New York Tourists – Call

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Whether being described as Queens of The Stone Age meets Foals is a true colour to the New York Tourists sound we are still debating but it does hint at the rich flavour and textures within it, qualities ripe in the band’s new single Call.

cover_RingMaster Review    It is fair to say that the British alternative rock quartet has been garnering hefty praise in reviews and attention since the release of their debut EP, Thankyou & Goodnight late 2012, its track Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out, selected as one of BBC Introducing’s top 10 tracks of 2013. Its success helped lead New York Tourists to support slots for the likes of The Subways, The View, The Sunshine Underground, and Buzzcocks whilst also headlining the Alternative Stage at Blackburn Festival. Second EP Dead Man’s Leather was unveiled in 2014 via London based label Kittiwake Records, and more acclaim and attention flew their way as well as opportunities to play with band such as We Are Scientists, The Cribs, and Shed 7 soon after. Having begun recording their successful Kickstarter funded debut album earlier this year and playing Hogton Tower in Preston as the main support to Status Quo in front of 12,000 people, the foursome of vocalist/guitarist Gary Taylor, guitarist Carl Rutherford, bassist Adrian Mckenzie, and drummer Joe Mooney have had an exciting year, one only continuing with Call, the band whetting and inflaming the appetite for their album at the same time.

The single opens with the falsetto prowess of Taylor, his lofty tones backed by more earthbound hues, presumably also his own, as guitars cast their magnetic lure over ears and around the lively rhythmic frame of the song. With a scent of psych rock and post punk/new wave spice to its invitingly volatile climate and body, the track canters along with an engaging melodic character and busy energy around an impressive vocal tempting. Rhythmically the song reminds of fellow Brits The Sea, whilst its vocal and inventive heart offers a familiarity hard to pin down but certainly with seeds in more adventurous Brit Pop.

Leaving a certain want for more, Call is a potent tempter for the New York Tourists album whenever that comes along, and if its songs can match up to the single, more highly enjoyable times are afoot.

Call is released October 24th

Upcoming Live Dates:

30th October – Camden Barfly

13th November – Ferret, Preston

19th November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds

Pete RingMaster 23/10/2015

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Niall James Holohan – New Wave (Is This Rock N Roll)

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Just who is Niall James Holohan, I hear you ask. Well there is little to share about the Irish born, London based solo artist and producer it seems except to say that his debut single, New Wave (Is This Rock N Roll), is a real devilment of electronic fuelled rock ‘n’ roll to get down and feisty with. Already described as being ‘reminiscent of Odelay era-Beck and Morning Glory era-Oasis with allusions to 90s hip hop and EDM’, a suggestion we can certainly half agree with, the first part, the Dubliner’s introduction is a virulent stomp of boisterously varied flavours and seriously inciting energy, and hell of a lot of fun.

Pulsating keys with a throaty tone and magnetic shimmer instantly cup ears before New Wave (Is This Rock ‘N’ Roll) erupts in a lively and eager shuffle punctured by deftly landed beats and guitar bred sonic fire. Every passing second though, brings an unpredictable jab of sound and twist of imagination, the track’s core a perpetually determined incitement in tone and shape but attracting splatters of enterprise like a magnet. Holohan’s vocals similarly have a variety to their delivery which matches the infection of hooks, subsequent spicy grooves, and the evolving web of keys.

As great as New Wave (Is This Rock N Roll) is, it is only one song so not really enough to get too carried away over in regard to the Niall James Holohan sound and invention, but just roll on its successor is the nurtured reaction and anticipation.

New Wave (Is This Rock N Roll) is out now via Black Meringue @

Pete RingMaster 23/10/2015

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Chainflower – The Broken & Lovely

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Earlier this year, we found ourselves treated to one ferocious blaze of compelling psyche twisting rock ‘n’ roll from US duo Chainflower, and now we have another from the same protagonist to sets ears and passions ablaze. The band’s new scorching persuasion is The Broken & Lovely EP, a thrilling successor to their outstanding and acclaimed self-titled debut EP. It is a two track offering just as impacting and gripping in its blend of varied rock flavours but has something extra to out shine its impressive predecessor. It is an indefinable essence that makes The Broken & Lovely EP eclipse a release whose songs we suspect might have been possibly written and also recorded at the same time as the new EP, but something to help Chainflower’s latest offering reach up to another plateau in songwriting and sound, not forgetting temptation.

