Come The Spring – Revive EP

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   Come The Spring, come the roar, certainly on the evidence of the UK band’s new EP Revive, a creative bellow which simply ignites ears and emotions. The six track encounter is a tempest of alternative and punk rock, a feisty and impassioned encounter which from a decent but strong start emerges as one fiery and memorable proposition. The EP comes with a snarling attitude and aggressive nature but around its confrontational jaws, band and songs unveil a resourceful and melodic tenacity which is as alluring as the intensity within both is ferocious.

Brighton bred Come The Spring formed in 2012, its line-up including previous members of bands like Rydell. It was not long before locally and subsequently across the UK, that the band’s live presence was earning them a potent reputation and loyal following, The sharing of stages with artists such as Hot Water Music, Green Day, Braid, Texas is the Reason, Appleseed Cast, Piebald, No FX, Samiam and numerous more only accelerated their ascent and reinforced their reputation for having a striking and uncompromisingly stirring sound. Released via Engineer Records, Revive is the band’s new assault on a broader attention, an encounter easy to see earning rewarding success.

EP opener 24 makes an ear pleasing and imaginative introduction to the release, its initial stroke of guitar the prelude to an emotive melodic caress and potent rhythmic enticement. It is welcoming coaxing also carrying a rawer edge, a provocative texture just as keen in the swiftly impressing tones of vocalist Sam Craddock. The song slips into an increasingly rigorous stroll whilst a volatile energy and causticity brews in the heart of vocals and the expanding sound. The snarling bassline is a constant intimidation in this but it is the following blaze of angst in Craddock’s delivery which finally ignites the air, expelling agonized tones against the magnetically radiate enterprise of guitarists David Gamage and Simon Goodrick. The track provides a highly satisfying incitement, the bass of Mark Wilkinson almost persistently carnivorous as it backs the rampantly skilled swings of drummer Jamie Donbroski, but lacks that final spark which would turn an undoubted impressive proposal into a great one.

The brief chilled ambience and sonic ire of the following Winterlude is the same, an accomplished and intriguing offering but pleasing rather than exciting before things really kick up a gear in CTS.Revive.CDcoverappeal and invention. Memory and Resonance is next, launching another deliciously throaty bassline and fiercely expressive vocals at the listener from its first breath. To this guitars swiftly add their vibrant and spirited endeavour to the shadowed heart of the increasingly gripping post hardcore seeded track too. It all breeds an anthemic potency which was less pronounced in the first pair of songs and gains even greater contagion from the next up Air That I’m Breathing onwards. The fourth track of Revive is a wonderfully turbulent yet melodically engrossing tempest of emotion and craft, a tempting fusion of alternative and melodic rock with punk antagonism, and another rich roar that inescapably gets under the skin and into the passions. The EP started in fine fettle but by this point is really revelling in a fresh creative prowess and the potential of one increasingly impressing band.

Maps comes next and from a charmingly subdued and melodically evocative start, courted by great bass sculpted shadows, explores an intimate and increasingly expansive bellow of emotion and sound. The guitars flame with sonic flair and inventive enterprise whilst vocally once more Craddock shows the power of his voice and expression. It is hard to day that the track allows a breath between the more voracious characters of the songs around it such its intense passion, but it is fair to say that it is a less agitated storm amidst its predecessor and the closing might of Home, Sick and Tired. The final track has the biggest punk heart and hostility of all the songs but is still unafraid to exploit the rich hues of searing melodies as it provides a dramatic and thrilling, fully rounded creative storm.

It and Air That I’m Breathing steal the show, suggesting the future capability of the band to create inspirational songs and templates for fierce rock ‘n’ roll is ripening nicely. They are tracks strongly backed by the rest of the collection of highly enjoyable songs though, so much so that Revive leaves only excited and impressed thoughts on Come The Spring.

