Kevin Mcgowan – Hibernation Masturbation

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Hibernation Masturbation is the new single from Scottish musician/songwriter Kevin Mcgowan, an artist who collaborated a few months back with Karel Fialka on his new album Peace v War. Written seven years ago as Mcgowan reflected on the growing reliance of the world on technology and the media for information and allowing its guidance of our lives, the song is a tantalising landscape of indie rock with the potent harmonic tones of its creator inciting the imagination in fine style.

The theme and insight of the track is even more relevant to the now as people seemingly live their lives in the fantasy of the internet, its relationships, and through media controlled information rather than the real world around them.

km-art_RingMasterReviewMusically the song carries a nineties indie/Brit pop feel, essences of bands like Suede and Pulp teasing ears within Mcgowan’s own open invention. Its opening touch is woven by the strings of Mcgowan’s guitar, each note a lure inviting and tantalising as darker rhythms stroll alongside with the weight of shadows on their shoulders.

Instantly engaging with a growing catchiness to its character and gait, Hibernation Masturbation only tightens its grip on ears and appetite as a blossoming tapestry of captivating hooks and suggestive melodies entangles the imagination along with the descriptive potency of the lyrics and vocals.

With every aspect of Hibernation Masturbation from creation to release a solo effort by Mcgowan, the single is a creative statement which commands attention, its sound and enterprise simply ensuring that success is a done deal.

Hibernation Masturbation is out now via imagine & believe records on iTunes @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hibernation-masturbation-single/id1146680042?ls=1&app=itunes

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Pete RingMaster 28/10/2016

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A Blue Flame – What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remain

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Three years after the release and success of a debut album, A Blue Flame has released successor What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remains, a collection of songs which musically tug at the imagination and lyrically at the emotions.

A Blue Flame is the solo project of British songwriter Richard Stone, a Leicester based artist who has been stirring attention these past months through a host of suggestively ripe and ear pleasing singles. What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remains follows his 2013 cast first album someone else’s dreams will fill our home; an offering released under the name of Woodman Stone. As suggested, it was a proposition which grabbed ears and plaudits alike, its lead song Does Madonna Dream of Ordinary People especially drawing strong support and airplay across the likes of BBC 6Music and BBC Leicester with Tom Robinson calling Stone’s music: “wonderful unashamed pop music that comes with an inbuilt English Pop sensibility running through to its very core“.

Featuring some of Leicester’s best musicians including co-producer Adam Ellis on guitar and Tony Robinson from The Beautiful South on keys and brass, What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remains is now whipping up even more loud attention. It needs little time to make a potent impression with When Time Slowed Down first up and readily caressing ears. Stone’s sound is a folk scented mix of British flavouring from pop and Brit Pop to a more rock hued proposal. The album’s opener is a gentle folk coloured slice of enterprise, a flavoursome coaxing gently drawing the listener into a release which just grows in strength and stature song by song. Keys and guitar cradle the dusty tones of Stone, a jazzy whisper coating every note and tone of the engaging start.

ablueflame_RingMasterReviewEveryday Yesterday similarly makes a low key entrance though there is a latent sturdiness from its start. With the firm beats of drummer Damon Claridge leading the way as guitar and keys amidst warm harmonies colour the track’s sky, a captivating catchiness descends on ears.  It is a quality ever present in Stone’s songs, making an increasingly vocal present here and in the following The Girl Inside of You. The new single, the track is a rousing slice of melody thick revelry embraced in Brit Pop meets folk rock flavouring. Increasingly addictive with every listen, the song has bodies bouncing and thoughts thickly involved as Stone’s lyrical and vocal prowess works on the imagination. A thumping proposition setting an early peak to the album it is also the spark to a new plateau within What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remain.

Next up is Our Memories Fade, a less energetic endeavour initially which grows in energy and emotion as sultry guitars glow across crisp beats. It too has an instinctive infectiousness, an organically appealing swing wrapped in Americana-esque charm while Stone grips attention with his words and inviting vocal style. Its highly pleasing endeavours make way for Be Kind To Yourself, a smouldering ballad which might not have the same spark as its predecessors but simply beguiles with its fifties hued cry.

