Shameless captivation within the RingMaster Parade…

Continuing to tease and light up our ears Shameless PR have sent over another collection of tracks to take a reviewing lick at and we present to you the most compelling of the bunch.

My Nature is a compelling blend of sinister seduction and menacing atmospheric intimation; it is also the latest single from Atlanta-based indie pop duo I Am a Rocketship and the lead track off of their fascinating new album Ghost Stories. It is a song which creeps into the psyche whilst manipulating the body with its infectious grooves and one which suggests indeed demands that the band’s bigger offering should be explored.

I Am a Rocketship unites the craft and imaginations of multi-instrumentalist Eric Weissinger and vocalist/cellist L E Kippner of Swedish synth-pop duo Neobox. From a chance meeting the pair formed Hitchcock Blondes before relocating to Atlanta and creating I Am a Rocketship. Their sound is a kaleidoscope of flavours woven into indie pop bred adventures but songs unafraid to venture through shadows and experimentation embracing electronica and rock instincts among other flavours.

My Nature is a perfect yet individual example of their imagination and the new album, the song immediately haunting ears through Kippner’s captivating tones which are quickly stalked by dark nasally guitar grooves. The riveting just as tenebrific bassline and the teasing touch of keys only add to the evolving temptation with lays across magnetic rhythms; it all proving pure captivation in swift time with its creative flirtation reeking danger and fascination as the song lights the way to easily imagining further rich adventures within Ghost Stories.

Similarly and equally potent in experimentation is the new single from legendary producer Martin Bisi. A fascinating slice of Avant rock, Let It Fall is a dense and compelling encounter bred on unpredictability and relishing the myriad of flavours and styles which inspire that wonderfully erratic but skilfully crafted landscape of ideation.

The track is taken from Solstice, the first solo record in five years from Bisi and his sixth such album within a career working with the eclectic likes of Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock, Helmet, Africa Bambaataa, Dresden Dolls, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, Human Impact and countless others.

Let It Fall barely shares a single breath before the richness and thickness of its mercurial instincts and sound is apparent and enthralling ears. It is not easy to fully suggest the character and voice of the song but it is one bound in the keen essences of rock, jazz, noise, classical, and art rock and more besides. It too is a fusion of menace, disturbance and contagion; haunting the senses and inspiring the imagination whilst savouring the soprano vocals of Amanda White and Genevieve Fernworthy’s electric viola alongside the baritone guitar of Diego Ferri, the dictating rhythms of Oliver Rivera-Drew and Bisi’s alluring touch in vocals and guitar. Let It Fall was soon a track impossible to ignore; one also urging an appetite to explore its main source.

Contrasting the darker hues of the previous two is the new single from San Francisco electronic outfit Nikavo. Yummy Miami is a warm and inviting piece of electronic infection with its techno nurtured pop and catchy disco bred instincts to the fore though it too offers a sound lined with an adventure and dare we say eccentricity akin to that found within the songs already covered.

Nikavo is a musical union of producers Philip Winiger and Alexey Laduda; a pair whose respective informative musical years, the former embracing a love of the German electronic music scene and being part of industrial/ EBM outfit INHALT and the latter growing up “in the rigid, yet highly creative, post-Soviet space, playing the guitar and singing”, has found a uniting passion for dance music and analogue audio synthesis. It has resulted in a project and sound which has a broad smile to its presence and an almost mischievous instinct to experiment and explore.

Yummy Miami simply hugs the senses with its fun and lively spirit, sparking a dance in the step as it strolls through a melodic breeze. Equally vocals and synths are pure infectiousness matched in persuasion by the rousing skip of rhythms and the heated wiring of guitars. That mentioned irregularity in sound is maybe not as apparent here but certainly at enthralling strength within the single’s B-side, No TV; a track bred through a more darkwave/industrial leaning and no less absorbing.

As the band celebrate the 30-year anniversary of their highly acclaimed debut album, Sweden’s celebrated 90s indie rock darlings Easy unveil new album Radical Innocence soon and comes preceded by a couple of melodic flames posing as singles to draw ears like moths.

Since the release of that first full-length, Magic Seed, Easy has frequently toured Britain and Europe and released a host of acclaim luring records; the previous two as their new offering via A Turntable Friend Records. It is a career interrupted by the band suddenly disbanding in 1994 as members explored other projects but since returning in 2010, with the original line-up of Johan Holmlund (vocals), Rikard Jormin (bass), Tommy Dannefjord (drums), Tommy Ericson and Anders Peterson (guitars), the band has found an ever greater potency in their sound and writing.

The singles, Crystal Wave and the just come out Day For Night, present the melodic jangles and lively textures which make up the band’s sound and new album, the first an animated stroll bound in warm keys, infectious hooks, and a catchy almost eighties pop nurtured breath which swiftly got under the skin. Its successor equally had attention quickly hooked, its rhythmic lure irresistible and a persistent lure into the emotive embrace and infectious enterprise waiting to further tempt. Both tracks remind a little of The Mighty Lemon Drops which does neither any harm, both firmly stamp their individuality on eager ears.

With their new album, Coniphers, scheduled for release May 22nd, US rockers Lazaris Pit uncage their new single You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore to also provide a ripe teaser to whet the appetite. The track is a boisterous slice of funk dipped indie rock with an almost rebellious lining of punk rock, the kind of song which inspires a want to know and hear more.

