Gelato – Daydream EP

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Having made a potent and impressive introduction to themselves with their self-titled debut EP earlier this year, UK rockers Gelato more than back up its success and potential with successor Daydream. The three track release again ignites ears and energies with a sound openly inspired by the likes of Foo Fighters and early Queens of the Stone Age, whilst pushing its own diverse character further to the fore. It is a tantalising and relentlessly infectious adventure and further confirmation of a new exciting prospect for the British music scene.

Made up of vocalist /guitarist Drew Wynen, bassist Phil Harris, and drummer Ben Welburn, London hailing Gelato emerged in 2014 and quickly lured attention through a vibrant and energetic live presence. Airplay via BBC6 was not long in the coming either though it was that Tobin Jones (Bo Ningen, Twilight Sad, Cold Specks) recorded first EP, released this past March, that really woke up ears and awareness for the band. That broader attention is set to be pushed further with Daydream, an encounter offering more of the melodic and catchy delights which marked its predecessor so enjoyably but also venturing into an even wider expanse of flavouring to wrap the pungent hooks and grooves Gelato have already shown themselves so skilled at.

GELATO - DAYDREAM_RingMaster Review    Daydream opens with its title track and straight away has ears and imagination engaged with its first lure of guitar. Straight away the sultriness of the invitation has the scent of Josh Homme and co, but it soon becomes entangled in the imaginative twists and enterprise of Gelato; rousing hooks and tenacious riffs colluding with eagerly swiping beats and the darker bait of the bass. There is a touch of Eagles of Death Metal to the song too when it is raising its intensive punkish stomp whilst throughout, the melodic craft of the band is an invention of unpredictable and seductive prowess.

The excellent start to the EP is matched and surpassed by the outstanding Salivating, the second song floating in on an ethereal ambience veined by a gliding melody as a grounding bassline strolls below the magnetic climate. Into its enthralling stride, the track keenly merges melodic and pop infectiousness in a psych rock embrace, but it is a warm and riveting hug equipped with boisterous energy and swing. KingBathmat and An Entire Legion come to mind as the song continues to flirt and dance with ears and imagination, taking best songs honours upon the EP at the same time.

The release is brought to a fine close by Grey For Good, the lead song for the EP with its new video. Though it might have not been personal choice for single one, all three tracks potent candidates to be fair, the track saunters and pulsates with a bluesy colour to its harmonic and fiery textures, increasingly honing them into richer persuasion and inventive resourcefulness. As with all tracks, stylish hooks grip with ease as rock ‘n’ roll instincts fuel a muscular canter and sonic roar, the result another instinctive pleasure.

From the vocal and stringed craft of Wynen, to the rapacious invention of Harris and the anthemic strengths of Welburn, Daydream is a perpetually compelling and gripping offering. It is also a release which only grows more impressive over time, though it needed few plays to confirm suspicions that Gelato is a fresh breath for UK rock.

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Pete RingMaster 03/11/2015

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Gelato – Self Titled EP

Gelato _ Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review

Do you equally miss the days when Queens Of the Stone Age first teased and taunted ears and appetites with raw and undiluted rock ‘n’ roll cast in their inimitable manner? Then welcome to Gelato, a UK band openly wearing inspirations from Josh Homme and co in their feisty sound but only as one spicy ingredient in a contagious mix of punk and indie pop infused rock ‘n’ roll. Personally the biggest similarity is simply the thick tingle of excitement hearing the bands for the first time, the London trio rippling with an indefinable essence which leaves those around them seeming a much paler proposition.

The evidence to such claim comes with the band’s self-titled debut EP; three tracks of quirkily individual and addictively tenacious encounters fuelled by invention and soaked in creative devilry. Gelato consists of bassist Phil, drummer Ben, and vocalist /guitarist Drew, the latter previously of the excellent Hitchcock Blonde. 2014 saw the band make a potent breakthrough with low-key gigs across the London live scene with matching reactions and receive airplay via BBC6. Their EP though is the first major lure into broader awareness and attention, and the first step to big things we suggest.

Gelato EP cover _Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review   Recorded with Tobin Jones (Bo Ningen, Twilight Sad, Cold Specks), the EP kicks off with Get My Way, a track instantly flirting with ears as a wiry guitar hook repeats keenly on the senses amidst a thick prodding of beats. It is appetite raising bait which becomes a feisty stroll with the same sonic lure now embraced by crisp rhythms and a darkly wicked bassline. The vocals of Drew as just as inviting once they emerge too, whilst the QOTSA bred harmonies add a smiling extra to the contagiously engaging adventure. The song continues to snarl and seduce in equal measure, band and sound bounding around like a young colt with the maturity and craft of a rock veteran.

The band’s new single Room Service follows and again has ears and a now hungry appetite locked in with its first touch, this a dirty grizzled bassline which simply resonates in the senses before a spicy weave of guitar and brewing harmonies caress it and a fresh anthemic lure of beats. As its predecessor, the track from a slimmer start broadens into a heavier bewitching tapestry of sound and textures, it all infested in a contagious revelry and charm. As catchy and tangibly poppy as it is though, there is a dark predatory edge to the song especially in backing vocals and rhythms, which lights up air and imagination with further unpredictable adventure.

Ruffians brings the band’s introduction to a close, two minutes of punk filtered pop rock which has an underlying aggression as riveting and majestic as the warmer melodic tendencies wrapping its rugged spine. Arguably the least dramatically sculpted offering, the song still has little difficulty in firing up pleasure and a want for more, the band showing they can rock out or design a seriously involved temptation with matching potency.

As with any brief but impressive offering, there is only a needy want for more by the EP’s close, a wish to dive with haste into further endeavours but that is for the future. Right now we have a seriously impressive and thrilling start to devour from a band in Gelato, which one day might just be spoken of with the same stature of their prime inspiration.

The Gelato EP is available now digitally and on CD via https://gelatomusic.bandcamp.com/releases

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RingMaster 17/05/2015

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