Imperial Leisure – Animal

It might not be the summer quite yet but giving its playlist an irresistible first addition is the new single from UK ska punks Imperial Leisure. To be fair, Animal is an incitement for any time of the year, any random two and a half minutes of any day. It is a circus of sound and fun, a carnival of 2-tone inspired ska, pop punk, and hip hop nurtured rock ‘n’ roll; together a distinctive mix creating the individual sound at joyful play within the band’s new gem.

Born out of school friendships, Imperial Leisure has blossomed in sound and reputation across three well-received albums; the last, Lifestyle Brand in 2015 drawing potent acclaim its way. Their live presence has equally honed the band’s music and craft, the band sharing stages with the likes of Ugly Duckling, Roots Manuva, UB40, Less Than Jake, Young Blood Brass Band, The King Blues, Sonic Boom Six and a great many more along the way as well as going down a storm at numerous festivals such as Glastonbury (twice!), The Secret Garden Party and Boomtown Fair. Each year has seen the sextet and its additional brass section rise higher on the British musical landscape; 2017 sure to be another mighty nudge on the biggest spotlights if Animal is anything to go by.

As guitars clip ears, brass flames flicker with flirtatious intent, their combined tempting soon colluding with the passion stoking pulse of the bass as well as the lick of ska seeded riffs and the intoxicating smooch of Hammond-esque keys. With the infectiously captivating vocals of Denis Smith stirring things up even more, the song bounds along with an irresistible swing and mischievous swagger. It is a wonderfully busy affair but every element and seductive flame a clean spice for a swiftly greedy appetite to devour in the whole insightful and instinctively catchy encounter.

It seems like ska and ska punk has the potential of having another heyday such the number of great bands around and emerging with Imperial Leisure leading the way, though all will have to go some to rival the sheer pleasure of Animal.

Animal is out now for downloading and streaming on all platforms with a vinyl release on April 1st.

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Pete RingMaster 17/03/2017

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Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles – Always Something

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A year after the release of their acclaimed debut EP, Bide Your Time, UK quartet Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles have a new single to tempt similar reactions. Always Something is a peach of a song, melodic rock swiftly engaging ears and inciting the body while revealing a fresh step of invention and adventure in writing and sound.

The band is the project of singer/songwriter Billy Bibby, founding and former member of Catfish and the Bottlemen whose debut album, The Balcony, achieved Platinum status last year. Leaving the band after seven years in 2014, he spent the following year writing and undertaking a solo acoustic tour before recruiting a full band with the help of Simon Jones, bassist for The Verve. Their first single, Waitin’ for You, grabbed potent attention before Bide Your Time made a striking impression at the beginning of last year. 2016 saw the outfit busy with their live endeavours taking in over 70 shows and festival appearances around the UK. This year looks like following suit, getting off to a potent start with the release of Always Something.

 The single immediately consumes ears with its tide of rousing rhythms and riffs entangled in melodic flames. It soon settles into a more controlled but still eager stroll as the guitars of Rob Jones and Bibby dance around the latter’s warm and inviting vocals. With the infectious beats of Mike Pearce colluding with the pulsing throb of Matt Bassy’s bass, the song easily has hips and appetite enticed by its infectious rock ‘n’ roll.

A smart and fluid variety in energy and imagination only adds to the persuasive prowess of the song, as too sultry keys flirting from the background as Bibby’s voice draws it all into making one captivating proposal through the guidance of his songwriting and inviting voice.

Always Something maybe not be breaking new ground but it is a new striking step in the Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles sound and a thoroughly enjoyable four minutes; a winner in our book.

Always Something is set to be released March 31st

Upcoming live Dates:

MARCH

18th – Adam Smith Theatre – Kirkcaldy

19th – Nice n Sleazy – Glasgow

25th – The Rocking Chair – Sheffield

31st – The Assembly, London

April

6th – The Magnet, Liverpool

14th – The Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe

15th – Fleecetonbury Fest – North Allerton

MAY

6th – Sound Control, Manchester

10th – The Horn – St Albans

12th – Focus Wales Festival

17th – Portland Arms, Cambridge

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Pete RingMaster 17/03/2017

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Broken Jaw – Can’t

As the band work on their debut album for release later this year, UK outfit Broken Jaw have uncaged a potent teaser in the shape of their new single, Can’t. Cored by a hook strapped groove, the song is a punk infested slab of snarling metal as infectious as it is openly irritable.

