The Tranquil – Get Up/ Live For The Weekend

Formed in 2004, Scottish outfit is still a relatively unknown proposition south of the border. Even so they have nurtured and claimed a perpetually growing and intensely loyal fan base over past years from within the West of Scotland music scene, recognition which their new single could tease much further afield to reinforce a growing reputation already on the rise through their shows around the country.

It is fair to say that Get Up/ Live For The Weekend did not instantly grab us, though certainly enjoyment was the reaction to its two prong invitation, yet it and especially Get Up kept nagging away in the memory, drawing ears back and sparking increasing appetite for its proposal listen by listen.

Hailing from the small town of Bellshill, a few miles out from Glasgow, The Tranquil consists of vocalist Campbell Findlay, guitarist Martin Murphy, bassist Chris Ingram, and drummer Jason Hastings; the quartet creating an infectious and emotive indie rock sound as evidenced by their latest offering.

Get Up instantly tempts with a pulsating bassline, its earthy tone aligned to a more volatile guitar melody. Its fiery texture is in turn joined by the lively tones of Findlay, their union still courted by the great bass throb and the swinging beats of Hastings. Swiftly infectious and open in individual craft, the track continues to entice and increasingly so, its instinctive hooks and catchy vitality working away in song and thoughts even once departing ears.

Live For The Weekend does not quite have the same energy or catchiness yet its initial lure of guitar makes for a captivating invitation. As its emotive heart and reflection develops, the song relaxes into a reserved gait which does defuse its potency a touch though it is ignited again for a tenacious chorus. Fair to say, overall the song lacks the spark of its companion and the ability to get under the skin but still reinforces the sense of imagination and craft which has bred two highly enjoyable encounters.

As their double A-sided release plays it is easy to expect The Tranquil to make inroads into national attention ahead, certainly if they can nurture the individuality which Live For The Weekend and especially Get Up suggests.

Get Up/ Live For The Weekend is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 27/10/2017

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Joe Dolman – Something Beautiful

We all need a warm caress to get through the all too often intense days of life and one rather knowing one comes in the shape of the new single from Joe Dolman, a song which itself looks at “how it can be difficult to get anywhere no matter how hard you try; and that sometimes you need help from something or someone to help you get to where you’re aiming for because nothing you’re doing seems to be working out.” Inspired by his fight trying to make a career in the music industry, Something Beautiful is a melodic hug on ears which needs little time to catch the imagination.

British singer-songwriter Dolman has increasingly drawn keener and broader attention over the past three or so years. The21-year-old from Leamington Spa has independently released two EPs which have taken him to the top 10 in the UK and US iTunes charts, gained support and plays with BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing, played the big stage at Hyde Park in 2014 as well as festivals such as Reeperbahn in Hamburg, The Great Escape 2017, and headlined the Acoustic Stage at Godiva Festival 2017. Adding regular jaunts around the UK and dates and tours across America and it can be said that Dolman is winning the battle especially with songs like Something Beautiful in his arsenal.

As soon as the inviting strum on guitar coaxes attention is right there, harmonies adding to the beckon before Dolman’s potent tones take centre stage. Even in verse there is a quick and potent catchiness which subsequently ignites in the chorus, its rousing call sublimely backed by a magnetic melodic hook to further get the appetite fired up.

In many ways there is nothing surprising about the track, the likes of James Bay and Damien Rice coming to mind, yet it does not mean it is not as fresh and vibrant as anything heard this year from similarly styled artists or that it is anything other than one highly enjoyable proposition from an artist on a certain rise within the UK music scene.

Something Beautiful is out now.

Upcoming UK Tour Dates:

01/11 – Rough Trade, Nottingham

06/11 – St Pancras, London

08/11 – Latest Music Bar, Brighton

11/11 – Loft Theatre, Leamington

12/11 – The Kings Arms, Manchester

13/11 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

15/11 – The Fox and Newt, Leeds

16/11 – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow

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Pete RingMaster 27/10/2017

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Katalina Kicks – We Don’t Care

Pic credit Andrew Cotterill

Having embraced a big year with the release of new album Vices in May, undertaking a supporting 20 date UK and European tour, receiving featured airplay across the likes of Kerrang!, BBC Introducing, Planet Rock and a horde of regional and online stations, plus the addition of a new bass player, Katalina Kicks cap it off with the release new single We Don’t Care. A slice of pure punk rock twisted and manipulated into the alternative rock infused sound which has already brought attention and acclaim the way of the UK band, We Don’t Care is a snarling ‘fuck you’ declaration bringing the spirit of ’77 to the modern generation.

As mentioned, the single sees bassist Conor Cotterill alongside remaining band original in vocalist/guitarist Ian George and drummer Jase Wilkinson for the first time. Whether it is the new line-up or simple evolution but Katalina Kicks have managed to find a new antagonistic growl in their sound, a raw but virulently infectious and belligerent ferocity within We Don’t Care which as suggested recalls the late seventies when music found its defiant originality and attitude if for only a brief moment.