The Revive EP is available digitally now and on CD from on 22nd March 2015 via Engineer Records

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RingMaster 13/03/2015

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Matt Pryor – Wrist Slitter

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With a title like Wrist Slitter anticipation was of the darkest emotional and imposing persuasion but as the new album from Matt Pryor unveils its persuasion expectations were soon thrown a curve ball. There is certainly rich shadows and at times keen melancholia to the release but for the main it is an upbeat and vibrant romp of energy, emotive light, and thoroughly enjoyable enterprise. The album took a couple of songs for thoughts and satisfaction to get a hold and find an understanding for the refreshing offering but once connected the release provides a unfussy yet resourcefully crafted imaginative romp.

Renowned as the frontman for The Get Up Kids, Pryor has garnered just as eager acclaim for folk-tinged group The New Amsterdams, his children’s music project Terrible Twos, and indie-rock super group Lasorda which also features Nate Harold (fun.), Mike Standberg (Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band), and Dustin Kinsey (The New Amsterdams). His own releases have also bred strong responses and respect but Wrist Slitter takes it to another level as Pryor’s finest solo moment. Released via Alcopop! Records in the UK, it is a magnetic feast of creatively flavoured rock pop leaving a healthy smile on the face and in the passions.

The album opens as if set in a jazz driven twenties speakeasy, excited echoes of the past awakening the imagination before Pryor ARR048_Matt_Pryor_Wrist_Slitter_Cover-kleinthrusts his sounds through the door to send them down an expanse of melodic pop rock in the accomplished guise of The House Hears Everything. Guitars and rhythms make an instant appeal to the emotions and without sparking major reactions wins their attention whilst the vocals of their sculptor equally lays down a strong start. As mentioned the song and the following Kinda Go To Pieces do not light a fire inside but certainly spark a decent appetite for their declarations, the second song like its predecessor providing an easy to access catchy stroll with hooks and melodies infectious if not startling in their ingenuity, a healthy enticement.

It is from the title track that Wrist Slitter suddenly turns on a distinctive and irresistible charm. The brief track complete with Cajun twang and invasive drone is a delicious and unexpected twist from which the album only expands and excels starting with the outstanding Words Get In the Way, the best track on the album. From its first breath rhythms make a firm frame for the dark throated bass and guitar swipes to grip and enthral the senses, whilst vocally the mix of Pryor and guest Steve Soboslai of Punchline makes a mouthwatering invitation into the heart and swagger of the song. There is an Everclear essence to the track which only adds to its immense lure whilst its contagious melodic coaxing and potent hooks creates an aural dance which is impossible to resist; only its briefness a slight niggle.

The acoustic folk opening to Before My Tongue Becomes a Sword makes a gentle entrance after a breath into another impressive and energetic prowl of the passions. The two parts do not seem connected, certainly in sound but work well as the subsequent romping blaze of pop punk seduces attention and imagination. With again guest vocals, this time from Chris Conley of Saves The Day and Braid’s Bob Nanna, and Bontempi like keys the song is a lo-key high appealing slice of melodic adventure immediately equalled by the bouncy If I Wear a Disguise. An eighties new wave feel coats the melodies whilst vocally Pryor has an earnest upbeat energy and emotional depth to his delivery to match the enthusiastic sounds around him.

The evocation of As Perfect As We’ll Ever Be is soon slowly burning its mark in thoughts and emotions, its strings a melancholic caress alongside an acoustic guitar kiss and the vocal narrative, before the Squeeze like Foolish Kids, with Pryor finding a definite Glenn Tilbrook lilt to his voice to match the UK band’s melodic prowess, weaves a pleasing embrace over the ears. Say What You’re Gonna Say also has potency and appeal seemingly sparked by the Deptford band, a thrilling hook laded melodic call instantly acquiring the passion’s support with again its short length of a few breaths over one minute again the only irritant.

The slower emotive walk of So Many Questions like the two before carries that Squeeze tone whilst the addictive hope wrapped emotive ramble of There Is No Us recalls the Everclear comparison in a merger with The Super Happy Fun Club. Both bring the listener into a relaxed state ready for the closing energetic saunter of the punkier Won’t Speak To Me which eventually leads the listener into a reprise of the opening scenery. It is an excellent conclusion to a richly pleasing and enthralling release, one which to be honest strongly exceeds what were maybe low expectations, those assumptions soon shoved back to their source with a creative craft and smiling adventure which leaves satisfaction very happy.

