Abandcalledboy – George Best In Show / Paul Simon’s Daily Routine

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You know when you are on to a winner when you realise your feet have already joined in the devilry before thoughts and emotions have caught on. In such cases there is an instinctive lure which digs into the primal essence of what incites personal tastes and musical passions, and so it is with the new single from Belfast noise/indie rock band Abandcalledboy. The two track bewitchment simply took over the body, then the imagination and emotions. It did not ask for permission or make an initial request but just stole its booty whilst providing a seriously compelling and contagious introduction to its creators.

Though our first meeting with them, Abandcalledboy has been making a stir in the Irish music scene for a while, spreading it around the UK at times. 2014 saw the release of their self-titled debut EP which earned the band keen attention across the Irish music press whilst the self-produced video for the song Cliff Richard captured strong interest and praise from Therapy? guitarist/vocalist Andy Cairns. Shows with the likes of Rolo Tomassi, And So I Watch You From Afar, and The Futureheads amongst many has only reinforced the emergence and growing stature of the band but now it is the turn of their new single to nudge a new and broader awareness and appetite for their sounds, and it is fair to say that already George Best In Show / Paul Simon’s Daily Routine has made one new conquest.

Abandcalledboy - George Best - Paul Simon - ABCB 2015 Promo 2The single is the first release from Abandcalledboy as a quartet and shows a shift in direction of sound from the foursome of Ryan Burrowes, Adam Smith, Mark Finnegan, and newest member Chris Ryan. George Best In Show is the first to step forward and in the matter of two breaths has ears and appetite enslaved with its almost voracious rhythmic shuffle. The swinging beats border on salacious and are irresistibly inviting as the surrounding tempting of guitar brings a B-52s like teasing to its melodic mischief. It is not the only thing worming away under the skin and into the psyche though, a sonic bluster erodes the senses with its caustic noise whilst a dark menacing bass tone simply adds to the addictive tempest. It sounds like it is a threatening start but it is the complete opposite, in fact it is a gloriously captivating stirring up of air and listener which levels out into a more stable though still agitated landscape once warm vocals join the affair. The song continues to impress and inescapably seduce, slowly raising its intensity and sonic causticity again towards a blistering finale. There seems to be hints of bands like XTC, Baddies, and Swound! in the song but spices in something predominantly unique.

Second track Paul Simon’s Daily Routine is a more emotionally and physically settled proposition, though again its rhythmic side comes with a volatile nature, especially in the drums. The raw radiance of keys and guitars is a flirtatious dance bridging the dark hues of bass and the agitated beats of Ryan to the harmonic caresses of the vocals and acidic melodies. Fuzzy and mesmeric, noisy and transfixing, the song explores a different kind of chaotic adventure compared to its openly twisted companion, a more temperate brew bristling with sonic enterprise within an imagination lit climate.

Abandcalledboy might have escaped attention from a great many of us until now but that slow awakening will surely change for everyone else with the unveiling of George Best In Show / Paul Simon’s Daily Routine. It thrusts the band onto the widest noise rock map with forceful energy and invention whilst suggesting there is even greater, template shaping things to come. We cannot wait!

George Best In Show / Paul Simon’s Daily Routine is available now as a name your price download at http://abandcalledboymusic.bandcamp.com

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RingMaster 21/04/2015

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Coquin Migale – Gold

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Taken from their recently released and swiftly acclaimed EP Feel, new single Gold from UK alternative/indie rock band Coquin Migale is unleashed this week, a song which alone wakes up an eager appetite for the band’s transfixing sound. It is an encounter bursting with swirling melodies, flighty harmonies, and busy imagination, easily reinforcing the potent buzz and keen attention surrounding the Newcastle based quartet.

1661926_447762932047545_9093603215007750566_n  Coquin Migale was formed in 2013 by friends studying at Northumbria University. Swiftly the band released The Yellow Room EP, a free download which quickly lured in vocal fans. The foursome’s live performances equally caught the keen ears and hunger of a heavily increasing many and subsequently it did not take too long before the likes of NME, Generator, and Fresh On The Net also caught on to the band; a media interest shown again this year with the new single being featured by Tom Robinson on the first BBC 6 Music Introducing Mixtape of 2015. Released via End Of The Trail Records, Gold is the kind of bait anglers dream of and you can only suspect it will induce a fresh and wide expanse of new ears and mouths to get in on the band’s emergence.

Gold opens on a clean jangle of guitar with punchy rhythms quickly joining in before the whole song erupts in a warm bluster of melodic enterprise and vivacity. It is a thick and colourfully musty mix which relaxes for the entrance of the engaging vocals of Alex Soper and returns with greater energy and appealing hues as regularly intermittent and potent expulsions around his alluring tones. The guitars of Soper and Matthew Wooton are a constant flame of invention and unpredictable enterprise too, their frequent detours and sparkling inserts of fresh ideas taking the song and ears on a riveting ride whilst the darkly toned bass of Stevie Kane and the crisply landing swings of Dan Rawlinson only add more creative drama to the encounter.

