Mark Mathews – Black Heart Down

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As a teaser for and invitation to his new album, The Raging Sea, British singer songwriter Mark Mathews releases new single Black Heart Down, a song to get the feet moving and spirit bouncing. It is a song which does not startle yet needs little time to spark an energetic response to its boisterous rock ‘n’ roll.

Half Spanish on his Mother’s Side and Northern Irish from his Father’s, Belfast bred Mark and his family was moved to the East End of London by his actor Dad, leaving a home town “heavy with stories of death and guns.”  Mark’s musical tastes and heart was inspired, amongst other things, by the discovery of Sgt Peppers in his Mum’s vinyl collection and a freebie tape titled Sixties Mania that came with a box of Kellogg’s cereal. The emergence of Oasis was the trigger for Mark to pick up a guitar and write songs. Embracing the sounds and songwriting craft of other artists such as The Beatles, The Kinks, The Band, and Ryan Adams too, his music passion and career was soon a full-time involvement.

Since that start, Mark has gigged, toured, and busked around the world, been voted one of the best artists in London by readers of the Metro newspaper, and been awarded first place in the Indie International song writing competition and nominated for 2 Indy Music Awards for best live act. Either solo or with his band, Mark Mathews’ Late Night Players, he has shared stages with the likes of Andy Fairweather-Low, Frank Turner, Nigel Clarke (Dodgy) Luke Toms, The Draytones, and Dan Le Sac. With a quartet of EPs and a trio of singles also under his belt, Mark is ready to nudge even broader attention with The Raging Sea, and its lead, the highly enjoyable Black Heart Down.

The single has ears cupped in a melodic hug straight away, the alluring acoustic start matched in potency by the darker hues of the bass. They are quickly joined by the strong and inviting tones of Mark, his vocals continuing the warm beginning yet holding an edge and intensity which is soon seeping into the catchy chorus and the overall drama of the track. Continuing to stroll along, the song shares an expressive nature in sound and emotive character in heart whilst infectiously taking feet on a lively ride.

There are seemingly no major landmarks or striking elements to the song yet is as memorable and captivating as you could wish, carrying a craft in songwriting which alone sparks a want to hear more and indeed Mark’s new album.

Black Heart Down is released April 25th as too is The Raging Sea on iTunes.

Upcoming Live Dates:

April 27th The Bedford London

April 29th The Cavendish London

April 30th Asylum Essex

May 6th Café Del Marsh London

May 8th Amersham Arms London

May 12th Dublin Castle London

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Pete RingMaster 25/04/2016

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Indya – Harder Faster

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Need something to put some spirit rousing energy and vitality into your day? Then we suggest checking out the new single from UK band Indya for a swift and highly agreeable shot. Harder Faster is a virulent stomp of rock ‘n’ roll with the anthemic prowess of Andrew W.K., the pop infectiousness of Gwen Stefani and No Doubt, and the inventive dexterity of Pryti; a rebel rousing, thigh slapping slice of devilment just as happy to add some flavoursome glam to its hard rock bred adventure too.

Indya is led by vocalist Natalie Indya West, a songwriter/musician who was in the arms of music from an early age through her Mother’s keen and eclectic taste for artists such as Free, Bad Company, David Bowie, Rainbow and many others. From school, Natalie went on to study music at the Performing Arts & Technology school in Croydon before going on to study at the Colin’s Performing Arts College in Essex. Having to fund a large part of her schooling herself, she eventually took up a job as a pole dancer in a Gentleman’s Club, an experience which saw her fall in with the wrong crowd and into a subsequent debilitating habit. It is a time though which gave a spark to her songwriting and the often raw lyrical themes explored within that cathartic release.

Indya art_RingMasterReviewPerforming as a singer and professional dancer over recent years, Natalie eventually pulled together the band which is Indya last year, recruiting the talents of guitarist Daniel Baune, bassist Raymond Tagnola, and drummer Tobias Miorin to help bring her life bred songs to life. Combining inspirations from the likes of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Bowie, Madonna, and Amy Winehouse into their hard rock seeded rock ‘n’ roll, the band is looking to make a potent impact on ears and attention in 2016, and if Harder Faster is a sign of things to come, it is hard to see them failing.

The song opens on a great blues meets glam rock groove, beats badgering its lure with their own feisty bait. Things soon settle into an infectious canter as Natalie’s vocals flirt with and dance on ears and the imagination. The virulence of its energy and rousing bounce alone has hips and appetite gripped, the dexterity of vocals and melodic enterprise only adding to the easy going yet heavily dynamic proposal. The song is pure rock ‘n’ roll, but equally prime pop with a touch of punk to it too and quite irresistible.