S02_5x5.125_Sleeve.eps_RingMaster Review     Chainflower is the creation of guitarist and songwriter Kelly Wheeler, a veteran of the L.A. music scene who as well as having played with members of Jane’s Addiction and Tool in his career, uncaged his highly praised and supported bands SexTapes and Ultraject, the first which is now on hiatus, featuring long time Guns N’ Roses member Chris Pitman on lead vocals. Uniting with vocalist Erika Renee, who had ‘applied’ for the newly vacant vocalist spot in Ultraject at the time, the pair emerged as Chainflower and quickly got to work on the local live scene whilst joining producer and engineer Doug Grean (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper) to record that first EP.

A few months on and also recorded with Grean, The Broken & Lovely opens up with Lewd Blues which is instantly bewitching ears with its bluesy, almost intoxicated haze of guitar. Things only get spicier and more gripping as the distinctive tones of Renee unveil their lures and the song’s narrative, punchy beats, and a great grizzled bass tempting provided by Eliot Lorango add to the increasingly magnetic and sizzling seduction on offer. The grooves of Wheeler relentlessly wind around the senses and imagination, perpetually teasing the passions even when switching from a delta blues lined coaxing to seventies psych rock imagination, Renee all the time riding his weaves and sways like a surfer with her delivery.

Second song on the EP is Hell’s Roll; a more predatory stroll again coursing a fuzzy maze of guitar prowess covered by darker shadows conducted by the hefty but controlled swings of guest drummer Brandon Pertzborn. Never elevating from its riveting prowl, the track spins dark rock ‘n’ roll and dirty blues textures into its mystique kissed adventure of sound and vision, firmly holding ears and attention as enthralled as the imagination.

Like an endearingly twisted mix of My Baby, Karn8, and at times Morass of Molasses, both tracks just excite and inspire whilst reinforcing Chainflower as one rather thrilling proposition.

The Broken & Lovely EP is out now @

Pete RingMaster 22/10/2015

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Niamh Crowther – Little by Little

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Folk rock/pop with a beaming smile, that is Little by Little, the new single from Irish singer/songwriter Niamh Crowther. Gripping feet and imagination from its first vibrant breath, the song is one of those feel good moments which continues to linger, warming the soul long after it has taken its physical leaves. The successor to the well-received single Origins, Crowther’s new flirtatious shuffle suggests she is well along the path to big rewards.

Crowther first came to prominence in Ireland when aged sixteen she beat over 15,000 other young people to claim the prestigious Irish Youth Music Awards. Concentrating on her school exams first, with most of 2014 devoted to successfully completing her Leaving Certificate (A Levels), Dublin hailing Crowther eventually went into the studio with Tim Martin (The Corrs, The Commitments, Declan O’Rourke), emerging with both Origins and Little by Little. Her eighteenth birthday also saw her on stage with Richie Sambora at the Olympia theatre in Dublin; so it has been a heady time on all counts for the emerging talent over the past couple of years or so, the garnering of over 130,000 streams on Spotify whilst having her music play listed on national Irish radio further success; all adding to good times sure to continue with the release of Little by Little.

A stroke of Crowther‘s guitar leads in her immediately alluring voice, the pair uniting as understated but firm beats add to the rising infectiousness of song and craft. Soon into a lively stroll which has feet tapping as if on puppet strings, the song seems to relish the tangy lilt of Crowther’s enticing voice and her instinctive melodic prowess, raising its energy and heart with each passing kiss of harmony and tenacious canter of rhythmic catchiness.

Though not necessarily in sound, there is a definite Kirsty MacColl like poise and invention to the songwriting and swing of the song too, a rich lure making up part of the refusing to go away majesty of the single, that and simply the organic virulence cast and fuelling the festivity.

Niamh Crowther is the name; expect to hear a lot more of it wherever you are in the world.

Little by Little is released on October 23rd.

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The Pacers – Losing Touch

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Merging sixties garage rock and psychedelic inspirations into their own inbred punk seeded invention, UK rockers The Pacers make a rather potent introduction to themselves with their debut single Losing Touch. It is a tantalising slice of suggestiveness which shimmers in melodic colour and sonic temptation like an aural kaleidoscope. Their name feels like it is a friend before a note is heard, something familiar now backed up and pushed deeper into the psyche through the captivating Losing Touch.

