall’s new single.

Sixth Sense is a warm caress of the senses, acoustic guitar and melancholic melody uniting to cradle the magnetically engaging voice of Hall. There is not an overriding feeling of sadness washing ears though, the warmth of all elements a boldly catchy temper to the shadows coating the heart bred lyrical reflection. Increasingly captivating with every passing minute let alone each listen, the song is pure seduction.

Its companion, Inconsistently Consistent, is a livelier engagement from the first note; starting on a keen stroll which its partner built up to. Again melody and voice steal attention though the spicy flame of a solo which breaks out takes its share of eager focus too. Kids on Victoria Avenue showed an enjoyable Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders hue to its adventure which Inconsistently Consistent also touches if with not quite as much firmness.

Both songs please ears and spark further intrigue to check out Love is Telepathic, with for personal tastes Sixth Sense stealing the show and especially revealing everything potent and enjoyable about Risa Hall.

Sixth Sense/Inconsistently Consistent is released October 7th with Love is Telepathic available now @

Pete RingMaster 07/10/2016

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The Cavemen – Too High To Die/I’d Kill


It has been a busy year for New Zealanders The Cavemen from just releases alone. April saw the unleashing of their exceptional self-titled debut album followed in June by the just as rousing and wonderfully arrogant two track single Juvenile Delinquent. Now the quartet of vocalist Paul, guitarist Jack, bassist Nick, and drummer Jake Caveman have freed new offering Too High To Die/I’d Kill ahead of yet another album; the single two slices of the band’s distinctive garage bred punk ‘n’ roll which is impossible not to get lustfully off on.

Now UK based, The Cavemen have arguably unearthed their most primal and trashiest sound for their new single; breeding both tracks with the kind of punk rock which has ignited and corrupted rock ‘n’ roll since the days of Gene Vincent and Jerry lee Lewis, through the likes of Hasil Adkins and The Stooges, and on to the likes of The Cramps, Gun Club, and The Ramones and more. Raw and cast in lo-fi manna, the single sizzles on the senses as it infests the body and purges the psyche like a predacious attack of sonic leprosy.

too-high-frontcover-copy_RingMasterReviewToo High To Die rumbles and grumbles from its first sonic lancing of ears, rhythms cantankerously bouncing as deranged vocal urgency colludes with the winy enterprise of the guitar. The whole song is like one giant chorus such its rousing catchiness with the fiery guitar solo additional toxicity to greedily devour.

Companion I’d Kill is just the same, a virulent stomp from first note to last but even more soaked in seventies punk with a touch of bands like The Saints and The Lurkers to it. A belligerent snarl with more contagion to its persuasion than any plague, the track alone but definitely in union with Too High To Die sparks even more impatient anticipation for The Cavemen’s impending second full-length.

Too High To Die / I’d Kill is out now via Dirty Water Records @!/The-Cavemen-Too-High-To-Die-b-w-Id-Kill-download/p/70351208/category=18119001

Pete RingMaster 23/09/2016

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The Survival Code – Broken Strings


As a teaser for a larger proposal, tracks do not come much more persuasive than Broken Strings, the new single from UK alternative rockers The Survival Code. The lead and title track from the London based trio’s new EP, the song is a web of tangy grooves and spiky hooks delivered with energy and urgency which alone rouses the spirit.

Founded in 2011, The Survival Code was forged in the driving force and song writing of lead vocalist/guitarist Gary McGuinness. Dublin born, he previously drummed in successful alt-rock bands for over a decade before moving to London in 2010 where he subsequently linked up with drummer/vocalist Tom Cook and The Survival Code’s original bassist Pete Agnelli. With a sound inspired by influences ranging from Johnny Cash to the Deftones, the band released the Everything but today EP in 2013 which was followed two years later by their well-received debut album MMXV. As their first full-length, with Chema now handling bass duties, The Survival Code’s new single and EP is released through IRL and is set to be backed by a host of shows across the UK and Ireland.

Broken Strings instantly nags ears with sturdy boisterous beats and teasing riffs; a Deftones meets Reuben feel coating the appetite sparking coaxing which perpetually shapes a song ebbing and flowing in melodic prowess as it blossoms in ears and imagination. The band’s sound has been compared to Foo Fighters before and the single offers sound reasons why, an exuberance and infectious aggression like the Americans fuelling the anthemic roar and dynamic virulence of the song.

