Reckless Intentions – Lights EP

UK outfit Reckless Intentions might be primarily tagged as pop punks but as their debut EP shows, they have an instinctive devilment and creative belligerence which reveals there is much more to their aggressively magnetic sound.

Embracing inspirations from the likes of Green Day, The Clash, and Foo Fighters through to others such as All Time Low and Moose Blood, Reckless Intentions host varied flavours in their music which is clearly audible and potent within the Lights EP. Equally, the Brighton hailing quartet bring an individual character to their songs and presence which is maybe still slightly more potential than realisation but is already helping shape them into a prospect which stands out.

Formed in 2016, the band concentrated scene last year on establishing themselves on the south coast music, and successfully so, before linking up with Alex Gordon at Brighton Electric Studios to work on and record their first release in the sprightly shape of Lights. With its five boisterous tracks, the EP quickly shows it has the intent and energy to stir up richer attention the way of the foursome but more so the imagination to make Reckless Intentions a rather exciting prospect.

The EP opens with the outstanding Ghost Town, a song swiftly making a successful claim for best moment and most potent lure within Lights. With a great slightly off-kilter indie rock revelry to its punk rock tenacity, the track like a mix of Asylums and The Wildhearts, things are swiftly bold and sweaty as the swinging beats of  Josh Woolnough scythe through the nagging riffs and spiky grooves of guitarists Matty Halliwell and Lewis Horsley respectively. The energetic vocals of the former equally inject an energy and fresh identity to the encounter, it all colluding in an adventurous and unpredictable mix driven by the alluringly throbbing groan of Laurence Burkitt’s bassline. In no time body and vocal chords are enlisted by the arousing antics of the song, its dynamic and almost bitchy start the perfect introduction to Reckless Intentions.

Stitches, the band’s latest single is next, its melodic bait and harmonic enticement quickly flirting with ears. The hooks of Horsley beckon within a more familiar temptation of sound; the track openly sharing All Time Low meets Brand New like essences within its infectiously swinging exploits. Halliwell again makes a potent vocal lead, his tones giving the track something more unique than other pop punk outfits though something its enjoyable sounds arguably lack a touch. Nevertheless, the song hits the spot before evolving into the short instrumental of the EP’s title track, a piece which neither detracts or adds to the overall strength of the release but keeps an appetite for its adventure on board.

The following Outcast only enriches the fun though, its instant Smash Mouth like swagger led by the ever flirtatious bass easy to get hooked on prime bait with vocals again a strong pull at its core. Becoming more punk ‘n’ roll with every lively beat and niggling riff, the song growls at and flirts with the listener, all the time brewing a pop catchiness which has hips enlisted in quick time. The song also reveals yet another hue to the band’s songwriting and sound, a variety exposed once more by closing song Home. With his own suggestive piano melody alongside, Halliwell plaintively croons from the speakers; melancholy lining his words and fingers. Alluring ears with ease, things only become more intense and potent as the band eventfully bring their emotion and craft to the reflection; the song catching fire with pop punk catchiness caught in an emotion soaked blaze.

It is a fine end to an ear pleasing first delving into the Reckless Intentions adventure, the first of many more highly pleasurable unions if they build on the undoubted potential and fun of Lights.

The Lights EP is out now across most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 18/07/2017

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Storm Harbour – Self Titled EP

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Offering their, if not unique, very agreeable creative boisterousness to the British pop punk scene, Storm Harbour release their self-titled debut EP to back up a quickly growing reputation for their energetic live presence. Consisting of six raw edged, tenaciously enterprising melody bound punk proposals, the EP is an accomplished and enjoyable introduction to the Stockport quintet.

Formed in the summer of 2015, Storm Harbour has made a potent impression on the North West live scene, one they are hoping to spark and emulate across the UK through their first EP; and it gets off to a bang with opener Backbone. From the first wiry groove eagerly winding itself around ears and appetite, the song just grabs attention, cementing its instant lure with robust rhythms and prowling riffs. The swinging beats of Charlie Armstrong resonate and entice with their anthemic prowess; bait courted and matched by the earthy growl of Dan Slann’s bass. In no timer the song is sauntering along with a familiar character to its body but a refreshing attitude in its creative weave of those recognisable influences sparking thoughts of bands such as All Time Low and Neck Deep. With vocalist Ally Bowie equally a potent draw within the stylish web cast by guitarists Adam Johnson and Matt Watson, the track makes for a highly enjoyable start.