Based in Stroud in Gloucestershire, the beginnings of Broken Jaw came with the meeting of vocalist Nutzie Shelley and guitarist Lee Stockwell at a friend’s house party mid-2012. Soon songs emerged followed by the band breaking out live and quickly earning local and increasing support aligned to an equally growing reputation for their sound and presence. It is a following which has swelled as the quartet ventured further afield, fans emerging around the UK and into countries such as in Ireland, America, Germany and Norway. Now as they bring Hope, first full-length to life, the band are looking to stoke up anticipation with their new track, an aim easy to see being realised.

Written by Shelley and Stockwell and confronting “mankind’s nature to react negatively at all times”, Can’t instantly fizzes on the senses, its sonic blister rapidly welcoming a stomping flood of hungry riffs and swinging beats as a nagging groove squirms under the skin. The strong lead tones of Shelley are just as potently backed by those of Stockwell and bassist Stuart Shrubb, their varied attack as punk and forceful as the surrounding tempestuous sounds driven by the senses scything beats of Chris Horwood Jones. The metal side of the song increasingly grows bolder until it takes over around mid-way; its viper’s nest of grooves eagerly invading ears and imagination as the raw storm not so much relaxes, but bides its time before bursting its banks again.

It is a stirring mx which just gets stronger and more persuasive minute by minute, listen by listen. Broken Jaw has unmistakeable potential in a sound already leaving rich enjoyment in its wake. Can’t is proof of that and no doubt so will their now keenly awaited first album.

Can’t is out now.

Upcoming Live Dates:

29/04/17 – The Dolls House Abertillery, Wales

22/07/17 – Amplified Festival, Quarrydown, Gloucestershire

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Pete RingMaster 06/03/2017

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Andy J Gallagher – Boy Racer / I Don’t Wanna Be Like You

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If Andy J Gallagher, once of punky avant-Britpop band The Shopkeeper Appeared, sparked real anticipation for his new album with previous double A-sided single Because We Are/ Sheena’s Big Night Out, he has brought real lust to the wait for Ego with its successor. Again offering two tracks which leap from the speakers with relish, Gallagher’s new proposal is as fresh as it is nostalgic with punk and new wave instincts colluding with indie nurtured rock ‘n’ roll daring.

Though it has been seven years since releasing his well-received debut album Helicopter, Dolphin, Submarine, Gallagher has stayed busy playing live and creating in the studio. The past months have seen him link up with like-minded talented musicians for the upcoming Ego and also ex-The Damned member Roman Jugg who produced, as its predecessor, the album. As mentioned, the last single alone awoke an eagerness for the forthcoming full-length which the twin attack of Boy Racer and I Don’t Wanna Be Like You only concentrates.

andy-j-gallagher-artwork-boy-racer_RingMasterReviewBoy Racer traps ears with its opening hook, a delicious lure soon joined by punchy beats and a groaning bassline. Opening up its vocal and melodic enterprise, the song teases and flirts like a mix of Television Personalities, BabyShambles, and Ste McCabe; continuing to surprise and entice with whiffs of seventies punk pop and rock ‘n’ roll for extra spice of Buzzcocks meets Showwaddywaddy like mischief.

The track is pure infection, minimalistic in body and sharp in touch and swiftly matched by I Don’t Wanna Be Like You. With a rawer breath and more forceful attitude, the song similarly springs inescapable hooks amidst rapacious riffs and rhythms. Like the ringleader to the devilry, Gallagher further stirs attention vocally in the midst of the forcibly magnetic and enjoyably dirty romp with its uncompromising persuasion. Again it is a fusion of eras and styles honed into something unafraid to bare its inspirations but present a unique temptation; both tracks sharing that success.

Fair to say Ego cannot come soon enough with the promise of some more great adventures to relish. Andy Gallagher has not really been away but certainly he is back in the public ear thanks to two mighty singles providing a quartet of irresistible treats, the latest two set to draw bigger spotlights for creator and album all on their own.

Boy Racer / I Don’t Wanna Be Like You will be released March 17th.

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Pete RingMaster 21/02/2017

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SJ and the Flying Pigs – Fireball

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Few can escape the lure of a feel good proposal and that is exactly what is on offer from UK band SJ and the Flying Pigs and new single Fireball. With an engaging spring in its step and an infectious swing in its heart, the song simply gets under the skin and shows plenty of reasons why the band is igniting the music scene in their home city of Cambridge.

SJ is a country singer songwriter who has already lured attention and acclaim with her debut solo album, Nashville Sessions, which was recorded in Tennessee and released 2014. Since then she has frequently gigged across the UK and the Cambridge live music scene where she brought together her own backing band, it coming together within the walls of and taking its name from the City’s prestigious pub The Flying Pig.

sj-firebal-artwork_RingMasterReviewWith Kieran Morgan on banjo, Nicky Terry on fiddle, Ian Griffith on drums, Oli Steggles on slide guitar, and Joe Taylor on bass alongside the vocal and guitar craft of SJ, the band quickly show why they have gone down so well at festivals such as Secret Garden Party and Strawberry Fair with Fireball. From its opening melodic sigh, the track strolls with zeal and purpose, rhythms marking their territory as SJ’s voice calls upon ears and appetite with ease. Like flowing wine, that familiar country twang infests guitar and melody as warm harmonies tease, it all adding up for a rousing good time raising a smile in the listener as broad as the song’s own.