With the vocal harmonies of Soper and band probably the most virulent part of it all, the song is a mouth-watering introduction to Coquin Migale for newcomers and continuation of a potent ascent those in the know have already taken to their emotions. Quite simply it is a song band which more than supports claims from people like Tom Robinson that the foursome are “currently the best unsigned band in Newcastle. Surely it won’t be long until the majors start knocking?”

Gold is available from Aril 20th via End Of The Trail Records

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RingMaster 20/04/2015

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Turrentine Jones – Moonlight is On Yer Side

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Towards the rear of 2014, UK trio Turrentine Jones signed with London based label Rough Trade and released debut album Our Days. It was a proposition which marked an already rising attention upon the 2012 formed Manchester trio, and sparked a fresh wave of media and fan support. Now the band backs it up with the seriously catchy single Moonlight is On Yer Side, a song taken from the band’s full-length carrying all the attributes which has already made Turrentine Jones a very flavoursome favourite for a great many.

Last year saw the band play the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury, becoming the third most shared act of the day on the BBC event website. This was soon followed by the link up with Rough Trade and the unveiling of Our Days. So it is fair to say that 2014 was a strong year for the band with all indications that this one will follow suit. First single from the album, Moonlight is On Yer Side has already found itself played across over 40 stations to date, a success you can only expect continuing as its release takes hold.

Produced by Chris Hamilton, the song which is lyrically inspired by vocalist/guitarist Julian Neville’s aunty who is a full-on alcoholic, undeniably has that Manchester air to its swagger and melodic persuasion. There are whispers of bands like Inspiral Carpets and Stone Roses flirting with thoughts within what is a character and presence to the song which prove to be fresh and individual. References to artists such as The Strokes, The Rolling Stones, and Booker T and the MGs have been offered the band’s way too, and again whiffs emerge in the single but once more mere spicing to the infectious encounter.

The opening tone of the bass makes appealing bait and is soon matched in effect by the stabs of guitar from Neville and a colourful and expressive dance of keys from Thomas Scotson. There is a great seventies breath to their designs, a sultriness which equally brings a Brit Pop toning whilst the guitar also at times dips into a magnetic sixties flame with its enterprise. With the crisp beats of Rich Watts framing it all and the vocals of Neville familiar and impressive, that Manchester twang you know, the song is an energetic palette of sonic colour and increasingly persuasive.

The buzz around Turrentine Jones is beginning to become rampant and it is fair to say that the highly satisfying Moonlight is On Yer Side is only going to encourage further praise and attention upon the band.

Moonlight is On Yer Side is available from April 20th

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RingMaster 20/04/2015

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Chasing Ghosts – Everything Changes

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Not even touching six months as a band, Chasing Ghosts is already stirring up the UK rock scene and online radio interest with their epic sounds and now new single Everything Changes. London based, the quartet create a melodic rock propositions which certainly on the evidence of their latest song is as imposing as it is seductive and as atmospherically provocative as it is creatively intensive. The buzz around is that Chasing Ghosts is a band on the march and there is nothing about Everything Changes to bring doubt to that claim.

Formed as 2014 became its successor, Chasing Ghosts draw on inspirations from the likes of Paradise Lost, Therapy, Metallica, Alice In Chains, Moonspell and more for their dark and adventurous evocative sounds. Bassist/keyboardist Lee Brueton and guitarist Harry Mitten had already played together for four years in the band Embersfire and once united again they proceeded to write a trio of songs before booking Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire to record them. Next step was to find the rest of the band, an unusual way round of doing things but with the addition of vocalist James Marsh and drummer John Watt, plus the impressive adventure of Everything Changes alone, the band obviously knew best. A three track demo recorded with Enter Shikari engineer Tim Morris resulted from the session and brings us the band’s new single, whilst the other songs This Fear and From Depravity show themselves to be both similarly impressive explorations.

The single opens on a dawning wave of dark shadows and sounds, their invitation swiftly erupting into a thick wave of melodic persuasion and earthy rhythms as immersive as they are imposing. You sense some of the essences of those earlier mentions influences as the song expands and evolves, but the one band which really comes forward as the rich endeavour of song and sound engulfs ears and imagination, is Johnny Wore Black. Both he and Chasing Ghosts are openly adept at aligning dark emotive shadows and fiery beauty into physically and mentally stimulating propositions. The flowering provocative sounds of the keys and guitars back this up, almost entwining around each other across the song with fluid and impacting enterprise whilst the vocals of Marsh become as transfixing as the emotionally tempestuous sounds around him.