Its strong temptation is backed firmly by that of next up Alchemy, a song strolling along with reflective lyrics and fiery melodies but also and only adding to its enterprising presence greater restraint in its energy compared to its predecessor. It is a laid back essence which is translated in the textures making up the encounter, their keen embrace of varied melodic and pop shaping another highly enjoyable offering within the release and arguably it’s most unpredictable moment.

storm-harbour-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewPersistent At Best returns to the robust gait the EP opened with though it too has variable energy which keeps expectations on their toes as the guitars spin an imagination tapestry of riffs and melody nurtured hooks. Though surprises are few yet again the song carries freshness and potential which commands attention before Sink Or Swim saunters in on a collusion of nagging riffs and a gnarly bassline as Armstrong’s beats bite. Engaging from the off and only blossoming with the great harmonic vocal union across the band, the song is another potent temptation adding to the impressive nature of the Storm Harbour sound and craft.

The acoustic vocal/guitar start to Breaking Point adds another strong ingredient to the release with Slann unloading yet one more memorable throaty bass lure as the song quickly gets into its wilful stride. Ultimately though, the song does not quite connect with personal tastes as its companions but still has plenty to happily devour whilst confirming the promise already found in the EP.

Strolling in on contagious beats, closing track Calm Down similarly lacks all the sparks of the earlier songs within the release but only satisfies and backs up the imagination found throughout with its suggestive keys and emotive passion.

Storm Harbour is a band on the rise, one yet to find its own character of sound but already showing the instincts and imagination to uncover it sooner rather than later while for a first impression their debut encounter is more than satisfying.

The Storm Harbour EP is out now through iTunes and other stores.

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Pete RingMaster 13/12/2016

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Seven Stories High – Take The Long Road Home

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Take The Long Road Home is the new mini album from British quintet Seven Stories High, an encounter which finds the band’s already ear pleasing pop punk with even bolder infectiousness and melodic enterprise to tempt national awareness. Take The Long Road Home hits the ground running and continues to offer variety and creative tenacity throughout. Admittedly it might often avoid the uniqueness which certain moments within it suggests is there within the band’s imagination, but from start to finish the Swansea hailing band successfully ensure enjoyment is at the top of the agenda.

Formed at the beginning of 2014 with inspirations said to include the likes of Blink 182 and Sum 41, Seven Stories High soon made their mark on their local and increasingly the national live scene. Line-up changes and inner positional shuffles have been part of the band’s earlier times, as too and since, the sharing of stages with bands such as Moose Blood, Decade, Altered Sky, Light You Up, and Kids Can’t Fly. They released their self-titled debut EP on the January of 2015 to potent responses which now Take The Long Road Home threatens to turn into a stronger national recognition of their emerging presence.

The release opens proper with CTRL, a rousing slice of raucous pop punk with thumping beats and wiry riffs around the potent tones of vocalist Rhys Hyett-Ferrier. There is a great rawness to the song too, bringing a touch of Millencolin to it at times but equally a rousing energy which especially equips  the group roars and the irresistibly catchy enterprise shared by the guitars of Matt Davies and Charlie Porter.

The potent start continues with the similarly tenacious and lively That’s No Moon, another which takes no time in firing up ears and appetite with its raucous pop punk dexterity. Framed and driven by the throbbing bassline of Kallum Brain and the swinging beats of Dave Bevan, the song soon reveals a sonic and emotive fire in its belly. Admittedly, as its predecessor, there is something very familiar to the encounter but more than made up for by the adventurous hooks and a vocal strength which simply captures the imagination from Hyett-Ferrier with resourceful backing from Davies and Brain.

Seven Stories High Cover Artwork_RingMasterReviewIt is that aspect of the band which most consistently impresses across the release, with no negative reflection on the potent songwriting and skilfully woven sounds, the vocals making a constantly striking impression repeated on the feisty canter of Working For Wednesdays and following it, the excellent Wait For It. The first of the two also bears some great scything spicy grooves to keep ears and appetite busy, if without quite living up to the first pair while its successor, which features Charlotte Gilpin from Dream State, explores a more alternative rock canvas for its melodic seducing of ears. It still has a punk essence in its spirited flame, though it could be called more post hardcore scented; one of many textures in the emotively fuelled drama of sound led by the powerful vocal union of Hyett-Ferrier and Gilpin.

