Meter Bridge – It Was Nothing

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It Was Nothing is the new single from Canadian duo Meter Bridge and a song which again shows the ability of the band to create a sound seeded in eighties synth pop but equally revelling in the genre’s modern invention. It is a quality which was already in evidence and acclaimed in the band’s debut album Slow Motion, from which It Was Nothing is taken, but it never does any harm to remind especially with virulent infestation of ears like this.

Meter Bridge single cover_RingMaster ReviewMeter Bridge is the pairing of Richard Kleef and Jill Beaulieu, a Nelson based duo which came together in 2011 and quickly began picking up a keen following. 2014 saw the release of their self-titled debut EP with Slow Motion coming a year later, both stirring up potent attention on the international electronica scene. The twining of their vocals within rich electronic caresses alone had ears enticed whilst the melodic simmers and livelier eruptions explored only added to the inviting drama of sound in especially the latter release, as now epitomised by It Was Nothing.

References to bands such as Kraftwerk and Ladytron are seemingly a regular comparison to the band, and understandable as the single strolls in with dour yet smiling bass pulses aligned with a flowery breeze of melodic tempting. The contrasting yet potent pairing of Kleef’s dark tones and Beaulieu’s warmer vocal caresses makes for quick magnetism, they enhanced further by a spice of variety which also tempts from within the music as a touch of Landscape smoulders alongside a Human League like air which bridges the two eras of the Sheffield band. Throw in a splatter of Thomas Dolby and Hot Chip and you get a scent of the rich enticement of It Was Nothing.

The single comes with a remix by Rodney Cromwell; a version which in many ways gives It Was Nothing a new side to its character rather than just a makeover. It opens with an Altered Images like electro shimmer which soon takes on a more Visage like nature musically and a Calling All Astronauts sounding adventure to the leaner vocal mix and rawer textures. Though not a big fan of remixes, the track certainly held the ears and appetite as firmly as its source and helps give a new nudge to those still unaware of the band’s synth pop adventure.

It Was Nothing is available now as a name your price download @ https://meterbridgeweatnurecords.bandcamp.com

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Pete RingMaster 05/02/2016

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The Winachi Tribe VS Sense Of Danger

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With feet and hips, not forgetting imagination, still sweaty from the rousing temptation of last year’s impressive single Time For Love, the increasingly addictive charm and invention of The Winachi Tribe has set out to work them up all over again with its successor Sense Of Danger. The band’s new single is a magnetic and almost imposingly infectious shuffle of pulsating electronics and skittish rhythms woven into a tapestry of evocative vocals and flirtatious melodies; a proposal which simply confirms The Winachi Tribe as one of Britain’s most mesmeric contagions.

Emerging last year out of Northern D.Funk collective China White, the Warrington/Leeds based band create a funk fuelled, soul bred, dance party which has quickly drawn references to the likes of George Clinton, Massive Attack, and The Happy Mondays, they amongst inspirations to the band which equally include Sly & The Family Stone, Primal Scream, Ian Brown, and The Rolling Stones. As Time For Love and its companion Plant The Seed eagerly showed as the band’s first single, even with those spices The Winachi Tribe only uncages unique proposals and infections of sound which gets right under the skin and into every corner of the body; a quality vocalist Liam Croker, guitarist Jamie McGregor, bassist Richie Rich, keyboardist Antony Egerton, drummer Sam Tushingham, and percussionist Inder Goldfinger have escalated for Sense Of Danger.

The song opens with the raspy but inviting tones of Croker, their echo warming the way for the pulsating rhythms and electronic radiance which swiftly link their hypnotic motion with the obeying reactions of the listener. Within a few breaths the track is in control of body and thoughts, its flirtatious movement and rhythmic dexterity colluding with the atmospheric and provocative textures of keys, guitar, and voice. At certain moments it is a Tom Tom Club meets Thompson Twins incitement and in other times leaning towards a darker The Happy Mondays/Talking Heads hue but all the time an irresistible lure impossible to resist.

Accompanying the track is I Sense Danger (Everybody’s Got Their Price – Remix); a more energetic and flirtatious take on the lead song replacing the it’s shadows with livelier shards of electronic tempting and energetic tenacity. Its predecessor was a magnetic saunter, a seductive crawl through ears whereas the second song blossoms into a boisterous canter with matching elegance and compelling revelry for similar responses.

Both tracks feed body and soul, and each suggest they are just the next step in the inevitable ascent of The Winachi Tribe into one of the UK’s most greedily devoured bands.

Sense Of Danger is out now digitally on iTunes with a Ltd Edition Hard Copy also available.