    Everything Changes is an exciting introduction to Chasing Ghosts, a striking doorway into their sound and potential soaked presence. It is a promise already coming to fruition across the three songs making up their demo and most potently revealed in the single, but one hinting at even greater adventures ahead.

Everything Changes is out now.

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RingMaster 20/04/2015

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Sugarmen – Dirt

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With a sound which has a healthy eighties feel to it as well as a modern tenacity and enterprise, UK indie band Sugarmen unveil a rather enjoyable and infectious introduction to themselves via debut single Dirt. It is a rousing and feisty slice of pop rock but equally has a calming melodic tempting to create a nicely rounded and memorable first meeting between ears and the Liverpool quartet.

Sugarmen was formed by songwriters/guitarist Luke Fenlon and Chay Heney, soon concluding their openly creative line-up with bassist Tom Sheilds and drummer Sam McVann. Their inspirations are reflected in their record collections according to their bio and includes flavouring from the likes of Hooton Tennis Club to Peace, Parquet Courts to Alvvays, The Velvet Underground to Wild Beasts, and The Clash to Orange Juice, and it is this latter band which sprung to mind listening to Dirt, they and others like Josef K, The Farmers Boys, and The Bluebells. They were all bands capable of writing and creating the most contagious and blemish free pop songs and though it is only one song, Sugarmen suggest they have that quality too.

DIRT pink   Since forming, the band has played with the likes of Sleaford Mods and Paul Weller whilst this coming June will see them supporting both Blur and The Who in Hyde Park as well as playing the Dot To Dot Festival in May. The Sugarmen sound has also caught the ears and attention of Mick Jones (The Clash / BAD) who after hearing the band’s demo tracks, produced ten songs including the single with them; it all occurring in Paul Weller’s studio which he donated for the recordings. It is fair to say that the band is standing at the point of real attention and potent spotlights, a door Dirt makes the ideal key for.

The song opens on a strum and the vocal prowess of Fenlon, a gentle but potent coaxing which teases for a short while before a stab of sonic tenacity sparks the band into a lively and magnetic stroll. The bass of Sheilds is instant flavoursome bait with its throaty lure matching the striking appeal of the guitars in its own individual way. Hooks and chords, sonic colours and rhythmic jabs all converge on ears with captivating enterprise and contagious endeavour, ridden by the harmonic roar of Fenlon’s vocals and the backing of the band. A sniff of Arctic Monkeys makes a hint to join essences of those mentioned previously but the truth is that Dirt has a voice and character which is primarily Sugarmen and, as their live presence, increasingly persuasive.

Expect to hear more of and from the band ahead, and we suspect in increasingly potent doses.

Dirt is available now via Poor Old Soul Records @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dirt-single/id978569563

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RingMaster 19/04/2015

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Dark Stares – Soul Contract

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Their debut was a web of flavoursome inspirations woven into a striking introduction, its successor a more honed proposition with a less expansive but more singular and enthralling character to its sound, and now with their third EP, UK rock band Dark Stares has explored another captivating evolution in their sonic adventure. Soul Contact is a fiery and sonically spicy encounter, a handful of tracks which intrigue with a psychedelic air and feisty tenacity. It is a release which pushes the St Albans quartet and their sound on again whilst confirming the band as one of the UK rock scene’s finest emergences in recent times.

Formed in 2011, Dark Stares have been no strangers to keen attention and support since the release of the Tell Your Friends EP the following year. Its success was swiftly backed by outstanding singles Bad Machine and Shinigami later in 2012 with the former subsequently finding itself personally selected by Dave Fanning and Bono for a U2-single publicity stunt. Influences from the likes of from Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Muse, Royal Blood, and Jack White openly flavoured their early sound and still spices its openly unique invention now, as shown by Soul Contact,. As second EP Octopon began to reveal this potent evolution through its unveiling in 2013, the foursome of lead guitarist Harry Collins, and the Howell brothers, Miles Kristian on vocals and guitar, bassist Brett Harland, and drummer Taylor, continued to lure national airplay and press coverage with the likes of Metal Hammer, Rocksound, Powerplay, and XFM whilst live sharing stages with bands such as Enter Shikari and The Darkness. It is easy to expect more of that eager attention to follow the release of their excitedly anticipated new release, and an even hungrier appetite for its impressive sound.

