BarCreeps – The Hour Between Dog And Wolf

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As to who BarCreeps are is a mystery and will remain so with the UK based band presenting themselves anonymously; set to represented by a generic ‘BarCreep’ in a challenge to “the current fragmentation of music into ‘writer/programmer’ and ‘celebrity personality as singer’ and [their]feeling that this process is syphoning the artistry out of culture.” What is no secret going by debut single The Hour Between Dog And Wolf though, is that the band creates one seriously enjoyable and raw punk rock incitement.

Roaring out of London, BarCreeps is said to consist of a quartet of members from all over the world united by a love of record labels such as Fat Wreck, Epitaph, Touch and Go, Jade Tree, and Dischord. Their individual histories seem to include bassist Railgrind formerly being in The Pipettes who toured the world with the likes of Amy Winehouse and The Beastie Boys. As for vocalist Bannister and fellow guitarist Hendricks, they “started the Hong Kong loft show scene” and shared a stage with Fugazi whilst the former has also been in The Young Playthings whilst the latter put on ‘Refugee Rock’ last year, where the Wedding Present headlined a gig that helped raise over £3,000 for the immigrants in the Calais jungle. With a line-up completed by drummer Campari, who played in Italian band Cream Pie as well as Italy’s premier Ramones tribute act, BarCreeps is a proposition that has a lively background but revealing little about themselves at the same time.

Bands should always let their sound do the talking of course, and BarCreeps certainly do that in The Hour Between Dog And Wolf. Their first single opens on a group howl and proceeds to entwine ears in catchy tendrils of guitar and ripe hooks framed by heftily landing rhythms. The equally raw and dirty tones of Bannister add a further easy to take up invitation to a caustic slice of joy which, with its uncomplicated yet potent melodic hardcore scented roar, becomes increasingly magnetic as it breeds a NOFX meets Propagandhi like rousing of ears and attention.

It is only one song heard so far, so too early to say how unique the band’s sound is though The Hour Between Dog And Wolf suggests that such an essence is still in the brewing stage. Fair to say though, that the single hits all the right spots with its uncompromising and highly satisfying punk rock and in return we eagerly await the band’s next offering.

The Hour Between Dog And Wolf is released April 15th on BCHR Records.

Upcoming Live BarCreeps Dates:

April 23rd – The Barfly Camden, London

May 14th – The Queen’s Arms, Reading

August 27th – Sea Change Festival, Totnes

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Pete RingMaster 15/04/2016

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Dead Winter – My Only Home

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The early weeks of 2014, saw UK post hardcore band Dead Winter make a rather potent introduction to themselves with debut EP Erasing Glaciers. It was a magnetic six track fury of melodic metal and hardcore ferocity soaked with open potential which had already aroused attention with its first outing a few months earlier. Its re-release four years ago though, sparked a more national awareness which the band fed with their impressive live presence. The past couple of years or so have seen the band seemingly quiet. Things were happening though with ideas and directions breeding line-up changes as the band headed into their next steps now marked by new single My Only Home.

Formed in 2011, the Blackpool hailing band soon lured loyal support and ears with their sound and in turn the successful Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral for A Friend, Twin Atlantic) produced Erasing Glaciers. Weaving inspirations from bands such as Bury Tomorrow, Bring Me The Horizon, and A Day To Remember into their sound, Dead Winter and EP were soon drawing acclaim from the likes of Rock Sound, Powerplay, and Big Cheese Magazine. That regrouping and defining of direction and intent followed but now, and ahead of their first album also called My Only Home, set for release this summer, Dead Winter ‘return’ with a bang in the shape of its title track and an equally gripping video.

With Dodangoda at the helm of album and single again, My Only Home swiftly descends on ears with rapier like rhythms and badgering riffs which soon reveal their own predacious intent and snarl. There is a great metalcore edge to the trespass but a hue soon matched by the melodic enterprise and warmth increasingly aflame in the song. In the first minute alone, the band shows themselves to have tapped into a new contagious and virulent quality in their music without defusing the emotive intensity and fire that marked out their earlier exploits.

As pop punk in many ways as it is melodic metal and post hardcore crafted, the song continues to stir up appetite and pleasure, It provides a compelling and at times almost hostile anthemic proposal further shaped by the guitar craft of Jamie Townsend and Adam Roberts whilst driven by Danny Dawkins’s addictive beats and led by Ant Jones’ outstanding clean and melodic tones. There is a real maturity to the song which hopefully is a big teaser to the heart of the album to come, and a bold adventure which simply whips up attention.

My Only Home, single, video, and album looks like the moment when Dead Winter reassert themselves as one of Britain’s most exciting and seriously promising propositions.

The single, My Only Home is out April 15th. Check out the video on our Video Selector page.

