Every Hour Kills – Almost Human

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Rousing up anticipation and subsequently impatience for the release of their forthcoming self-titled EP, Canadian melodic metallers Every Hour Kills recently released new single Almost Human. The song is a roar of energy and skill which confirms the emerging potency of the band, already shown in their previous pair of singles, whilst revealing an even more striking adventure and creative ferocity in their sound. It is a highly infectious proposition crafted in arguably recognisable creative inks but casting a fresh and magnetic landscape.

The seeds of the Calgary bred Every Hour Kills began three to four years ago, when drummer Rob Shawcross (ex- Out Of Your Mouth, ex-Autobody, ex-Kobra and The Lotus) linked up with guitarist Sacha Laskow after his departure from Divinity. The pair subsequently brought in bassist Brent Stutsky (ex-Breach of Trust, ex-Death Valley Dolls) and vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Walk As Chaos, ex-Out of Your Mouth, ex-Autobody, ex-the R.A.C.E.) to complete the band’s line-up. With a name inspired by an anonymous literary quote which says “Every hour wounds, but the last one kills.“, Every Hour Kills has spent the time since forming working on and recording songs, which included the already released pair of singles, Deliver Us in 2013 and the following EHK_AH_900 smallyear the Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Emmure, Of Mice & Men, We Can As Romans) produced Chosen. Now with that impending EP on a close horizon, the band has set another spark burning in ears and appetite through Almost Human, a song showing even greater persuasion and adventure than that which fuelled its predecessors.

An electro bubble grows and explodes in a tempest of rigorously gripping rhythms and tenacious riffs as the song consumes and grips ears straight away. It is captivating start swiftly built upon by the excellent vocal prowess of Maxwell-Lyster and the breath-taking technical rapidity and enterprise of Laskow’s fingers and guitar. There is a blend of Sevendust and Dommin to the song, with just a hint of Disturbed and a louder whisper of In Flames, yet Almost Human soon reveals an individual character to its increasingly magnetic presence.

The song continues to croon and bellow across its intoxicating landscape, each turn of sound and ideation generally finding the middle ground between the two whilst the shapely invention which cores it all also embraces an industrial/electro metal adventure at times, a Rabbit Junk like spice fusing to the adrenaline sparking charge of the song.

Almost Human is a compelling offering and hint, and if the new EP can back it up with songs just as virulently convincing, we are in for one thrilling treat later this year.

Almost Human is available now whilst the upcoming EP can be pre-ordered as a limited edition package direct from the band @ http://everyhourkills.com/preorder/

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The Undercover Hippy – Boyfriend

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We all like a flirtation or two right? Even more when it is being received rather than offered and that is exactly what Boyfriend presents and is themed by. The new single from The Undercover Hippy, the song is a mischievous tease looking at similar romantic occurrences and wrongly interpreted signals. It is also a captivating romp of acoustic revelry aligned to roots reggae and embraced in, a new term to us but one which sums up the song perfectly, folk-hop.

The Undercover Hippy is Bristol bred singer songwriter/ producer Billy Rowan, an artist who after 7 years spent DJ’ing and MC’ing on the Drum & Bass circuit took his guitar and pushed forward with a solo presence and his own music from 2007. Though still to be found performing on his own, The Undercover Hippy has grown into a full band with Andreas Millns (keys), Theo Grimshaw (drums), Zak Ranyard (bass), Matthew Pharaoh (percussion/congas), and Jessica Langton (backing vocals) alongside Rowan. Recent years has seen the band light up the festival scene with acclaimed performances at the likes of Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Green Man, The Secret Garden Party, and Jersey Live amidst many more memorable moments, whilst musically they have drawn comparisons to Jack Johnson, The John Butler Trio, Gomez and Xavier Rudd among others. Lyrically, Rowan has a knack of sparking smiles and attention with a craftily sculpted and descriptive narrative which often explores either worldly or personal politics. Boyfriend is a song which simply ignites those embarrassing moments all our youthful endeavours have floundered upon, bringing knowing smiles to the surface as it has body and emotions in a magnetic dance.