Providing the thrilling lead to Strip Me Down, their new EP, Harder Faster has all the temptation to bring the UK music scene to the point of no return with the name Indya on its lustful lips.

Harder Faster is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 25/04/2016

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Hung Like Jack – She’s Not Dead

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A band sows its seeds with their introduction and debut songs from whence you hope to see their qualities grow into bigger and bolder blossoms. That is exactly what has happened with British rock ‘n’ roll bruisers Hung Like Jack. Last year the Darlington quartet tempted attention with the AA-sided single Fire beneath me/ Life’s first sign of rage, a pair of songs which, though actually not their first offerings by a long way, grabbed a fresh horde of eager ears with a new spark in their sound and invention. The two tracks were raw and intrusively confrontational slices of punk ‘n’ roll carrying the suggestion of bolder things to come. That promise has now blossomed and more in new single She’s Not Dead, a seriously rousing and stirring slab of incitement hard to tear ears away from.

HLJ2_RingMasterReviewLast year’s offering seem to mark a turning point in the adventure and stature of the band who had already uncaged a trio of EPs and in 2014 the seven-track White Powder mini-album. Formed in 2007, Hung Like Jack quickly put their mark on the local live scene under the drive of John, Tim, and Hakim. Their current line-up was completed by the recruitment of drummer Denz, a union in place before the release of last year’s potent pair of tracks.

As suggested, as good and highly enjoyable as that last single was, She’s Not Dead is in another league and quickly gets a grip on ears and appetite with its opening shuffle of beats and the great lure of the growling bass. That early tempting only increases as raw swipes of riffs show their face within a few more seconds; it all colluding and creating a boisterous almost cantankerous stroll of sound as Johns vocals add further infectious confrontation. Without a lull, riffs and that glorious bass hook continue to entice and enslave as lead and backing vocals emphasise the anthemic pull of a track still taking bites at the senses with Denz’s uncompromising swings.

A great old school punk/new waver essence escapes moments of relative calm which inventively show themselves whilst fiery grooves reveal the heavy rock ‘n’ roll aspect of the band’s sound and invention; hues joined by a definite early Therapy? like roar. It is striking and invigorating stuff from a band which, even if using just one song as evidence, seems to have creatively come of age. The hints were there last year and now makes a hearty roar within She’s Not Dead, the kind of song that incites mass celebration.

She’s Not Dead is out now. Check it out @ https://soundcloud.com/hung-like-jack

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Pete RingMaster 22/04/2016

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Richie Syrett – Silhouettes and Outlines

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If we had not read that Richie Syrett was from England’s North West, we would have sworn he was a southern bred artist from the US taking new single Silhouettes and Outlines as evidence. The song is a hazy slice of country rock and Americana spiced folk which infectiously strolls along with a warm smile over an emotive spine while all the time suggesting its origins are as its authentic charm and tones certainly hint at.

Syrett though is a Manchester hailing singer/songwriter and fair to say that the more you listen to his new single, the more British spawned flavours in sound are glimpsed. He is no newcomer to pleasing ears either; a well-received self-titled debut followed by the equally embraced Good Morning Midnight in 2011 drew potent attention which was pushed again by third full-length From the Feet Up last year.

Silhouettes and Outlines looks like being able to continue that attention luring success; the song a hug of melodic and harmonic enterprise with guitar and voice finding themselves awash with sultry waves of southern air. Syrett’s voice has a great warble to its expression and potency whilst the backing female harmonies are siren-esque as they dance on the throbbing bass lines and magnetic weave of guitar.

For three and a half minutes, the song provides a warm and catchy proposition which is very easy to like. Fair to say, the style of music Richie Syrett that masterfully creates is definitely not our usual cuppa but the fact that even our feet were bouncing to and voices getting involved with Silhouettes and Outlines tells all you need to know about the song and his “Americana flecked folk/rock.”

Silhouettes and Outlines is released April 22nd via To Die For Records.

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Pete RingMaster 21/04/2016

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Jingo – Sweet Anne

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There are quite a few bands which spark an extra buzz of anticipation when approaching their new offerings but it is hard to think of many which cause the kind of excitement that a new Jingo song does. The UK band is one which just seems to get bigger, bolder, and more essential with every song; a success reflected in the strength of eagerness to tackle each proposal. It is because of songs like new single Sweet Anne that this almost lustful reaction escapes not only from us but a great many others; and because of songs like this that it is hard to see things changing anytime soon.