Dark Stares - Cover Artwork   It is fair to say that Soul Contact does not dramatically leap at ears and thoughts at any time, but seduces with an unrelenting and tantalising temptation which ultimately is just as effective. There are times when it misses the spark needed to explode on the senses but with imagination and emotions of the listener thoroughly involved with that of the band’s and every encounter on the release, it is more a showing of the potential still left to be explored within Dark Stares than anything lacking. Opener Liquid Reign is the perfect example, a track which never erupts with a voracious impact but smoulders with warm melodic flames and bubbles with imaginative twists. Its initial touch is a distorted tease which leads to a slow but swinging stroll under a psyche kissed climate. The bass instantly conjures that gentle swagger, backed perfectly by crisp beats and shadowed yet inviting riffs. The effect wrapped vocals of Miles Kristian offer a mellow seduction of their own, his tones gliding over the magnetic and lively sonic enterprise of Collins. The song is as immersive as it is gently catchy, and a great start to the release.

The band’s new single Hypnotize comes next and swiftly has ears basking in a blues bred, scuzz lined temptation aligned to muscular rhythms. The most aggressive and intensive song on the release, it still merges a sultry and welcoming persuasion with a rugged and imposing rhythmic landscape. Virulently contagious and inescapably addictive, especially around its gorgeous croon of a chorus, the song also brings a rich familiarity to it. Over time it is realised as being just of the increasingly established Dark Stares sound, though with a healthy wash of QOTSA to it too. It is a great gateway into band and release, an obvious and gripping single matched by the following Ordinary Way. It too instantly hits like a previously encountered friend with another fuzzy beckoning at the start sparking recognition before a rumbling bassline and rolling beats sculpt an engrossing cage to enclose it all. It is a trap soon coloured in excellent vocal expression and texture within a sunrise of melodic wine and sonic drama. Cavernous and inescapably immersive but intimate and emotionally provocative at its heart, the song is a spellbinding embrace.

Animal floats in next on a sonic croon under a sweltering atmosphere, again easily luring in ears and imagination with bordering on exotic colours and invention. The track truly comes alive with its blues rock fire of scarring riffs and dynamic energy, an intermittent but hunger igniting expulsion across the song led to and tempered by a just as emotive melodic humidity. It is a slow burner compared to the previous pair of songs but slips firmly into thoughts and passions before the closing Cruise Control reinvents its finest Josh Homme and co inspirations for a melodic and harmonic roar coated in Muse like spatial hues and lined with compelling scuzz fired drama.

The track is an excellent end to another great and compelling offering from Dark Stares. It is not a massive leap forward from Octopon yet everything about it from songwriting and sound to imagination has been stretched with fresh creativity and passion. Dark Stares continue to impress and remind that the British rock scene has some strongly creative hands at its tiller.

The Soul Contract EP and new single Hypnotise are available from 6th April on EP and digitally through all digital platforms.

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RingMaster 06/03/2015

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jointpop – Simply Beautiful

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Hailing from Trinidad & Tobago, rock ‘n’ roll band jointpop first grabbed our attention and that of the home of our radio shows Reputation Radio a few years back with their lively and magnetic festival of pop and rock. Their history goes back much further though, covering twenty years or so in fact and delivering seven albums drawing acclaim and an ever increasing number of fans along the way. Their latest full-length Quicksand unveiled its dynamic persuasion just a matter of days ago and now spawns its first single, the enjoyable Simply Beautiful.

jointpop began in 1996, formed by vocalist/songwriter Gary Hector from the ashes of previous band Oddfellows Local, the seminal Caribbean rock ‘n’ roll band in the nineties. With the new project came a fresh experimentation of sound and direction from Hector, and a union of some of the best creative and skilled musicians of the Trinidad and Tobago underground scene. It did not take long for the band to reap potent local support either whilst their emerging songs subsequently lured close attention from terrains further afield including the UK and US. Their septet of albums and various singles have consistently pushed the band into a greedier awareness and recognition of the band’s presence, enabling jointpop to tour the countries just mentioned and play some of their most legendary venues such as CBGB’S, 100 Club, The Dublin Castle, and the Hope and Anchor. Produced by Paul Kimble of Grant Lee Buffalo, Quicksand is now starting to lure in another keen wave of interest in the five-piece of Hector, guitarist Damon Homer, bassist Jerome Girdharrie, drummer Dion Camacho, and keyboardist Phil Hill, a persuasion to which Simply Beautiful provides a tantalising invitation.

A lively piano temptation opens up the song, its smiling manner soon aided by the vibrant colour of guitar and a punchy bait of rhythms. A blues air wraps song and vocals as they join the affair next whilst equally a melodic rock substance expands the weight and increasingly fiery character of the proposition. It is not an encounter which leaps out yet is immediately catchy, merging an older schooled rock ‘n’ roll croon with a modern tenacious attitude and enterprise.

Simply Beautiful also offers, if not the diversity which generally comes with the Port Of Spain quintet’s releases and to be found upon Quicksand, certainly a strong hint of the heart of the jointpop sound and the fun.

Simply Beautiful and Quicksand are available now on all online stores.

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RingMaster 06/04/2015

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