The song itself actually brings reminders of, for those old enough to remember, The Piranhas’ track also called Boyfriend. Its premise was very similar but over a more ska seeded devilry and in cover170x170a small way it is nice to just imagine that that band and song might have been a distant spice to this new slice of tantalising joy. The Undercover Hippy instantly has ears hooked as thick resonating bass lures meet up with spicy swipes of guitar and joyful rhythms, providing a swinging soundtrack to the just as quickly coming and pleasing tones of Rowan. The compelling verse saunters along, kissing the imagination with every flick of a beat and caress of guitar under a sultry breath of keys, before opening up into an infected loaded chorus. Brass and harmonica add to the elevated dance of the song, their colours irresistible alongside the flaming tones of Langton behind the lead of Rowan.

The track just gets juicier and more addictive with every passing second; in certain moments playing like a mix of Disraeli and The Small Gods and Glenn Hodge Banned but distinctly unique from start to finish. Taken from the Monkey Suit album which was released last September, Boyfriend is a song for an early summer and a boisterous year. The single package also comes with a couple of edits of the song plus a trio of remixes from The Future Dub Project, Hiphoppapotamus, and Raithism, so a meaty offering from what is destined to be one of 2015’s most captivating singles.

Boyfriend is available now

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Stoneghost – Faceless Ghost

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As Faceless Ghost, the new single from UK metallers Stoneghost furiously and creatively bellows in the ears, there is no escaping offering a hearty thank goodness. The reason being that the song and album it comes from, was written at a moment it is fair to say which was pointing to the demise of the band. This had come about because, in the words of vocalist Jason Smith; “I was having a kid and I couldn’t cope with it, I didn’t think I would be able to carry on with the band too, I wasn’t in a good place.” Deciding to go out with a bang and show the world the most potent essence and fury of what was Stoneghost, the South East London quartet created debut album New Age of Old Ways. Thankfully the band’s sound and new offerings found their way to the attention of the Mascot Label Group (Black Label Society, Volbeat, Gojira, Joe Bonamassa), and here we now are with the album scheduled for release in April, its lead single poised to stir up the European metal scene, and Stoneghost seemingly back on compelling course.

The Bromley band began in 2007 and swiftly made a potent impression on the London live scene. Forging a ferocious blaze of rock ‘n’ roll bred from varying strains of metal and a hardcore voracity, the foursome of Cris Finniss (drums), Jamie Nash (bass), Andrew Matthews (guitar), and Smith continued to grip attention and increasingly so across the UK, making highly successful appearances at Bloodstock in 2009 and 2010 with equally impressive performances at the Wacken Open Air festival and Metal Hammer’s Hammerfest IV in their wake over the next couple of years. It was 2013 when the band’s frontman had his ‘crisis’ and turmoil reached the band. Fighting through it though to subsequently record New Age of Old Ways with Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Evile, Dimmu Borgir, Sikth, New Model Army), Stoneghost is now ready to take their place at the forth of British metal and again we can only give thanks.

As the majority of songs gracing the album, Faceless Ghost was bred in that troubled time for band and Smith, the singer talking about the song recently saying, “It’s about my daughter, she was on the way, I was feeling apprehensive and scared about the responsibility and seeing a therapist at the time, I was having some really low points, but because I had a daughter on the way it gave me the reason to sort myself out.” There is a definite personal angst and passion behind the song which echoes that moment, an intimacy to its tempest which rages as potently as the ravenous sounds.

The song opens with a dazzling weave of guitar enterprise, a spicy melodic colour which captivates from around just as swiftly established and equally compelling rhythmic predation. Things only intensify and grip tighter as Smith’s punkish roar spills emotion across the thrash toned canvas. Grooves and hooks add different and fascinating flavours and textures to the song next, the proposition already transcending various metal subgenres whilst brawling with its own aggressive individuality.

Matthews’s superb sonic and melodic designs continue to ignite the imagination as does the lyrical force of the song, whilst bass and drums are predators within the magnetically spiced triumph. Across track there are glimpses of bands like Pantera, Bloodsimple, and Overkill, but only whispers in a sound which leaps out like a beast and incites body and emotions with tempestuous majesty.

