Front and Centre with Pluggin’ Baby

In association with Pluggin’ Baby, The Ringmaster Review spotlights some of the exciting new tracks and releases igniting radio shows in the UK and beyond.

Set up in 2013 by Emma Scott, Pluggin’ Baby is a national radio plugging business getting artist’s music played on the radio and helping create a much needed buzz for their brand.

Emma has 25 years radio presenting experience and knows what radio presenters and producers expect from radio pluggers. She has worked all over the country with many different radio groups in the UK including Bauer Radio and Global Radio at stations like Kerrang! Radio, Power FM, Capital FM, Heart, Galaxy FM, Metro FM, Juice FM and Hallam FM, and is now plugging to a lot of people that she has a professional relationship with.

Working with unsigned and signed artists and bands, specialising in indie, pop, rock and metal, Pluggin’ Baby plugs releases to all types of UK based radio stations, large and small, as well as some stations from around the world too. Music is in its heart, is its passion, with Emma and co working closely with their clients for the whole of their campaigns.

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Matt McGuinness and the MLC – We Are What We Overcome/Frock & Bonnet

Released to tie in with his performances at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, Matt McGuinness releases a pair of tracks which make no apology for getting right under the skin in the inimitable style which made The House of the Dearly Beloved EP such a highly praised and devoured proposition earlier this year. As that encounter, both songs reveal their own eager individuality to each other and predecessors whilst adding yet more colour to the bold palette making up the Matt McGuinness sound.

The tracks see McGuinness once more alongside the MLC, a select group of ear grabbing musicians currently including saxophonist Eileen Wright, bassist Dan Byrne, drummer Greg Rawson, and all round percussion virtuoso Jo May who is particularly adept on the spoons. Whether solo or together with his cohorts though, his “balladeering indie rock ‘n’ roll” consumes mere seconds before commanding attention and getting, on the evidence of that earlier released EP, the body rocking; the two new offerings are no different.

Handclaps immediately work their lure as We Are What We Overcome opens up; an acoustic strum of guitar quickly joining it with matching temptation before McGuinness’ vocals bring their distinct character and charm. Wright’s sax in turn seduces in the track’s rosy sky, backing vocals their own ray of light in the warmth but it is all aligned to emotive melancholy and lyrical intimacy which alone captivates. The song is pure magnetism, one which would easily beguile from its creator alone or as certainly here under the imaginative craft of all five.

Frock & Bonnet is a boisterous rocker, its classic rock ‘n’ roll hues and fifties rockabilly seeds bred to romp with folk and indie rock exploits. Hips and feet needed no persuasion to react to its bold enticements while the imagination and an instinctive rock ‘n’ roll appetite greedily threw themselves into its eager anthemic  antics. The track is superb, our favourite yet from the man and one bounding along like a feisty mix of The Reverend Horton Heat and Frank Black upon a Link Wray inspired folk laced rumble.

 Both songs have also been released with reference to World Mental Health Day on October 10th, both tracks personally themed by the subject with We Are What We Overcome also the title of McGuinness’ solo show at Edinburgh which hangs a conversation around Mental Health on a backbone of songs sharing this close-to-home subject as their common theme. His performances at The Fringe Festival are from August 19th to 21st as well as the 23rd and 24th at The Street, Picardy Place and August 22nd at the Voodoo Lounge, West Register Street.

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Concrete Kingdoms – Self Titled EP

August 17th sees the release of the debut EP from Scottish rockers Concrete Kingdoms. It is an eagerly anticipated encounter with the band which they hope will emulate the attention and high praise already lured locally across the UK. Having the pleasure to have a two track teaser for their debut come our way courtesy of our rock ‘n’ roll Queen Emma Scott, it is not hard to expect potent stirrings to arise.

From Fife, the quintet of vocalist Mark Hawthorne, guitarists Ben Fraser and Mark Faulds, bassist Douglas Fraser, and drummer Grant Duncan draw on the inspirations of bands such as Guns N Roses, Alter Bridge, Audioslave, and Led Zeppelin for their hard rock bred sound. As suggested, they have built a potent reputation around Scotland, shows with the likes of Puddle of Mudd, Diamond Head, Mitch Malloy and Nazareth alongside rousing appearances at festivals such as Rockmantic on the Road, Wildfire, and the Winter Storm Festival potent fuel. Now they are ready to nudge ears further afield with their first EP, a slice of rock ‘n’ roll which easily commands attention.

Time To Play is already leading the way to broader awareness and success as the band’s new single and it opens up their EP in tenacious style. Instantly a spicy groove entangles ears, its earthy sinews matched by crisp rhythms and a heavily set bassline. The vocals of Hawthorne just as quickly grab attention as hard rock and more grunge natured hues collude. At times there is also an essence which brings new wave outfit The Edge to mind, the late 70’s/early 80’s band which featured Jon Moss and Lu Edmonds who of course went on most prominently for recognition with Culture Club and The Damned respectively. With a blues breath only adding to its enjoyable character, the track easily grabbed ears and appetite as it had the body bouncing.

The EP’s second track is Die This Day, itself a web of grooves and enticing hooks around a rhythmic and vocal prowess which only lured a want for more. From all angles of the band, their craft and touch is a magnetic essence to their music, this and its predecessor alone a stirring intimation to the creative prowess of the band.

You cannot exactly assume from two songs that a band has the wares to make a potent impact yet you can suggest the possibility and this half of their new EP certainly inspires the thought. Yes major uniqueness in their sound is waiting to evolve but it is going to be definitely enjoyable watching its emergence. For now we eagerly await the EP’s release to checkout its other half which we are confident also will not disappoint.

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Andy Zmiko – Ready for Love

Around three years back, we as many were suggesting a right future for British alternative rock outfit Burn Down Rydell. The release of the Try Silence EP as well as singles Drowning and the rousing Fight all key in that intimation. Since then the band has been quiet, maybe has come to an end but just out of that silence has just stepped frontman Andy Zmiko with new track Ready for Love.

The singer songwriter from Wolverhampton has linked up with producer Gavin Monaghan for the single and his forthcoming debut EP from which it is taken. Ready for Love is a song which swiftly stirs body and thoughts, its lyrical and physical embracing of good times out of darker experiences carrying a seemingly personal intimacy easy to feel a connection with.

The song pokes at ears with the warm touch of keys first, Zmiko’s distinctive tones quickly joining their invitation and igniting the pop fuelled yet rock bred heart of the encounter. As rhythms firmly jab, keys continue to weave a catchy web of suggestion with a brightness which wraps a great darker underbelly of similarly tempting hues.

There is a definite punch to the track aligned to an organic seduction of infectious enterprise, its organic dance an instinctive lure but entangled with plenty in word and sound to entice the imagination and emotions.

Zmiko has a voice which makes you take notice and a deft hand in songwriting that equally stirs attention. We for one might be a touch down at the apparent demise of one great band but are already lifted by its frontman’s solo adventure and hungry to hear his first EP.

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The Survival Code – Crawl

With their new album, Hopelessness Of People, poised for release August 31st, The Survival Code offer up another rather tasty teaser in the shape of new single Crawl. Already the London based duo has sparked keen anticipation for the full length with the tracks Not Working and Along The Way and with for us the even more potent new song, our hunger for the forthcoming album is on the side of impatience.

Created by lead vocalist/guitarist Gary McGuinness, The Survival Code has grown in sound and reputation release by release, show by show. With vocalist/drummer Tom Cook alongside, the core duo has been joined by different members over the years creating a host of attention striking encounters. Second EP, Broken Strings arguably was the point the band’s presence really caught broad attention though its predecessor Everything but today and the band’s debut album, MMXV, stoked up plenty of high praise, the latter the moment Cook linked up with McGuinness.

The trio of singles this year suggest that Hopelessness Of People will be the band’s finest moment to date; certainly with the likes of Crawl involved it will be one of their most inescapably enjoyable offerings. The song instantly grabs ears with its muscular entrance, rhythms pounding as riffs growl. The established melodic prowess of their alternative rock is soon weaving its web too, the harmonies of the pair just as magnetic as the track stirs, seduces, and roars.

Inspirations to the band are said to include the likes of Alkaline Trio, Deftones, Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, and Coheed & Cambria; essences you can hear within their sound yet any real familiarity is bred from their growing individuality over releases. The track continues to swing with grooves and riffs, every moment a fresh trespass as infectious as it is a resourcefully snarling incitement.

