InAir – Dreamful

There are many aspects to the sound and songs of British trio InAir but the ones which impress most is the almost nagging quality which effortlessly entices swift returns and then the increasing temptation which rewards every listen. The evidence is most ripe within new EP Dreamful, a handful of tracks which immediately made a strong case for continued attention but truly blossomed in ears and appetite with that incessant curiosity.

Hailing from Reading, InAir introduced themselves with a praise gathering debut EP in 2017, A Different Light revealing the rich flavouring to their alternative/electro rock nurtured sound. Equally live the threesome of lead vocalist/bassist Joe Conneely, guitarist/vocalist Aaron Iley, and drummer/vocalist Connor Shortt has drawn potent acclaim, sharing stages with the likes of Arcane Roots, Defences, Chasing Cadence, Junior, Veridian, From Inside and Death Remains. It is easy to expect the band to again entice eager support for Dreamful such its contagious enterprise. Whether it is their breakthrough moment time will tell but it is hard to deny that point is on the cards at some moment in time.

Control kicks things off, its calm melodic invitation soon engulfed in a fiery eruption. As swiftly though it relaxes into a reserved but catchy stroll as Conneely’s tones proceed to share the song’s heart. All the while that volatile edge still simmers, boiling up with rhythms a tenacious enticement throughout as guitar sparked flames ignite the drama of the encounter. It is an absorbing mix of sound and imagination, fresh and familiar flavours woven into one powerful body.

The following Chemicals is similarly bred, electronic enterprise colluding with rock and metal inspired hues to create a dramatic proposition further enhanced by the emotive strength of vocals. Each though carries an infectious lining which increasingly got under the skin, the dynamics of rhythms adding to this tempting as intimacy fuels the narrative and melodic breath of the song. Eclipsing the opener, it too is maybe just a tad outshone by its successor, Talk To You. It is only slight if it is as together the outstanding pair provides the pinnacle of the EP, the latter an impassioned and lively slice of melancholy draped contagion with potent crescendos and searing eruptions.

The release is completed by firstly Regress, an equally combustible slab of electronic and melodic intensity as anthemic as it is thickly emotive, and finally Life Finds A Way. The closer like those before it simply grew in persuasion and stature by the listen, its unassuming yet enticing beginning breeding some of the EP’s most riveting and rousing flumes of sound and contagion to erupt.

Dreamful is a release which commands attention once given the opportunity, whether it demands it enough will determine if now or in the future InAir really make their mark on the UK rock scene but it is easy to feel they will.

The Dreamful EP is out now.

Pete RingMaster 20/09/2019

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Making Monsters – Bad Blood

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We heard the buzz and now we know it is pretty much on the mark, UK band Making Monsters is one striking and seriously exciting proposition. Our evidence comes with the band’s new EP, Bad Blood. It is six tracks of highly irritable and even more contagious rock ‘n’ roll equipped with the snarl of punk and bold diversity of alternative rock; a proposal which stirs the instincts and spirit from start to finish; oh the fact that the band’s sound has a touch of Animal Alpha to it does it no harm either.

Emerging in 2011, the Derry based Making Monsters soon poked at keen attention with their self-titled debut EP the following year, that potently back by successor, Attention, two years later. Alongside that success, the quartet has developed and honed their sound and live presence, impressing and luring new flocks of fans while sharing stages with the likes of Young Guns, Silverstein, We Came As Romans, Max Raptor, and Skindred amongst many. A clutch of singles have increasingly stirred the blood and ears these past couple of years while a full UK tour with Fightstar and Arcane Roots last October cemented the band’s growing reputation. With Bad Blood though, it is easy to expect the band stepping into new spotlights and strength of acclaim, the EP holding all the creative cards to be a game changer in the ascent of the band as it is in their sound.

Straight away the EP suggests there is a new maturity and even bolder adventure to the Making Monsters sound, a thought confirmed song by song across Bad Blood. It opens up with its mighty title track, a slab of punk ‘n’ roll straight away teasing with spicy hooks as the instantly impressing roar of Emma Gallagher takes on all challengers in attitude and quality. Guitars and boisterous rhythms continue to entice and intimidate across the excellent encounter, Gallagher’s emotive fire backed by male scowls as Brian Doherty’s drum sticks beat out an addictive pattern.

MM - Better _RingMasterReviewIt is a glorious start with, as suggested at the start, a great Animal Alpha hue to its tempest; an imagination and appetite inciting beginning to the release quickly and potently backed up by Call Me Out. A kinder affair on the senses for the main but with an imposing volatility, the dark stroll of Gary Todd’s throaty bass at first holds court with the provocative tones of Gallagher, who is already showing much more of her versatility; the pair soon colluding with the fiery enterprise of guitarist Paul Monk and heftily swung beats to stir up an already keen appetite.

