Elasea – Lesson Learnt

Having impressed in sound and potential with their debut EP two years back, British alternative rockers Elasea have just unveiled its successor Lesson Learnt. With a new addition to the Reading hailing band’s ranks, the EP quickly shows a new maturity and creative elegance in their songwriting and music. It is a magnetic affair for ears with plenty of reasons to suggest that Elasea are going places within the UK rock scene.

Emerging in 2013, Elasea potently poked attention with the Where I Belong EP, the release swiftly drawing praise the way of the quartet. Their growing reputation was also supported by a live presence seeing the band share stages with the likes of Funeral For A Friend, AllUsOnDrugs, Veridian, and Echoic. That time between releases has seen Elasea’s four strong line-up extended to five with the incoming Braydie Haskell adding prowess on keys. It is a notable essence certainly going some way to sparking the new rounded and inventive growth in the band’s sound but across all members, individual craft and imagination has openly blossomed.

Lesson Learnt opens up with Breathe, a sombre yet bright melody caressed by wistful keys initially coaxing ears, leading them into the waiting tide of rapacious riffs and rhythms. Their controlled but obvious urgency is accompanied by an emotive intensity which is even bolder in the strong vocal presence and expression of rhythm guitarist Andy Bradford. With bassist Liv Jones adding plenty of captivating vocal presence too, along with the muscular strains of sound, there is a Sick Puppies like essence to the song which only accentuates its appeal and imaginative character. On top, the keys are a well of emotive suggestion, a poetic glaze to the rawer texture of guitar and the meaty rhythms shaping the excellent track.

The following Time Stops is a similar fusion of metallic strength and melodic beauty; keys and the melody courting guitar of Calum Radmore weaving melancholic grace and sentiment as the lively beats of Ashley Haskell probe and incite the senses. With Jones’ bass grumble emotionally vocal, the track is a croon of shadow and open hearted yearning led by the vocal potency of Bradford again magnetically supported by Jones.

The more skittish air and intensive weight of On My Own shows another aspect to EP and the Elasea sound, the song more akin to the likes of You Me At Six and Bring Me The Horizon though still that early hint of the aforementioned Australian rockers prevails at times. They are flavours though adding to the growing uniqueness in Elasea’s music rather than shaping it, and enjoyable hues in the irritable character and tempestuous adventure of the third richly enjoyable song.

These Secrets is an instrumental interlude evocatively drifting over the imagination, its atmospheric presence maybe more pleasurable padding then essential to Walls, the final song adding infectious bounce and plaintive heart to the already impressing release. The electronic shimmer of synths cradles another great vocal union between rhythms guitarist and bassist, their harmonic contrasts and unity accentuated by the fiery ear charming nature of the sounds around them.

Elasea have made a big step in moving away from the crowd with Lesson learnt, the growth in their sound highly appetising. There is still room for true uniqueness to evolve and that is as exciting a prospect as the EP is for ears right now.

Lesson Learnt is out now through all platforms and @ https://elasea.bandcamp.com/album/lesson-learnt-ep or http://www.elasea.bigcartel.com/

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Pete RingMaster 22/03/2017

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Falls – Cream EP

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As its fifth month swung and revelled in the noisy, raucous, and ridiculously addictive strains of eclectic rockers Falls, so the final throes of 2016 have been ignited in the best possible way with the Welsh band’s new EP. Cream is the creatively salacious sister to the earlier acclaimed One Hundred Percent Strong EP, itself a proposition as inimitably rousing and twisted as its breath-taking successor now proves to be.

Emerging in 2013, Falls had a great many of us intrigued and hooked by following year with their debut EP Dirtbox. Self-tagging their sound as gash pop/fuck rock, it romped and enticed ears and psyche into the Flintshire quartet’s devilish bedlam of imagination and sound. Its success and the band’s swiftly growing reputation was cemented and accelerated by a live presence which saw a constant wave of new fans won and stages shared with the likes of God Damn, Blacklisters, Press To MECO, and Black Peaks around tours with others such as Allusondrugs and Shikari Sound System. As their two track single Mastiff in 2015 saw a new essence of control and imagination blossom in the band’s sound so One Hundred Percent Strong took things to another level with its bold maturity and skilled quick fire twist and turns. Cream is more of the same but at times showing an even keener touch in anthemic aggression and headstrong invention.