The Survival Code is one of those bands it is hard not to be excited by with Crawl a leading light in holding many reasons why, arguments which the forthcoming Hopelessness Of People, as the single hints, will surely expand upon and set in stone for many more ears.

Crawl is released July 27th.

Upcoming live shows:

August 9th – Fibber Maggees – Dublin

August 16th – Latest music bar – Brighton

August 31st – Album launch – The Finsbury – London

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 Pete RingMaster 27/07/2018

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The Moods – Carnival

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Last year The Moods was provided one of its major musical highlights with debut album Miss

ing Peace, an explosion of sound and enterprise which “relentlessly grabs body and imagination with its unique tapestry of sound and creative contagion.” Now the UK collective has stirred things up again with new single Carnival. It might only be one song but it has the body bouncing and spirit leaping like few before have and no doubt few will after.

 Formed in Manchester in 2014, the ten-strong outfit has honed a sound which has become more unique, riveting, and essential by the song as proven by last year’s Missing Peace. Fusing the qualities of an array of styles from drum & bass, hip-hop, reggae and EDM with more besides, The Moods have earned increasing acclaim and attention since emerging in 2014, their rousing live shows more than a match for their provocative and virulent songs.

Featuring Jamaican artist Tixxy Bang and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer Paul Norris (Alicia Keys, Gorillaz, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Kygo) at the world-famous Metropolis Studios. Carnival instantly has feet shuffling and hips swinging as bold rhythms lead in a thick temptation of voice and sound. Flames of brass warm ears as rhythms pop and guitars jangle, the mix of vocals alongside just as inviting and enticing as body and vocal chords are inescapably lured to join in.

Like a collage, a wealth of sounds and inventive twists come together as the track boldly strolls along with a flirtatious swagger; every individual element united in infesting and exciting its blissful victim.

We cannot deny that The Moods is one of our favourite bands right now here at The RR, Carnival gleefully offers up all the reasons why. If you were in any doubt, the summer is truly here.

Carnival is out July 20th.

The Moods are to play 3 festivals in 24 hours for their single launch party on the 20th and 21st of July @ Audio Soup in Scotland, Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, and Stampede Festival – O2 Ritz n Manchester.

Other upcoming live shows include…

AUG 18th – Edinburgh fringe Festival – StraMash – Edinburgh

AUG 25th – Moovin Festival. – Stockport

SEP 1ST -Waterloo Music Bar – Blackpool

SEP 29th – Sonderfest (FAC251) – Manchester

SEP 29th – Sonderfest After Party, (PA/DJset) – Night People – Manchester

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Pete RingMaster 12/07/2018

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LEONTAS – Rhythm + Blues/Here Today

From a chance meeting between two musicians at an audition for a separate band in Camden, LEONTAS was born and now release one fiery stomp of a single in Rhythm + Blues. It is actually part of a double A-sided single with Here Today, a calmer, cool track just as mischievous at getting listeners to their feet and swinging.

The duo of vocalist/guitarist Alex Munteanu and drummer Scott Collier quickly bonded at that meeting, finding matching musical passions and easily fitting styles. This was in 2015 and at the tail end of the next had released debut EP With Love, a potent and well received introduction. Last year saw double track single Stand Out confirm the promise and ear grabbing sound of the pair and echo the energy of their live presence which has equally earned plaudits. Now it is the dual temptation of Rhythm + Blues and Here Today beckoning attention ahead of a busy time with shows, festivals, and new material.

Rhythm + Blues has the presence and character you would expect from its title but quickly sets out its own individual persuasion as the fiery guitar of Munteanu aligns to his similarly eager vocals. Collier’s beats court their enticement with their own strong bait, fresh intensity and energy coming with each swing of his rhythmic prowess. The song’s hip grabbing stroll is a mix of tenacity and flirtation, flipping through teasing and lusty gaits with ease. The track is not especially unique but all fresh revelry and increasingly addictive.

Alongside, Here Today is all flirtation, its restrained energy turned into melodic seduction with a hint of volatility in its devilish glint. Collier provides a firm hand behind the easing caresses of Munteanu’s guitar, though it too has a flame of tempestuousness to its edge. It is a mercurial touch which is matched in the vocals, they too staying calm but with the intimation of wanting to roar their heads off. It is a mix which spices up the song’s instinctive swing creating a proposition which is controlled, almost gentle but oh so contagious and manipulative on ears and imagination.

Lyrically reflective and observationally intimate, both songs make an easy to connect with proposal in word and sound. It is fair to say that the LEONTAS roar is in full cry within their new single and it seems only just getting going with the band’s busy year ahead.

Rhythm + Blues/Here Today are released July 12th.

Upcoming live dates:

12.07.18 – Single Release Party – Black Heart – Camden, London (Scruff of the Neck)

18.08.18 – Smoke and Fire Festival – Maldon (Essex)

25.08.18 – The Half Moon – Bishop’s Stortford

06.09.18 – Dog and Whistle – Hertford

30.09.18 – The Flag – Watford

04.11.18 – Charity Festival – Nottingham

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Pete RingMaster 12/07/2018

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Piqued Jacks -Wildly Shine

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Formed in 2006, Piqued Jacks is a band bred in the Italian countryside of Buggiano, near Florence which has seen their fans and live presence grow to embrace Rome, Milan, London, Glasgow, Austin, and Los Angeles. They have also just released on of the year’s most poignant singles in the fiercely emotive and elegant Wildly Shine.

The band’s early day’s saw them heavily influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers but over the years their sound has potently evolved and grown with inspirations from the likes of Biffy Clyro, The Killers, Nothing But Thieves, and Incubus adding to its adventure. Awards and acclaims have gathered around their releases and live shows and sure to repeat their lust for Wildly Shine.

It is honest to say that the song brought a lump to the throat especially once knowing its spark. The song is about a dramatic event seeing loss evolve to “the celebration of a meaningful person…A song about the ability to let someone go like a feather to the wind, to treasure someone’s soul forever.” Back in 2015, the band whilst touring the US was hosted in Beaumont, TX by a girl called Hannah. There was instant rich friendship between both in the single day they were together with meetings in Italy promised. Two weeks later the band heard she had been killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. Deeply shocked, vocalist/pianist E-King sat at the piano and played, the song emerging as the band joined in. The thought was in the words of the band, “What if we could turn a person’s soul into a song? It sounds impossible, but we tried anyway. Wildly Shine is meant to embody the soul of our friend Hannah.”

Written with guitarist Penguinsane, bassist littleladle, and former drummer ThEd0g, finished with current man with the sticks, HolyHargot, Wildly Shine immediately has ears on board as vocals caress and linger on ears in the accompany of the piano’s keys and an atmospheric sigh. Its melancholic yet enticing invitation soon grows into a heart led roar which ebbs and bursts with skilled enterprise.

As the song strolls along with emotion in every syllable and note, its melody a rich vein of intimation, the track dances with the imagination enticing intimate thoughts and connection with the band’s own emotions. It is a powerful slice of sound and heart, a ballad which has you thinking, feeling, and bouncing; a more than suitable offering to honour a radiant soul.

Wildly Shine is out now @ https://piquedjacks.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 29/06/2018

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Gathering of Strangers – Nice Hair

As the UK is locked in the embrace of the summer sun sounds to suit its romance are the order of the day. The new single from UK outfit Gathering of Strangers certainly fits the bill with its bouncy antics and flirtation in word and sound. Nice Hair is a slice of pop infused rock with a tease of blues to its swing, a song which just drags you to your feet and lures hips and inhibitions to free their restraints.

Emerging from Manchester in 2015, Gathering of Strangers has been growing their fusion of “psychedelic bluesy rock n roll with melancholic ambience” in turn earning a potent reputation locally and beyond. Nice Hair is our introduction to the quintet and just insists on further attention upon the band as it springs its rich contagion on the senses.

From the initial call of vocals swiftly joined by a hook carrying guitar and catchy rhythms, the song is in control of body and attention. Mere seconds saw feet tapping to its stroll, hips swaying to its groove with the vocals almost directing the infectiousness invading the body with their own lively gait.

Warm keys add to the bubbling escapade, the song’s heart full of compliment and seduction but also with a melancholic lining of longing. It all makes for a track which gets under the skin. It might not be overly unique but there is no escaping its viral infection and the feel good feeling its shares, just like the sun.

