Trash – Urban Glow EP

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Consisting of six cheery yet melancholic indie pop tracks, the Urban Glow EP from British noise popsters Trash is a captivating jangle of sound and enterprise quickly giving big hints as to why there is a buzz brewing around the band and indeed the reason that UK label Clue Records has taken them to their bosom. There is simplicity to the Trash sound yet sparkling invention which lies behind that deceptive quality, that union alone resulting in songs which dance with the senses as the band offer lyrical propositions which may wear an alluring smile but look into the shadows and disappointments of finding things are never as rosy as they seem.

The EP’s press release reveals more in its description of the theme behind the band’s new release; “The tone of Urban Glow encapsulates anxiety, breakdowns and a typical British summer; glimpses of hazy sunshine, optimism and hopes of neverending highs, brought back down to earth by a rain shower on the horizon and the realisation that work/school/college/uni/love/life isn’t quite what you’d hoped it would be.” It is an open melancholia which is as magnetic as the warmer hues of the Chesterfield quartet’s inviting and infectious sound. Fair to say Urban Glow does not take the listener by the scruff of the neck with its impact and presence but instead entices with a seductive prowess to its character that only leaves thick enjoyment as its legacy.

TRASH - Urban Glow[Artwork]_RingMaster Review     The opening Intro does its job right away, is forty odd second a charming coaxing which lays out the melodic foundations for the feistier stroll of the band’s latest single 4 Miles to spring from. The song instantly casts a rhythmic enticement to involve feet and ears, that lure teased and stroked by slithers of expressive guitar and less sparky but potently evocative vocals. It is a tempting mix which just blossoms as fresh adventure fuels the guitars and rhythms breed more tempting shadows, whispers of pop punk also joining their revelry as additional nostalgic hues recall an eighties/nineties lo fi/high essence.

It is a catchy proper start which continues with the excellent Drift, its mellow but keen swing feeding off essences to be found in bands likes the House Of Love and especially The Mighty Lemon Drops. It is an infectious shuffle of a song which smiles with melodic tenacity and atmospheric warmth yet again has that gloomier tinge to its lyrical and emotional underbelly; a combination of character which lights up the EP’s title track right after.

The EP just gets better with every passing song, its fourth offering aural magnetism that simply captivates as it spins a creative and inventive web of sound and ideation. Once more there is that simplicity to its hooks, harmonies, and fuzzier lining, but all aligned to each other with adept and imaginative prowess. Ending in a wonderfully rousing climax, the song departs to leave Sad Boys (All I Wanna Do) the opportunity to close the EP off in similarly fine style, which it does with ease though maybe the keenness for its predecessor remains slightly richer. As virulently contagious as anything on the EP but with its own individual festival of tangy grooves, spicy hooks, and infection loaded invention, the song gives Urban Glow an enthralling and fiercely enjoyable finale which alone lives up to the general sense of the EP’s title.

Just as each song seems in varying degrees to eclipse the one before, each listen of the Urban Glow EP impresses more than the one before. It is heavily enjoyable stuff and the fact that at the same time as getting involved in its success, you feel that the band is barely tapping into the potential of their creative depths only breeds real excitement bred for what is to come from the band.

The Urban Glow EP is available now digitally and on Ltd Ed CD via Clue Records @ https://cluerecords.bandcamp.com/album/urban-glow

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Forever Cult – Antonio Banderas

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Aligning the snarl of their previous single with a more uplifting parade of inescapable hooks and spicy grooves, indie rockers Forever Cult unleash new single Antonio Banderas, a release more than confirming what its impressive predecessor suggested, that they are one of the UK’s exciting new treats.

Hailing from Leeds, the 2012 formed Forever Cult has emerged as one of the more talked about prospects with their fiery mix of alternative rock and indie pop with other rich textures. Their sound is a blend of transfixing flavours which easily sparked acclaim and appetite through previous single Winter’s Glow and a live presence which has seen the band play both Leeds and Reading Festival, Tramlines, Live at Leeds, Long Division as well as share stages with the likes of Demob Happy, JAWS, Allusondrugs, Eagulls, Brawlers, Spring King, and DZ Deathrays. With one UK tour under their belts, the trio of Kieran Clarke, Aaron Snowdon, and Alex Greaves are setting out on a second this July with Antonio Banderas the thoroughly captivating teaser.