It is a track which becomes increasingly potent with every listen as too the acoustic stroll of Skin Me Alive. It is an immediately alluring proposal which further blossoms in ears the more time given to it. Its melodic serenade simply leaves a lingering impression before making way for album closer Fool’s Paradise, a boisterous tapestry of melodic suggestiveness around rapacious rhythms and expressively strong vocals. There is little surprising about the highly accomplished song, but it leaves enjoyment full so, as the release, warrants only recommending.

Seven Stories High have taken another potent step with Take The Long Road Home, and indeed their sound and its growing maturity. The band might not yet be in touch will major uniqueness but the signs and potential is there in some cracking tunes. A fan of bands such as Kids in Glass Houses, A Day to Remember, and All Time Low then Seven Stories High will be up your street.

Take The Long Road Home is released May 20th through all stores and at https://sevenstorieshigh.bandcamp.com/album/take-the-long-road-home

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Pete RingMaster 19/05/2016

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Heavyweights – Keep Your Friends Close

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Seemingly embracing the pop infectiousness of Blink 182, the rawer aggressive contagion of Mucky Pup, and the addictive hook invention of Hagfish, US pop punksters Heavyweights provide more than enough with new EP Keep Your Friends Close, to suggest they are a band in the midst of carving out a healthy future for themselves. Consisting of five tracks which easily cast an enjoyable and inventive stomp of infectious hooks and melodies, the release is a captivating proposition which has attention focused and appetite stirred for its not startling but certainly pleasing sounds.

Formed in 2011, the Baltimore quintet of vocalist Dave Heilker, guitarists Eric Navarro and Sean Ryder, bassist Punk Rock Chris, and drummer Kurt Speiss, have brought inspirations from the likes of All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Man Overboard, New Found Glory, and The Wonder Years into their refreshing sound and enterprise. With debut EP The Sound of Time Running Out and an acoustic split release with fellow Maryland band A Place in Time under their belts, Heavyweights now make another sizeable and compelling statement in their emergence with Keep Your Friends Close.

It opens with the relatively brief It’s Not Pretty, But It’s Us, a track which makes an ok entrance but evolves into an intriguing slice of melodic punk which is at ease either make a slower expressive suasion or launching into an eagerly KYFC Cover Squareenergetic proposition. It is not a song which ever explodes, though it drop hints at times that it might, and does not excite the ears as potently as subsequent tracks, but it makes a firm and engaging start to the EP. The band displays their imagination and skill within the song, pushing it further with the following Dior 999. The second track bursts from a magnetic bassline with nostrils flaring in its energy as emotive intensity colours the creativity of the guitars and passion of the vocals. Swiftly contagious and gripping, choppy swipes of riffs and persistently twisting hooks embrace the strong vocals of Heilker which in turn are backed by those of Speiss and Navarro, the song alone pushing the release to a new exciting plateau.

Bonfire seizes its opportunity to next entice ears, guitars swiftly moving in to lay a web of sonic bait and melodic endeavour over the imagination whilst vocals parade the track’s narrative. Rhythmically both Speiss and Chris sculpt their most compelling cage of temptation yet on the EP, backing up the rich weave of enterprise from the rest of the band in another highly pleasing song. Heavyweights take little time to show they know how to sculpt catchy and resourcefully smart enticements in their songs, Bunkbeds next proving the point. Also featuring Mike Hayden, the track instantly sparks thoughts of Hagfish with its infectious start, vocals and hooks familiar bait to the Texas band. It is a lingering spice but one soon merged with a Fall Out Boy like drama and powerfully evocative textures which create another vibrant and hunger sparking romp of sound and ideation.

The release closes with Anna Marie, an infectious and melodic stroll of pop rock which flows with fiery and emotive melodies matched by vocals, all amidst punchy hooks and jabbing rhythms. Not quite holding the spark of the previous pair of songs, it still leaves the imagination busy and appetite full whilst adding fuel to already impressed reactions for band and EP.

Keep Your Friends Close does not set pop punk ablaze but certainly suggests that Heavyweights have the potential to leave that kind of mark on the genre ahead whilst providing strong and richly pleasing encounters along the way.