Nice Hair is available now through iTunes and other stores.

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Saint Sapphire – Hurricane

It can sometimes only take a single track to fire up an instinctive appetite and intrigue driven hunger for a band and we have just come across another one for us in the shape of Hurricane, the new single from Northern Ireland band Saint Sapphire. The track is a tenaciously rousing and contagious incitement, punk infused rock ‘n’ roll to eagerly throw oneself into and fair to say we did just that.

Hurricane is our introduction to the Belfast quartet so whether the track epitomises the Saint Sapphire sound as a whole we have yet to discover but it certainly has plenty to ensure we have gained a real desire to hear more. The song stomps like a mix of The Clash and early Green Day with the hook swinging antics of eighties pop rock outfits The Quads and The Moondogs thrown in yet it is a fresh and individual as any rock tempest out there.

“A slightly “tongue in cheek” reference to the corruption and incompetence that have led to their home province of Northern Ireland being without effective Government for nearly 18 months, Hurricane instantly grabs ears in a blaze of vocal arousal as guitars blaze behind them, their chords soon luring the track’s rhythmic trespass as the song bursts into a stomping slice of punk ‘n’ roll. The lead vocals of guitarist Sam Morgan similarly firmly enticed whilst unpredictable twists led by lead guitarist Danny Martin without being over dramatic just add to the strength and adventure of the track.

It is a persuasive weight escalated by the thumping beats of drummer Adam Walker which spare no mercy in their swings but again only add to the pleasure as too the rich dark grumble of Shea McAuley’s bass. It all makes for a song which is undoubtedly vying for possible top spot as our favourite single so far this year but more so one declaring Saint Sapphire as one emerging major roar and pleasure.

Hurricane is available now.

Upcoming Live dates:

 20/6 – Voodoo, Belfast

26/6 – Night People, Manchester

28/6 – The Rocksteady, London

28/7 – Sunflowerfest, Hillsborough NI

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Pete RingMaster 12/06/2018

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A Winter Project – Beautiful Thing

Beautiful Thing is one of those songs which would not be our usual cup of tea but is has proved so very hard to shake out of the head even just after the first stroll through its fun and boisterous antics. A fusion of eighties rock and nineties pop with rap nurtured vocals within an instinctive rock ‘n’ roll heart, the song from A Winter Project simply needed little time to get under the skin.

A Winter Project is a collaboration of a family of musicians from Bedford in the UK and the USA. Its seeds go back to the nineties the prolific song writing partnership of Richard Winter and Tommy Priakos. Their partnership was put on hiatus when Tommy returned home to the States but sparked again when he came back to the UK for a reunion, their coming together the breeding ground for Beautiful Thing.

The track is a true family creation; Richard’s son Michael and daughter Katie respectively provide the rap styled and harmonically captivating vocals and another in Tim plays drums. Chris Winter helped with all the technical stuff and with guitarists Pete Bonas and Max Milligan also involved, Beautiful Thing, inspired by the Run DMC song Walk this Way, swiftly entices.

Openly eighties inspired synths spark a manipulative rhythmic pulse from the start, their bait soon strolled through by the great vocal lure of the track. A Talking Heads like funkiness in turn infests the endeavour of the guitars between scythes of fiery fuzz, those rhythms never breaking their direct hip inciting stride as further rock guitar enticement only adds to the fun.

It is an uncomplicated song in many ways yet one with an array of individual textures skilfully united to infest limb and imagination. Beautiful Thing might not become a favourite track of your year though it just might too but it will be one of the more memorable and fun moments given the chance.

Beautiful Thing is out now.

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Methods – Fires

If you have not yet heard of UK band Methods there is a big likelihood you will especially once their new single Fires burns away at attention. The Wolverhampton/Salford based outfit blend dark electro and indie rock for their sound, a proposition which has a Joy Division meets Editors scent but as their new track proves swiftly shows real individuality in imagination and enterprise.

Methods was formed in 2015, the band taking their time to hone their sound before venturing out live and quickly earning a potent following and reputation. August 2017 saw debut single Sanctuary released, the song recorded with producer Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studios before the band supported The Twang on their 10th Anniversary Love It When I Feel Like This Tour in the December. The quintet of vocalist Ash Bradley, guitarist Ryan Deakin, bassist Adam Hall, drummer Pete Bates, and keyboardist Jon Nash have followed up that first ear grabbing offering with a peach of a track in Fires, a song which smouldered and flamed its way into ears and appetite.

Instantly its alluring shadows and melodic intimation surrounds ears, suggesting and tempting within an atmospheric sigh as Bradley’s vocals potently croon. There is an early U2 hue to the post punk/indie seduction amongst a weave of textures which unite to capture attention and imagination with real ease. Synth and guitar similarly align their creative flavours for a web of intrigue and dark enticement, the track intense yet simultaneously radiant.

It maybe only a couple of songs so far but both have sparked the suggestion of a band with a bright future and an already great sound which can only getter bigger and richer.

Fires is released June 15th.

Upcoming live date:

Sat 21st July – Actress & Bishop – Rebel against cancer – Birmingham

Sat 18th Aug – Headline Newhampton Arts Centre – Wolverhampton

Sat 25th Aug – Peak District Gig – Reg Fest – Derbyshire

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 Pete RingMaster 12/06/2018

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Katalina Kicks – Kick It

credit Andrew Cotterill

As the intoxication of summer comes closer to uniting with the fumes of your favourite long cool tipples and accompanying antics you will need sounds to complement and escalate their tantalising seductions. For that we give you the new single from British rockers Katalina Kicks; the flirtatiously swinging Kick It.

It is not that much more than a handful of weeks since, among a great many, we enthused over and devoured their last single, Waterfall. It was a song which brought new adventure and flavouring to their already spicy punk infused rock ‘n’ roll. Kick It does exactly the same, the London hailing trio teasing ears and song with a smoky blues rock scenting amidst sonic liquor which leaves inhibitions from hips and vocal chords noticeable by their absence.

The band describes the single as their “glorious two fingers up to life after a night of excess and comedowns on a bright summer morning.” It does have that morning after soothing too, no hangover in sight from the acclaim given its predecessor but just a new adventure to climb on board with night and day.

Its initial sonic line draws a melodic strum and quickly engaging rhythms, the bass of Conor Cotterill a strolling incitement invasively kissed by the scything swings of Jase Wilkinson’s equally enticing beats. The vocals of guitarist Ian George are just as inviting and persuasive; his grooves and hooks adding to the infernal temptation getting under the skin.

It seems song by song we keep saying the latest encounter from Katalina Kicks is their best yet and repeatedly they put us right. Even so we will make that same declaration with Kick It and eagerly waited to be corrected by the band next time.

Kick It is out now.

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 Pete RingMaster 29/05/2018

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The 109-s – So Long

British rockers The 109’s are getting ready to unveil their new album later this June but before then they have a rock ‘n’ roll teaser to uncage going by the name of So Long. The band’s new single is a slice of flavoursome melodic rock inspired by late ’60s and early ’70s rock. It is not particularly unique but does not try to be; it is just here to rock out and get the listener grooving which it does with pleasing and fresh dexterity.

From Fleet in Hampshire, The 109-s (pronounced The One Oh Nines), released a self-titled debut album in 2017; its sound nurtured on the band’s love for the likes of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Who, MC5, and Grand Funk Railroad. They have been no strangers to praise and attention across the south of England and through numerous festival performances. Hollow Point is the quintet’s upcoming Jason Wilson (Don Broco/ You Me At Six) produced full-length and So Long suggests it well worthy of future attention.

The track immediately entangles ears in its citric core groove, a lure which breaks free across the song with increasing magnetism.  Not that the rest of the song lacks similar attractions; the bass of Andrew Horstead is an enticing throb, the lively beats of Steve Collings manipulative, while the guitars of Matthew Pritchard and David Gambril weave a captivating fuzz lined blues/melodic rock web which occasionally flames as it relentlessly arouses.

The latter’s vocals are just as potent if, for personal tastes, maybe the song misses a vocal snarl to complement his calm delivery. It makes no difference to its strength and prowess though. It is great rock ‘n’ roll to have fun with and we certainly did that.

So Long is released June 1st with new album, Hollow Point, out June 22nd.