Antonio Banderas Artwork_RingMaster Review   The song opens on a scrub of guitar and the grizzly tone of the vocals, both aspects inescapably lined with an Arctic Monkeys twang which only adds to their appeal and coaxing. Swiftly rhythms are adding their invitation too, darker shadows of bass wantonly flirting with those feisty beats with an energy and swagger which only sparks the same in the varied vocals and the web of hooks and sonic tempting cast from the guitars. It is an irresistible mix increasing in seduction as effects clad voices at times and a psych rock breath washes over song and senses. Fair to say the contagion at large is bewitching, enticing feet and emotions to dance with the imagination and virulent enterprise of the song.

Whereas Winter’s Glow was a darker, grouchier prowl of a proposal, Antonio Banderas is a tenaciously livelier escapade, though still carrying intriguing shadows woven into one feisty stomp of a persuasion. The only thing wrong with the single is its short length; just as you are getting up a head of steam to indulge in its majesty, the two and half minutes are over, leaving a hunger for more and impatient anticipation for something even more substantial, like an album. Thanks to Antonio Banderas though, the summer just got steamier.

Antonio Banderas is out July 6th via Clue Records

Forever Cult headline tour dates:

13th July – Tunbridge Wells Forum, Tunbridge Wells

14th July – Green Door Store, Brighton

15th July – CLEAN, The Old Blue Last, London

16TH July – The Soundhouse – Leicester

17th July – Brudenell Social Club w/ Walleater + Colour Of Spring

18th July – Head Of Steam, Newcastle

19th July – The Castle Hotel, Manchester

25th July – Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

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Allusondrugs – Self Titled EP

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UK rockers Allusondrugs has been working away at the imagination and passions for the past couple of years, laying down a bait of three diverse and increasingly impressive singles which has led to a hungry anticipation for the prospect of something bigger from the West Yorkshire quintet. That sizeable offering comes in the enthralling shape of their self-titled EP; a six-track revelry for the passions and tease for the psyche. The band’s last single showed the increasing maturity and immersive expression of the band’s songwriting, now it is in full swing within the suggestive technicoloured seduction of the EP. At times it is tenderly mesmeric, in others psychedelically psychotic, and from start to finish it is a magnetic captivation to reinforce thoughts that Allusondrugs is about to ignite the British rock scene with their raw edged fusion of grunge and warmly warped psychedelic rock.

The band began in 2012, its members coming together out of the Leeds music scene. Taking influences from the likes of Nirvana, Deftones, My Bloody Valentine, and Sonic Youth into their unpredictable adventure of sound, the impressive entrance of debut single Plasters and the following twisted teasing of My Cat/Fruit of 2013 soon thrust the band into a certain underground spotlight whilst earning attention from mainstream ears. Earlier this year, third single Nervous woke up a wider expanse of attention with its masterful presence and call to the imagination. Released on Clue Records, as the singles, the new EP embraces all the essences of the individual delights that came before and casts them into a new inventive drama and virulent persuasion to unapologetically steal the passions.

With the core of the release recorded live over a week in Greenmount Studios, Leeds, the EP immediately flirts with ears and thoughts through the opening beats of I’m Your Man. It is an instantaneously coaxing sure to awaken a3102663430_10attention; a focus soon fed by sonic waves of acidic guitars and the excellent group harmonies we have already become accustomed to. The song is soon holding a bold stride as enticing melodies wrap their temptation around the rhythmic spine of the song whilst rawer rubs of riffing and the creative sonic web crafted by guitarists Drey Pavlovic and Damo Hughes dance with ears and a growing appetite for the rich invention of the song. The track though is a full seduction, the excellent vocals of Jason Moules supported by Hughes and the punch packing beats of drummer Connor Fisher-Atack alongside the rich darker tones of Jemal Malki’s bass equally as impressive and persuasive.