Its electro punk opening sweeps temptingly through ears, its sonic teasing the lure into a rapacious web of riffs and rhythms within which George raises his vocal middle finger. Bellowing against those trying to put the band down over the years and all wronging the world, it stomps and spews antagonism across the senses like a fusion of The Damned and Calling All Astronauts. The song’s nagging prowess and sounds are manna to the ears, words and hooks flirtation for the imagination and combined a spark to those feelings once rife numerous decades ago.

Katalina Kicks just seem to get better and better with every irritable expulsion and if We Don’t Care is the sign of things to come, set to have an even bigger, bolder year in 2018.

We Don’t Care is available now

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Pete RingMaster 17/10/2017

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Jupiter in Velvet – I’m So Ready

 

A single which came out last month but one we cannot let pass by, I’m So Ready is a slice of eighties flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll dosed up with modern punk attitude for a fresh and bold declaration which commands attention.

It is the latest release from Jupiter in Velvet, an artist creating raw and infectious electro dance rock certainly on the evidence of his new offering, our introduction to his sound. Emerging in 2012, Jupiter In Velvet is an American bred, UK transplanted musician who had previously played in a host of bands. That same year brought debut album Screaming the Love Behind the Scars, its well-received release and qualities subsequently built upon and eclipsed by its successor Glitter On The Sun two years later. It soon showed, as now I’m So Ready, that his sound is far broader than that electro dance rock tag, the new track pure rock ‘n’ roll with a multi-flavoured, decades courting revelry.

From an initial lure of guitar, the track strolls in with fiery melodies and a flirtatious bass lure, both soon welcoming the individual tones of Jupiter in Velvet. Like a fusion of Prince and The Hives, the track flirts and smoulders until its heat sizzles up in a flame of sonic intensity and vocal tenacity. Throughout a core hook tempts, its electronic taunting instinctive catchiness matched in the rowdier sounds and energy around it.

The song continues to simmer and ignite across its infectious three minutes plus, each second an invitation to explore more and suggestion that closer investigation of Jupiter In Velvet, especially for eighties rock appetites, might be a wise next move.

I’m So Ready is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 17/10/2017

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John Stamp – Blowing Me Kisses

Giving a potent lure to the just released Franklin54, the new album from singer songwriter John Stamp, Blowing Me Kisses is the kind of lead single which only charms further investigation. Featuring the captivating tones of Leigh Nash from Sixpence None The Richer, the song is a relatively short but golden kiss on ears and imagination sure to draw attention to its larger companion.

Returning to music after eighteen years developing his business and career as a residential childcare specialist including training as a Music and Arts Therapist in 2012, Stamp quickly found his creative side flowing again. The evidence is upon Franklin54 and very openly in Blowing Me Kisses.

Its country/Americana bred stroll instantly and easily slips through ears, a sultry twang courting the vocals of Stamp and the strum of guitar. As rhythms dance, Nash steps forward with her distinctive and ever magnetic voice, the flirtation of harmonic backing vocals an extra seduction within the increasingly infectious canter.

As the duet forms and unites, the song increases its magnetism; a lure over too soon but making a memorable and lingering impression impossible not to embrace and suggest many others grab a slice of.

Blowing Me Kisses is out now on iTunes as too the album Franklin54.

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Pete RingMaster 17/10/2017

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Bridport Dagger – Wolves/Trembling Sky

Sometimes you just do not know the goodness which is on your doorstep. Recently we had the pleasure of being introduced by one of their numbers to Bridport Dagger, a band which it turned out rehearsed and recorded in their singer’s home studio merely ten minutes away from The RR. Even more enjoyably, the meeting left us with the UK outfit’s new single in our eager hands and the urge to tell you about its rather tasty contents as well as the important message to constantly check out and support your local scene as you never know what treats you may find.

There is not a great deal of info we can tell you about the band except that it consists of vocalist/guitarist Jason Idnani-Powdrill, guitarist Lawrence Rice, bassist/guitarist Chaz Foster, and drummer/keyboardist Arran Goodchild. The quartet draws on the inspirations of artists and flavours such as Suicide, Nadine Shah, Roy Orbison, Guadalupe Plata, Clinic, The Gun Club, Flamenco, Get Your Gun, Fado, Ennio Morricone, and film noir especially the work of Wim Wenders and recently performed in an echo chamber under the river Thames and supplied sound design for a seven day immersive play in Berlin. But their sound you ask…well the most important thing here is a dark and seductive collusion of numerous flavours and textures but is maybe best described as Nick Cave and The Walker Brothers meeting Echo and The Bunnymen on a Tarantino set as Japanese Fighting Fish share their creative devilment. What emerges is something individual and magnetic to Bridport Dagger as epitomised by the double A sided lead of new single Wolves/Trembling Sky.