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Donegan – 1ST XI

With their new single luring potent attention and praise we thought we would go explore the album it came from, the debut full-length from UK outfit Donegan. It is an eponymous family band consisting of songwriter/vocalist/keyboardist Thomas, guitarist/vocalist Emmet, and percussionist Martin. With a couple of well-received singles already luring ears and anticipation towards its release, the band unveiled 1st XI recently again to welcoming ears and praise which new single I Wonder is looking to stir up again.

A concept album which takes the listener on a journey exploring relationships at their core before broadening the emotional and reflective landscape, 1st XI was produced by Chris Coulter.  It is tapestry of styles and flavours embracing folk, rock, pop, and more with progressive fuelled imagination embracing the past handful of decades. At times it is cinematic; at times an intricate collusion between orchestral grandeur and earthier rock textures and from start to finish a fine relationship between intimacy and the wider aspects it can allude to.

The majestic intimation of Requiem is the album’s gateway, the track a shadowed almost gothic serenade of keys and inviting rhythms awash with a chorus of warm harmonies amidst similarly radiant melodies. Its captivating presence leads into the reflection of Reminisce, an emotive caress woven with the suggestive prowess of synths and keys and shaped by the magnetic touch of guitar and rhythms. The soft touch of the vocals for personal tastes did not have the drama of the sounds around them or quite the impact yet undeniably adds to the heart of song and album.

The individual craft and imagination of the trio continued to entice as tracks like the infectious Around the World, a pop rock seeded song reminding of British indie band The Toniks, and the classically spiced Waking built on the album’s strong start. There is a definite Vangelis like progressive and electronic glaze to the song, a hue which echoes across the release to add to its allure, before the band’s new single steps forward. I Wonder is another blending pop and progressive rock with electronic enterprise, a catchy but slightly reserved proposition which has hips swaying rather than swinging and ears more than happy to regularly repeat their union.

The dark almost portentous march of next up Democracy swiftly captivated with its opening funereally gliding stroll. It is a great fusion of melancholy and lively spirit which only escalated its lure across the song’s brief but superb body, easily the album’s finest moment though the flirtatious dance of Television makes a close rival with its Riviera hue and frivolous smile. For us 1st XI is an album which blossoms and gets stronger song by song, this pair its pinnacle and the spark to a rich in sound and adventure second half.

As Falling, with its sensitive heart and celestial sounds and the pop ‘n’ roll of Human Behaviour pass through ears , the album only broadens its landscape of imagination, their successor Candles adding to that adventure with its melancholic theatre of emotion and sound. Again though there is warmth to the song, an enticing uplifting swing which lines its rising cinematic soundscape.

Closed by the melody woven expanding croon of The End, the album is a highly pleasurable encounter. Admittedly, its first listen left us a touch unsure of feelings towards it but from then on it just persuaded and pleased whilst revealing the potential of even more gripping journeys with Donegan ahead.

 1st XI is out now available from major online stores.

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Dirty Sister – Middle Class Busker

Sure to bring a grin to the face and spring to the step is the new single from Anglo-Cypriot duo Dirty Sister. Middle Class Busker is a song with an infectious bounce and mischievous heart, a melodic tease which we can keenly declare just gets under the skin.

London based, Dirty Sister is the creative union of Tom Bridle and Lorenzo Poulloura, two musicians said to have “met through a common dislike of sharing a stage with more than one person at a time.” Middle Class Busker is the third single from a pair creating their imaginative take on the likes of reality TV, their friend’s partner and of course middle-class buskers with guitars, loops, pads, synths and Greek bouzouki. Their latest song is the most irresistible yet, one as suggested which has an addictive virulence which immediately infests and just becomes more enslaving thereon in.

Like a blend of Tankus The Henge and The Radioactive Grandma with a splash of Blur, band and song swiftly tempt, Middle Class Busker stroking ears with voice and guitar, their caresses framed in a line of melody hued drama before it all swings into a catchy stroll with warm harmonies and rousing rhythms.

As the tale of hope, success, and mistaken importance escape the excellent vocals, the track sweeps up ears and appetite in its magnetic gait and tenacity; every element infection loaded, each note devilishly captivating.

As the summer looms, its soundtrack gathers Middle Class Busker makes an early potent suggestion it is ready to be eagerly embraced.

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Matt McGuinness – The House of the Dearly Beloved

There are few things which spark our spirits more than rock ‘n’ roll in its most organic form and that is exactly why the new EP from Matt McGuinness had us swinging and hollering like an infant in a ball park. Offering four slices of darkly lit, shadow lined infection, The House of the Dearly Beloved is a rich temptation bred within the old school beds of blues kissed rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, and Motown then fuelled by a raw garage punk spun devilry. It makes for an encounter which feasts upon the imagination and provokes keen involvement whether bouncing with salacious intent or simply smouldering upon the senses.

From Derby, McGuinness performs either solo or with a select group of musicians, collectively known as the MLC which currently includes bassist Dan Byrne, saxophonist Eileen Wright, percussionist Jo May, and drummer/percussionist Greg Rawson. Talking about his music, McGuinness has said “We play songs that resonate with our own genuine experience, fuelled by a positive outlook but underpinned by the environment of distrust in mainstream politics, wariness of the changes to the country’s support networks and the on-going crises that loom around the world. With that sort of subject matter, humour also plays an Essential part in the tunes, along with a healthy dose of sarcasm.”  The House of the Dearly Beloved quickly backs up his description; its mischief and heart open within a devious web of sound.

The House of the Dearly Beloved opens with its title track and an instantly rousing rhythmic incitement. An array of beats, clangs, and clips infest the imagination, all leading to a gentle but firm stroll which is in turn aligned to McGuinness’ magnetic vocals and flames of r&b smelted sax. Once the song swings away with infectious persuasion, harmonies spring up with a sixties glaze to add to the captivation, the song like a mix of Nick Cave, MFC Chicken, and  Old House Playground.

The great start continues through next up Forlorn, an instantly compelling rockabilly hook sparking a lively saunter of garage punk laced temptation as catchy as it is seductive. Rhythms again make a tenacious lure alongside the potent tones of McGuinness and Wright’s irresistible sighs of sax. At times the track reminds of eighties rocker Levi Dexter but constantly twists in its own individual creativity as its stomp unerringly hits the spot.

In a Warm Embrace is a fifties nurtured ballad which needs little time to tempt as voice and guitar collude before sax and harmonies add their melancholic hues to the easy to devour persuasion. It might not have stirred body and spirit as forcibly as its predecessors but the track just enthrals from first breath to last as too the closing joy of My Outstanding Desires. Just the vocal prowess of McGuinness, the track is an intimate lament with energy in its heart and attitude in its breath; a quite tantalising and compelling proposal bringing the EP to a masterful conclusion.

The House of the Dearly Beloved is one of those encounters which will appeal to most and be a lustful affair for a great many; we definitely falling in the latter.

The House of the Dearly Beloved is available now through https://www.mattmcguinness.co.uk/

 

 

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 Pete RingMaster 16/05/2018

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The Jade Assembly – Nothing Changes

To stand out within the ever rich and wide Manchester rock scene you need a sound carrying individuality and imagination, something which refuses to be ignored. It is pretty much recognised across their previous singles and shows that that The Jade Assembly has that and more. To be perpetually under that spotlight as well as breaking out upon national radars growth and evolution is essential and again the Bolton hailing quartet of vocalist/guitarist John Foster, lead guitarist Gareth Smedley, bassist Danny Hayes, and drummer Andy Watson have hit the spot; all the reasons for their continued and expanding success in evidence within their new two-track single, Nothing Changes.

Acclaimed by ex- Inspiral Carpet and XS Manchester presenter Clint Boon as “the best guitar band since Kasabian” and with a host of highly praised and radio supported singles such as One Last Time and Got my Star under their belts, The Jade Assembly has become one of the UK’s most captivating indie rock proposals. Live the band has equally stirred plaudits and ignited crowds with their rousing sound which itself has also drawn comparisons to the likes of Elbow and Doves. The band made a powerful introduction and statement of creative intent with their debut single a few years back and have not let up as Nothing Changes proves.

Already having dipped its toes into attention a couple of years back, Nothing Changes returns as an even richer proposition as the band’s new single. From its first sonic breath, it brews up a web of intrigue and tenacious enterprise. Initial melodies are quickly joined by the towering tones of Foster, his presence and power sparking the same richness in sound with his heartfelt words courted by the dexterity of Smedley’s guitar and the manipulative rhythms of Hayes and Watson. There is an intensity which fuels the song, getting under the skin as forcibly as the crafty sounds it breeds; that force a shadow wrapped incitement perfectly contrasting and complimenting the melodic tenacity uncaged.