Roll on New Age of Old Ways

Faceless Ghost is available from March 2nd and New Age of Old Ways on April 27th via Mascot

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Tijuana Bibles – Sun Chaser

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Having already established their emerging presence and darkly dramatic form of shadowed rock ‘n’ roll through previous releases, Scottish band Tijuana Bibles has broken into new sultry climes with brand new single Sun Chaser. The song still explores the rich and tangy flavours already nurtured by the band but with a cleaner cut to its shape and a more exotic nature to its transfixing character, the result an enticement which bewitches ears and infests the psyche like a swarthy and heroic exotic escapade.

The Glasgow quartet of Tony Costello, Behn Cross, Mikey Dornan, and James Brannigan made a striking impression on the Scottish and British underground scene with the release of the Wild River EP as well as the acclaimed singles Toledo and Crucifixion. They were introductions which caught the imagination and breaths of an increasing many whilst performances at festivals like T in the Park, Wickerman, Belladrum and GoNorth, as well as supports slots for bands such as The View, Deap Valley, Alabama 3, and The Amazing Snakeheads only reinforced the impressive arrival of Tijuana Bibles. Now the band is pushing things on with Sun Chaser, a song from and an irresistible teaser to, the forthcoming Ghost Dance Movement EP.

A dirty bass tone is the first lure and treat, it almost De Staat like in its dark nature. That magnetic initial bait is straight away increased by spicy sighs of guitar and an evolving ambience which seduces with the romantic charm of smouldering climates. The vocals of Costello are similarly captivating over the unrelenting tempting of the noir clad rhythms. There is a mystery and almost sinister edge to the song but equally a flame of melodic radiance and irresistible contagion that simply binds ears and passions with sublime craft.

In certain moments the song has a feel of The Mission at their virulently compelling best and in others the absorbing drama of Echo and The Bunnymen, whilst essences of Helldorado and Benaccia also suggestively encroach on thoughts. In truth though, Tijuana Bibles has a sound which has an individuality setting it and the band apart, and now, breaching new masterful heights with the quite brilliant and rigorously thrilling Sun Chaser.

Sun Chaser is available from March 2nd

Upcoming Tijuana Bibles live dates…

MARCH/;

6 Copleand Stadium – Whitehaven

7 This Feeling – Amersham Arms – London

20 This Feeling – Broadcast Midnight show – Glasgow

21 This Feeling – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh

27 Leicester Academy 3 – Headline Show

28 This Feeling – Night and Day Cafe – Manchester

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Crashgate – Tear It Down

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The UK rock scene is a bubbling cauldron of predatory invention and ferocious enterprise right now, especially in the underground scene. Kent band Crashgate is one of the reasons and right to the fore of the bands picking up steam to seriously challenge and stand aside the big boys in the future. Further evidence of this comes with new single Tear It Down, a raucous and rousing slab of aggressive rock ‘n’ roll fusing metal fury to a melodic hard rock tempest.

An attention grabbing proposition from almost day one after forming in 2011, Crashgate has increasingly grown in sound and stature. From a feverishly supported local attraction, the Deal hailing quintet has inspired a national bred buzz around themselves thanks to an adrenaline fuelled live presence and equally impacting releases. 2012 saw the band’s first release, the B.O.B EP igniting a breath of greater interest but it was debut album Crude Jokes, Death Notes & Unicorns which pushed and confirmed Crashgate as one of Britain’s rising rock talents. 2014 was a highly successful year for the band which they now continue with Tear It Down, a track hailing from their first album. Ever insatiable live and working towards their second album, Crashgate are at that point where big spotlights are surely beckoning.

Tear It Down opens with big bulging beats which soon lure in just as hungry and feisty riffs. It is a powerful lead which is only reinforced as the impressive vocals of Craig Sheridan start to roar alongside the fiery enterprise of guitarists Brian Andrews and Toby Dorman, both also providing some bracing backing snarls and vocals. The song soon shows it has a melodic heart but within a body unafraid to threateningly growl and unleash a predacious assault, an intimidation driven by the heavy swipes of drummer Richard Keeler and the black hearted and alluring basslines of Shaun Roche.

The single continues to kick up a thrilling storm, hooks and twists as addictively persuasive as the main blazing thrust of the thoroughly compelling proposition. Tear It Down confirms British rock is in a very healthy state and thanks to bands like Crashgate and songs like itself, a voraciously exciting one too.