The band is constantly being, and understandably, being placed under comparisons to the likes of Nirvana and Soundgarden, two references easy to bring forth with the following Ted, What’s The Porn Like In Heaven?, but the opener is more Pixies-esque in its immersive and discord kissed ingenuity. It is a flavouring and spark to appear across the whole EP, though as said the second song is firmly spawned from a grunge haze. It roars from the first second, riffs climbing over ears with anthemic purpose whilst the bass of Malki simply roams with a predator’s heart into the imagination. The guitars continue to sling caustic notes and riffs with a freedom and raw intent that puts the listener right there in the studio whilst the vocals and rhythms stir up the sense with their own raucous lures. It is hard to avoid that Nirvana suggestion, especially from around the Bleach album, but there is always that undeniable uniqueness which turns it all into another invigorating original encounter.

The pinnacle of the release comes in Cherry Pie, a song which from the opening grumbling bassline sets ears and passions aflame. It is soon swiftly and provocatively striding with a determined directness as post punk like guitar stabs spear its intent. A brewing sonic potency grows around the irresistibly addictive hook of the song, its groove which would not be lost in a Joy Division intrusion bringing a hunger and resourcefulness which is as punk as it is noise rock. The song is glorious; a thrusting of rhythms and toxic invention, not forgetting that insatiable groove, which across its contagious trap has whispers of Public Image Ltd, Cardiacs, Queens Of The Stone Age, and the St Pierre Snake Invasion, yet still emerges as a distinct beast owned by Allusondrugs.

Nervous caress ears next, its swarming temptation draped in a melodic coaxing, instantly holding ears in a tight embrace to which jabbing beats set a firm punctuation. The grip relaxes soon after though as warm vocals and melodies soak the senses, their kiss aligned to the darker mood of the bass and a new vein of sonic invention. It is riveting, a mesmeric croon with the outstanding dual vocals adding a Walker Brothers like suasion within at times a tempestuously stirring emprise of evocative sound which again offers that Pixies like flavouring. An air of surf rock also adds its wash to the psychedelically fuelled beauty of the song, an elegance ignited further by the eruptions of grunge rapacity which reinforce the depth and insatiable persuasive alchemy of the song.

The release is completed by firstly the emotive climate of Sunset Yellow, a shimmering flight of melodies and haunting harmonies veined by melancholic basslines and slightly bent out of shape, distortion lent sonic ingenuity where again with that Frank Black and co leaning shows its face. It is a smoulder of sound and adventure which just gets more potent overtime, setting up emotions and intrigue perfectly for the final track Thingio. With almost grudging respect from its primal riffery and bass taunting from the first moments, the track stalks and preys on the senses, stroking them with a melodic seducing as the string manipulation of the band brings a raw rabidity to the imposing leer of the song. It is a stunning slice of musical entrapment, the entrancing vocals and weaving melodies a rein on the predacious heart of what is an exhilarating beast.

It is fair to say that we like so many were expecting big things from the band when news of the EP broke and we have not been disappointed, in fact such its might those hopes and expectations were almost an insult to its glory. Watch out UK, Allusondrugs are coming for your souls.

The Allusondrugs EP is available via Clue Records 21st July @ http://cluerecords.bandcamp.com/album/allusondrugs-ep on download and Ltd Ed CD as well as an Ltd Cassette via Pinky Swear Records.

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9/10

RingMaster 20/07/2014

Allusondrugs Tour Dates:

JULY

25th July = Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (Millenium Galleries)

26th July = Lounge 41, Workington

27th July = Clarence Festival, Wakefield

AUGUST

1st August = The Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge

2nd August = Temple of Boom, Leeds

7th August = Bar Bloc, Glasgow

14th August = Wharf Chambers, Leeds

SEPTEMBER

11th September = The 13th Note, Glasgow

12th September = Downstairs, Aberdeen

13th September = Pickett, Liverpool

14th September = Think Tank, Newcastle

15th September = Static Bar, Swansea

16th September = Red Rooms, Nottingham

17th September = The Garage (upstairs), London

18th September = Sticky Mikes, Brighton

19th September = The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes

20th September = Huddlefest, Huddersfield

21st September = Boiler Room, Guildford

22nd September = Joiners, Southampton

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Allusondrugs – Nervous

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UK alternative rock band Allusondrugs continue their very impressive and striking emergence, already signposted by two previous riveting singles, with a third in the tasty shape of the tantalising and bewitching Nervous. Providing another side and hue to their adventure and sound, the new single is a fire which smoulders just as potently as it blazes with stirring sonic flames. It also confirms that this is a band on the verge of potentially major horizons given the right opportunities and hearts to enthral.