The Pacers Cover_RingMaster Review     The Pacers was formed in the late summer of 2013 by vocalist/guitarist Alexander Friedl and lead guitarist Harry Stam, the pair meeting initially under “mysterious circumstances”. Uniting their shared interest in all things sixties, the duo began writing songs, subsequently enlisting bassist Jay Creswell and soon after drummer Jamie Yuan to the band. The quartet soon set about getting their sound and claws into the London live scene, playing venues primarily in north and east London and building up a quickly fevered and loyal following. Now a national appetite is about to be stoked with the release of the band’s first single, an encounter sure to catch the imagination of fans of The Stooges and The Stones amongst many more.

Losing Touch opens on a glorious eastern seducing cast by Stam, darker hues soon aligning to its fiery spicing on the senses. It is a bewitching start which becomes more eventful and resourceful as the expressive vocals of Friedl add engagingly dour textures to the quickly mesmeric and fascinating adventure. The more solemn lures of bass and beats similarly bring subtle but contrasting colour to the sonic tendrils perpetually climbing over ears and imagination with psych elegance and mystique. There is no doubting that the song enthrals from start to finish or that it relentlessly coaxes the listener into eager involvement.

In contrast to its more reserved seducing, accompanying track I’m Down is working away on feet and energy from its first breath; scythes of fuzzy guitar quickly courting the rolling rhythms of Yuan and moodier bait of Creswell’s bass. The instantaneous infectiousness of the song swiftly colludes with the rawer tone and air also enticing within its contagion, again The Pacers skilfully merging distinct flavours and tenacious endeavour in an increasingly persuasive tempting.

As relevant to modern rock ‘n’ roll as its sixties seeds, Losing Touch is a vibrant and magnetic first look at The Pacers and with a swift perusal at other songs on their Soundcloud account, the first of many we suspect.

Losing Touch is released October 22nd with a release show @ The Hawley Arms, Camden, London the same night.

Pete RingMaster 21/10/2015

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Jealous Michael – Burning Gold

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Not sure if Jealous Michael are quite the talk of the town yet but the British melodic rock quartet has certainly begun causing a bit of a stir through their potent live presence and releases like new single Burning Gold. Taken from the band’s five-track self-titled EP released earlier this year, the song is a rousing weave of warm harmonies and evocative melodies within an enticing bluesy atmosphere. It also carries a catchiness to it which swiftly has hips and vocal chords involved whilst whipping up a certain appetite for the band adventures hereon in.

With half its line-up Brighton bred and the other hailing from Winchester, Jealous Michael has earned a potent reputation through a host of live performances which have included playing Concorde 2 in Brighton and the main stage at Bug Jam Festival, both as the main support, and being HMV Store’s feature act as part of their nationwide ‘Digital Week’ campaign. Previous singles My Fire and Everblue and their aforementioned first EP have also lured a rich following and acclaim for the band’s blend of catchy pop-rock melodies and haunting boy-girl harmonies. Burning Gold is of course no exception and another song sure to entice a healthy number of new recruits to their warmly infectious strain of rock ‘n’ roll.

The single opens with a dangling lure of guitar, its sonic tang and emerging blues character spun by George Stewart, who almost as quickly also unveils equally strong vocals. These are accompanied by the mesmeric tones of Letty O, theirs a thickly tempting and creative union backed by the composed and engagingly imposing rhythms of drummer Simon Young and bassist Bex Flecknor. It is probably fair to say that the vocals and especially the sway and allure of the harmonies steal the show, yet equally, it is the darker hues of bass and crisp swipes of sticks on skin which gives them the platform to dance and smoulder to fine effect whilst providing great earthiness to the track’s canvas.

As instant as it is on ears, Burning Gold is also a slow burner which just gets stronger and more tantalising with every listen. The result is a highly appetiser way to discover Jealous Michael and a reason for existing fans to wax lyrical over the band again.

Burning Gold is out now.