Tear It Down is available from March 2nd

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Upcoming Crashgate live date…

March 3rd – @ The Lady Luck, Canterbury

May 2nd – Noize Level Critical RACPA UK Festival @ The Maze, Nottingham

May 3rd – Stevefest @ The Astor Theatre, Deal (not announced yet)

June 20th – Festiv Isle, @ Quex Park, Birchington

July 10th – @ The Diamond Lounge, Doncaster

July 25th – Kent VW Festival, @ Headcorn Aerodrome

August 21st – Strumerville

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Hope For Return – Get Your Gun

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It is always important to make a strong first impression and that is certainly what UK alternative rockers Hope For Return do with their debut single Get Your Gun. A rousing and accomplished slice of melodic rock ‘n’ roll with a fire in its heart and aggressive tenacity to its personality, the track is a potent first national glimpse at a band already kicking up a storm of attention locally.

Formed in early 2013 and hailing from Dudley in The Black Country, Hope for Return bring a raucous dose of punk to their attention grabbing sound, and equally a web of hooks and voracious energy which goes towards, in the case of their single, creating a captivating proposition. Get Your Gun does not hold a sound which threatens to turn the UK rock scene on its head right now yet it has an attitude and invention which demands and receives attention. Originally a quartet, the band has regrouped after losing a guitarist and moved on as a trio, that obvious determination and passion to push their adrenaline fuelled music as evident in the single as the threesome’s individual prowess.

A spicy rub of guitar sets things in motion, its appetite awakening lure swiftly joined by a slim but flavoursome electro spicing aligned to impressive vocals. The punchy beats equally stir up attention, matched by dark basslines. Together they cast an excitable shuffle, an inviting frame within which the guitars subsequently blaze away with melodic expression and riotous exertions.

A reference to Kaiser Chiefs has been placed before the band, a comparison you can see though not as openly as you would maybe imagine, but there is definitely a familiar air to Get Your Gun. Ultimately though, the single creates its own personality and makes a thoroughly enjoyable and potential loaded entrance from Hope For Return. We eagerly await their next releases, which is said to include an album later this year.

Get Your Gun is available from March 2nd @ http://itunes.apple.com/album/id948357323

http://www.hopeforreturn.com/

Hope For Return have some live days coming up at…

06/03/15 – DUDLEY lamp tavern (acoustic show)

07/03/15 – BIRMINGHAM The Flapper

14/03/15 – LEICESTER – The Shed

17/04/15 – WOLVES Slade rooms

22/05/15 – BIRMINGHAM victoria

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Cléo – Pinball Machine

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A song which leaps through ears with all the energy and excitement of a carnival, Pinball Machine is one of those singles which simply gets under the skin. The new release from rock popper Cléo, the track with its tenacious punk like character and full on fun attitude is not necessarily a brand new adventure for the pop world but certainly makes for an enjoyable and captivating escapade.

Cléo is a Brazilian bred singer/songwriter/ actress/dancer who now resides in London. The list of inspirations on her creativity and music is long and includes the likes of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, No Doubt, Pat Benatar, Britney Spears, Spice Girls, Green Day, Foo Fighters, and Linkin Park. These are flavours at times openly colouring her shapely sound but equally, and certainly with Pinball Machine, Cléo has her own rich vein of distinctive creativity lighting up her music too. 2013 saw the release of the extremely well-received Unlucky Girl EP, an encounter converting more fans, media, and pre-assuming critics to the visually and aurally vibrant presence of Cléo. Now Pinball Machine is poised to stir up ears and attention once again and such its charismatic and mischievous enterprise, it is hard to imagine it luring a new rush of interest.

Cléo is the initial temptation in the single, her raucous call the spark to short choppy riffs, jabbing beats, and a thickly provocative bassline. It is a potent coaxing with a great almost predatory nature to it, an edge leading ears and appetite into the swiftly looming frisky chorus where harmony soaked vocals and melodies bounce with energetic eagerness.

As it continues to flirt with its more shadowy side as well as magnetic festivity there is that constant, almost Gwen Stefani like, familiarity to the song yet tempering that, Pinball Machine offers subtle twists of attitude and latent aggression which turns the offering into something personal and invitingly individual to Cléo. Quite simply Pinball Machine is a persistently alluring proposition from a lady we can expect to hear much more of in the future.

Pinball Machine is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/pinball-machine-single/id959356901#

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