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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Fight The Dice – Oh Me, Oh My

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Following up their enjoyable and successful debut album Your Wisest Choice and Your Worst One Yet and its two singles Bad Decision and L.O.V., UK alternative rock band Fight The Dice return with brand new song/single Oh Me, Oh My to confirm the promise and appeal already set in motion by the Shropshire based quintet. Accomplished and quietly infectious whilst being wholly persuasive, the track  leaves the appetite tantalised and eager for more, making it the perfect confirmation for those aware of the group and introduction for newcomers.

Formed in 2011, the five piece consisting of vocalist Ben Jackson, guitarists Jack Turner and Tom Worrall, bassist Sam Jackson, and drummer Phil Beauchamp has built a strong presence for themselves through not only the mentioned releases but their live performances which has led them to venues such as O2 Academy 2 and the NEC Birmingham, The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, Bedford Corn Exchange, Bristol O2 Academy main stage and booked shows at the likes of the O2 Academy Islington and the Cavern Liverpool. Their sound finds inspiration in the likes of All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, and Blink-182 but defines its own breath and persuasion through well-crafted and shapely slices of unfussy rock, of which the new single is a richly pleasing example.

Oh Me, Oh My opens with inviting rhythms from Beauchamp aligned to respectful but hungry riffs and melodic grooves laid down by the guitars. It is an instantly calling start which embraces the vocals of Jackson which from a slightly weak start set down a strong and expressive stance for the band to fill the air around with melodic colour and open passion. The song does not have the infectiousness of their first single it is fair to say but instead shows the expanse of the songwriting and evolution in sound of the band since that initial emergence from the shadows.

The single nevertheless lures in ears and thoughts to secure their appetite whilst the subsequent washes of keys entice extra hunger for its additional caresses within the inventive passion fuelled evocation. Oh Me, Oh My is a pleasing and skilful piece of rock that only goes to reinforce the rising opinion and success of Fight The Dice.

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7.5/10

RingMaster 14/08/2013

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Avastera:The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long

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On the eve of making a big splash across the globe with the release of their debut The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long EP, to emulate its success in homeland Australian earlier in the year, Avastera is set to be a noisy whisper of the lips of a great many. This is a band which defies pigeon holing such the eclectic flavours and styles veining the exciting sounds created within striking and compelling songs. The music is not arguably unique, the spices making up the aural recipes openly familiar but no one else is brewing up the same kind of stirring encounters as the band.

Starting out in the early weeks of this year, the Perth quintet has made a major impression in a very short time. From recording and releasing the EP to great acclaim and success in Australian a few months back, the band has shared stages with the likes of Silverstein and The Getaway Plan whilst lighting up a festival as a chosen headline act alongside Mayday Parade, The Pretty Reckless, The Wonder Years, A Skylit Drive, The Maine, Forever The Sickest Kids and Marinas Trench. Press attention has also been keen and led to the band featuring on cover CDs for Blunt and Big Cheese magazines. Produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Yellowcard, The Dangerous Summer). The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long is set to grab the world by the scruff of the neck and make a very persuasive argument for the band, as though as stated it may not be the most ground breaking or even original release it is without doubt one which is very enjoyable.

Avastera cleverly and seamlessly infuse strong essences of alternative rock, melodic post-hardcore, and metal into a pop punk core avastera_coverleading to engaging and appealing songs with plenty of passion, energy, and invention. The music is certainly distinct to the band if at times familiar from the multi-flavoured essences employed but without question the EP is a continually intriguing and pleasing encounter right through to its very end from the opening treat Hear Me Out. The track alone tells you all you need to know about the band and their imaginative intent. The song is an immediate compulsive encounter of forceful rhythms and pop punk urgency completed by sturdy riffs and angular sonic guitar invention which offers an Avenged Sevenfold like heat to the melodic coaxing. The guitar work of Chris Crole and Chris Hanssen is exceptional whilst the rhythms of bassist Dave Thoomes and drummer Jamie Savage are unrelenting in strength and inventive composure. It is clear to hear that the band has a musicianship equalling their imagination which undoubtedly allows the songs to fuse so many potent flavours into an immense creation of their own, with vocalist Mike Lang the striking and impressive pinnacle to spear the songs forth.

It is a mighty start followed up just as strongly by As The Tables Turn and December Sun. The first of the two is veined by wonderful bright keys amongst the muscular riffs and thumping rhythms to start the diversity which marks the release. With extra metalcore tendencies and symphonic caresses to captivate, the track is magnificent and the best on the release. As it plays one band comes to mind, The Urgency though they do not arguably have the same palate of sound which Avastera work from or the Atreyu like muscle which the Australians also infuse. The second is a slower emotive wash of passion and thoughtful ambition further unveiling the expanse to the sound of the band.

Next up This Beautiful Nightmare continues the dynamic start though the song is a close mix of the previous two songs without finding their heights, but with the persistently skilled guitar enterprise and perpetually evolving landscape of the song it is a more than welcome companion. As the song and the following pair dance with the ear and thoughts the feeling that the band will soon emerge with a unique guitar sound, like the aforementioned Avenged Sevenfold has, is rife such the distinct style of the band. Highways From Home is another to match the earlier songs and an energetic partner to the senses which one would assume is a crowd favourite whilst Ms. Conception is another to engage fully without lighting the same fires as elsewhere. All the tracks reveal a band which is as powerful in sound as it is in constructing the canvasses their play works with, the songs unmistakably finely crafted and composed. Add the accomplished artistry of each member and you have a release which only catches the imagination.

Completed by a fine acoustic version of December Sun, one can only recommend The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long and Avastera to all melodic rock fans especially those of groups previously mentioned and others like All Time Low, Mayday Parade, and A Day To Remember. The Aussies are coming feel free to enjoy.

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RingMaster 01/12/2012

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Fight The Dice: Bad Decisions

Taking their inspiration from the likes of All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, and Blink-182, UK alternative rock band Fight The Dice make their introduction with debut single Bad Decisions, a release which to be honest does not have you thinking of those influences but stands as a strong and intriguing first taster of a band which has been gaining strong support and reactions over recent months. The Birmingham quintet is touted as a band to watch, something the single does little to alter though it is hard to always tell from a single song.

The Birmingham based band certainly give food for thought with Bad Decisions, it is a track which leaves a good base of promise and intrigue for future releases whilst making for a more than decent first taste of their carefully crafted rock sounds. The song opens with a lone guitar stirring up the air before it joins a brief blaze of abrasive riffs, guitarists Jack Turner and Tom Worrall instantly lighting up the ear. Vocalist Ben Jackson steps forward with a delivery which is as expressive as the guitars emotive play within their now reserved gait, whilst the impressive bass manipulations of his brother Sam Jackson prowl and growl with skill and magnetic enterprise. His presence is a highlight of the song though all from the fiery guitars to the jabbing rhythms of Phil Beauchamp and the plaintive vocals only impressive in their individual places.

The song is powerful without tearing a strip off the senses, its aggression more a snarl than a growl which compliments the lyrical bite. It would be wrong to say the song lit any fires with its obvious quality and intelligent structure, the track and band failing to stand out amongst similarly driven bands, but it certainly ensured focus would go the way of their Gavin Monaghan (Kings Of Leon, Robert Plant and Nizlopi) produced first album which they are currently working on when it has its release. For a first single, Bad Decisions gives enough to please the ear and plenty to find promise for the future within.

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RingMaster 10/11/2012

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