Pete RingMaster 21/10/2105

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Space – Strange World

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Having a more flirtatious attitude towards UK rockers Space and their releases over the years rather than giving a purposeful focus to each endeavour, certainly since the excellent Tin Planet gripped attention, there is now the suspicion we may have been missing out. That suggestion comes through new single Strange World, the first song we have taken a proper look at since the band returned to life in 2011. It is a tantalising weave of styles and flavours casting a creative seduction that is as dark as it is nostalgic as it is irresistible.

cover_RingMaster Review     Formed in 1993, Space released a trio of albums in the generally acclaimed shapes of Spiders, Tin Planet, and Suburban Rock ‘n’ Roll, as well as the unreleased Love You More than Football which was recorded four years before the 2004 unveiling of the latter of that trio. These, with a host of singles, marked the band’s twelve year presence before the band split in 2005. The funeral of former drummer Andy Parle in 2009 brought the remaining original members of Space back together, the breaking of the ice between them that planted the seeds for a return of the band which officially came about two years later. Enlisting bassist/double bassist Phil Hartley, keyboardist Ryan Clarke, and drummer Allan Jones to the line-up of vocalist guitarist Tommy Scott, keyboardist Franny Griffiths, and guitarist Jamie Murphy, Space made their live return with a reunion gig at the O2 Academy Liverpool in December 2011. Despite the subsequent departure of Murphy, the band created and released the well-received album Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab in 2014. Now down to a quartet with Clarke leaving last year, Space gives a flavoursome teaser to an impending new album slated for early next year with Strange World, a song ready to treat ears and imagination.

That it does instantly as provocative percussion leads just as endearing harmonies and tempting guitar to ears. Immediately there is a sixties air to the song aligned to a mariachi/dark rock ‘n roll climate, like the Walker Brothers slipping into Tarantino country. The distinctive voice of Scott is soon walking through the evocative scenery, his tones having lost none of their prowess and expression over time and comfortably courting the brewing orchestral embrace and elegance of guitar and bass strings matched by the keys as brass bring their own the sultry flames.

Noir lit but as intense as a desert sun, Strange World is an absorbing adventure as intimate as it is cinematically suggestive and seriously compelling. The same applies, if a slightly lesser extent, to the accompanying alternative version of Female of The Species which first ignited ears back in 1996 as a single and part of Spiders. Also taken back to the dramatic era of sixties rock/pop, with an appropriate rawness towing along a sci-fi revelry of that time, the song is the return of an old friend with a nostalgic make-over that is quite easy to get lusty over.

For us Strange World is a treat which is also a kick up the backside to any assumptions that a band that has been around a fair old time and returned after significant time away will have also left their glory days behind them. Band Of Holy Joy recently showed the error in that thinking with their recent new album and now Space with their single, and we anticipate on the excellence of Strange World will be again with their forthcoming next album, are doing the same.

Strange World is released via Mulu Records on October 19th.

Forthcoming dates for the Strange World tour:

Wed 21 /October             SWINDON           VIC

Thu 22 /October               ST ALBANS          THE HORN

Fri 23 /October SOUTHEND         CHINNERYS

Sat 24 /October                NORTHAMPTON              PICTUREDROME

Sat 31 /October                RUNCORN           BRINDLEY

Fri 6 /November               MINEHEAD         SHIIINE

Sat 7 /November             CLEETHORPES    BEACHCOMBER

Sun 8 /November            DONCASTER       DIAMOND

Thu 12 /November          LEEDS    LIBRARY

Fri 13 /November            CUMBRIA            MONROE BAR

Sat 14 /November           STOCKTON          GEORGIAN

Fri 20 /November            WIGAN                 OLD COURTS

Sat 21 /November           CREWE THE BOX

Sun 22 /November          MANCHESTER    FAC 251

Tue 24 /November          SWANSEA           SIN CITY

Wed 25 /November        CARDIFF               THE GLOBE

Thu 26 /November          READING             BOWERY

Fri 27 /November            BRISTOL               FLEECE

Sat 28 /November           COVENTRY          KASBAH

Mon 30 /November        SUNDERLAND    THE POINT

Tue 1 /December             EDINBURGH       ELECTRIC CIRCUS

Wed 2 /December           ABERDEEN          TUNNELS

Thu 3 /December             GLASGOW          CLASSIC GRAND

Fri 4 /December               LIVERPOOL         EPSTEIN

Sat 5 /December              LONDON              BRIXTON JAMM

Thu 10 /December          TUNBRIDGE WELLS          FORUM

Fri 11 /December             WOLVERHAMPTON        SLADE ROOMS

Sat 12 /December            LINCOLN              PLATFORM

Fri 18 /December             GLOUCESTER     GUILDHALL

Sat 19 /December            NORWICH           UEA

Pete RingMaster 19/10/2015

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