With a thickly rousing finale the track is a thrilling and memorable temptation sure to spark richer attention the way of the band.

The track comes with B-side Peel Me Off The Ceiling, a song which instantly lures ears and appetite with its acoustic caress and rhythmic shuffle alongside Foster’s ever magnetic voice. Its blues kissed call springs a blend of melancholy and vivacity to simply captivate yet that draw is only the appetiser as half way n the track suddenly twists into a rockabilly meets indie rock stroll, a mischievous swagger and resourceful boisterousness gripping body and spirit to really set the world alike. It is a treat of a song which does frustrates at its sudden slip away but only pleasures and increasingly more by the listen, much as its companion.

The Jade Assembly is one of the band’s we always get a strong tinge of excitement for when something new is in the offering, Nothing Changes tells why…Surely time for a bigger sized release?

Nothing Changes is out now; available to download from all major platforms.

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Pete RingMaster 11/05/2018

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Raising Jupiter – Idaho

It is a couple of years since we heard from Irish outfit Raising Jupiter courtesy of the band’s ear grabbing Standing in the Light EP. Now the band returns with new single Idaho, a snarling rousing slice of rock ‘n’ roll laying down a rather tasty appetiser for the band’s upcoming new album.

Raising Jupiter centres around Cork vocalist/guitarist Dave Aitken and for the new track sees him linking up again with drummer Kieran O’Neill. There are quite a few powerful rock duos of varying styles making a big impact right now and Raising Jupiter potently fits right there alongside. Since releasing debut album A Better Balance in 2014, the band has grown in sound and individuality, their Chrome EP in 2015 and Standing in The Light the following year clear evidence. Idaho reveals yet another step on in captivation amidst great irritable rock ‘n’ roll.

Instantly the heavy barracuda-esque grumble of the guitar hit the spot, O’Neil’s swings just as magnetic as Aitken’s voice quickly adds to the rich mix. Hard rock and indie rock enterprise collude with energy and aggression, heavier hues grizzling in their lining as the track strolls with a devilish swagger and attitude coated tenacity.

Raising Jupiter might be a ‘stripped-down’ proposal in line-up but create a thick and imposing sound which seduces as it trespasses, simultaneously sparking full pleasure and impatient anticipation for that new album.

Idaho is out now on Amazon.

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Pete RingMaster 11/05/2018

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The Rogue Network – Supply and Demand

The release of the Binary EP early last year suggested that The Rogue Network was ready to embrace bigger and bolder attention within the British rock scene; their new single, Supply and Demand, confirms the thought with its rousing blues nurtured rock /n’ roll.

The band is centred round the songwriting and musicianship of Wales hailing, Manchester residing Gerallt Williams. Formed in 2015, his project first nagged attention with a self-titled debut EP that first year and subsequently forcibly nagged it with Binary two years later. Musically The Rogue Network infuse its modern blues rock with strains of seventies flavoured soul and blues as well as an instinctive pop rock energy. Supply and Demand, “a song about the modern day drug dealers who are taking to the internet’s dark web to sell and distribute narcotics”, proves it is also inescapably infectious and in its case seriously addictive.

The song electronically bubbles before swiftly leaping into ears with guitar cast grooves, magnetic rhythms, and that continuing electro spicing. Williams’ vocals are just as lively and catchy as the pop instincts of the song’ it’s bounce uniting eagerly with the earthier rock at its core; the union providing a tenacious stomp which may not be especially unique but is unashamedly magnetic.

Hooks and grooves continue to tempt and seduce across its boisterous stroll, electronic and poppier hues all adding to the infection loaded rock ‘n’ roll before it all fades away; the only annoying thing just from a personal dislike of fade outs.

Supply and Demand is a song which tempts and commands keen attention from start to finish while declaring The Rogue Network more than ready to enjoy national focus.

Supply and Demand is out now.

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 Pete RingMaster 24/04/2018

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Bugeye – I’m Not The One

Recently garage disco outfit Bugeye unveiled their new single I’m Not The One, a song which haunts ears and psyche as potently as the nightmares it explores. It is a magnetically nagging affair which shimmers on the senses like the sunset and gets under the skin like a manipulative virus.

The London hailing trio of vocalist/guitarist Angela Martin, bassist Paula Snow, and drummer Jack Houston have been no strangers to praise wearing attention, Bugeye stirring the likes of BBC 6 Music and Steve Lamacq over the past two years with their sounds as well as drawing critical praise from numerous online press outlets. I’m Not The One, a song “about isolation, about an inner pleading for everything to be ok in the morning, but instead we’re plagued with nightmares”, is sure to follow in that success with its bold yet controlled drama of sound and suggestion; the darkest and most evocative proposal from the band yet.

A calm stroll of bass and shimmer of guitar opens up the adventure, Martin’s ear grabbing vocals soon joining their magnetism as the track blossoms in craft, imagination, and infectiousness. A fusion of indie pop, post punk, and electro rock with much more to its palatte of flavours, the track has a seventies whiff of bands like The Passions and Lori & The Chameleons to its haunting shadows and celestially lit evocation with bass and keys casting their contrasts as vocals bridge the alluring opposites.

It all makes for a masterly catchy affair which just becomes more potent and irresistible by the listen. If you have not come across Bugeye before, I’m Not The One is the perfect highly enjoyable opportunity to enter their world; the moment the trio have breached a whole new plateau in creativity and imagination.

 I’m Not The One is available now

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Norquay – Shalalala Boom

As his new EP comfortably settles in the arms of keen attention, Norquay (pronounced Nork Way) stirs up another wave of captivation its way with new single Shalalala Boom. A sonically boozy slice of blues rock, the first track from his 4 track release, creatively named EP 2, is an intoxicating shot of temptation which alone makes Norquay an easy intrigue loaded investigation.

Norquay is the solo project of Aberdeenshire hailing songwriter/musician Andrew Norquay which musically embraces inspirations ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Muse, Radiohead, and Oasis. 2017 saw the release of the very well-received Vices EP and a diversity in sound which is more than echoed within its successor.

As mentioned Shalalala Boom is its lead song and one which immediately had ears and appetite stirred with its opening sonic shimmer. From its woozy lure strolling rhythms and a similarly lively groove emerge, the second especially magnetic with its echoes of artists such as Seasick Steve. Its lure is matched by that of a fiery harmonica and Norquay’s calmer vocals, a contrast of drama which fits so well within the bolder and rawer walls of the song.

It all comes together for a virally infectious slice of rock ‘n’ roll suggesting Norquay an excitingly emerging artist and EP 2 a must check out proposition.

Shalalala Boom and EP 2 are available now via Bubblehead Records @ https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Btx7vqqrnlo44dyh4ub4mvyuhvi&tid=song-T7347mxrl5lkngm4im54xiuvesq

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Pete RingMaster 24/04/2018

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Michael P Cullen – Do You Believe

If Do You Believe, the new single from Australian singer songwriter Michael P Cullen, is an echo of his core sound, his music is a stroll through the gothic shaded shadows of life with reflective sighs of melancholy in its throat, and if the new song epitomises his overall creative adventure, it is one rather magnetic affair.

There is little we can tell you about Sydney bred Cullen, his bio pretty much only describing him as “A man in a suit, an old semi-acoustic guitar and a voice like sandpaper dipped in honey.” But it is a line which does sum up his presence, one which has seen him and his sound compared to the likes of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and Nick Cave though within Do You Believe there are many other flavours involved. Linking up with drummer Tim Powles, a long-time member of The Church, for the track, Cullen swiftly reveals himself a magnet for the ears and indeed imagination through the tale he paints.

Produced by both men, Do You Believe initially teases with Cullen’s guitar, its ear entangling lure soon joined by just as suggestive keys and his evocative tones. Tenebrific shadows slip from the bass as beats provided a metronomic pulse, their union a post punk toned, vibrantly dour temptation which alone had the appetite licking lips. Melodically shimmering, atmospherically haunting, the song is like a fusion of The Sound, B-Movie, and Stan Ridgway, and increasingly compelling by the listen.

Those dark shadowy corners of light and life can be some of the most captivating places, Do You Believe in song and intimation shows exactly why.

Do You Believe is released April 6th via Speartackle Records.

