Between The Lines – To The Wind

We can debate whether two tracks constitutes an EP or a single as in the ‘old days’ but what was easy to agree on at The RR is that To The Wind, the debut release from UK outfit Between The Lines, is one very enjoyable and blatantly contagious affair. Creating a mix of pop punk and alternative rock, the Bedfordshire based quintet has introduced themselves in fine energetic style.

Formed in 2017, Between The Lines soon inspired potent local and further afield support before earning shows alongside the likes of Better Than Never, The Young & Restless, SEASONS, and Reckless Intentions. There has been real energy to the emergence of the melodic punks which has been as infectious as the spirit in the two tracks which have attention locked, pleasure loaded, and the body bouncing within their debut.

To The Wind starts with its title track, a distant rhythmic heartbeat swiftly looming in with that seemingly instinctive spunkiness quickly being joined by an animated hook amidst lively riffs. Settling into its snappy stroll, the enticing vocals of Alex Lewis step forward with a delivery which reveals potent variety as the song continues. Driving the track, the beats of Tom Hogan nag and harry ears, inviting eager physical response as the guitars of Adam Brewster and Sam Burnage spin their web of melodic and spiky goodness. Perpetually cored by that flirtatious hook, the track leaves ears wanting little; certainly there is something strongly familiar about the track but it only adds to its vivacity as the band’s more individual potential hints.

Second song is Anywhere But Here and it too needs a mere breath to manipulate feet and attention as riffs and tenacious rhythms get to work. Whereas the bass of Lewis Wolton was sunk a touch too much into the mix of its predecessor for personal tastes, it is a throbbing lure at the forefront of the final song with his lines as inescapably virile as the rousing vocal roar and the urgency of the guitars. Punk rock unapologetically catchy and punchy with great zeal in its heart the song hit the spot with ease.

Being suggested for those with an appetite of bands such as Four Year Strong, Chunk! No Captain Chunk, and State Champs, Between The Lines is a band worthy of keeping a close ear upon especially if they can realise the promise of their excellent debut and fuel it with the uniqueness they are already giving glimpses of.

To The Wind is released July 6th digitally and on CD.

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Pete RingMaster 05/07/2018

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Maypine – In The Back Of My Mind

Providing a rather strong introduction to themselves, British pop-punks Maypine release their debut EP this month. In The Back Of My Mind offers five tracks of infectious melodic punk bursting with potential and an already revealing potent craft in songwriting and enterprise. It is not jaw dropping or particularly unique but certainly commands eager attention with ease, success in anyone’s book.

Formed around the middle of last year and rising from the ever vibrant Brighton music scene, Maypine soon showed their strengths and lures on the local live scene, continuing to draw support and acclaim thereon in leading up to the imminent release of their first EP. Recorded with producer Ian Sadler (ROAM/Homebound), it opens up with recent single A Little Sooner which soon has ears cupped in a weave of melodic guitars speared by striking rhythms. From their midst, a strolling gait loaded with instinctive catchiness breaks, vocalist Jason Payne backed by the equally alluring tones of rhythm guitarist Dan Jarvis, magnetic at the fore. It is hard not to be swept up in the song’s infectious nature and exploits, lead guitarist Becky East weaving a captivating web of melodic and enterprise to seal the deal.

The great start is keenly backed by new video/single North South Divide which too needs little time to have ears lured and bodies bouncing. The swinging beats of drummer James Holdsworth make a great driving impetus to its exploits, the heavier tone of Tommy Roberts’ bass bringing a fine tempering to the fiery flames of guitar which again firmly hold ears and appetite as vocals share the song’s emotive heart. Calmer moments only add to its strength, revealing bolder aspects in the band’s imagination before Inside Out jumps in with its just as keen energy and tenacity. Though it lacks some of the more unpredictable twists of its predecessors, the track is a contagious proposal leaving enjoyment full and giving plenty of clues to the band’s success as a live proposition.

Never Far Apart calms things down with its acoustic croon, guitar and voice sharing real magnetism before things eventually boil up with the rest of the band adding their flames to the increasingly volatile smoulder. A slow burner in some ways compared to other tracks, it rises to be a compelling part of the impressing release.