Earthy punk infused rock ‘n’ roll treats ears next in the shape of the excellent I Don’t Know, another imposingly enjoyable sing-a-long canter with Skids like fuzzy guitar, while the equally compelling Out There Somewhere shares its own piece of rock where again a Stuart Adamson comparison arises as the song has a touch of Big Country to it. Both tracks increase an already eager appetite for the release, a satisfaction which From God on Down feeds with even greater strength. Flirting ears with a twist of reggae inspired devilry and slight dub effect within its formidable rock ‘n’ roll, the track takes top honours.

A Julian Cope feel shades the inescapable magnetism of Marlborough Park Avenue, a scent which only adds to its bewitching prowess and success whilst The Sun Refused To Shine dips into the fifties/early sixties again with its teasing melodies aligned to another potent Stone croon and alluring harmonies. The two songs alone reveal the diversity of sound and invention which frequents the album, a variety continued by the country twanged folk of Feeling The Same and finally Goodbye as What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remain goes out with the same poetic gentleness it began with, if with greater melancholy involved.

Enjoyable on the first couple of listens and near on essential thereon in, What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remain announces A Blue Flame and Richard Stone as one of Britain’s most compelling propositions and exciting songwriters.

What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remain is out now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/a-blue-flame/id1078425623 and http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ABlueFlame across most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 25/08/2016

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Righteous Reprobates – Scarlet Sky

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Scarlet Sky is the new single from UK indie rockers Righteous Reprobates, a song which infectiously shimmers and lingeringly jangles from its first touch.

Based in London and Kent, Righteous Reprobates draw on inspirations from the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. Openly a nineties Brit Pop flavour escapes their sound, the quartet using it, on the evidence of Scarlet Sky, to spice up an instinctive ability to create an infectious proposal. Certainly the song wears its influences openly; a familiar character to its sound hard to escape but similarly the new single shows all the attributes and invention which has seen the band draw strong attention and radio play since emerging.

From the first breath Scarlet Sky grips ears in its glowing lure of sound, its steely texture and smouldering melodies encasing warm vocals and harmonies as rhythms frame it all with a web of catchiness. The vocals of guitarists Rob White and Jack Griffiths emerge to unite perfectly across the inviting landscape of the track, their fingers equally casting a weave of angular and melodically spicy enterprise with just a touch of the 80’s more mod inspired bands such as Purple Hearts and The Chords to it.

With bassist Jack Collier offering a pulsating stroll through his strings as drummer Charlie Kenny drives proceedings with captivating beats, it all adds up to a highly enjoyable and tasty insight into the anthemic sound and growing imagination of Righteous Reprobates.

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Pete RingMaster 25/08/2016

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A Blue Flame – The Girl Inside of You

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Adding to a host of recent singles which hint of potent times for their creators and the releases they are taken from is The Girl Inside of You, the new track from A Blue Flame. Plucked from their latest album What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remains, the single is a thumping slice of rousing songwriting and a melody thick sound with a Brit Pop meets folk rock flavouring and an encounter very easy to get seriously involved in.

A Blue Flame art_RingMasterReviewA Blue Flame is the project of Leicester based songwriter, Richard Stone and What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remains the successor to debut album Someone Else’s Dreams Will Fill Our Home which was released in 2013 under the name of Woodman Stone. With its lead song Does Madonna Dream of Ordinary People gaining strong airplay across the likes of BBC 6Music and BBC Leicester, Tom Robinson was one declaring their support, calling Stone’s music: “wonderful unashamed pop music that comes with an inbuilt English Pop sensibility running through to its very core“. The Girl Inside of You is destined to find the same success and more, with What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remains, which features some of Leicester’s best musicians including co-producer Adam Ellis on guitar and Tony Robinson from The Beautiful South on keys and brass, following suit.

The Girl Inside of You strolls in with bold hooks and rhythms aligned to an instant melodic lure. It’s commanding breath relaxes slightly as Stone’s lyrical and vocal prowess works on the imagination but the song’s potency never lessens as creative enterprise and punchy emotion fuelled imagination is added to its web of temptation.