As its predecessors, the heart of the new EP is an unruly party clad in the insatiable hunger of a myriad of styles and flavours. Maybe best described as Asylums meets Hawk Eyes under the psychotic guidance of Jane’s Addiction, it grips ears and hips straight away as opener Berries! prowls with surly riffs and firmly kissing beats. With a touch of groove metal to its heavy harmony basted rock ‘n’ roll, the track flirts and rumbles, soon embracing the warm vocal tones of guitarists Martin Gallagher and Philip Kelsall alongside those of bassist Ben Griffiths as it erupts and calms across its virulent canter. Driven by the heftily persuasive swings of drummer Steff Jones, it quickly recruits body and appetite, rewarding them with mischievous dips into stoner and glam pop temptation.

cream-artwork_RingMasterReviewThe irresistible start to the EP is only accentuated by Daytime N U, a sweet talking romancing of the senses with warm vocals entangling a funk infested groan of bass amid energy dictating beats. Once into its fiery stride with the guitars casting spicy flames around the mellow charm of the vocals and the metronomic infection of the rhythms, the song shows itself a master of body and spirit. System Of A Down is often used as a reference to Falls, maybe not so much in its sound but the unrelenting hunger and craft at turning on the spot through a kaleidoscope of textures and twists; the second track reveals exactly why.

The punk roar of Live Delicious is next, leaping at ears with brawling energy and vocal irritability. Underlining it as ever is a funk bred contagion, reserved right now but just waiting to grab those eager hips as riffs growl and grooves sear. As carnivorous as it is inescapably infectious, the track vociferously snarls and incessantly bounces like a pissed off raptor yet still finds room for a chorus which breeds only addiction.

Cream closes with the epidemic of pleasure that is Liberator. At times as grouchy as its predecessor and as dynamically catchy as anything offered yet by the band, the track bounds through ears with the instinctive aggressive pop of Baddies aligned to the sinewy weight and attitude of Reuben, Pulled Apart By Horses like melodic flames licking their collusion as the funk psychosis of a Halfling’s Leaf plays. The result as ever is something distinct and unique to Falls providing an exhilarating end to another attention stoking triumph from one of the UK’s most exciting bands.

The Cream EP is out now via Naughty Strawberry through http://fallsband.co.uk/

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Pete RingMaster 06/12/2016
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Hypophora – Youth / Caught

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Hailing from the beautiful Cornish county town of Truro, Hypophora has been picking up attention and praise since emerging in 2012 and especially over the past couple of years as they earned a reputation for being one dynamic live proposition. Now the British quartet is tapping on national awareness with their new double A-sided single Youth / Caught.

Taking inspiration from various Seattle grunge/early 2000s post-hardcore bands, Hypophora create a punk infused alternative rock roar just as ripe with melodic invention and funk bred infection. As suggested its anthemic potency has helped see the band a notable prospect and export from the UK’s south western tip. Live the band has shared stages with the likes of LTNT, Allusondrugs, The Hyena Kill, and Narcs among many. Ahead of a UK tour, Hypophora are laying down a strong invitation with their new Easy Action Records released single, a proposal which reveals a potential which demands it is taken notice of.

hypophora-cover-artwork_RingMasterReviewYouth instantly engages with hardy beats and a senses grasping web of grooves. Cast by Karum Cooper, they wind around ears with melodic suggestiveness growing a funky nature as the growling bassline of Lewis Pilcher and the swinging rhythms of drummer Jim Richardson collude with the vocals of Katie McConnell. She has an expressiveness and emotion to her voice, backed in strength by Cooper, which pulls you into the song where the band shows their imaginative enterprise. The track does not exactly leap out from the speakers but rather creeps up on the appetite for a lingering tempting that incites a need for closer involvement.

The same applies to Caught, a similarly restrained roar which rumbles and blossoms with a tempestuousness which unites perfectly with the evocative melodies and vocal passion shaping the magnetic encounter. It continues to ebb and flow with intensity throughout, darker rhythmic hues flirting with ears and the catchy character of an increasingly captivating track.

The single is the introduction of Hypophora to a wider audience which may not explode into view but creates an intrigue which only leads to a want to further explore the inescapable promise and swiftly enjoyable sound of the rising four-piece.

Youth / Caught is released November 11th via Easy Action Records.

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Pete RingMaster 08/11/2016

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Falls – One Hundred Percent Strong

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We all have bands, and no doubt many, which almost with their first creative breath spark an instinctive and lustful affair between their sound and ears. For us UK noise poppers Falls is one such union, a riotous quartet which spins webs of invention so contagious that they make the common cold seem lazy. Back in 2014, the band had us hooked with their self-tagged gash pop/fuck rock via the Dirtbox EP. Now they have unleashed its successor, One Hundred Percent Strong; a bigger, bolder, and even more devilish affair to rapture over.

