Everybody Looks Famous – Fiction

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Last year British pop rock quintet Everybody Looks Famous sparked attention and a keen appetite for their vibrant and catchy sound with the Earth EP. It was an offering of accomplished and increasingly pleasing sounds; a release which might not have set ears ablaze but revealed a real sense of promise suggesting bigger and bolder things ahead. Now the band return with new single Fiction, a track which has seen the band in the time between releases realise some of that potential in songwriting and music to create their most striking and potent offering yet. Fair to say it is maybe still not quite the game changer for the band but they are certainly and enjoyably heading in the right direction.

artworks-_RingMaster Review   Hailing from Tamworth Everybody Looks Famous emerged in 2010 and soon made a potent impression live and subsequently through their first EP, I Break My Own Rules with its release two years later. 2013 debut album Fuel To Fire was even more effective in raising support and fans to the quintet’s sound, as too their live exploits which has seen them share stages with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Royal Republic, Scouting For Girls, and Canterbury over time. The Earth EP was another potent step forward but there is a sense of a new creative chapter being opened by Fiction.

The single opens on an inviting canter of choppy riffs, the bass equally as magnetic in its darker stroll framed by jabbing beats. Quickly there is catchiness at work but also a more organic and unfussy air compared to the previously energetic but more expectations feeding sound of earlier songs. This raw approach brings a distinct tone though, not originality worrying as such but certainly breeding a fresh character and impact that continues as the melodic prowess of vocalist Lex joins the increasingly persuasive affair.

Already having proven themselves more than capable of writing infection loaded temptations, it is no surprise that the song rustles up a catchy tenacity that sparks the appetite and retains its potency as it becomes entwined by the inventive twists moulding the song. From the ska kissed bass to the resourceful rhythms and climatic air of the guitars, Fiction continues to blossom, growing into a thoroughly captivating slice of pop rock.

There is still some way to go before Everybody Looks Famous find their real uniqueness but Fiction offers evidence that the band is on the march to it whilst stepping further away from the crowd with each release. We look forward to their next step of progress with a real sense of anticipation.

Fiction is out now via Go Faster Records.

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Eva Plays Dead – Sounds of the Written Word

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UK rockers Eva Plays Dead have been stirring up plenty of attention and praise loaded support over the past couple of years through a potent live presence and a host of songs and debut album fuelled by with impressing adventure and the potential of even greater things to come. The Sounds of the Written Word EP continues the band’s potent emergence and evolution of sound with five rousing slices of undiluted rock ‘n’ roll. It is an encounter which confirms the Nottingham/Derby bred quartet as ones to watch and to find plenty of flavoursome enjoyment with, but also suggests that they are still only at the beginnings of exploring their creative depths.

Formed in the January of 2013, Eva Plays Dead weave inspirations from the likes of The Dirty Youth, LostAlone, Marmozets, Joan Jett, and QOTSA into their diversely spiced sound. Thick strains of metal, hard and alternative rock, and even punk are entangled and fused together as proven by the band’s new encounter, which relentlessly entices and holds attention. Live the band has frequently drawn acclaim too whilst supporting the likes of We Are The Ocean, LostAlone, Max Raptor, Canterbury, and also across their own country wide tours. The band’s 2013 album Guilt Trips & Sins equally drew its plaudits though it took the single of earlier this year, Wonderland to spark and lure in the increasing focus of the likes of Team Rock and Kerrang. The song was a rich taster of Sounds of the Written Word which itself is already creating a bit of a feisty stir since its release via SoundHub Records.

EP Artwork_RingMaster Review     The EP opens with Live Again and a rich torrent of fiery riffs, pungent rhythms, and a sonic enticing impossible to ignore. In fact the whole song is a wall of persuasion, especially once the rich voice and expressive delivery of Tiggy Dee joins the muscular party. Her tones wrap syllable and ears with tenacious seduction yet carries a raw edge which only adds to the aggressively creative enterprise of sound around her. The guitar of Matt Gascoyne is just as lively in its imagination and craft, its melodies and Dee’s siren-esque roar in turn trapped by the masterful and fiercely magnetic rhythmic cage cast by bassist Zach Shannon and drummer Seb Boyse.

The tracks’ bluesy air and hard rock enticing continues in the more predatory Bad Girl, the song with the sinister persuasive lure of a temptress prowling the listener musically and vocally. It is dark, dirty, and a weave of sonic resourcefulness seeded in classic and alternative rock. As its predecessor, the song is firmly infectious whether roaring with full passion or delving into more concentrated tapestries of thick texture and invasive spicing. It easily continues the strong start to the release, though both songs get outshone by Wonderland. From its first dark rumble, the track is sheer addictiveness, riffs and grooves a flirtatious confrontation over the anthemic twist of rhythms and subsequently stalking beats. Dee again sits astride the magnetic drama at play, her voice attitude fuelled yet with a raw regal air as the equally riveting sounds dance around her with bright invention and raucous energy. It is no surprise that the song stirred up ears and appetites as a single as here it pretty much steals the show, though it is quickly rivalled by the closing pair of songs on the EP.

We Ain’t A Family uncages its own virulent hooks and tangy grooves in short time, rhythms showing more restraint amidst the melody rich proposal though again the bass finds an intimidating snarl to drool over. Like the last track, it shows an eagerness to explore an undulating landscape of ideas and evolving sound, crescendos of energy and skilful ebbing and flowing of intensity and passion alone an enthralling tempting.

