The Slumdogs – Lost and Found

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Formed in the September of 2015, British alternative/indie rock band The Slumdogs is looking like making their first full year together a potently successful one. Hailing from Blackpool, the band has already spread its presence and eager fan base into the likes of Liverpool and Manchester; luring ears further afield too through their first tour of England, a thirteen adventure last December. It is fair to say that the quartet hit the floor running and have only intensified their nudge on broader awareness through shows and the recent release of debut single Lost and Found.

front-cover-single_RingMasterReviewReleased through Shropshire based label Hartfield Records, Lost and Found is a swift arousal of ears and imagination. From a gentle guitar caress it blossoms into a lively stroll shaped by spicy melodies, energetic rhythms, and eager vocals. There is no escaping an Arctic Monkeys meets The Libertines air to the track, a rich flavour but one woven into something as freshly Slumdogs as anything familiar. As the song continues to swing along taking appetite and hips with it, guitars cast a blend of emotive and flirtatious melodies around the grumble of the bass and a lure of tenacious beats, it all under the leadership of the excellent vocals.

Accompanying the highly enjoyable track is Slumdog, a self-titled encounter revealing an even thicker glimpse into the imagination and variety to be found in the band’s music. Sultrily hued melodies shimmer around the seductive dark temptation of the bass, their radiance a psych pop wrap to the shadowy lure of the rhythms. Swiftly enthralling ears, the song brings additional Doors like essences into its increasingly flirtatious pop ‘n’ roll, closing on a spirited climax as much surf rock and sixties garage rock as it is a bold new twist of modern indie rock.

The track is glorious, a thrilling extra to the magnetic prowess of Lost and Found, and together the duo provide an introduction to The Slumdogs which few are going to be able to ignore.

Lost and Found is out now via Hartfield Records @ http://www.hartfieldrecords.co.uk/product/slumdogs-lost-found/

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Pete Ringmaster 18/05/2016

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Winter 1982 – Worry

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Another duo to pay some attention to, among many potent ones around right now is Winter 1982, a British folk/indie pairing from Birmingham who, on the evidence of new single Worry, have the knack of uniting soulful melodies and emotions with ear catching yet haunting adventure.

Made up of vocalist/guitarist Phil Barber and pianist/bassist Luke Phillips, Winter 1982 released the Ghosts EP last year, its presence going some way to luring subsequent support from the likes of Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing. It is Worry now doing the enticing on new ears and spotlights with a suspected similar success awaiting it, such the persuasion of its melancholic yet uplifting character and melodic beauty.

Initially, the keys of Phillips hug the emotive tones of Barber, echoing his melancholic sentiment before guitar and bass bring their more intense flames to the quickly blossoming landscape. Equally swinging beats add new textures and energy too, crafting an instinctive catchiness which becomes a constant presence even in the moments where the song returns to its solemn elegance in tone and gait.

It is a captivating affair and increasingly so with every listen; Worry making a highly persuasive argument for keeping a close ear on Winter 1982, something a great many more will surely be doing from hereon in.

Worry is out now @ http://winter1982.bandcamp.com/track/worry

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Pete RingMaster 16/05/2016

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Josh Mellor – Same Bed

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Josh Mellor is a young British singer-songwriter bred in Ipswich and now based in London. He is also poised to release debut single, Same Bed, a poetic melodic caress around honest lyrics and heart fuelled vocals making an ear pleasing introduction to an artist with promise on open show.

Establishing his live presence in local Suffolk venues, Mellor moved to London last September, taking “a large portfolio of material” to the capital and quickly hitting its live scene. With over 40 gigs a month, he soon made a mark on the night life there, a success and reputation already being furthered by Same Bed with the single being picked up and supported by the likes of Express FM, Shoreditch Radio, and Croydon FM among others.

As this first single suggests, Mellor’s music has its roots in folk, musically and in the simply but clear portrayal of “emotions and feelings through the eyes of everyday people.” With bassist David Dupuis and drummer Leo Martin alongside, Same Bed and Mellor quickly have ears engaged as melodies float from his guitar as easily as expression with his distinctive vocals. There is an immediate emotive edge to his voice which at times almost defuses its consistency yet only adds to the heart and suggestiveness of word and song.

Against the darker hues of the bass, melodies and harmonies blossom with a spicing of keys being equally involving of the imagination as increasingly energetic beats invite hips to sway to the song’s infectious manner.