Formed in 2013, Falls has been a hungry and irresistible live presence from day one, tours and shows with the likes of Allusondrugs, Shikari Sound System, God Damn, Blacklisters, Press To MECO, and Black Peaks among their own headlining conquests. The Dirtbox EP equally sparked attention upon its release, eclipsed the next year by the band’s two track single Mastiff which saw a host of radio play and support from the likes of Huw Stephens, Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq, Alex Baker, and Sophie K. Ahead of a co-headlining tour with I Cried Wolf and an appearance at ArcTanGent in August, Falls is now uncaging One Hundred Percent Strong, a four-track stomp sure to outshine its predecessors in acclaim to match the leap in sound and invention.

There is a more mature and accomplished feel to the songs with the band’s latest offering, but without defusing the loco imagination and quick fire twist and turns which have already marked out their sound and imagination. In fact those elements have been honed with an even keener creative devilment to keep ears and the imagination as busy as the song’s instinctive rock ‘n’ roll does the body. With everything combined, Falls’ music is like a mix up in a noise infested pop factory blending early XTC with Hawk Eyes as seepage from Melvins adds a thrilling contamination.

front cover one hundred percent _RingMasterReviewIt all starts with the kinetic shuffle of Get Well Soon; a track instantly accosting ears with throbbing bass grooves and rolling beats as the guitars of Martin Gallagher and Philip Kelsall perpetually cast wiry hooks and teasing riffs. That alone is enough to infest the psyche and lift the spirit, but add the rousing vocals of the band, with one of the three string pickers leading though no idea which, and you have instant emotional arousal. The track continues to swing and thump, even as its pop fuelled chorus dances provocatively on the imagination. It is simply glorious; we all find manna for the ears in certain songs and this is ours.

Though it is quickly matched by the even more tenacious and slight psychotic Shady Nasty. Again grooves and hooks are swift bait around the lively inviting beats of Steff Jones with the band’s vocals further harmonic and mischief making fun. There is also a volatility to the encounter, at times it almost intimidating ears with the resonating snarl of Ben Griffiths’ bassline a prominent enticement though it is just as compelling in the warmly flirtatious moments too.

SWARM comes next and lives up to its name as riffs crawl incessantly through ears, though there is no particular urgency to their incitement. Instead the song writhes around with steely grooves and off-kilter exploits within a web of punk hooks and noise rock sensibility. Ultimately, it is as funky as it is ferocious, as poppy as it is cantankerously inventive and pure alchemy for the senses and at this point our very greedy appetite for the release.

There is no relaxing of the twisted tempting and addictive ingenuity with closing track Death In Disco Shoes either, the track leaping around like a hyperactive sugar fuelled teenager not knowing whether to party hard or be creatively responsible and doing both with unbridled zeal.

It is an exhilarating end to one of the year’s major propositions so far and no doubt will remain so. Falls and One Hundred Percent Strong are noisy, raucous, and prone to addictive habits; the very best kind of rock ‘n’ roll.

The One Hundred Percent Strong EP is out now via Venn Records digitally and on 7” vinyl @ https://www.vennrecords.com/shop/music/fallsvinyl/

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Pete RingMaster 13/05/2016

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Circle Of Reason – Faith Or Theory

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On the back of a collection of releases which have taken ears and enjoyment on an adventurous ride, anticipation for the debut album from British alternative rock band Circle Of Reason has been rife and ripe for quite a while. The wait is now almost over and a new creative escapade from the Southampton quartet waiting to be greedily devoured; a reaction hard to see Faith Or Theory missing out on.

Emerging in 2011, Circle Of Reason was soon stirring up their local scene before poking at broader recognition a year later with their excellent debut EP, A Favour For A Stranger. Led by outstanding single Silver Scene, the three-track introduction lit the ears and spirit whilst revealing the potential of bigger and bolder things to come. And so they did with a big leap in the These Hands & This Mind EP of 2013/14. With their music inspired by the likes of Mastodon, Deftones, Biffy Clyro, Muse, and Queens Of The Stone Age, the second EP showed the band developing their own distinct and eventful sound. There was a new imagination fuelled character to it without defusing the already established fire and creative enterprise in their sound and an increasingly renowned live presence seeing Circle Of Reason share stages with bands such as Feed The Rhino, Marmozets, Neck Deep, Inme, Mallory Knox, Heck, Allusondrugs, Freeze The Atlantic, Breed 77, Zico Chain and many more over the years.