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Pete RingMaster 15/04/2016

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Slow Riot – Trophy Wife

Photo by Steve Gullick Photography

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Earning thick acclaim and attention with their Cathedral EP, Irish trio Slow Riot are now poised to release their new single and a fresh inventive colour to their already magnetic sound. Their previous release and singles worn an open post punk inspiration drawing likenesses to bands such as Gang of Four, Television, and Wire, as well as a shoegaze scented melodic charm. Though Trophy Wife is still embracing such seeds, it swiftly shows a new adventure of swinging rhythms and imagination tantalising hooks with a vivacity to match that of the driving energy fuelling its body. The result is a compelling affair which still springs from an eighties spawned heart but with the tenacious urgency of the now.

art_RingMasterReviewFormed in 2013, Slow Riot consists of vocalist/bassist Niall Clancy, drummer Paul Cosgrave, and guitarist Aaron Duff. 2015 saw the band release their first pair of singles in City Of Culture and Demons, two intrigue sparking songs which made a bigger impact as part of the attention grabbing Cathedral EP last October. The time between its release and the new single has seen a new twist and exploration in the band’s sound which Trophy Wife is already showing as being a great fresh step.

As the last EP, the single was recorded with Kevin Vanbergen (The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s, Biffy Clyro) at Brighton’s Park Studios and quickly gets to work persuading and exciting ears with its initial surge of beefy rhythms and sonic incitement. Guitars spring a melodic web from there as the bass invitingly prowls, the first cradling the warm tones of Clancy and his harmonic delivery. Almost straight away, that previous post punk spicing emerges as a more new wave hued character, nudging thoughts of bands like B-Movie and Modern English whilst the pounding drive of the song and its intensive undercurrent of virulence offers a Doves meets Editors like tempting.

The track is a vivacious captivation accompanied by B-side Awake For Days; a more laid back proposition revealing another shade in the new palette of enterprise used by Slow Riot in songwriting and sound. Though hopes are that the band do not entirely free themselves of the darker post punk hues found in their debut EP, there is no denying that Trophy Wife offers something just as exciting and easy to find a healthy appetite for.

Trophy Wife is out on April 15th via Straight Lines Are Fine @ http://www.thegenepool.co.uk/artists/SLOW+RIOT.htm

Upcoming live dates:

18/04 – Opium Rooms, Dublin w/ Mission Of Burma

23/04 – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick

25/04 – The Waiting Room, London (free show)

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Pete RingMaster 14/04/2016

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Eujenics – Alec Guinness

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Having already given the year a striking event with the release of their acclaimed debut EP, Humanism, British alternative rock band Eujenics have quickly backed it up with new single Alec Guinness. Their most forceful and dynamic track yet, which is going some such the quality of said EP and previous singles, the release is a rousing and fiery slice of rock ‘n’ roll from a band it is becoming increasingly easy to suggest real success lies ahead for.

Hailing from Sunderland, Eujenics formed in 2015 and quickly stirred up eager attention with their first pair of singles. Together the September and December respectively released Meniscus and Kalashnikov provided a potent and attention grabbing introduction to the quartet, though it was as part of the four-track Humanism EP uncaged this past February , that they really helped ignite a new wave of eager acclaim and new fans. Live too, Eujenics has become an eagerly praised and sought proposition, sharing stages with bands such as Dead!, Despite My Deepest Fear, Edenthorn, Massa Confusa, and Deadfire over the past months.

Now it is Alec Guinness ready to make a striking impact and follow its predecessors in luring strong radio play around the country. Straight away it has ears and imagination lured as vocalist Nic Wood melancholically sighs alone. His emotive coaxing is soon engulfed with pungent rhythms and growling riffs though, his expression continuing to ooze emotive angst as the tenaciously anthemic beats of Adam Hay grip and tendrils of bluesy guitar entwine the senses. In the belly of it all as the song shares its roar, there is also a virulent rumble with the pulsating resonance of David Scott’s  prowling bass in prime position as guitarist Chris Hanna weaves an evocative and often incendiary tapestry of blues, stoner, and psych rock imagination.

The first single from a new upcoming EP, the track is quite irresistible; as antagonistic as it is seductive, as ferocious as it is dramatically flirtatious and as suggested a track to really put Eujenics on the radar of many more. Alec Guinness, man and song, continues to be one mighty inspiration.

Alec Guinness is available now @ https://eujenics.bandcamp.com/track/alec-guinness

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Pete RingMaster 13/04/2016

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Maths and the Moon – Futurist

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It is hard to believe that it was two and a half years ago that our ears were first bewitched by Maths and the Moon and their debut album Night Train Daydream. The fact that the album is still a potent part of our playlists obviously has made it seem like it was many less moons ago that it first arrived in ears and imagination. Now the band has some new proposals to tempt with. There is a new album about to be uncaged and ahead of it already stirring up ears and attention is its first taster in the shape of Futurist. A free to download single, the track is a smouldering slice of alternative and indie rock embracing the psych rock essences which the band is primarily renowned for. It is a new direction for the British trio and on first touch, another fascinating one.