The single makes for an enjoyable first listen to Mellor, leaving many clues as to why he has been so successful on the London live scene.

Same Bed is out now @ https://joshmellormusic.bandcamp.com/releases

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Pete RingMaster 13/05/2016

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The Ellipsis – Wasted Potential Me

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The Ellipsis is a young British band with a very easy on the ears ability to weave melodies which sing in the imagination while a virulent catchiness springs upon the body. The evidence is in their recently released debut EP Mind In The Sky and now their rousing new single Wasted Potential Me. Taken from that EP, it is a spirit raising, energy enticing wake up call to newcomers and a confirmation for those in the know that the Coventry hailing indie rockers are the real deal.

With its seeds sown when guitarist John Connearn and drummer Ben Eardley formed their first musical project as twelve year olds, The Ellipsis, with bassist Harry Green and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Henry Bristow completing the line-up, has become a potent presence not only on their local live scene but spreading across the UK. Their emergence has been more than helped by potent tracks like debut single White Feather and impressive live performances at the likes of the Wychwood festival, when headlining Coventry OxJam, and in front of 30,000 rugby fans at the Ricoh Arena. Radio play has been a courting support too and it is easy to expect the band to have more with Wasted Potential Me stirring up ears and further attention.

From its first seconds and a great bait of eager guitar, the song is soon in command of ears and appetite, the swinging beats of Eardley and strolling dark tones of Green’s bass alone thick temptation. Into a seriously catchy stride and character, with the rhythms continuing to jab and incite feet and hips, warm harmonies and Bristow’s engaging vocals soon enjoyably collude with spicy grooves and flirtatious melodies.

At times there is a touch of The Vapours to the song, The Farmer Boys meets Lightning Seeds too; a slight whiff of nostalgia which only adds to the captivation and inescapable addictive roar of the song.

Wasted Potential Me is no one off in The Ellipsis sound, having checked out their EP on the back of it for proof, but it is one of their most dynamic slices of distinctive pop rock which all should think about adding to their impending summers.

Wasted Potential Me is out now @ https://theellipsis.bandcamp.com/

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Sat 4th June – Coventry, Motofest

Fri 1st July – Coventry, Godiva Festival

Fri 7th July – Napton Music Festival

Sat 8th July – Nuneaton, Nunfest

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Pete Ringmaster 12/05/2016

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Lemonhaze – Mercury

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Continuing their ascent within the British underground towards broader cast spotlights, Scottish quartet Lemonhaze recently released new single Mercury. Pulsating and roaring with the blending of indie and alternative rock with Neo-psychedelia hues, the song shimmers like a sun breaking from dark emotive shadows to transfix and infect the senses.

In many ways, the single offers few surprises in that it is another slice of the rich and adventurous sound the Paisley band is already becoming renowned for. But as with all their releases to date, there is new freshness in air and character from that of its predecessors as Lemonhaze continue to push their songwriting and boundaries.

Formed late 2012/early 2013, Lemonhaze consists of Gerald Doran (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Steven Hillcoat (lead guitar and vocals), Jonny Adams (bass and vocals), and Jamie McLachlan (drums and percussion). Their first year saw the band become a keen supported live presence on the Glasgow music scene, its successor marked by the band expanding their presence and over time gracing venues such as Manchester Academy, King Tuts, Oran Mor, Maggie May’s and many more. The Say Goodbye to Felix EP of 2013 poked at even wider recognition which subsequent singles have only added their creative weight to. Now it is Mercury working its lively melodic charm with no doubt more success and attention waiting for the band through it.

Keys caress ears on the song’s first breath, guitars and rhythms leaping in on the third with the pulsating bassline of Adams especially vocal and inviting. Doran’s vocals equally have the kind of natural invitation to them which is hard to ignore, both rich elements enticing within the melodic smoulder of keys and the elegant jangle of the guitars. Those keys also bring a great eighties spice to the mix whilst the celestial harmonies which seduce throughout hold a hint of The Communards to them.

The track continues to busily provide a tapestry of textures and infectious enterprise, its eager stroll enticing feet and hips to get as involved as ears and imagination by the time of the song’s departure; to be honest well before it takes its leave.

Mercury is a song impossible not to take a real liking to, the kind of rock pop which even if their style is not someone’s prime cup of tea is likely to still get under the skin with craft and virulent temptation.