The Keep Your Friends Close EP is available now @ http://hvywts.bandcamp.com/

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8/10

RingMaster 10/09/2014

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Get Stoked – Washington Street EP

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Creating a proposition which simultaneously invites the listener to brawl and party with its feisty mix of pop punk and rawer hardcore aggressiveness, the Washington Street EP is one impressive entrance from US punks Get Stoked. It unleashes five tracks which show an imagination and want to invent something strikingly different yet comes with a familiarity which plays like a returning friend loaded up with devilish intent. It is a highly enjoyable romp which dares to be adventurous and is confident enough to employ those highly flavoursome and recognisable spices.

Hailing from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Get Stoked consists of vocalist Cameron Wheeler, guitarists Ryan Turek and Zach Smith, bassist Ben Jensen, and drummer Jacob Cardona. Other than the quintet citing influences such as The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, Set Your Goals, A Day To Remember, and All Time Low upon their music, there is little more we can tell about the band other than they write and craft rather appetising slices of sinew sculpted pop punk.

Released via Imminence Records, Washington Street opens up with the instrumental Intro, a minute and a half of thumping rhythms provoking through infectious riffs and hooks courted by a dark toned bass temptation. It is not an ep_Cover_3explosive piece but one hinting at the potent offerings to come whilst treating feet and imagination to an energetic dance. Its successful beckoning is followed by the imposing presence of Actions Speak Louder Than Words. Starting with the strong tones of Wheeler over swipes of guitar and an increasingly intimidating run of beats, it is an engaging if unsurprising start even with the also appealing backing vocals of Turek building up the lure of the song. It is when the track suddenly twists into a livelier surge of antagonistic beats and scything strikes of guitar that it comes alive, slipping into a melodic flame of expectations feeding and ear refreshing pop punk revelry. From vocals to sonic incitement, heavy rhythms to abrasing riffery, the song is a thrilling stomp which allows its inventive unpredictability to run naked through the track. The song also shows why the band has been compared to some of their inspirations but just as strongly and pleasingly it lights the senses with older essences of Hagfish and Mucky Pup.

The following Hand In Your Demise takes little time in seizing the imagination and appetite, its opening roam of compelling rhythms and an evocative melodic tendril the forerunner to a blaze of sonic endeavour and melodic tenacity ridden by once again impressing vocals and flirtatious energy. The track is soon stamping its rhythmic feet with firm intent too whilst the guitars cast a web of emotive and infectious designs to which Wheeler wraps his pleasing delivery and lyrical narrative. Though not quite matching its predecessor, the track similarly just grows and excels vocally and musically the deeper into its body it goes to provide another exciting proposition.

Forward Progress lacks the spark of the last pair of songs but nevertheless parades a strong mix of ideation and sounds revealing more of the depth and expressive ability of the band whilst shaping another infectious and provocative encounter. It is soon left in the shadow of the closing title track though; a song from its opening crystalline melody embraces a string of styles and inventive exploration. A rugged cage of riffs and beats initially traps ears with a vocal drama from Wheeler captivating the imagination. The track then bursts into another pungent stride of pop punk clad in a hardcore predaciousness before slipping into something melodically comfortable and anthemically contagious. It is an enthralling slab of punk rock which alone provides enough evidence to suggest Get Stoked is a band with the potential to make major strides and create impressive marks on the punk scene.

That suggestion is more than backed up by the rest of the Washington Street EP, a release easy to recommend to those wanting something more substantial and braver in their pop punk.

The Washington Street EP is available now via Imminence Records @ http://imminencerecords.bandcamp.com/album/washington-street

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9/10

RingMaster 20/08/2014

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A New Day – Forever Tonight

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Though a bit of a mixed bag, Forever Tonight the second EP from UK melodic rock band A New Day, offers more than enough to ensure the quartet is well worth keeping a close eye on. Consisting of three tracks which vary in success but all showing a potent promise to healthily flirt with the imagination, the release is a solid and intriguing encounter. It is not going to set the melodic rock/pop punk world alight but does give it something new to contemplate and take a determined interest in.

Hailing from Basildon, A New Day formed in 2013 taking inspirations from the likes of Blink 182, All Time Low, Simple Plan, and Jimmy Eat World into their own evolving sound. Honing their sound, the band took its time before hitting stages and subsequently lighting up a torrent of venues across the South East of the UK. Debut EP Now It’s Our Turn made a swift impression with fans and the underground scene which Forever Tonight can only reinforce. Made up of Chris Tunnicliffe (vocals/rhythm guitar), Glen Hearn (lead guitar), and brothers Scott (backing vocals/bass) and Sam Johnson (drums), A New Day is at that point where they are ready to catch the ears of the country, though whether the new EP is the key is arguable but you sense it is on the cards at some point.