As subsequent smart twists and turns ensure there is nothing predictable about the song, there is something of The Jam in their Setting Sons period spicing to the encounter which as you can imagine does it no harm either. The Girl Inside of You is one of those songs hard to get enough of; one all the while suggesting that a definite look at the album it graces (look out for our review soon) is in order.

The Girl Inside of You is out now with What We’ve Become Is All That Now Remains available 19th August @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/a-blue-flame/id1078425623 and http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ABlueFlame

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Pete RingMaster 19/08/2016

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Mellor – Damage/ Joy

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Formed in 2011, British quartet Mellor has earned some high praise and interest from fans and media alike, and there are plenty of reasons to expect things to continue and get busier around the band with the release of new EP Damage/ Joy. Four tracks which leap and bound into the imagination, the EP is a rousing slice of kinetic indie pop easy to get a healthy taste for.

The band itself calls their sound “Pop Smack”, but it can be best described as raucous Brit pop with an arsenal of twists. On the EP, it is like a galvanic stomp woven from the indie adventure of The Jackals, the punkishness of a Top Buzzer, the eighties fervour of a Purple Hearts or Secret Affair, and the transatlantic mischief of Weezer. It is a sound which has already lured potent attention through a trio of singles and a debut EP to date as well as a highly praised live presence which has seen the band share stages with bands such as The Milk, Carl Barat, and The Kooks. Now it is the turn of the Mo Hausler (Babyshambles, Everything Everything) produced Damage/ Joy to whip up fresh ears and appetites the way of Reading quartet Gary, Josh, Evert, and Sam.

The release gets straight down to it too with opener Win Me Over. Punchy rhythms and a fine clash of guitar swiftly springs a hook lined swagger which soon has hips and ears locked into it’s a seriously catchy and flirtatious stroll. Bursts of feisty energy and aggression add to the spicy drama on offer whilst its melodic infectiousness and rhythmic shuffle is not too far removed from sixties beat bands like Herman’s Hermits.

logo_RingMasterReviewIt is a gripping and eventful proposal entangling a host of flavours across the decades into its bouncing body; a treat of imagination emulated again in Dolly Daydream. A slower but no less enticing proposal which gets increasingly compelling with every minute, the song is a serenade of emotive keys and vocal prowess within rhythmic shadows and an underlying but restrained urgency. It is an energy which gets more of an escape in the riveting Going Nowhere, a track which from its delicious opening groan of bass has ears and appetite on board. Sultry caresses of guitar and melodic seducing need little time to captivate the listener either whilst fiery grooves and the ever potent vocals, as well as that persistent dark lure of rhythms, ensures enjoyment is full to the rim.

The EP closes with Schadenfreude; a rip-roaring romp of indie rock ‘n’ roll with again a breeding in each of the past five decades via various strains of galvanic sound. If reading all the references to times and flavours past triggers thoughts that the band may have missed their time in musical history, be rest assured that Mellor, certainly going by Damage/Joy, is very much a band of the now and one of those with the potential to eventually steer the adventure of the British indie rock ‘n’ pop scene.

Damage/Joy is available from 11th March 2016 via iTunes and other stores.

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Upcoming Live Dates:

Saturday 12th March – Oakford Social Club – Reading (READING EP RELEASE SHOW)

Friday 25th March – The Railway – Winchester

Friday 8th April – Sebright Arms – London

Pete RingMaster 10/03/2016

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Savannah – Music Is My High

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Music Is My High is the third single from UK indie/rock band Savannah, and reason alone to be excited about the emergence of the Telford hailing quartet. The song shows a tantalising mix of flavours which no doubt will lure references to Brit pop bands of the nineties but its uniting of sound has seeds further back in music history whether by intention or coincidence.

Recorded with Gavin Monaghan, Music Is My High is like a delicious collusion between eighties indie band The Mighty Lemon Drops and the slightly earlier sixties garage rock inspired adventures of bands like Purple Hearts and Nine Below Zero. Certainly the scent of an Oasis or Inspiral Carpets comes into play at times, but the single is a masterful weave of many spices which has the imagination and emotions onside very quickly.