Mercury is out now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mercury-single/id1107635218

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Pete RingMaster 11/05/2016

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Luna Rosa – This One (High On The Groove)

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When a song and band has you fervently singing along midway into the first listen it is a safe bet you are on to something special and so it is with Luna Rosa and their new single This One (High On The Groove). Taken from their self-titled six-track debut EP, an encounter now unerringly in our sights, their latest single makes an almost laid backed entrance but before you know it has burst into a virulent infection and seduced body and imagination.

Hailing from Corby in the UK, the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Rory McDade, guitarist Darren Myles, bassist Kieran Maguire, and drummer Cole O’Neill quickly hit their stride live and in sound, drawing suggestions of bands like Primal Scream, Kasabian, and Arctic Monkeys their way. As shown by This One (High On The Groove) though, Luna Rosa has nurtured a character and spicing to their sound which already escapes the crowd with the potential of bigger and bolder things within.

The single strikes ears with a feisty flame of guitar initially, it the spark to a lure of garage rock riffs and exotic electronics which in turn is kindling to a sultry stroll with psych and nineties alternative rock colouring. It is easy to hear why those above references are used, but for these ears the song ventures into something akin to Stone Roses meets Birdland with a touch of House of Love to its melodic jangle too.

As mentioned, the first moments or so saw the song first time around simply settling in our ears, though it certainly raised a healthy appetite for its lively presence and imagination. It was at the point where the song relaxes further and McDade finds a spicy twang to his voice that we realised we were inescapably hooked. That spark opened up attention to the hungry prowl of the bass and the swinging beats of O’Neill, they aligning with the jangle and fuzz of guitars which had already found success with their bait.

Continuing to incite hips to swing and the imagination to dance with its evolving decade crossing escapade, This One (High On The Groove) is a song which has the listener like a puppet on the end of its creative string. Some bands just inspire a belief they are made for greatness and if they can back up this gem, Luna Rosa is one refreshing example.

This One (High On The Groove) is released 3rd June.

Up Coming Live Shows:

14th May – Notting Hill Arts Club, London

20th May – Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton

21st May – Scary Canary, Stourbridge

27th May – Lamplighter, Northampton

28th May – Café Indiependent, Scunthorpe

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Pete RingMaster 10/04/2016

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Tijuana Death Shot – Generation Y

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Formed last year, there is not a lot of info to share about UK rockers Tijuana Death Shot but on the evidence of their first demo and now new video/single Generation Y, the Manchester trio is heading the right way to ensure the British rock scene is well and broadly aware of them.

We mentioned that Tijuana Death Shot emerged in 2015, though their bio also suggests the band stepped into the light a year earlier, formed by lead vocalist/bassist Jo Quincy and drummer Tom Harris. With guitarist/vocalist James Binnie completing the line-up, the trio were soon creating raw and contagious heavy rock roars cast from a pool of blues and punk rock alongside glam and a more varied ferocity of sound. A three track demo last year awoke a wider expanse of attention, including ours, with the ear grabbing proposals of Disco Killer, This is the Rainbow Blackout, and Smoke & Liquor, whilst live, the band hit a hungry stride across 2015 continuing into this, adding the sharing of stages with a host of emerging and more established bands, including recently Novacrow, Stone Angels, Keto, Dischord, and The Stupids.

Now it is Generation Y stirring up a new tide of eager ears and support, primarily through a great video bringing the song’s salacious qualities to visual light in the Quincy and Sarah Brady directed film.

Stabbing beats and guitar make first contact, they triggering a slim but catchy stroll as the distinctive tones of Quincy entice within the web of Binnie’s grooves. A more forceful edge is carried by Harris’ anthemic swings, inciting a bigger roar from all in the chorus which is given extra punk ‘n’ roll ferocity by the enjoyable confrontational surrounding shouts of Binnie before the track bounces across its range of energies and sonic enterprise.

As shown on their previous demo, Tijuana Death Shot have a great range of unpredictable and imaginative, often off-kilter, twists to their songs; here the listener subsequently facing a rhythmic shuffle wrapped in blues flames or a sultry croon of melodic rock seduction within what is overall a rousing canter. Every element of the song also carries a mischievous devilment which will see Tijuana Death Shot, with their creative boldness, going a long way in making a potent impact on the diversity of British rock ‘n’ roll.

The Generation Y video can be seen @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbpNktZ_uXA or https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/video-selector/ with the song a teaser to a new EP to be released later this year.

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Pete Ringmaster 10/05/2016

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