Closing track Day After Day brings things to a strong conclusion though it too misses out on making the more striking impression of other tracks on the EP. Nevertheless tapping feet and pleasured ears endorses its catchy potency and its part in ensuring In The Back Of My Mind leaves a strong appetite for more of the Maypine sound.

With numerous essences which should appeal to those with a liking for bands such as ROAM, Blink-182, and You Me At Six, the EP suggests Maypine is a rather promising new addition to British pop punk.

In The Back Of My Mind is released August 4th through Disconnect Records.

MAYPINE August tour:

Friday 04 – Hope & Ruin, Brighton

Saturday 05 – Mulberry Tavern, Sheffield

 Sunday 06 – Creepy Wee Pub, Dunfermline (Acoustic/afternoon set)

Sunday 06 – The Attic/The Garage, Glasgow***

Tuesday 08 – Retro Bar, Manchester***

Thursday 10 – The Shed, Leicester**

Friday 11 – The Thunderbolt, Bristol**

Saturday 12 – The Attic, Torquay**

Sunday 13 – The Joiners, Southampton**

Monday 14 – The Black Heart, Camden**

Tuesday 15 – The Attic, Ashford**

Wednesday 16th – TJ’s, Eastbourne

**w/ Better Than Never | *** w/ Coast To Coast

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Pete RingMaster 02/08/2017

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Better Than Never – Homemade Hero

BTN_RingMaster Review

Of any genre, trying to stand out from the crowd in pop punk seems to be one of the hardest feats. Trying to breed something dramatically unique in sound is something which many a great band have struggled to master. Some bands though, inspire the belief that even if their music is not majorly distinct initially, they have the potential and imagination to breach that particular plateau. Listening to the debut EP from British sextet Better Than Never that promise is certainly an open possibility. Embracing other flavours in its feisty pop punk sound, Homemade Hero offers four fresh and rousing songs that hint at something individual in the making.

Oxford bred; Better Than Never emerged in 2013 and quickly set about honing their sound and craft whilst growing into a vibrant proposition on the local live scene. Arriving at the line-up of vocalist James Harris, bassist Jake Aitman, drummer Kane McIntosh, and the three pronged guitar attack of Max Peniket, Jim Allsop, and Will Keating, who also adds backing vocals to the mix, Better Than Never entered The Ranch Production House in Southampton last year to record their first release.

BTN Homemade Hero Artwork_RingMaster ReviewWhat emerged was Homemade Hero; a tenacious quartet of songs soaked in infectious sound and swiftly grabbing attention. It makes a reserved yet firmly enticing start with Heads Shoulders Knees Bones, a song which itself makes a restrained entrance but soon erupts into a boisterous gait though the reins stay on a touch. The potent mix of Harris and Keating’s vocals soon have a say though and lead an eager canter of riffs and melodic hooks to liven up song and listener further. It is a potent if understated and over comfortable beginning, in comparison of the songs to come, to the release but one which nevertheless leaves ears keen and satisfied and the imagination hooked.

It is a success which Back Of The Line Kid seizes with a more dynamic and resourceful character. Straight away the vocals have richer expression as an alternative /indie rock essence flavours the far more unpredictable and fiery enterprise blossoming within the track. Bands like The Jacques and Asylums spring to thoughts as the track shows inventive adventure with the anthemic power of its punk side adding a Taking Back Sunday air to the excellent proposition and pinnacle of the EP.

The following Panama, which features Andrew Soares and Matt Poulton, swings and bellows with vibrant energy and fiery attitude next. The vocal blend across band and song alone is a pungent lure and more than matched by the infectious urgency and aggressive ferocity that ebbs and flows across its creative borders. Like a bridge between the characters of the first pair of songs, it leaves enamoured ears behind for the closing creative web of Dead Weight to entangle and pleasure. Again a broader flavouring is woven into the anthemic prowess of the encounter, where for the fourth time the trio of guitars create something which employs all their individual enterprise without becoming too over involved or imposing on the flowing virulence of the song.

That craft and the EP itself, is another the sign of a band with the potential to make a potent mark on the UK rock scene, especially as the undercurrent of real individuality in the release and Better Than Never’s imagination blossoms ahead.

The Homemade Hero EP is available from on February 19th via Fox Records @ http://betterthannever.bandcamp.com

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Pete RingMaster 18/02/2016

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