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Pete RingMaster 05/04/2018

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Michael Kilbey – I Was Waiting

At the Water Rats Theatre, October 2017

Releasing a series of “raw demos” in 2015, it is fair to say that British singer songwriter Michael Kilbey has stirred up a real fervour of support which has grown into the thousands. It has been rich support which has helped propel him to the main stage of London’s biggest outdoor music festival as winner of Play On Blackheath and finance the recording of debut EP I Was Waiting, which now sees its title track released as Kilbey’s first official single.

Not that he had been a complete stranger to attention and success before then, Kilbey as an eighteen year old part of The Franks, a young band which was short-listed as finalists in Glastonbury’s prestigious UK-wide Emerging Talent Competition and subsequently played the BBC Introducing Stage. The band’s demise saw Hertfordshire born Kilbey begin working on his writing and solo career, those demos sparking the journey to the new single.

Since emerging, he has drawn references to the likes of early Coldplay, Radiohead, Elbow, and Bastille. As I Was Waiting quickly reveals though, his sound has its own individual character, the song a melancholic embrace and romance around his great gravel lined yet harmonically vibrant tones. As it saunters through ears into the imagination, there is a nostalgic new wave almost post punk gothic scent to the song amid a drama accentuated by stringed intimation and his vocal captivation which is added to by the fleeting but potent kisses of female vocals.

Drawing thoughts and appetite closer to its reflective heart, one escaping an unhealthy relationship with misgivings and relief, the song is almost siren like in its lure and captivation, and open reason why Kilbey has enticed so many to his music.

I Was Waiting is released April 6th.

Upcoming live dates:

April 6 – Oslo Hackney, London (**Sold out**)

May 12 – Bar Lubitsch, Los Angeles

June 16 – Bungalow, Paisley

August 30 – Komedia, Brighton

1 November – The Exchange, Bristol

2 November – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

9 November – The Garage, London

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Pete RingMaster 05/04/2018

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The Kut – Mind Games

 

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It was way back in 2015 that The Kut stole a chunk of our passions with the Rock Paper Scissors EP, a release still haunting our weekly playlists at the RR. It has been a busy and increasingly successful time for the London based trio but maybe nothing to the attention and demands the band could find itself under this year. The reason being the highly anticipated UK release of debut album Valley of Thorns through Cargo Records on April 13th with its US release following May 18th. New single Mind Games is its first teaser and if an indication of things lying in wait for ears, The Kut will be very busy courting acclaim and eager attention.

As the album, the single is produced by James Le Rock (Skindred / Def Leppard / White Zombie / My Vitriol)and sees the threesome of vocalist/guitarist Princess Maha, drummer Diana Bartmann, and bassist/vocalist Stella Vie venturing into their most imaginative and richest adventure in songwriting and sound yet. Mind Games almost teases ears with its initial guitar lure, a coaxing soon backed by the rhythmic potency of Bartmann and Vie. Maha’s melodic tones cradle the senses with the harmonic unity of Vie’s tones just as magnetic, the sonic web cast by the former’s strings matching in gentle but ear grabbing intensity.

The track is a sublime slice of rock ‘n’ roll with the calm haunting prowess of Deftones and the punk tenacity of Spinnerette but of all songs from the band to date, the most unique and individual to The Kut as you and they would wish. It is a superb new fresh breath for UK rock and The Kut suggesting that the arrival of Valley of Thorns cannot come soon enough.

Mind Games is released March 30th.

Forthcoming Tour Dates

TBA – Mid -April Album Launch Party, London

05.05 Hashrock Festival, Derby

26.05 Strummercamp Festival, Oldham

27.05 Nice n Sleazy Festival, Morcambe

02.06 Camden Rocks Festival, London – 2pm The Monarch

30.06 Rat InFESTation 2, Facebar, Reading

06.07 Amplified Festival, Gloucestershire

07.07 The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham

14.07 Wemstock Festival, Wem

22.07 Tramlines Fringe, The Royal Standard, Sheffield

02.08 August: Rebellion Festival, Blackpool

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Pete RingMaster 21/03/2018

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Katalina Kicks – Waterfall

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Release by release British rockers Katalina Kicks seem to offer a new shade to their punk rock bred sound, a magnetic noise which simultaneously is growing into a far more diverse and rounded rock ‘n’ roll proposition. Their album Vices, released last year, was an attention grabbing, praise luring encounter which established that evolution and a growth accentuated by subsequent singles and escalated by their latest, Waterfall.

The new track was inspired by mental health and finding strength through coping with depression; a subject the band says “is very important to us, both in terms of the meaning behind the song and the feelings that lead to the creation of the track.” It is a potent theme which the London based trio of vocalist/guitarist Ian George, bassist Conor Cotterill and drummer Jase Wilkinson match in sound and word.

Waterfall emerges from a crystaline sparkle and melody aligned to George’s ever enticing tones. Rhythms are soon adding a thicker touch alongside the rousing bass rumble cast by Cotterill. It is an engaging calm start with a slight air of unpredictability which subsequently erupts in a volatile blaze of sound and emotion. You still sense the punk instincts of the band lining the roar, but a melodic/alternative rock blend provides the fire with Brit pop scented flames adding to the creative weave.

Katalina Kicks have proven themselves no novices in arousing the senses and imagination but as Waterfall proves, like their sound it is with more adventure and expanding enterprise virtually song by song.

If 2017 was a great year for the band, its successor could be even better if Waterfall is a sign of things to come.

Waterfall is available now.

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Pete RingMaster 21/03/2018

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Scott Swain – It’s Too Late

Ahead of his new EP, due for release in May, UK singer-songwriter Scott Swain is unveiling a new single in the enticing shape of It’s Too Late. It is a captivating slice of acoustically woven alternative rock, a song feeling bigger and bolder than its gentle but magnetic caresses actually are proving the strength and agility of its creator’s songwriting.

Swain draws on Americana, Country, and Alt Indie hues for his increasingly individual sound; each adding flavour in various degrees to previous well-received singles like Oil! and Like Nothing Else and adding potent shading to the colourfully expressive It’s Too Late. Many of his songs, as those just mentioned, are inspired by movies. We have not found or worked out if It’s Too Late follows suit but its drama and evocative character is spark enough for the imagination to play.

The new single breaks like a sunrise as melodies and vocals cast their warm touch; shadows of bass and a rhythmic shuffle expanding the tale of sound. Stringed intimation only adds to the temptation as Swain melodically roars; every note and texture adding to the aural picture as it comes together across almost four minutes of captivation.

As alluring and enjoyable as his previous offerings has been, It’s Too Late eclipses all before making anticipation for that EP inevitable; something hard to think we will be alone in.

It’s Too Late is released March 2th via Resonating Wood Recordings.

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Pete RingMaster 21/03/2018

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The Thinking Men – I Wanna Be Good

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It might claim that I Wanna Be Good but the new single from British alternative rockers The Thinking Men has a rather alluring dark, slightly bad side which just makes its seriously impressive and enjoyable theatre.

Hailing from Norwich, The Thinking Men is the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Johnny Raspin and lead guitarist Ronnie Smith, two friends from childhood. The band after forming swelled with the addition of keyboardist/vocalist Sarah who subsequently also become Johnny’s wife and within another year through double bassist Duncan Samwell and drummer Matt Rowe who has since left and been replaced by Rob Goodwin. A few weeks back they released the Memento Mori EP, a five track gem of dark tones and seductive shadows within which I Wanna Be Good is a compelling beacon.

Johnny’s vocal’s trigger the track’s lively stroll, his tones  carrying hues of people like Nick Cave and Tom Waits as blues rock kissed guitars cast their suggestive melodies. Keys similarly add rich flavours; a psych nurtured seducing which caresses the imagination as bouncing rhythms inspire the body.

There is a touch of Japanese Fighting Fish meets The Droppers Neck to the song also but mere whispers to its individual character and mouth-watering sound. Inescapably contagious with a swing which just infests hip and appetite, I Wanna Be Good is one of those songs which demands further attention for its creators. You just need to walk its tempting shadows.

I Wanna Be Good is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 10/03/2018

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Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles – Together

Though Europe may be out of the recent big freeze, there is still a chill in the air for which a good warming up is needed and can be found in the shape of the new single from ex-Catfish and the Bottlemen founder Billy Bibby and his Wry Smiles. Together is a boisterously stomping slice of rock ‘n’ roll with infectiousness in its swing and melody in its lusty heart.