Latest single Better comes in next; its entrance also less intrusive but taking a quickly unshakeable firm grip on ears as shimmering melodies and senses piercing hooks lay their bait into the rhythmically virulent swing of the song. There are moments throughout it where thoughts wonder if Distillers were fused with Stolen Babies, would they sound like and as riveting as this. They are essences which continue to flavour a song which has the energies breathless and hunger greedier by its end, so luckily We Aren’t Living is next to eagerly share its melodic pop ‘n’ roll with a growl and a tenacious will. Like those around it, the track offers plenty of unpredictable twists and moments of fascinating imagination, neither ever disrupting the flow and impact.

Rose seduces next, Gallagher caressing ears with her warm yet snarly tones as sultry tendrils of guitar sway. It is a mesmeric coaxing soon over run by a torrent of spiky riffs and busy rhythms providing a just as enticing invitation. As now expected things are soon turning down new avenues and offering a variety of twists woven into a blaze of a song as raucous as it is emotively inflamed and intimate.

Bad Blood ends on our favourite track, a rampaging beast of attitude and invention going by the name of Noodle Sync. Noise and garage rock meets punk metal infused rock ‘n’ roll, the track is a blistering assault and trespass on ears and the senses. It is a cauldron of raw riffs and invasive hooks driven by the diverse drama and emotion of Gallagher’s explosive voice and presence, her ability and invention more than matched in sound and imagination by the rest of the band.

It is a stunning end to a quite exhilarating release; an EP which just might be the making of Making Monsters and certainly another step towards major things for the band one suspects.

The Bad Blood EP is out now digitally @ with physical copies available @

Pete RingMaster 16/05/2016

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Young States – Down To You EP

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If their debut EP Down To You is an indication of things to come, UK rockers Young States is a band a great many will be paying close attention to over coming years. Young in presence and age, two members barely 18, the Norwich hailing quartet make their striking introduction with four songs sculpted in alternative and indie rock; encounters which are lean on flab and strong on passion, as well as accomplished craft. It is not yet a scene stretching proposal or something to set the pulse racing out of control, but both music and EP are propositions to get ears and appetite eagerly on board and anticipating an inevitable potent progress of the band.

Young States was formed towards the closing of 2014, its members meeting whilst on courses at Access To Music in Norwich. The foursome of guitarists Libby Irons and Amy Jeffery, vocalist/bassist Georgia Leeder, and drummer Molly Draba-Mann subsequently united musically, drawing on a love for and the inspiration of bands like Brand New, Arcane Roots, and Mallory Knox to spark and enrich their own quickly brewing ideas and sound. In no time they were writing their debut release, the striking Down To You EP, which with all things going in their favour, should soon begin sparking the seeds to national attention.

YS down to you EP_RingMaster Review     The release opens with the rousing No More, a song which from a gentle guitar and bass caress bursts into vibrant life with crisp beats keenly poking steely riffs and flavoursome hooks. The vocals, and indeed bass lure, of Leeder quickly adds further invitation to the tenacious blend of rock ‘n’ roll rich with potent whiffs of punk and melodic rock. As enticing as the sound and vocals are, so too is the invention of the songwriting, twists into different textures and the fluid mixing up of energy just imagination shaped resourcefulness. It is the vocal delivery, with Irons adding her rich backing too, which leads the show though in all aspects band and song leaves ears and appetite firmly gripped.

The following Feedback is just as dynamic and quickly persuasive, hooks and melodic tang a flavoursome weave to set things off and an evocative cradle for the subsequent presence of Leeder’s voice. Rippling with enterprise and impassioned attitude, the song reminds of fellow Brits Leopards, especially with its controlled but open creative snarl and generally imposing rhythmic framing. Like all four tracks, it is not littered with big surprises yet there is freshness to it and the Young States invention which sparkles with thick promise and a suggestion of bigger things to come.

Stay takes over next and instantly seduces with a seductively anthemic rolling of beats from Draba-Mann, they leading to and continuing through a sky of melodic beckoning which in turn welcomes ever alluring vocals. Choppy riffs and tendrils of sonic craft wrap and slip between the still persistently virulent rhythms and delivery of Leeder, her bass spreading its darker tones once the rest of the band is busy creating their mesmeric persuasion. Once more the foursome creates passages of melodic elegance and reflection amidst more volatile scenery, and once more the band leaves rich satisfaction in their wake.

The release is brought to a melancholic close through Passing Time, voice and guitar the first evocative kiss on the senses, their second aligned to resonating bass tones and a scuzzier air cast by Irons and Jeffery. The track holds attention firm the first time round but grows into the peak of Down To You over constant listening, its emotionally tempestuous and musically dramatic heart a brewing, highly persuasive theatre of raw energy and skilful craft.

The best song on the EP, it not only completes a highly enjoyable first look at Young States, but in many ways sets the tone for their next and subsequent steps. Distinct originality and unpredictability is still an open hint in their sound but growing nicely as evidenced by Passing Time alone. It is down to them how bold and tenacious they grow but also you by treating yourself to their first nudge on the British rock scene.

The Down To You EP is available from August 7th @

RingMaster 04/08/2015

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