Written with her American songwriter friend Meghan Saletta and inspired by the popular Nashville whiskey Fireball, the song romps like a liquor fuelled shanty; a spirited proposition sure to spark fun in ears and hearts even within those not normally captivated by its source genre.

Fireball and the same-named EP it is from are out now through iTunes and Spotify.

Upcoming Live Dates:

29th March – Hard Rock Café, London (‘Hard Rock Country’)

8th April – Kings Head, Orford Suffolk

16th April – The Burston Crown, Diss

19th May – Faerie Fest, Sussex

3rd June – Strawberry Fair Festival, Cambridge

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Pete RingMaster 21/02/2017

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Wills & The Willing – Butterflies

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Any song which simply bewitches ears and imagination just has to be shouted out about and that is exactly what is happening to Butterflies, the new single from Wills & The Willing; we now joining in the chorus of lusty praise. The song is irresistible, its intimacy raw and honest, like an aural L. S. Lowry reflection, and its lively melancholic outcry of a chorus spirit rousing; a combination which simply and totally captivates.

Beginning to stir when poet/lyricist Ian Wills linked up with Brendon Taylor, Jesse Wood, Jason Knight, and Martin Wright late 2004 and bursting to life in the spring of the following year, Wills & The Willing has since seen a ‘revolving door policy’ in its line-up while coming under bigger spotlights over time through their gigs and two seriously well-received albums. Returning from an eight year hiatus with Wills joining up with Sean Genockey, Charlie Morton and John Hogg (Moke, Rich Robinson, Roger Daltrey) for its creation, third album Dream In Colour, released last year and spawning their new single, has been no exception.

Inspired by the town of Wotton Bassett and the tearful repatriations it embraced, Butterflies instantly tugs at thoughts and emotions as Wills slips through ears with his poetic craft to put the listener at the heart of the emotion drenched moment imprinted on people, thoughts, and history. That alone, as a single piano melody courts the words, is powerful enough but add a soaring spirit lifting chorus and there is no escaping a real sparking of the heart. The music is just as cinematic in its own way as the Will’s words, his reflection vocal in its honesty and stirring in its touch to transport the listener.

To be honest, no words truly echo the raw power and impact of the song, so allowing its melancholic beauty into your ears is the only thing we can further add and urge.

Butterflies is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 09/02/2017

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My Son The Bum – Mad Man (Playing in a Mad World’s Game)

 

my-son-the-bum-mad-man-artwork_RingMasterReviewWe are all partial to a treat or two, especially if it comes with little cost. So we offer up Mad Man (Playing in a Mad World’s Game), the new free to download single from US band My Son The Bum. The track is a tasty slice of infectious rock ‘n’ roll as poppy as it is instinctively grouchy and one of those devilish things which never seems to leave you alone even after its physical parting.

My Son The Bum is the creation of Oceanside, New York hailing songwriter/guitarist Brian Kroll. Bringing it to life in 2007, the band has proceeded to explore and weave into its music almost every style of music under the sun, persistently keeping fans guessing and so far keenly satisfied. It is something not likely to change in the near future either going by the latest single.

Alongside Kroll has been a host of like-minded musical friends including John O.Reilly of Trans-Siberian Orchestra West who has been the exclusive My Son The Bum drummer to date, vocalist Mike Wuerth, bassist Mike Frost, and Matt Graff.

From metal to rock, punk to pop, My Son The Bum has uncaged a host of strikingly individual albums, to each other and to the crowd around them. Mad Man (Playing in a Mad World’s Game) itself is a rousing adventure into pop punk ‘n’ roll but with a fine strain in heavier rock essences making one meaty and compelling proposition.

From the wonderful earthy groans of bass and the equally heavy wiry signs of what seems like something cello related to the alluring spicy grooves and melodies around the song’s rapacious stroll, it has ears and appetite hooked. Add the keen lure of the vocals and beats which with relish flick out their bait, and you have a song which only leaves a hunger for more.

It is impossible to predict what will come next from My Son The Bum but taking Mad Man (Playing in a Mad World’s Game) alone, it is going to be well worth waiting for.

Mad Man (Playing in a Mad World’s Game) is free to download now @ https://mysonthebum.com/home

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Pete RingMaster 09/02/2017

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