Since forming in 2015, the North Wales/Chester outfit has lured increasing attention and praise through their energetic live show and schedule as well as a very well-received debut EP and a quartet of ear grabbing singles. Together just might be the most rousing proposition of the lot, certainly it is a song which if sparking the broadest attention would not surprise.

With its line-up completed by Matty Thomas, Ailis Mackay, and Thomas Hill, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles almost leap on the listener with the first breath of Together, the song quickly into one lively stroll. A mix of alternative rock and power pop scented rock ‘n’ roll, it bounds through ears with eager energy and a smile on its face, Bibby’s vocals matching its almost mischievous gait and character. Riffs and hooks continue to grab body and imagination, rhythms adding their anthemic prowess to the melodic shuffle which is thickly appetising and carrying something of a Nick Lowe/Dave Edmunds air which itself just adds to the aggressively satisfying and contagious proposition offered.

It is not the first time Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles has had us bouncing in pleasure, but Together has sparked the most vigorous elevation yet.

Together is available now.

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Pete RingMaster 10/03/2018

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Toby Benson – If You Need To Go

With the second EP in his three-part project called Refracted Moments released at the closing winks of last year, UK acoustic singer songwriter Toby Benson nudges further attention to its potent presence with the release of its single If You Need To Go. The song is a gentle but firmly alluring slice of melodic charm with an underlying energy which instinctively engages attention.

The seeds to his magnetic sounds could be said to have been sown in 2008 when Benson, having moved to London met singer songwriter James Carrington. Soon becoming friends, the pair began writing together over the next couple of years, the experience and Carrington nurturing a confidence in Benson in his own writing and craft. 2015 saw the release of his debut EP while 2017 saw the first two parts of Refracted Moments unveiled.

If You Need To Go is an infectious invitation to check them out and indeed the third part due later this year. Straightaway it is teasing feet tapping with its rhythmic bait and melodic coaxing. Almost as swiftly Benson’s similarly enticing vocals join the temptation, the song blossoming by the second as guitars cast a melodic charm and rhythms bring a firmer catchier energy.

Warm and magnetic, If You Need To Go simply invites ears and involvement into its enjoyable stroll and in turn towards the fuller body of adventure it comes from.

If You Need To Go is out now with Refracted Moments Volume 1 and 2 available through iTunes.

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Pete RingMaster 10/03/2018

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Bad Llama – Crooked Empire

Continuing to lure acclaim stroked attention British alternative rock/metal outfit Bad Llama have just released their new single, Crooked Empire; a song already emulating its predecessor Apocrypha in garnering rich praise and radio support. As that last single, Crooked Empire comes from the Burton Upon Trent based band’s new EP of the same name and as the last, the new track encourages a keen appetite for their beguiling sound.

Formed in 2016, Bad Llama merges an array of styles and flavours in their music; nineties nurtured melodic rock and progressive drama to snarling metal and hardcore emotive suggestion, they and more collude to create one individual proposition. Inspirations such as Incubus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Tool, Faith No More, Rage Against The Machine, and Bring Me the Horizon also add to the web of suggestion and temptation but mere hues in the Bad Llama tapestry as unique as it is familiar; a potent blend.

Crooked Empire instantly grips ears with Lewis Hutchings’ great gnarly bassline, its lure surrounded by a vocal melodic whispering. Dan Houlbrooke and Sam Wyatt’s guitars soon extend that melodic seduction with stronger sonic flames to embrace the expressive and dexterous tones of vocalist Kyle Jordan. It is a swiftly magnetic affair splintered yet accentuated by the snapping beats of Gaz Waddell; it all wrapped in an emotive sigh.

With metal nurtured essences accentuating the power in the heart of the vocals and the melodic enterprise there is tempestuousness to the track which only adds to its drama and lure as too the vocal union of Jordan and Wyatt when in collusion. The Poets of The Fall like scent of the track only adds to its pull as another encounter with Bad Llama firmly hits the spot.

There is a sense that the Bad Llama sound is still evolving and with the pleasure sparked by their songs and especially Crooked Empire everything about the band is exciting and its future highly anticipated.

Crooked Empire is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 28/02/2018


Oddity Road – Don’t Hold Me Down

Already 2018 has seen British indie rock outfit Oddity Road headline their biggest show to date at a sold out Sheffield Academy in front of 500 people and support The Sherlocks on their UK tour. Now the band continues its potent start with the release of new single Don’t Hold Me Down. It is a song which they themselves declare “Our best work yet” and it is not too hard to agree.

Formed in 2016, Oddity Road is a band young in presence and age, four 18 year olds which spent 2017 playing over 50 gigs and 25 festivals, performing an infamous BBC Introducing headline set to 4000 people at YNot festival, building their reputation, and writing a clutch of new songs. Don’t Hold Me Down is the first to be unveiled and lays a rather fine appetiser for those ahead.

Don’t Hold Me Down swiftly gets down to business with a spicy melody across rousing rhythms, drummer Ethan Lambert driving the persuasion with a rolling tenacity. Vocalist Jack Heath quickly adds his hearty melodic tones to the blossoming enterprise, he and fellow guitarist Dan Brennan simultaneously weaving a lively tapestry of enticement. As pop catchy as it is rock anthemic, the track also has a dark undercurrent brought by the compelling bassline of Joel Gilbourne, a meatiness which simply adds to the increasing captivation.

Not boldly unique yet voraciously fresh in the current landscape of melodic rock, Don’t Hold Me Down is a treat of potential and already established creative prowess and reason alone to keep a close attentive ear on the expanding adventure that is Oddity Road.

Don’t Hold Me Down is out now.

Upcoming live dates:

24/2 Leeds, Lending Room

2/3 Liverpool, Sound Basement

3/3 Glasgow, The Garage

16/3 Nottingham, Bodega

30/3 Manchester, Deaf Institute

31/3 Stockton Calling

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Pete RingMaster 28/02/2018

 


John Stamp – Knocking

As his recently released album, Franklin54, showed there is an instinctive magnetism to the music of English singer songwriter John Stamp which his new single only echoes with its boisterous swing and lively temptation.

Knocking is one of the rich enticements within that latest full-length, a slice of country kissed rock ‘n’ pop which has ears gripped and body bouncing in no time. Hailing from Derbyshire, Stamp brings a rich mix of musical experiences to his current releases; Christian folk and gospel music, tours and shows alone and with various artists across the UK and Europe, a degree in Music and Arts Therapy which he has continued to use to help others, a passion for Deacon Blue plus much more nurturing his sound and in turn album. Franklin54 has been in his thoughts for a long time, finally coming to fruition after a visit to Nashville in 2015 which saw him link up with old friend John Hartley who subsequently brought in Emmylou’s band The Red Dirt Boys and Leigh Nash from Sixpence None the Richer for its recording.

From within its walls Knocking epitomises the boisterous fun and enterprise, a track which teases attention with its first seconds then grabs it as Stamp’s enticing vocals collude with the strokes and subsequent twang of the guitar. Rhythms saunter along perpetuating that organic swing as harmonies sway around Stamp and melodic bait which sparks the imagination in its own right.

A mischievous romance and tenacious seduction, the song is a rousing invitation to artist and album alike which is very easy to accept.

Knocking is released March 9th

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Pete RingMaster 28/02/2018

 


Imperial Leisure – Creeper

2018 sees the ten year anniversary of the release of The Art Of Saying Nothing, the debut album from UK ska embracing punksters Imperial Leisure. The band is celebrating the milestone of its acclaimed release with a special new deluxe edition featuring the original album together with bonus tracks and new mixes. Before then though, the London outfit is unleashing their new single Creeper, a song which has control of body and spirit within its first few breaths.

Stepping forward in 2008, the core sextet of Denis Smith (vocals), Scott Vining (drums), Ben Bridges (guitar), Jack Emmings (bass), Richard Cox (keys) and Rob O’Neale (trumpet) has established themselves as one dynamic and energetically irresistible live proposition on the UK music scene. With its current line-up completed by trombonists Steph Faulkner (Mad Apple Circus) and Russell Spencer (Ghouls / The King Blues) and trumpeters Ken Brown (Shanty), Dave Medland (Dub Pistols) and Elliot Phelps (Cut Capers / The King Blues / Lux Lisbon) on stage, Imperial Leisure has feverishly played and toured around the UK and into Europe, recently coming off a tour with Hot 8 Brass Band.