London based Jingo have never been slow in sparking big responses to their music, from their early songs like 1q84 and Black Flowers around 2013, through many subsequent tracks  and their outstanding debut album The Art of Loving on to the outstanding Ghost In The Machine EP of last year. The band has persistently grown in sound and temptation whilst nurturing an increasingly fascinating weave of flavours into their unique style. Sweet Anne is no exception to the rule and right now as it blasts in ears again whilst finger dance on keys, is declaring itself as quite possibly the finest four and a half minutes of the band’s creative life.

Sweet Anne artwork_RingMasterReviewStraight away the song is a virulent persuasion of the vocal prowess of guitarist/vocalist Jack Buckett and his wife and vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Katie. As the music, the vocal pairing, with Katie a temptress against Jack’s expressive captivation, is a distinctive element in the creative webs cast by Jingo, just as compelling as the sounds conjured. Around their harmonic union in a relatively gentle start by the song, the rhythmic shuffle of Nima Safai and Michael Hussain is just as ear catching. As great as its entrance is though, things only get spicier and more irresistible as a suggestive melody harkens an even livelier flirtatious shuffle with tenacious rhythms colluding with Katie’s dynamic tones as strands of melodic wind enticingly weave around the lot.

The song, like the band’s music generally, is not a proposition to stand still and bask though, it then erupting into a feverish and fiery blaze of rock ‘n’ roll led by the rich vocal flames of Katie’s roar backed as potently by Jack and co in their individually skilled ways. That is not the end of it either, a repeated cycle takes the listener into another passage of rhythmic agitation amidst sonic and melodic ingenuity that only adds to the unbridled pleasure found and devoured.

Jess & the Ancient Ones is a band which our thoughts often turn to as a hint to the drama and adventure found in a Jingo song and sound, and in some ways here is no different yet it is hard to imagine they or any others one might offer in comparison, with respect to each, bringing ears and the spirit to the boil as often and gloriously as Jingo seem to and certainly do with Sweet Anne.

Sweet Anne is out now and streaming @ https://soundcloud.com/jingomusic

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The single also features the wonderful artwork of Katie Buckett who is holding an exhibition of her portraits at the Lacey Contemporary Gallery in London.  Opening night is on 27th April from 6-8 and the exhibition runs until 15th May. More details @  http://www.katiebuckett.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/227725037574069/

Pete Ringmaster 20/04/2016

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The Velvet Hands – Trains

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Creating a sound somewhere between punk, garage, and indie rock, The Velvet Hands has begun to stir up a bit of a fuss around their emergence on the British rock scene. The release of new single Trains can only add to the Cornish band’s attention luring success, its two tracks of highly flavoursome sound and temptation something to easily get a taste for.

The Velvet Hands is the creation of Toby Mitchell and Dan Able, a pair who began writing and playing together in 2014. Inspired by the likes of The Stones, Strokes, Beatles, Stone Roses, and The Clash, the band quickly drew eager ears and attention from fans and media their way with a live presences which has seen them share stages with the likes of Wild Smiles, Lost Dawn, Saturday Sun, and The Bluetones over time as well as make a handful of successful festivals appearances. The first pair of singles from the band, Games/Who Cares last October and Habit this past TVHTrainscover_RingMasterReviewMarch, stirred keen praise and support into action which Trains can only stoke up again for Mitchell and Able with Louis Willbourne and Sean Nichols alongside.

Released on 7″ white vinyl for Record Store Day through Easy Action Records, Trains opens on a swiftly potent and virulent bassline which quickly entices melodically spicy guitar and crisp beats to come and play with ears too. It is a great blend of raw pop and stylish enterprise matched by similarly textured vocals and harmonies.  The band has been suggested as being “in the grand tradition of great British bands like The Libertines and The Buzzcocks” in the past and both of those bands do come to mind a touch throughout the song; the first in its vocals and unfussy character with the latter through the nagging hooks and swinging infectiousness shaping the song.

Accompanying the track is Curtains Close, a delicious seducing crafted with surf scented melodies, acoustic enchantment, and vocal expression. Though a more relaxed character than its predecessor, the song is just as addictively catchy and beguiling; to be honest it was our favourite out of two highly enjoyable encounters.

Trains shows why people are crowding round the emergence of The Velvet Hands whilst equally pushing the band’s reputation on again to suggest this is definitely someone to keep a close ear on!

Trains is out now as a limited edition (300) white vinyl 7″ single through Easy Action Records in all good independent record stores with a digital release following April 29th.

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Pete RingMaster 18/04/2016

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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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