Impossible not to get physically and emotionally involved in, Broken Strings is an incendiary spark to a want to grab the new EP from The Survival Code and more…

The Broken Strings single is released September 25th through IRL.

Upcoming Live dates:
21 October – Alleycat – Denmark St, London
27 October – Fibber Magees – Dublin, Ireland
29 October – Bruxelles – Dublin, Ireland
17 November – New Cross Inn – London
18 November – Bar 42 – Worthing
19 November – Cave at the Holly tree – London
14 December – Tooting Tram and Social

Pete RingMaster 23/09/2016

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Eujenics – Far Stranger


The first release from the band since a slight line-up change, British alternative rock quartet Eujenics show things are just as potent as ever in songwriting and sound. To be truthful, Far Stranger suggests that the Sunderland hailing band has hit a new plateau in both as it provides a powerful and magnetic slice of fiery rock ‘n’ roll.

No strangers to increasing acclaim through previous releases, especially the Humanism EP and following single Alec Guinness earlier this year, and live exploits over the past year which have seen successful shows with the likes of Dead!, Despite My Deepest Fear, Edenthorn, Massa Confusa, and Deadfire, the 2015 formed Eujenics are ready to take things to the next level in creativity and attention sparked.

Far Stranger soon reveals a new depth and intensity to the band’s creativity and imagination and also answers in quick time how new member, vocalist/guitarist Sam Avery will fit the band’s distinctive sound. With sublime ease is the rapid realisation, his melodic tones and harmonious expression the perfect and natural replacement to previous singer Nic Wood. Equally though, as the song finishes coaxing ears with its sinewy entrance led by the heavy swings of drummer Adam Hay, Avery establishes his own vocal character and dynamism backed by the band and matched by the flirtatious bassline cast by David Scott and Chris Hanna’s just as virulent grooves.

Hooks and rhythms continue to collude as the song reveals itself the band’s most virulent and feistily catchy proposal yet; teasing with essences surely Queens Of The Stone Age/Kyuss seeded throughout yet quickly breeding its own identity and individual adventure.

Big and bold, ballsy and boisterous, Far Stranger is Eujenics scaling new heights to unavoidably ignite the spirit of fans and newcomers alike.

Far Stranger is to be released 30th September.

Upcoming Shows

September 17th 2016 – Lounge 41, Workington

September 22nd 2016 – The Three Tuns, Gateshead

September 23rd 2016 – Crescent Vaults, Manchester

Pete RingMaster 14/09/2016

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The Ellipsis – Cold Cactus


Earning plenty of praise and support for their debut EP Mind In The Sky earlier this year, and especially its dynamic single Wasted Potential Me, British rockers The Ellipsis look like repeating that success with new single Cold Cactus. A lively and meaty slice of pop rock, the song grabs ears and attention with ease; teasing with familiar spices before casting its own character of sound and imagination for just over three minutes of highly enjoyable distraction.

Since forming in 2013, The Ellipsis has played the length of the UK and graced numerous festivals including recently opening The Godiva Festival in their home-town of Coventry. Their first single White Feather caught ears and radio attention with the band sparking just as potent interest through an energetic live show which soon led the band to headlining Coventry OxJam in front of 30,000 rugby fans at the Ricoh Arena. The Mind In The Sky EP and its lead track subsequently whipped up a new swell of fans which it is very easy to see Cold Cactus matching.

About someone feeling out of place, physically and emotionally, Cold Cactus instantly grips ears with a guitar lure reminding very much of Billy Talent, that pleasing bait reinforced by the throbbing tone of Harry Green’s bass and the melody draped riffs from lead guitarist John Connearn and rhythm guitarist Henry Bristow. Framed and punctuated by the swinging beats of Alex Bonsor, the song quickly slips into its own individual guise led by the expressive and potent vocals of Bristow. Further melodic colour soon spreads from Connearn’s strings and enterprise, providing a bubbling tempting within the muscular and richly infectious proposition filling and thrilling ears.

As with Wasted Potential Me, its successor has ears and imagination roused but Cold Cactus simply has richer substance and uniqueness to its roar; a sure sign that the band’s songwriting and sound is evolving rather nicely.

Cold Cactus is out now.


16th Sept – Warwick Uni (supporting The Bluetones)

1st Oct – Grosvenor Casino Coventry

14th Oct – Copenhagen (details tba)

29th Oct – Queens Hall Nuneaton

Check out the video for Cold Cactus @

Pete RingMaster 14/09/2016

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