Forever Tonight opens with its lead track, which is accompanied by a video, but also its weakest proposition. Boyfriend opens with a coaxing melodic guitar expression which instantly engage ears but in many ways that is as good as it A New Day Cover Artworkgets, its reoccurring lure the potent call within an otherwise limping song. From a dull production to unsure vocals, muted rhythms to a relatively lifeless breath, the song fails to find its ignition in presence and colour. It is surprising in many ways as the guitar weaves of Hearn are inventive and the craft of the band open but there is little which sparks and up against the stronger more vibrant songs which follow, the track is underwhelming.

That disappointment is soon forgotten as Faith In Me swiftly romps in ears. From a vocal draw, the song is soon a punchy stride of pop punk energy and melodic enterprise with eager rhythms and engagingly spiky hooks. The song is like night and day to its predecessor, though again the production is a dulled touch to the life and potency of the song. Harmonies add promising hues to the track as it strolls engagingly whilst rhythms and a deliciously shadowed bassline flirt with the imagination. It is a strong and rampant slice of pop rock which pushes the potential of the band to the fore as it excites ears, though it too is left in the shadow of final track Call You Mine (I Don’t Want To).

Starting with a blaze of guitar and a potent rhythmic lure as the strong tones of Tunnicliffe croon out the narrative, the track makes an impressive entrance elevated by another rich and throaty bass roaming. The song does not have the fevered urgency of the previous song but feels livelier and melodically hungry at its core. The guitar weaves of Hearn again impress with their enterprise whilst vocally Tunnicliffe and the band find their strongest blend and suasion yet. The best track on the release, it is a highly satisfying end to an encounter which at its start left more doubts than answers about its promise.

Whether A New Day is able to grab the UK in its melodic hands with Forever Tonight is debatable but taking the last pair of songs and especially Call You Mine (I Don’t Want To) as suggestive evidence, it is hard not to expect the four-piece to set tongues wagging far and wide some when ahead. They certainly know how to keep ears happy with a resourceful blend of pop punk/rock and that is always a good base to grow from.

The Forever Tonight EP is available now

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7/10

RingMaster 04/08/2014

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A NEW DAY release Forever Tonight on 4th August‏

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STUNNING NEW RECORD SET LOOSE THIS SUMMER BY UK TUNESTERS A NEW DAY!

 

Ascending Brit-rock foursome, ‘A New Day’, unveil their mouth-watering new EP ‘Forever Tonight’, out Monday 4th August through all national stores.

 

Formed in 2013 and hailing from Basildon in Essex, A New Day are comprised of Chris Tunnicliffe (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar), Glen Hearn (Lead Guitar), Scott Johnson (Backing Vocals & Bass) and Sam Johnson (Drums). The South East tunesmiths supremely merge soaring melodies with up-tempo phrasing and are braced to break the UK this year.

 

Reared on a diet of Blink 182, All Time Low, Simple Plan and Jimmy Eat World, amongst others, A New Day soon chiselled out a sound of their own while embracing their influences. After much time spent in the rehearsal room fine-tuning their set, the quartet began to hit the road and have since played at just about every venue under the sun throughout the South East. Last year the band continued their rise with the release of their debut EP ‘Now It’s Our Turn’, which secured strong support from the underground.

 

Now the stage is set and it’s time for A New Day to strike out to a national audience. With recent praise and support from Kerrang!, the signs are looking very good indeed. The band now also have the perfect tool in the shape of their stunning new EP ‘Forever Tonight’ which includes three highly engaging cuts of up-tempo rock. From the deliciously tuneful opener ‘Boyfriend’, which is sure to light up radio airwaves, to the colossal refrain and anthemic vigour of ‘Faith In Me’ and the enticing hooks of ‘Call You Mine (I Don’t Want To), A New Day have unleashed a record that is a real gem and warrants your attention.

 

++ A NEW DAY RELEASE ‘FOREVER TONIGHT’ ON MONDAY 4th AUGUST THROUGH ALL STORES ++

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