Formed in 2012 and hailing from Castleford in West Yorkshire, the quintet has taken little time in capturing the passions locally and further afield with previous singles Plasters and the following MyCat/Fruit, as well as their highly thought of energetic live presence. The underground and main media has not been slow in embracing Allusondrugs either, a hug which you know will only get tighter as Nervous works its way around defences. Released like its predecessors on Clue Records, the band’s third single adds another magnetic piece to the jigsaw that is Allusondrugs’ sound. Every release has been distinctly different but openly related and you sense still only offers an incomplete picture of the band’s instinctive invention and aural canvas.

Nervous opens with jabbing beats to which a sonic swarm of melodic enticing drapes its temptation, the guitars weaving an acidic NERVOUS Front Covercoaxing which soars across the emerging scenery of the song. With dark bass shadows adding to the premise, it is a gripping entrance which just as swiftly as it seduces is transformed into a minimalistic sultry landscape which the still potent rhythms and lingering tendrils of melodies enrich as glorious vocals and harmonies expressively colour the new climate. The track at this point is like a mix of The Walker Brothers and The Pixies offering a sixties croon aligned to a sirenesque surf and psyche rock fusion. It is irresistibly mesmeric which the subsequent grunge bred eruptions only accentuates as they roar with the creative endeavour the band showed they were so efficient at in the last single. Impossibly infectious and healthily addictive, the song is a transfixing treat easily matching the might of its predecessors.

The lead song is accompanied by the similarly impressive and thrilling Handicapped, a wicked lure of noise rock which worms its way under the skin and into the heart within its opening seconds. A deviously contagious groove nags and squirms venomously around the senses first before grouchy beats join its toxic brilliance. It is not long before the heavy throated bass and additional caustic scrub of guitar add to the virulent erosion which is washed by again strikingly melodic and refreshing vocals with courting harmonies. There is a sense of UK band Jingo and US rockers Solar Halos to the evolving narrative of the song, strong spices in something which is unique and incredibly compelling, especially with its vein of Eastern mystique which whispers provocatively from within the fiery encounter.

Completed with an acoustic demo version of Nervous, the single is another simply sensational incitement from Allusondrugs, a band where only bad decisions and poor luck will stop them becoming one of the leading enticements of British rock.

Nervous is available digitally and as a limited edition CD run of 300 via Clue Records now!

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UK Tour Dates:

30th May – Castleford – Black Bull (Headline Show)

31st May – Hertfordshire – Club 85 – Hitchin (w/ Fizzy Blood)

01st June – Oxford – Wheatsheaf (w/ Fizzy Blood)

04th June – Birmingham – Actress & Bishop (w/ Fizzy Blood)

05th June – Hereford – Herdsman (w/ Fizzy Blood)

06th June – Corby – Zombie Hut (w/ Fizzy Blood)

07th June = Lounge 41, Workington

10/10

RingMaster 21/05/2014

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Narcs – Coast To Coast/Souvenir

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UK alternative rock band Narcs give one last reminder of the potency of their eagerly received debut album Two Birds, One Stone Later of last year with the release of a new double A-sided single. Consisting of the tracks Coast To Coast and Souvenir, it reinforces the strong emergence of a band which is brewing up a rather healthy buzz around itself. Completed by three live cuts from a live session at Leeds College of Music, the release shows all the potential which has marked the band out and made their album a thoroughly engaging proposition.

Hailing from Leeds, Narcs makes an immediately tasty provocation with their adventurously feisty yet relatively undemanding sound, Coast To Coast proving the point with its coaxing entrance and rasping melodic endeavour. It opens with a welcoming rhythmic incitement soon joined by fuzz kissed flames of guitar and expressive vocals. There is a slight stoner lilt to the sonic enterprise within the track but merely a choice spice as the song settles into a heads down rampant stroll before raising its elegant creative weaves again around the never deviating lure of the drums. It is not a forceful song, nor one which explodes within the ears, but it is a constant persuasion which seduces without restraint, especially when the group vocalise together before the more intensive if still reined in climax of the song.

