All She Wrote – Riven

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Hailing from London, melodic rock band All She Wrote release their debut EP Riven hoping to build upon and accelerate the buzz going around the city for the band from their live performances and across the UK after their previous single Weathered. The earlier song certainly made attention stand up and thoughts take the promise offered into a suspicion that the quartet was a band to keep an eye on. The new release is still promoting that same reaction and thought even though it manages to disappoint and please in equal strength.

Formed in the closing weeks of 2011, the foursome of Connor Crooks (vocals/guitar), Marc Smith (drums), Jonny Page (guitar) and Tommy Shillibeer (bass), took little time in building a potent fanbase across London on into the south of England through their shows. Weathered only increased their reputation and the awareness around them, the song a pleasing evocative persuasion which marked out the band. Riven continues in the same vein and approach even though it falls short of the same impressive and captivating levels of the single. Across its body there is a spark and almost a passion missing. Certainly the songs are accomplished and crafted with style whilst presentation and the skill of the band is impossible to doubt but something is missing to ignites songs, though the promise of the band is still more than a latent whisper.

The opening Prinicipio is an atmospheric instrumental which is beautifully composed and realised, its evocative narrative and soaring All She Wrote Cover Artworkbeauty the perfect lead into the EP and one to send tingles of excitement through to an eager appetite. It leads anticipation straight into the following Unjust which fires up its engines with fiery riffs and thumping rhythms, all designed and succeeding in igniting the senses. Once the vocals enter though something flat happens to the song and it is not just because of Crooks. The pilot light of the song just seems to go out and despite the alluring sounds there is a sense of anti-climax to the moment.

The following title track equally fails to hit the spot though the evocative tones of Crooks and the brewing drama of the song musically sparks stronger involvement for the passions and hopes. The track never exploits its most potent elements though to really punch through the heart and intensity of the narrative. It is a magnetic song which keeps that promise and suggestion of big things from the band ahead going and given closer attention and time reveals some impressive and imaginative ideas within the structure and its body.

Weathered makes its appearance on the EP next and stands as strong and persuasive as ever, combining a post hardcore muscularity to a melodic rock invention for a pleasing evocative adventure. From enticing guitar caresses to sinew clad riffs and firm imposing rhythms ridden by emotive vocals, the track is a deeply appetising encounter which shows you why there is a strength of excitement around the band, something next up Persona also promotes with its fire bred guitar snarl and rhythmic badgering wrapped in melodic flames and equally heated vocals. Combined with its predecessor the song makes All She Wrote a healthy prospect and reignites the thoughts which earlier tracks doubted.

The closing elegant Finis Principio completes a release which from not doing itself and the band justice in its earlier suasion manages to reassert All She Wrote as a band well worth keeping on the radar. Riven is a little hit and miss and maybe should have been stronger but it ultimately only cements earlier thoughts and appetite for the band, though the next release will need to have that fire in the belly or spark to continue the appetite one suspects. Reminding of bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, The Blackout, and Biffy Clyro in varying degrees, All She Wrote have some way to go to reach their potential but Riven makes you think they are still on course.


RingMaster 05/10/2013


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ALL SHE WROTE ‘Riven’ EP, to be unleashed 7th October‏

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Brit Rock outfit ‘All She Wrote’ express a sound that packs concise riffery and thoughtful arrangements with alluring hooks. The rising quartet unleash their spanking new EP ‘Riven’ on Monday 7th October, from all digital stores.
With an array of influences ranging from the biting metalcore of Bring Me The Horizon and the melodic craft of Young Guns, to the ambient half of Biffy Clyro, All She Wrote have digested their influences and have added their own impressive stamp; and by doing so, they now despatch a hearty and fluid sound that is accessible and instantly delectable.
Coming at you from the suburbs of London, All She Wrote were formed at the end of 2011 and consist of Connor Crooks (Vocals/Guitar), Marc Smith (Drums), Jonny Page (Guitar) and Tommy Shillibeer (Bass). The band hit the ground running and swiftly began to play shows throughout the nation’s capital, as well as sowing their seeds in southern England. The rock beasts also released their debut single ‘Weathered’, which garnered critical acclaim throughout the underground and helped to increase the foursome’s growing fan-base.
Never ones to stand still, All She Wrote have just completed work on their debut EP ‘Riven’ and the young upstarts have really raised the bar by producing a superb record that belies their age. The ambient intro to ‘Principio’ lulls you into a calming state before the punchy riffage of ‘Unjust’ grabs you by the scruff of the neck. The record’s namesake ‘Riven’ is next up, and continues in fantastic form with its colossal hook, where the previous single ‘Weathered’ showcases the band’s sturdy backbone with pounding guitar parts and jack hammer beats. ‘Persona’ further demonstrates the four-piece’s growing maturity with its twisted riffs entwined with contagious vocal lines. Lastly, the beautifully majestic ‘Finis Principio’ draws the EP to a close in fitting style. All She Wrote are sure to rise this year; look out for widespread touring to coincide with the EP’s launch.
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All She Wrote: Weathered

Since forming around a year ago, London band All She Wrote has built a strong following around the capital and south east of England. From continually impressive shows, the quartet of Connor Crooks (vocals), Jonny Page (lead guitar), Tommy Shillibeer (rhythm guitar), and Marc Smith (drums), have set themselves up as ones to watch with their muscular alternative rock laced with influences from the likes of  Bring Me The Horizon, Young Guns, and The Blackout. November 26th sees the band releasing their debut single nationally, a track which suggests recognition further afield will be swift and eager.

Weathered is the first taster of the band before they unveil their first EP which they are currently working on. It is a track which is full of promise and craft, a melodic and bruising slice of post hardcore veined alternative rock brought with accomplish and precisely honed enterprise. The song opens on enticing guitar caresses before being joined by sinewy riffs and firm rhythms. The track then takes a brief sigh before opening up into emotive vocals across the again inviting melodic invention and heavily shod basslines and attention grabbing drums. It is an energetic stroll with an infectious breath with a short respite for an expressive aside an extra pleasing evocative persuasion.

Arguably from the certainly impression song, it can be said All She Wrote is still searching for a distinct and unique sound for themselves but as the single proves they stand side by side with the best of the similarly gaited bands around right now with skilled ease.

With a UK tour being planned for 2013, All She Wrote continue to be a band to keep an eye on, now with the release of Weathered it will just be many more visions that will keep them in their gaze.

RingMaster 23/11/2012

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