Musically they draw on inspirations ranging from The Specials, Roots Manuva, Less Than Jake, and Youngblood Brass Band to Rage Against the Machine and The Streets. As that list suggests, their music is a bold and adventurous affair, never predictable as evidenced by their trio of well-received albums. They are persistently tagged as ska punks but whilst firmly embracing both styles, Imperial Leisure have many other flavours open to their enterprise.

A song about “the people in life that drag you down and how we shouldn’t let them win by letting them get to us”, and a long time live favourite, Creeper makes a low key entrance, guitar and keys shuffling around with a courting of brass. Soon things become busier, building until bursting into a predatory but inviting stroll around the heavy throb of bass and the rousing lure of Smith’s vocals. In no time it is swinging along sharing an irresistible chorus, subsequently moving back through the cycle with zeal and increasing tenacity.

Impossibly infectious and inescapably manipulative of the listener’s feet and energy, Creeper is a glorious slice of melodic punk infused ska, rock ‘n’ roll for the spirit afire with the virulent flames of brass.

Truth to say we like so many had already a soft spot for Imperial Leisure, Creeper just made it a touch lustier.

Creeper is released February 9th through Indiesonics, Warners, and Altska.

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Pete RingMaster 31/01/2018


Speak, Brother – Magnesium Burn

If anticipation for their debut album was not already aroused, British outfit Speak, Brother give it another mighty nudge with their new single Magnesium Burn. The third single taken from the forthcoming Young and Brave, the track is also being released to tie in with the band’s UK dates alongside Julien Barbagallo of Tame Impala.

Formed in Rugby, in 2011 the indie outfit consisting of James Herring, Matthew Cotterill, Nathan Morris, Dan Smith, and Sam Oakes has proceeded to make a rich mark on the UK indie scene through their live presence, singles, and a couple of EPs. The autumn and winter 2017 release of the tracks Magnificent and Lions Roar has shown their rich sound has come of age; a suggestion reaffirmed by Magnesium Burn and no doubt will be in full voice for Young & Brave if the trio are anything to go by.

Straightaway the bass magnetically throbs in the ear as Magnesium Burn leaps on ears, beats matching its vibrant stride as the ever alluring vocals begin sharing the song’s intimacy which according to vocalist Herring “comes from a deep well of frustration in my life. Fear has kept me contained and depression has weighed me down. I’ve held myself from saying things, doing things or helping people through fear of not knowing what would happen.”

Hitting its pulsating stride, the song becomes a roar of energy and sound, fiery melodies and tenacious rhythms uniting with warm harmonies and the plaintive heart of voice and song. Not for the first time, Speak, Brother brings Doves like hues to their enterprise, a flavouring which caps their own individuality like cream on a mouth-watering dessert.

Speak, Brother is a band on the rise and one ready to break the biggest attention, a realm their upcoming album just might breach.

Magnesium Burn is released February 16th with the album, Young and Brave out April 13th.

 Upcoming Live Dates with Julien Barbagallo (Tame Impala)

Monday FEB 12th – Borderline, London

Tuesday FEB 13th – Factory, Manchester

Wednesday FEB 14th – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds

Thursday FEB 15th – The Cluny, Newcastle upon  Tyne

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Pete RingMaster 31/01/2018


Edenthorn – Heart’s Still Beating

UK rockers Edenthorn are getting ready to unveil Exist, their second album scheduled for release this coming April, and to provide a rather tasty teaser for it they recently put out its first single in the shape of Heart’s Still Beating. It is a song which seduces with melodic enterprise as it arouses attention with more steely textures, an encounter which suggests its larger parent is something to keenly anticipate.

Founded in 2013, Durham hailing Edenthorn consists of two sets of siblings; vocalist Kyle and drummer Mark Tague are brothers whilst guitarist Dylan Gardner and bassist Faiba Gabrielle are brother and sister added to which Kyle and Faiba are partners. It provides an intimate closeness echoed in the band’s music and especially the emotive heart of their latest single.

Releasing their first EP, What’s On Your Mind? in 2014, led by its attention grabbing single Saviour, the band nudged real attention through their debut album The Maze the following year. A single from it, After The Storm was released as a charity single, Edenthorn teaming up with Samaritans, UMTR2ME, Rethink Mental Illness, The You Rock Foundation and If U Care Share Foundation for its outing.

Since then, in the words of Kyle about the new track, “A lot has happened in the last 2 years for both the band and ourselves personally and the song is basically a realisation that through all the good and bad that has happened in our lives, we’re grateful we still have one. We still have a heart beating in our bodies, we still get to live and breathe and we still exist in this world. It’s about the attitude that, no matter what happens, nothing is more important than that fact, that we’re still alive and still have a lot to live for.

Heart’s Still Beating instantly had ears pricked with its initial lure around a pulsating bassline, melodies stroking its infectious throb as beats land with a vibrant crispness. Rawer riffs soon burst from its calm, flaming vociferously before the song settles again into a captivating stroll which in turn ignites itself with a fiery eruption around the emotive chorus. The cycle repeats with growing enterprise and depth, the song a magnetic collusion of melodic beauty and raw intensity growing increasingly infectious by the second.

The song is a potent slice of melodic rock, with varied flavours masterfully crafted in one, maybe not overtly unique, but undoubtedly very appetising invitation to the band and their forthcoming full-length.

Heart’s Still Beating is available now.

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Pete RingMaster 31/01/2018


Indya – If You Don’t Like It – Shove It

With every encounter with UK rockers Indya there has been something a little different to embrace in a sound proving itself increasingly distinct to the Brighton hailing outfit. New single If You Don’t Like It – Shove It is no different, a song which teases with an array of flavours and excites with its glam/alternative rock scented escapade.

With its moniker taken from the middle name of vocalist and creator Natalie Indya West, Indya has already stirred keen attention and equally potent praise through the Strip Me Down EP and singles like Harder Faster and Insane Love. Inspirations to Natalie and the band include the likes of Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, and Joan Jett; flavours which in varying degrees can be heard in their music but spices, as suggested earlier, in a sound finding its own individual character.

 If You Don’t Like It – Shove It grabs ears immediately with a bubbling wash of rock ‘n’ roll, a boisterous if slightly unruly sound building towards a subsequent virulent stroll which emerges to grab body and appetite with devilish tenacity. Natalie is to the fore, her vocals and presence as magnetic as they are mischievous and matched by the ska nurtured swing which fuels the quickly addictive encounter.

That devilment boils up and over in music and voice as the track continues, the song carrying instinctive punk ‘n’ roll fun in its veins and attitude loaded raunchiness in its temptation for something akin to The Runaways meets No Doubt. If You Don’t Like It – Shove It just hits the spot again and again and as things have been the trend to date, increasingly suggests and reinforces Indya as one potent emerging force within the British rock scene.

If You Don’t Like It – Shove It is released Jan 31st.

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Pete RingMaster 09/01/2018

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Pyramid Park – Born to be Brave

 

Following on the heels of previous single The Unexplained, a song hook laden and melodically enthralling, Pyramid Park cements a growing reputation for virulently catchy and earnestly emotive songs with Born to be Brave. As its predecessor, the new single is taken from debut album Vulnerability, a release gathering rich attention and acclaim since its unveiling last September.

Pyramid Park is the brainchild of Cambridge based songwriter/musician Peter McAllen. Primarily a solo project though one unafraid to work with the talent and imagination of others, the band creates alternative/ indie pop songs bred in the heart and bound in inescapable catchiness. They are traits which openly fuelled Vulnerability, were echoed in The Unexplained, and now shine within Born to be Brave.

With its first breath McAllen’s warm vocals gently caress ears with a lone guitar alongside and in a few more the song is eagerly strolling along with summery melodies around darker hues of bass as beats dance. The accompanying jangle of guitar is just as infectious, the keen enticement carrying a Josef K like flavouring which just feeds the imagination. As with the previous song, a great eighties hue mingles with modern pop endeavour, their union enriching the instinctive bounce of band and a sound which infests ears and appetite with viral efficiency.

Having already enticed airplay on regional and national radio in the UK stretching to those in Switzerland and the US, Pyramid Park can expect plenty more attention and support with Born to be Brave, a song which has the spirit singing as loudly as the voices it also easily persuades to join in with its arousing proposal.

Born to be Brave is available now.

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Pete RingMaster 09/01/2018

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