The past months has seen a slight line-up change and the creation of Faith Or Theory. It too is an open step on from past triumphs; bringing a bolder maturity and imaginative zeal with its fascinating body that demands attention. Opening with the band’s new upcoming video/single, Never Enough, the album has ears gripped within its first sound bulging seconds. Instantly a barrage of thumping beats and hungry riffs collude to envelop the senses, spicy grooves emerging from the inviting tempest to entice an already eager appetite. Straight away there is something unique to the band’s proposal from the start but also their recognisable hunger and energy to take ears on a new adventure.  As the song expands into a web of melodic enterprise and rhythmic tenacity, the tones of vocalist/guitarist Simon Osman quickly hit the mark, reminding of his already established quality and emotive expression. The same applies throughout the band, in the evocative strains of Gary Slade’s guitar inventive bait and the growly hues of bass from its  newest member, he only going by the name of Rob so far, which add an almost bestial edge to the enjoyably raw air and roar of the track’s fiery escapade.

circle-of-reason_RingMasterReview The great start is soon eclipsed by Questions, it too holding a heavier and enjoyably intimidating essence to its virulent proposal. The versatile swinging beats of Andy Milwain leave no spot unmarked whilst the hooks of Osman and addictive grooves of Slade swiftly get under the skin with their melodic colour and varied flavouring. At times there is a touch of Reuben to the song, other moments of bands like Freeze The Atlantic, and persistently a tapestry of rock and alternative spicing keeping things inventively unpredictable whilst making it easy to be caught up in the contagion.

My Emergency steps up next with a less intrusive and imposing nature yet it too has a tempestuousness to its energy and emotion which intrigues as it whips up another increasingly robust and catchy affair. Backing harmonies court Osman’s ever impressing delivery whilst guitar and bass almost entwine like lovers in their infectious and dramatic endeavours around Milwain’s potently jabbing beats. Leaving body and spirit bouncing, the track makes way for Clarity. It also has a less forceful attitude to its persuasion but a host of ear seizing and imagination sparking twists and turns within its slowly and increasingly anthemic arousing of sound and pleasure cored by a rhythmic spine and nagging riffery which worms into the psyche.

Every song makes an immediate impact but maybe none as striking as In Other Words. It opens on a seductive and slightly melancholic melody with an almost theatrical feel to it; the coaxing continuing to keep ears hooked as the song opens up with voice and additional vines of poetic melodies matched in imagination by the evocative lures of bass. As it builds up in intensity, emotion, and creative fire, there is a definite Muse like quality to the song but only enough to add colour to the band’s own sonic and inventive drama.

The following Tie Up The Sky uncages its enthralling and volatile tempest from the first breath, again rhythms a prowling network of enticement within the sonic and melodic theatre captivating ears and thoughts around Osman’s plaintive and dynamic croon. Circle Of Reason has the great knack of being aggressive, almost fearsome at times, and ridiculously infectious and vibrantly inviting; this compelling offering epitomising that potent quality in rousing style.

Completed by latest video single Colours, a track which climbs over the senses and into the passion with exotically hued grooves and a thick drama of sound and emotional suggestiveness, Faith Or Theory rumbles and blazes with heart bred fervour amidst an invasive quality. It feels like the Circle Of Reason sound has come of age yet something still says there is plenty more yet to come, which can only be very good for the UK rock scene.

Faith Or Theory is released 27th May via Freefall Records.

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Pete RingMaster 09/05/2016

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Years Young – Hiraeth EP

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Like their sound, Years Young is a band which only grows on ears and appetite; the evidence coming with debut EP Hiraeth. With the UK quintet revealing more depth and adventure to their invention song by song, the six track encounter is an engaging proposition fuelled by rich emotion tinged in shadows and sadness, its songs equally coloured with provocative melodies and a rousing intensity. It does not explode in ears and thoughts but builds track by track into a captivating roar for a very solid introduction to the Lincolnshire band.

Formed late November, the band took their time honing a sound inspired by the likes of Biffy Clyro, Mallory Knox, and Don Broco, whilst building to a launch which would grab attention. Since emerging they have shared stages with the likes of Funeral For a Friend, Fearless Vampire Killers, October Drift, and TrueHeights amongst many and in the August of last year released first and well-received single Miracles. Now, as the band undertakes a UK tour, the Roni Szpakowski recorded Hiraeth EP provides an endearing invitation for national awareness to embrace Years Young.

Mastered by Brian Lucey, band and EP make their entrance with that early single. Miracles immediately drizzles an elegant melody over ears before riffs and rhythms align to a more forceful sonic coaxing as things grow into fuller view. It relaxes again as the potent vocals of guitarist Luke Colclough strokes ears, his warm tones matched by those of drummer Ollie Griffiths, but quickly builds in energy and intensity as the guitars of Danny Binnington and Colclough imaginatively entwine the vocals. It is a fine tempting given even more creative enterprise by the bass of Gary Butler, its bulging lures dancing with a smiling revelry at times and in other moments casting thick but magnetic shadows. Continuing to inventively entertain and prompt a keen appetite, the song only, as the EP, impresses more and more with each listen.