The single is actually a real meaty chunk as it also includes the band’s previous EP Knife through Water including a re-mastered version of its lead track and a couple of songs from that earlier mentioned soundtrack . The single opens with Wolves and an immediate clash of sound as rhythms and guitars collide. From within the inviting clamour a rumble brews; its tone rockabilly like as the guitars between them wrap a jungle of riffs in a sultry melody as Idnani-Powdrill’s vocals begin the shadowed croon of the song. Already the magnetism is addiction level, the subsequent scythes of guitar compelling across the captivation of bass and beats as the band’s rock ‘n’ roll shares dark flirtation. Every passing second brings a new twist of drama and sound, unpredictability as thick as the imagination flowing through the outstanding encounter.

Its partner, Trembling Sky is instantly a less intense proposition, a psych rock melody dancing over the darker hues of bass and again grumbling riffs. There is a Doors-esque air to the song, a shadowed lining to its lively spirit and bounce, and a sixties instrumental tone to the guitars which only adds to its instinctive attraction. As its predecessor, the song just hits personal wants and tastes full on though at two and a half minutes or so it frustrates when it ends just as lust rises.

The rest of the release starts with tracks found on that previously mentioned EP released last year with a re-worked mix of acclaimed track Harry Dean Stanton first up. As this piece is being composed news has just come through that the actor has died; a sad timing which instantly brings a poignant edge to song and its embrace of ears and focus. The song is a dusty shimmer on the senses, a poetic sigh spiked by shards of glassy guitar and soaked with the serenade of keys; a proposition which is masterfully enthralling from start to finish.

Next up is Cowboy Drone, a track which nags and teases like a menacing mix of The Birthday Party and The Doors that sizes up the listener with every note and breath before taking them through a tombstone littered climate soaked in post punk/psych rock discord and theatre. The track is glorious, a noir drenched drama of sound and voice which thrusts the imagination into the heat of dark trespasses.

Taken from the soundtrack of the Twin Peaks inspired theatre performance Bridport Dagger created the music for, The Dangling Man is one of two original songs it was bookended by, the following Lyra the other. The first is a sombre, almost caliginous play for ears and imagination with vocals and music a shadowy lure and the melodramatic caresses of sax courtesy of George Cleghorn sublimely suggestive while the second is a fifties hued dark ballad with more than a touch of Roy Orbison to its emotional humidity. Both tracks transport the listen to a dark and intoxicating place impossible to resist lingering within.

The livelier rock ‘n’ roll of The Butcher of Rome has hips swaying and appetite dancing, bass and beats alone a rousing shuffle to be enslaved by, a trap tightened by the teasing jangle of guitars, the seductive strokes of keys, and the storytelling prowess of the vocals.

The release is completed by the sweltering emotional drenched spectacle of Wilderness, a song which gets bolder and more psychotic and discordant with every passing minute for a mouth-watering finale of provocative noise and melodic toxicity.

Wolves and Trembling Sky as a single is one of the year’s most riveting experiences on the year so far; add the rest of its treats and you have one of the most essential come its release in October.

Wolves/Trembling Sky is released October 13th.

Upcoming live dates:

21st September: Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, London

29th September: Insomnia, Berlin

8th October: Twin Peaks UK Festival, London

10th October: Half Moon Putney, London

13th October: The Lexington (with the Flaming Stars and Get Your Gun), London

4th November: Paper Dress vintage 4th Birthday Party, London

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Pete RingMaster 16/09/2017

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Lee Murray – Rust

Ok let us first dispense of the elephant in the room. Lee Murray was once the drummer of nineties pop band Let Loose which had a host of hits including Crazy For You but do not hold that against him as you contemplate checking out his new solo single Rust. You will find a song which is an infectious slice of rock pop with a steely edge to its textures and acts like a magnet from start to finish.

Already renowned for his drumming, Murray is equally skilled as a composer and producer. In his own songwriting and solo sound he has drawn on inspirations ranging from Kaiser Chiefs and The Killers to Depeche Mode and Gary Numan, the latter a definite spicing to the single. Equally it has a feel of The Wonderstuff to it especially around one contagious chorus.

Straight away riffs and rhythms tenaciously invite attention, crowding enticingly around Murray’s potent tones as guitars send melodic flames across their bow. It all unites in time for a rigorously catchy surge leading to that vibrant chorus, repeating the cycle with increasing energy and a fervour which reflects the song’s theme of getting sucked into a toxic relationship which is initially exciting, but one where “you’re attracted to the danger and free spirit only to find it becomes destructive”.

We will admit we were surprised by Rust, quickly enamoured, and now rather intrigued to find out if the song is a potent sign of things to come from his solo adventure.

Rust is available to pre-order now and to download from October 6th 2017.

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Pete RingMaster 15/09/2017

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