Wrist Slitter is available now on CD and 150 ltd edition blue marble vinyl and will be supported by a 9-date headline tour around the UK (with support from Allison Weiss) early next year.

UK TOUR DATES: February 2014:

14 – Southampton, Joiners

15 – Kingston, Fighting Cocks

16 – Nottingham, Bodega

17 – Newcastle, Cluny

18 – Glasgow, Cathouse

20 – Manchester, Sound Control

21 – Bristol, The Exchange

22 – London, The Borderline

23 – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum

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8/10

RingMaster 02/12/2013

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Come The Spring: Seven For A Secret

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    Seven For A Secret is the debut release from UK band Come The Spring, a six track mini-album which openly ripples with enterprise. It is a release to which recognition of its potency and accomplished craft in songwriting and sound is easy to state but despite all its strengths there is a feeling of lost opportunity with the band failing to ignite any strong passions with its presence.

Hailing from Brighton, Come The Spring has drawn plenty of attention and fervour towards themselves since forming in the middle of 2012. With members who have the strong experiences of being in bands like Rydell and My So Called Life previously, and also sharing stages with the likes of Hot Water Music, Greenday, Nofx, Texas is the Reason, and Braid, the quintet hit the ground running and soon drew the attention of Engineer Records who release this their debut. Musically the band craft a sound which is rich in the essences of bands such as Hot Water Music, Fightstar, The Gaslight Anthem and more, that possibly the reason the release did not ignite the fires inside which one was expecting considering the brewing excitement around the band, their sound having a too strong a similarity to others.

Conditions opens things up strongly with its initial sonic embrace soon joined by firm beats and an eager wash of striking guitar comethespringcaresses. As the rich and expressive vocals make their presence known, an infectious hook veins the track to help ensure the song is a lingering pleasure. Into its stride the melodic flames of the guitar and rich tones of the bass standout along with the vocals to enthral and satisfy making an impressive and promising start to the release.

The following Northern Star contrasts the keen energy of its predecessor with a restrained and emotive gait. It is a gentle encounter with a certain passion which brings crescendos within the expressive breath of the song. The bass with its melancholic and exhilarating downcast voice steers the stormy atmosphere and reflection of song and its heart into a compelling company for ear and thoughts. As its moves towards its climax, the song shifts and raises the heat with good variety and invention and across its length evolves into a magnetic long-term treat.

The following Patching the Cracks Doesn’t Make it Foolproof and Readbeforeyouwatch both offer capturing elements which entice and infect the passions but equally neither can sustain the effect as they employ familiar underwhelming loud whispers to wrap around the stirring moments. Despite that the two tracks do hold attention and thoughts firmly in their grasp during their company and it is only after that they disappear from view and memory too easily for the fullest of satisfaction. Again as in all songs, they do not leave the listener short on skilled musicianship and passionate songwriting and again help to breed a strong sense and promise that the band is moving on to major things and releases in the future.

      The State isn’t Important as Long as we’re One is the weakest song on the release, a track which passes by without inspiring any real reaction though again it is sculpted and presented impressively and makes a decent enough lead in to the excellent closer Statues. On military driven drum recruitment and angular guitar riffs the song strikes up sparks of real pleasure with its contagious energy and melodic beckoning and ensures as it began that the album ends on a high.

Come The Spring seems to be tagged as post hardcore but stand more as a melodic punk/alternative rock band, though they do recruit other strong flavours to their creative cause. Seven For A Secret is an appealing debut from a band which you can only see unleashing some very notable releases ahead. This album is not quite one itself but for an introduction easily inspires the wish to keenly investigate future efforts whilst in the now makes for an enjoyable to spend your time.

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6.5/10

RingMaster 22/03/2013

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