Music Is My High follows the successful releases of the double A-sided single/video Back Street Robber / Live Your Life and a self-titled EP. They were big parts in a potent 2015 for Savannah, the year seeing the band playing over 200 live dates across the UK including three sold out 250 capacity gigs and make history with a record breaking show on The Wrekin.

Savannah - Music Is My High _RingMasterReview- artworkIt is easy to see that success continuing into 2016 if Music Is My High is the sign of things to come, and it takes little time in gripping attention as a thick bass lure sparks the clash of jangly guitar aligned to the magnetic tones of vocalist Liam Ball. Already thoughts are reminded of The Mighty Lemon Drops as melodies and harmonies unite with infectious hooks, though Savannah soon shares a quality to their sound which has their name all over it.

Tom Jones’ basslines continue to grip and incite, but equally the swinging and scything chords of guitarist Jason Lewis take their fair share of attention, as too the tenacious rhythms of drummer Harry Neat and the increasingly potent vocals of Ball. Together they create a proposal which instinctively seems to feed all the wants from a slice of infection soaked rock ‘n’ roll.

A persistent blaze of sound and enterprise from start to finish, Music Is My High is one of those songs which demands and quickly receives attention. Yes 2016 is looking another very healthy year for Savannah, and in turn, our ears.

Music Is My High is out now via Hartfield Records @ https://midlandsavannah.bandcamp.com/track/music-is-my-high

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Pete RingMaster 04/03/3016

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Tibican – Love’s Lost Art EP

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There is a fire burning at the heart of the Tibican sound, a raw energy and creative intensity which whilst apparent in previous releases has been turned up within the band’s latest EP Love’s Lost Art. Though the new release is our introduction to the London based quartet, hindsighted investigation shows that Tibican has been casting a captivating proposal from their fusion of alternative rock and shoegaze with Brit pop properties for a while but as suggested it has found a new fiery plateau within their latest proposition.

Consisting of guitarist/vocalist Domenico Scialo, guitarist Peter Saunby, bassist Cathal Wharton, and drummer/vocalist Marc Saunders, Tibican has certainly sparked attention and support with a clutch of EPs, including in 2014, Things Come Apart and It Runs Deep. Their sounds have been played across radio stations in the UK, US, and Europe, a success easy to expect continuing as Love’s Lost Art tempts more and more ears.

The new EP opens with Things We Know and a rhythmic invitation hard to refuse. That firm bait is soon joined by lingering throbs of bass before twin vocals and wandering melodies offer their potent persuasions to the enticement too. Immediately inspirations of bands like My Bloody Valentine and House Of Love make a suggestion in thoughts though they are soon evolving as fierce flames of guitar erupt as the track continues to grow and blossom into a heated slice of reserved but dramatic rock ‘n’ roll. Equally bluesy in tone as Scialo and Saunby show their guitar craft, the track makes for a rich and engaging start.

Slightly mellower in intensity, the following Torch Song similarly engages ears in mere moments as floating harmonies and sonic suggestiveness sparks the imagination as potently as the emerging caustic jangle of guitar sears the air. Like warm yet volatile sonic sunshine unafraid to embrace harsher shadows, the song becomes an increasing seduction which just grows in stature and persuasion with every listen.

Difference Clouds steps up next, quickly revealing a Brit pop/indie rock swagger which hints at the likes of Inspiral Carpets and Birdland as it twists and turns with again fiery temperament and creative volatility within another vocal seducing. As the track proves on its own, Tibican have a sound which inventively merges varied flavours to create maybe something not yet wholly unique but certainly personal to their own imagination.

Closing with the smouldering beauty of Am I Wasting Your Time, arguably the least original song on the EP but without doubt a seriously compelling proposal easy to devour and often, Love’s Lost Art is a lingering temptation which easily lures attention back time and time again. In some ways Tibican are still working towards their own sound and such the enjoyment found in Love’s Lost Art that only suggests good things lay in wait for them and us.

The Love’s Lost Art EP is available now @ https://tibican.bandcamp.com/album/loves-lost-art-ep

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Pete RingMaster 05/01/2016

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