It is a strong temptation of a song which you cannot escape making an Arctic Monkeys comparison to but as shown by the excellent NARCS Coast To Coast Clue RecordsSouvenir, the best track on the pair with ease, there is much more at play within the band. A distant scrub of guitar is soon boldly enticing the senses as a more psychotic breath wraps the song, the predatory bass and manically flirting backing vocals courting just as much attention. The song is a totally different beast in sound and intent to the first, the bass alone a leading protagonist whereas it was held in check in the first track. Yes that comparison offered by its predecessor has a place in this song but more so there is a richer essence of the demised Welsh band My Red Cell, the track snarling and brewing up a maelstrom of invention and psyched causticity to ignite imagination and passions in song and listener.  The track is quite glorious and with its companion has all the reasons why Narcs is highly thought of.

As mentioned the single comes with a trip of live session cuts, the raw sonic schizophrenic might of Sandchild impressing potently though matched as powerfully by the dramatic Collisions, and the long meandering captivation of Tall Grass; all three showing that Narcs is a band to be engaged live at least once.

Though Souvenir outshines Coast To Coast with ease, the pair of songs confirm Narcs as one of the exciting emerging propositions within British rock whilst breeding eager anticipation for their future endeavours.

Coast To Coast/Souvenir is available now through Clue Records

http://narcsband.com/

http://cluerecords.bandcamp.com/album/coast-to-coast

8/10

RingMaster 16/04/2014

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Allusondrugs – MyCat/Fruit

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Providing a sultry tease which toys with and triggers the passions, UK alternative rock band Allusondrugs confirm and build upon the promise set by their debut release with the thrilling new double A-side single MyCat/Fruit. Two tracks of riveting fuzz lined vibrancy with a sinewy bass to hang it all upon the release is a further impressive step in the emergence of one refreshingly exciting band.

Hailing from Castleford in West Yorkshire, Allusondrugs formed in the autumn of 2012 and took little time in honing a sound which drew potent attention and acclaim through the quintet’s live performances locally.  Constantly spreading their presence especially through debut single Plasters, the band now stands poised to work upon the rest of the country with the new release and a tour across the north of the UK. Released as its predecessor via Clue Records, MyCat/Fruit is a magnetic feast of mischievous sound, one with a seductive embrace and a steely temptation.

    MyCat opens with a scuzz coated hand on the shoulder of the senses, an almost industrial caress rubbing attention into action a0975362780_2before thumping beats and electronic strikes punctuate its lure. It is a powerful invitation taken into irresistible climes when the track explodes with a stoneresque acidic groove and a heated intense vibrant energy. The harmonic vocals soon after instantly complete the virulent bait of the song as does the brief caustic explosions which equally grip the arisen appetite for the sounds offered; it is a riveting persuasion which has feet and emotions dancing and the imagination soaring. Across its impressive body the song sparks thoughts of Queen Of The Stone Age, The Pixies, and Hot Hot Heat, though there is something wholly distinct to Allusondrugs, a core which sets the song and them enjoyably apart.

The song also holds a shoegaze quality, if one with a want to devilishly bruise simultaneously and that essence makes a stronger tempting on Fruit. The song from a discord kissed single guitar beckoning stretches its arms with a grunge spiced stomp, riffs and rhythms a hungry recruiter of the passions. Settling into a compelling stride the track then taunts assumptions by smoothly slipping into a gentle melodic flight, a candescent passage bringing a mix of My Bloody Valentine and Felt into view before switching back and forth with the previous Foo Fighters like charge. It is a glorious slice of imagination, its persistently twisting and engaging adventure addiction sparking beauty and contagious feistiness united for a thoroughly scintillating encounter.

As the brilliant combination of MyCat and Fruit massages and riles up the passions it is hard not to anticipate Allusondrugs growing into and creating one of the more exciting and spellbinding presences within British rock over the upcoming horizons. We for one cannot wait…

MyCat/Fruit is released as a 100 strong limited edition CD and download

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10/10

RingMaster 14/11/2013

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