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MountainJam – Lemon and Lime

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Having lured attention with their first pair of singles last year and even more when those tracks came together with further new offerings to form a debut EP, UK rock band MountainJam has more than suggested they are an emerging talent to keep a close eye and ear upon. The release of the Tamworth/Hinckley quartet’s new single Lemon & Lime only adds weight to that intimation and the sizeable potential already showing its potency within the band’s captivating sound.

A boisterous rock ‘n’ roll stroll bred with the spicy strains of alternative and indie rock aligned to fiery blues flames, Lemon & Lime shows another shade to the colourful tenacious weave of melody, harmony, and rousing energy which predominantly shapes a MountainJam song. Inspirations to the band comes through the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Small Faces, The Doors, Cream, The Verve, The Stone Roses, and Neil Young, and as in previous songs here they are spices which, if not openly fuelling the encounter, reveal some of the sources to its imagination and invention. Formed early 2015, the foursome of Dean Dovey (vocals, rhythm guitar), Andy Varden (lead guitar), Nick Roberts (bass), and Pez (drums) soon caught ears and appetite with their double A-sided single debut Jealous Of Me/Lust last July and its quickly following successor Lord of My Hours. They subsequently became part of the release simply called EP which ignited even stronger awareness of MountainJam, an awareness which Lemon & Lime can only successfully reinforce.

The song cups ears in a sonic mist initially, intriguingly holding the senses as a pungent union of sonic tendrils from the guitars and resonance fitted bass tempting gets involved. With firm beats in the mix too, the track soon blossoms a heated mesh of enterprise against which the potent vocals of Dovey begin sharing the lyrical persuasion. In turn catchy hooks and a swinging groove join in the sweltering fun, bringing greater blues essences into the flowing and evolving landscape of a track. Such the resourcefulness of the songwriting and imagination, every roaming riff and twist of that evocative bait loaded groove seems to find another dimension within the song’s design, a shimmering psyche rock breath and pop rock tenacity further aspects breaking out within the festivity to prove the point.

For personal tastes Lemon & Lime does not quite match up to previous tracks The Lord of My Hours or Lust yet as all offerings from MountainJam to date, it leaves pleasure full and anticipation of more rife. If you are yet to explore the rock escapades of MountainJam then Lemon & Lime is the perfect tonic to get enticed by.

Lemon & Lime is available now

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Pete RingMaster 13/01/2016

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Project Silence – Infection

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Following the well-received June release of Flesh Of The God last year, the first single from the band’s upcoming second album, Project Silence finished 2015 off with its second teaser in the fiery shape of Infection. Living up to its name, the song is an invasive fusion of industrial metal and aggressive electronic invention for which the band is increasingly renowned for but ,as its predecessor, also with something fresh and individual to it which suggests that their upcoming sophomore full-length is going to be one fascinating and eventful proposition.

project silence infection_RingMaster Review     Hailing from Kuopio and formed by vocalist/programmer/keyboardist Delacroix in 2008, Project Silence was initially a solo project seeded in dark electro /aggrotech flavouring. Within months the addition of drummer Silve_R alongside guitarists J and Mr. Sanderz saw the band grow as indeed their sound which was in potent evidence on their acclaimed debut album 424 released 2012. With bass player Sturmpanzerjäger also on board by then, the album was a striking experimentation of industrial, electro, and diverse flavourings of melodic and extreme metal. Its success was matched and sound pushed on by two track single One Way to Hell the following year and even more so by Flesh Of The God and now Infection. The new single is confirmation that the band’s sound has blossomed again; in many ways to be harsher and more irritable but equally more melodically and symphonically intricate and imaginative too, which as suggested makes anticipation and intrigue for the next Project Silence album very eager.

Vocal and electronic suggestiveness collude to court the imagination initially as the song literally grows within ears, its drama soaked walls of muscular temptation and roguish rhythms washed in atmospheric mystery and synth sprayed melodic tempting. Similarly vocals provide a blend of contrasts and dark secrets within their opening baiting, it all blending into evolving rich adventure aligned to dips into equally pleasing clarity where classic and symphonic metal hues bound hand in hand through the ravenous industrial discontent fuelling the energy rousing proposition.

As with any Project Silence encounter the depths are as lively and imaginative as the surface, distinct and varied textures colliding and combining for a welcomingly fierce and anthemically corrosive contagion; something bordering on euphonic viral sound as predatory and merciless as it is enticing.

Igniting ears and appetite once again, Project Silence provokes one overriding thought with Infection; roll on album two.

Infection is out now as a name your price download @ https://projectsilence.bandcamp.com/album/infection

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Pete Ringmaster 12/01/2016

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Horse Party – Gratitude Falling

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Whether it is their new single or just a New Year’s Day treat for their fans, Gratitude Falling provides further proof that Horse Party needs to be feverishly embraced by the British music scene. The song is a smouldering serenade from the creative heart and the increasingly adventurous sound which the trio from Bury St Edmunds is already noted for, and another slither of variety which has especially blossomed over recent releases.