Hiraeth Cover_RingMaster ReviewThe following Finding My Feet swiftly shows a bolder and feistier energy but again it comes controlled and neatly hugged by melodic and vocal expression. The bass probes and rhythms poke as the song reveals its plaintive heart, guitars casting another imaginative web as the song invites attention before making way for the evocatively melodic and anthemically enticing temptation that is The Sign. As its predecessor, the song smoothly merges lively bounds and emotive reflections in an enthralling landscape of inventive textures and increasingly alluring twists, just with more resourcefulness and tenacity to its imagination.

Across the EP and in varying degrees, each song seems to incite a thicker hunger to explore more, whether through an accumulative effect of the strong songwriting and inviting sound or by songs like the dynamically and sonically enflamed Electric taking aspects of those before it to new levels of exploration as it does to the gentle but roaring croon of the highly enjoyable Paper Mountains. Both songs lay easily and evocatively upon ears and thoughts, a strong trait of the EP emulated in its closer and best track Sleeping Easy. Straight away there is an intensity and sturdy edge to the song, even as it serenades with fire fuelled melodies and vocal angst; an imposing drama which demands attention and stirs up the emotions.

The track is a great end to a thoroughly enjoyable first taste of the Years Young sound. It is early days and fair to say an individual uniqueness has yet to majorly emerge within the band’s music, but for a first flavour Hiraeth potently pleases and leaves a wish to hear more; a success many a band would like to have with their debut encounter.

The Hiraeth EP is out now via most online stores.

Remaining dates on the Years Young UK tour:

31st January – Scunthorpe, The Lincoln Imp (with Allusondrugs)

16th February – Huddersfield, The Parish

19th February – Rotherham, The Trades

4th March – Birmingham, o2 Academy 3 (with The New Blacks)

19th March – Leeds, Verve Bar

21st March – Sheffield, Corporation

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Pete RingMaster 18/01/2016

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Forever Cult – Antonio Banderas

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Aligning the snarl of their previous single with a more uplifting parade of inescapable hooks and spicy grooves, indie rockers Forever Cult unleash new single Antonio Banderas, a release more than confirming what its impressive predecessor suggested, that they are one of the UK’s exciting new treats.

Hailing from Leeds, the 2012 formed Forever Cult has emerged as one of the more talked about prospects with their fiery mix of alternative rock and indie pop with other rich textures. Their sound is a blend of transfixing flavours which easily sparked acclaim and appetite through previous single Winter’s Glow and a live presence which has seen the band play both Leeds and Reading Festival, Tramlines, Live at Leeds, Long Division as well as share stages with the likes of Demob Happy, JAWS, Allusondrugs, Eagulls, Brawlers, Spring King, and DZ Deathrays. With one UK tour under their belts, the trio of Kieran Clarke, Aaron Snowdon, and Alex Greaves are setting out on a second this July with Antonio Banderas the thoroughly captivating teaser.

Antonio Banderas Artwork_RingMaster Review   The song opens on a scrub of guitar and the grizzly tone of the vocals, both aspects inescapably lined with an Arctic Monkeys twang which only adds to their appeal and coaxing. Swiftly rhythms are adding their invitation too, darker shadows of bass wantonly flirting with those feisty beats with an energy and swagger which only sparks the same in the varied vocals and the web of hooks and sonic tempting cast from the guitars. It is an irresistible mix increasing in seduction as effects clad voices at times and a psych rock breath washes over song and senses. Fair to say the contagion at large is bewitching, enticing feet and emotions to dance with the imagination and virulent enterprise of the song.

Whereas Winter’s Glow was a darker, grouchier prowl of a proposal, Antonio Banderas is a tenaciously livelier escapade, though still carrying intriguing shadows woven into one feisty stomp of a persuasion. The only thing wrong with the single is its short length; just as you are getting up a head of steam to indulge in its majesty, the two and half minutes are over, leaving a hunger for more and impatient anticipation for something even more substantial, like an album. Thanks to Antonio Banderas though, the summer just got steamier.

Antonio Banderas is out July 6th via Clue Records

Forever Cult headline tour dates:

13th July – Tunbridge Wells Forum, Tunbridge Wells

14th July – Green Door Store, Brighton

15th July – CLEAN, The Old Blue Last, London

16TH July – The Soundhouse – Leicester

17th July – Brudenell Social Club w/ Walleater + Colour Of Spring

18th July – Head Of Steam, Newcastle

19th July – The Castle Hotel, Manchester

25th July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

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