Final track 1950’s Woman has a similar template to the previous pair but finds its own individual character within a familiar bellow of rigorous sound and bewitching vocal theatre. The song maybe does not define its distinctiveness as much as others on the EP, but when it leaves ears basking, imagination smiling, and emotions hungry for more, there is little more you can ask of it.

There is definitely the sense that Eva Plays Dead has more in the locker than shown on Sounds of the Written Word which only makes their future something to keenly anticipate. This is a band to keep close attention on with an EP to thoroughly enjoy.

Sounds of the Written Word is available now via SoundHub Records through most online stores

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RingMaster 31/07/2015

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Everybody Looks Famous – Earth

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As the potent creative climate and vivacious breath of the Earth EP pleases ears and catches the imagination, UK pop rock band Everybody Looks Famous offer plenty to justify the growing buzz around them. This is a band soaked in potential and though the EP maybe does not realise that promise as rigorously as you feel it could have it certainly makes for a fine and enjoyable slice of melodic rock.

Hailing from Tamworth, the quintet of Lex (vocals), Tom (guitar, vocals, synth), Joe (guitar, vocals), Grace (keys, Synth), and Phil (drums) formed in 2010 and made their first potent impression with their debut EP, I Break My Own Rules two years later. Signing with Go Faster Records that same year and releasing the single Spotlights, Everybody Looks Famous began drawing a more nationwide bred attention which debut album Fuel To Fire in the August of 2013 certainly did with its feisty and appealing collection of pop rock with essences of melodic punk infused offerings. With their stock live also gaining a strong reputation, the band sharing stages with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Scouting For Girls, and Canterbury, the band now release the crowd funded Earth EP, another sizeable statement of intent and craft from the impressively emerging band.

Echo starts things off and immediately a melodic elegance seeps from the guitars and the enchanting vocals of Lex, the combination ELF EP Cover Artswiftly courted by a thick vibrant punctuation of rhythms and evocative keys. It is an enthralling start which expands its lure whilst infusing a punchy stride of beats and raw guitar stabs, a magnetic proposition which smoulders and tempts voraciously though it never explodes as thoughts and expectations assume. It is like the EP in that respect, the release and songs never quite igniting into a crescendo or confrontational fire but persistently coaxing and feeding the imagination and emotions.

The undeniably riveting start though is quickly rivalled by The Wanderer, another song merging reflective emotive tenderness with raucous rapaciousness for thoroughly engaging results. With additional vocals from the guys alongside the striking tones of Lex, her voice impressive with every syllable and thick harmony, as well as sonic invention aligned to poetic keys, the song further reveals the accomplished intent and imaginative songwriting and sound of the band in strong if not dramatic style.

The absorbing enticement continues with the rhythmically driven Hiding Places, the drums a commanding lead into another embracing weaves of persuasive melodies and warm vocals. More rock ballad than the previous songs, it still has a bounce and shy swagger to its heart which hugs the ears as the guitars sculpt a web of sonic almost progressive descriptive hues to colour the track’s highly expressive canvas. It does not have the weight and hold of its predecessors it is fair to say but easily shows another string to the imaginative bow of the band to keep attention and appetite keen.

The release ends with the melodically pungent ballad These Days, a song which across its emotive body has a rhythmic weight from the first moment which strikes firmly and a passionate growth of energy which brings exciting flames to the song. It is a fine finish to a highly enjoyable release, not one which will leave mouths wide open and thoughts bowled over but undoubtedly one to reaffirm and spread further the promise and already exciting premise of Everybody Looks Famous.

The Earth EP is available June 16th @ http://www.everybodylooksfamous.com/


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Streetfight Silence: We Must All Learn

Leading into the release of their debut album Cutting Strings on September 24th UK power pop band Streetfight Silence first unleash the single We Must All Learn. Their first release for Angry Badger Records, the song is a vibrant and enterprising slice of pop rock to play as a tease for their imminent album.

The Bracknell based trio of Russ Merry (guitar/vocals), Chris Penfold (bass/vocals), and Chrissy Cooley (drums/vocals) has garnered a strong and passionate following, conquering locally before working on the country as a whole. Their live performances have drawn acclaim as the band shared stages with the likes of Don Broco, Tesseract, Burn The Fleet, Francesqa, Canterbury, Flood Of Red, and We Caught The Castle, each show adding to the buzz around them. The new single and album to come, follows their well received debut EP and look to have all the weaponry to thrust the band into wider recognition.

    We Must All Learn initially sidles up to the ear with bright melodic strokes and attention grabbing grooved strikes underpinned by a great heavy bass tone and firm rhythms. Once into its stride the vocals spread their warm and accomplished tones amongst the reasonably reserved sounds, every element then coming together in a chorus of natural harmonies and creative sounds. The song is not overly infectious but does secure a permanent focus and leave lingering strains of melodic craft in its wake. There is also a strong acoustic essence to the song within the energetic rush of tight guitar play and expressive vocals which suggests more of the album.

With a video to accompany it, We Must All Learn is a good appetiser for Cutting Strings and a good continuation of the creative maturity of Streetfight Silence, which the album should endorse and extend.


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