To be fair fresh flavours and explorations have never been a novelty since the band emerged into view back in 2013 with tracks like Back To Mono and What Do You Need. It has especially been with the EPs Paydirt and Money Talks of last year, and songs around them, where the trio of guitarist/ vocalist Ellie Langley, guitarist/vocalist Seymour Quigley, and drummer/vocalist Shannon Hope have really stretched and pushed their creative recipes, embracing new strong flavours to their post punk seeded core.

HP_RingMaster Review   The bluesy emotive kiss of Gratitude Falling is another new hue in their ever evolving tapestry, a song as beguiling as it is resourcefully fiery and sonically tenacious. Its entrance is simply a melodic lure, guitar offering a single tempting soon courted by the thicker tone of bass and the ever engaging tones of Langley. Swiftly there is also an infectious flirtation to the song, one instantly open but also biding its time and intensity to really explode with the band in a rousing scuzzy expulsion of sound and intensity posing as a chorus.

The song is an increasingly gripping and dramatic enslavement of ears and appetite and where many Horse Party songs light the touch paper to rigorous involvement from the off it is one of those others taking their time to seduce and entice over numerous listens, all the while revealing more charm and rich persuasion. Fair to say Gratitude Falling does straight away pull on attention and spark a want to hear it again and again and there even more inescapable dark majestic tempting lays. More and more newcomers are being lured towards the band with each encounter and long will it continue with tracks like this.

You can get Gratitude Falling as a free download @ https://horsepartyparty.bandcamp.com/track/gratitude-falling

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Pete RingMaster 12/01/2016

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Lucifer Star Machine – Eat Dust

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It is easy to note many musical highlights for 2015, some individual to taste and some generally acclaimed. One was certainly the way the year went out with a bang with some of its most impressive and exciting encounters coming in its final weeks, indeed days. Amongst them was Eat Dust, the new single from heavy rockers Lucifer Star Machine, the long awaited next roar from the band following the release of the acclaimed album Rock’n’Roll Martyrs back in 2013. The two track incitement shows the band is just as sonically dirty, creatively belligerent, and voraciously uncompromising as ever, and still one of the most appetising punk ‘n’ roll rumbles to come out of the UK in recent years.

Formed in London in 2002, Lucifer Star Machine quickly and has continually made their mark with releases and as a live incitement. 2004 saw the release of debut single Death Baby, a roar produced by Rat Scabies of The Damned, followed by a pair of albums in Fire In Your Hole of 2005 and Street Value Zero four years later which only increased the band’s reputation. On stage too, the quintet has consistently earned acclaim and support, touring and playing in over ten countries along the way. It was with the release of Rock’n’Roll Martyrs on I Sold My Soul Media, after band founder leader/vocalist Tor Abyss had returned back to his homeland of Germany, that broader and stronger spotlights caught on to the bruising and rousing sounds of the band. Recorded with producer Andy Brook, the album drew strong acclaim and keen attention; success the Hamburg based Lucifer Star Machine, with a new line-up, is ready to ignite again, starting with Eat Dust.

artwork_RingMaster Review     Eat Dust quickly grumbles with bass and riffs; simultaneously stirring with attitude as an aggressive intent is accentuated by the brewing anthemic antisocial heart of the song. The bass of Alex Low End continues to growl, its rumble pierced by the scything beats of drummer TJ Riot as Abyss shares his cantankerous confrontation. In no time the guitars of Doc Loocke and Fritzkrieg are entwining and searing things with spicy grooves and sonic flames respectively, the pair casting a bluesy punk ‘n’ roll web around raw riffs and thumping rhythms. Like Turbonegro meets Dead Kennedys meets Grumpynators, the track brawls with the senses to addictive effect.

Accompanying the track is B-side Stabbing Romance, a track cut from the same aggravated cloth with its own intrusion of contagious hooks and abrasive enterprise building to another irresistible chorus to get quickly involved in. There is a lighter Generation X/ early Misfits essence to the thumping devilry working away on ears and emotions in a no holds barred rocker to rigorously scowl and punch air to.

Lucifer Star Machine has a sound which is unafraid to openly use its inspirations whilst creating its own character and the two songs making up Eat Dust are no exception. That character though has an individuality which steps out and grabs attention by the throat. The result might not be something major in originality but in pleasure and incitement it irrepressibly earns big plaudits.

Eat Dust is out now as Ltd Ed 7″ vinyl and digital download via Wolverine Records.

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Pete RingMaster 04/01/2016

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