Tess Of The Circle – Love Is The Drug That You Crave

Tess of the Circle pic 1_ Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review

Ahead of their new album Amplify due this coming September, UK band Tess Of The Circle release new single Love Is The Drug That You Crave, and a finer temptation to explore the band’s impending full-length you could not wish for. The song shows just why acclaim and potent attention has been given to the band through its previous releases but with a sound hinting at brand new adventures ahead.

Tess Of The Circle is a British Independent Collective based around the songs and music of singer/songwriter/guitarist Tess Jones and his circle of friends, a group of live and album musicians. The project began in 2013 and quickly released debut album Thorns, a collection of songs from Jones bred from a mix of 70’s electric rock with acoustic guitar riffs and enterprise around biographical lyrics. The release was quickly embraced and praised from fans and media alike, seven of its tracks played on BBC RADIO 2 amongst many national stations, leading to 11 BBC RADIO sessions last year. If the Gavin Monaghan produced Love Is The Drug That You Crave is an example of the wares within Amplify, the band can expect more of the same we suggest upon its release, certainly plenty of close and eager attention.

Tess of the Circle artwork_ Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review     Love Is The Drug That You Crave is themed by “how we often mistake temporary objects and fixations for love. It suggests that we just see these things for what they are; a wish to feel connected” and straight away the great tones of Jones are gripping ears within swathes of guitar and percussive coaxing. Swiftly though, the song twists into a blazing stroll of fiery rock, that seventies breeding a rampant essence within guitars and keys yet equally there is a feel of varied decades within its spicy grooves and flirtatious hooks. The bass of Ben Drummond is a great shadow and grounding to the roaring flames of guitar from Jones and Lee Clifton, but never dulls their incitement with his string’s resonating throaty tones; it all provoked and stirred up further by the rapier like swings of drummer Paul Stone and the potent vocal incitement of Jones.

Hints of bands like The Cars and The Motors nudge thoughts alongside those of Steve Miller Band and the John Butler Trio, but ultimately the roast of a hot rock ‘n’ roll is something pretty much distinct to Tess Of The Circle.

Love Is The Drug That You Crave is a song which simply rocks the listener with an irresistible swagger and passion to which you can only say roll on Amplify.

Love Is The Drug That You Crave is out now on most online stores with Amplify scheduled to be released September 2015.

Upcoming live dates:

June 19th – Acoustic Festival, Uttoxeter

June 25th – 28th – Glastonbury Festival.

July 11th – Bodfest, Horse & Jockey, Bodicote

August 14 – 16th – Pandora Festival, Buckinghamshire

http://www.tessofthecircle.com/   https://www.facebook.com/TessOfTheCircle

RingMaster 16/06/2015

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Stone Axe: Stone Axe II Deluxe Edition

Released a couple of years ago Stone Axe II is given another outing as a special deluxe addition on Ripple Music and is a vibrant treat for not only fans of the band Stone Axe but for rock music lovers in general. If you have not yet felt the majestic power and heart of Stone Axe and their sounds then this release of their second album complete with a second CD of fifteen tracks only previously available either upon their vinyl releases, as part of compilations, or are just rare tracks previously buried deep within their vault, is an essential for your ears. The package bulges with blues and classic rock fuelled rock n roll, the band dipping into the past and soul of the genres with flavours from the likes of Free, Deep Purple, Bad Company, The Faces, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin the catalyst for their own absorbing sounds.

The band was formed in 2007 by multi-instrumentalist T. Dallas Reed in Bremerton, Washington who upon leaving previous band Mos Generator and its different direction to what the band was set up upon, worked swiftly to set up Stone Axe to continue his hearts calling, Seventies rock preservation. Alongside Reed in the studio there is vocalist Dru Brinkerhoff and live the pair is aided by bassist Mike DuPont and drummer Mykey Haslip. Since forming the band has become an important part of the current rock scene for an ever rising fan base with their impressive live shows and their two albums, as well as splits and EPs which show so sigh of slowing, constantly grabbing eager acclaim, attention and enthusiasm. The nostalgic music influences strike a firm partnership with the band invention to offer a fresh and powerful mix that has a versatility and variety to satisfy persistently.

The first CD as mentioned is the complete ten track second album of the band, a release that with an enthused attitude, heart, and energy combines the flavours of blues rock, stoner, and seventies rock into a stirring and fresh homage come reinvention of classic rock without losing its passion and soul. With songs like the hit Chasing Dragons and the excellent Thin Lizzy spiced Those Were The Golden Years where Brinkerhoff sounds like the reincarnation of Phil Lynott through to the Free inspired Ain’t Gonna Miss It and the stunning Procul Harem tinged Turned To Stone, Stone Axe II is an essential release for all old classic rock favouring fans.

Very often these types of packages offer very little for the passionate fan that has much of the output of a band already, the release riding on the desire of the fan to simply want everything a band releases for their collection. With this special edition those who already have the second album are more than provided for with the second CD and the wealth of tracks within, though if a truly ardent fan you may still have everything already of course. The disc includes a cover of the Cream song SWLABR, an early version of Black Widow, as well as a thrilling live cut of Taking Me Home to name just a trio of the excellent tracks within. With the majority of the cuts now unavailable the CD alone makes the release a virtually new one for most and a very rewarding package with more than just something for every rock fan.

Stone Axe has taken classic rock forward without losing the essence and purpose they and the genre strive by. From the excellently crafted sounds and lyrics through to the perfect and impassioned delivery the band and this release sparks up all the senses and emotions easily and impressively. Many bands are trying to create music with a soul and breath seeded from the early fires of rock, Stone Axe just do it better than most.

RingMaster 05/03/2012

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