Hailing from Southampton, Maths and the Moon consists of vocalist/guitarist Andy Fielder, drummer Luke Taplin, and bassist Matt Hirst. They formed the band in 2009, making their live debut alongside legendary Can frontman Damo Suzuki the following year. As mentioned, their sounds and subsequent debut album Night Train Daydream fused experimental and psych rock imagination with at times a just as potent tinge of post punk. It was an imaginatively hued and transfixing adventure which even in its different character, Futurist suggests the new album has the potential to emulate.

The single certainly makes a forceful entrance, a thick rumble of bass and meaty swings hitting ears as guitars magnetically jangle. Things do relax a fair touch as Fielder’s mellow and expressive tones step forward surrounded by sultry melodies, though there is a volatile air lurking around its lure which erupts in imposing kind again as the start of the song re-establishes its potent presence. That cycle continues across the song, with Hirst’s bass especially throaty and addictive as its contrasts the smouldering harmonies and an eventful blaze of melodic flames.

Atmospherically spicy too, the song has an additional Muse-esque essence to its fire which also does it no harm. It is only one song of course so too early to make any statements about new album Familiar Strange but anticipation has already gained a tingle or two thanks to Futurist.

Futurist is available to download for free @ https://mathsandthemoon.bandcamp.com/track/futurist

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Pete RingMaster 11/04/2016

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Hardactors – It’s My Life

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Hardactors is a British band creating what they call “Picturesque Pop”. Recently the project released new single It’s My Life, a song which springs from a truly irresistible start into a captivating flirtation of ears and imagination.

The band is the project of Suffolk hailing singer /songwriter / musician Joe Bailey. Last year he released Bloom, a debut release which, with its Ltd Edition physical release alongside its download, was keenly received and praised. Recently its successor was unveiled in the shape of It’s My Life, an EP/ track written as a tribute to eighties band Talk Talk. Without knowing that, the older UK band certainly comes to mind as the single caresses and infects ears but equally for an open homage, it has plenty of its own character to firmly embrace.

The opening lure of bulbous rhythms and soon after a throbbing bassline aligned to throaty guitar strings seduces attention and imagination alone, remaining a pungent attraction as lighter melodies and the warm tones of Bailey join the tempting. Once into its resourceful stroll, the song ambles along with a smile on its creative face and engaging warmth to its eighties seeded body, all the while that initial addictive lure still nagging and further stirring up an already eager appetite for the song.

Unsurprisingly, the track’s air is strongly familiar, given its inspiration, but a scent which only adds to four highly enjoyable minutes that provides a thoroughly pleasing proposal each and every time. The single, as mentioned, is also the title track to an EP completed by the captivating tracks Such A Shame and Dum Dum Girl, with all now available via iTunes and other stores.

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Pete RingMaster 11/04/2016

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Pryti – Bitter Pill

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Like intoxicating liquor, some flavours simply grown stronger and more compelling with age, and that is the same with Bitter Pill, the new video single from British independent rock artist Pryti. The song comes from the Birmingham singer songwriter transfixing and mightily impressive debut album Tales Of A Melancholic, which was released on her own label, Welcome To Pariahville early last year. Within the collection of dramatic and imposing landscapes of emotions and dark shadows, Bitter Pill certainly captivated and infested the imagination with its “bracing vocals and melodies caught on a passionate sonic wind”. Fair to say, as the album, it just grew with every listen from there but it is now on its own, and for whatever reason, the song really seems to have gained its biggest blossom as one seriously enthralling moment.

Inspired by the likes of Deftones and Paramore, both audible spices in Bitter Pill, Pryti is quite simply a sonic force all on her own. On the single and album, she was the sole source of songs, vocals, guitar and bass; a resourcefulness and strength which goes with the DIY ethic of her label and presence. It is a talent which only impresses when hearing her Justin Hill (Sikth, Heart of a Coward, Yashin, Bury Tomorrow) produced and majorly acclaimed first album, Tales Of A Melancholic and only does so again with Bitter Pill.

Pryti Cover Artwork _RingMasterReviewThe song instantly grips ears with its dark ambience and portentous beats, the lone lure of guitar as melancholic as the sounds around it are imposing. Pryti’s vocals equally have a solemn resonance to their intimate emotion and beauty, only flaming with greater inviting hues as the song equally rises in intensity and suggestive drama. That Deftones influence is an open colour, adding to the almost invasive air and tempestuous nature of the song. It is simply intoxicating stuff, a beguiling and haunting incitement of ears and imagination which shows no lessening of its potency even as lighter breezes dare to creep in on the compelling act.

Equally the video for Bitter Pill is as invasively mesmeric; Pryti alone in a shadow washed forest an evocative visual melancholy only reinforced by the elegant moves of the masked dancer which seem to add  to the song’s heart spawned solemnity. Directed by Marcus Maschwitz, the film is a captivating piece which draws rather than distracts attention to the actual song and its open heart.

The press release for the Bitter Pill suggests that, “There is little doubt that 2016 is going to be colossal for Pryti.” We for one will not argue.

The Bitter Pill video/single is released Friday 8th April.

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Pete RingMaster 06/04/2016

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