The Raleigh-based outfit formed in 2017 and consists of Ely “Salted Sweet Cream” Yarbrough (guitar and lead vocals), Cameron “Sugarfoot” Preston (bass) and Jon “Dok Tok” Castro (drums and backing vocals). As we suggested their sound is a mix of varied flavours which at certain times also employs essences of funk, soul, psychedelia, reggae, jazz, noise, and ambience in songs as individual to another as you can imagine, a trait epitomised by the feral exploits of Cloudsculpting, the B-side to You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore, and a song with a Everclear breath to its volatile and mercurial reggae and pop punk saunter.

The A-side entices a bit of blues guitar flaming to its rock ‘n’ roll, a poppier rock and that punk instinct uniting in a tenacious and rousing stroll. It also has a great garage rock like rawness to its breath which only increases the magnetism; You Don’t Tag Me In Memes Anymore leaving a lasting mark on ears and intrigue for the upcoming Coniphers.

Another artist entrapping attention with a couple of singles before a larger temptation is Rome-based electro indie pop project Ender Bender. May 1st sees the EQ EP released and providing bold lures for its release are the singles Star Killer and Honey Lavender Girl.

Ender Bender is the solo project of Eddie Olguin, a multi-instrumentalist producer now based in Rome having relocated from LA in a “life-changing move”; a move saving him from self destruction and inspiration to the themes within the EQ EP.

Star Killer swiftly shows itself as a spirited and positive slice of electro rock, every move it makes an eagerly catchy incitement and each melody an invasive contagion drawing out the inner swing in us all. With the spellbinding backing vocals of Roberta Ovatta just as winning as the sounds surrounding them, the song infested ears and body with ease; success replicated by Honey Lavender Girl as it embraced a more indie pop identity. Again Ovatta and Olguin vocally unite with charm and enterprise as guitars and keys weave a fresh side to the Ender Bender sound.

Both songs only lead to one thought, to dance with the EQ EP, job done.

Finally we have new temptations from Beauty in Chaos, the creative project of guitarist Michael Ciravolo (Human Drama, Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel) which sees him link up with a rich host of musicians song by song. With new album, The Storm Before The Calm, due May 22nd via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective, a trio of singles have raised the keenest of anticipation of its release.

Following The Delicate Balance of All Things which featured The Mission frontman Wayne Hussey, Beauty in Chaos set free the Curse Mackey (Pigface, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Evil Mothers) guesting A Kind Cruelty recently and is now followed by Almost Pure which finds Steven Seibold (Hate Dept., Pigface) alongside Ciravolo.

A Kind Cruelty rises up on a sonic breeze, bass and guitar conjuring rich intimation as the song grows and expands its intrigue. Hitting its full stride, melodies entice and hooks tease, a resonating bassline enslaving at the core. The track quickly proved a thick slab of magnetic melodic rock, every moment capturing the imagination just as its darker shadows and the vocal prowess of Mackey and indeed just as ably as its successor as a single, Almost Pure. Gothic light immediately soaks ears as the song unveils its presence, an eighties dark rock scent escalating the tempting quickly at play; indeed there is a touch of The Mission to the track at times which only thickened that potency.

Both songs epitomise the diversity and imagination which fuelled previous album Finding Beauty in Chaos and we now expect to breed rich adventures within the forthcoming The Storm Before The Calm.

 

Ghost Stories is now available everywhere digitally, including Spotify, as well as on CD, via the band’s own My Long Wknd imprint. It can be ordered directly from the artist via https://iamarocketship.bandcamp.com/.

Martin Bisi’s Let It Fall is out via Bronson Recordings as too the album Solstice; available digitally across key online stores and online streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.

Yummy Miami from Nikavo is out now.

The Easy singles are available now with Radical Innocence released through A Turntable Friend Records on 1st May.

Lazaris Pit has You Don’t Tag Me in Memes Anymore available everywhere digitally, including Spotify and Apple Music now with the Coniphers album out on May 22nd.

As of May 1st, the EQ EP will be available across online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and Bandcamp.

The Storm Before The Calm will be released on CD and digitally on May 22nd with a later release date to be announced for the vinyl editions. These include a 180g vinyl (including a black numbered limited edition and a black & blue duo-tone). Pre-orders come with an immediate download of A Kind Cruelty and the full digital release on May 22nd includes a 25+ minute title opus that does not appear on the vinyl version. The Storm Before The Calm can be ordered here. https://www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/music-store

 

https://iamarocketship.com   https://twitter.com/Iamarocketship1  https://www.facebook.com/iamarocketship/

http://martinbisi.com/   https://www.facebook.com/Martin-Bisi-10025408974   https://twitter.com/martinbisi

https://www.facebook.com/Nikavo-279477962909519  https://nikavo.bandcamp.com/

http://www.easy-magicseeds.se/   https://www.facebook.com/SwedishindiebandEasy/   https://easy-sweden.bandcamp.com/

https://www.lazarispit.com/   https://www.facebook.com/LazarisPit/   https://twitter.com/themLPboys

https://lazarispit.bandcamp.com/

http://www.enderbender.com/   https://www.facebook.com/enderbendersonicdrug/   https://twitter.com/iamEnderBender

https://www.beautyinchaosmusic.com/   https://www.facebook.com/beautyinchaosmusic/   https://twitter.com/MichaelCiravolo   https://beautyinchaos.bandcamp.com/

Pete RingMaster 02/05/2020

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Human Impact – Self Titled

Released this past March, there is one debut album no one should be passing by without a serious look. It is the self-titled offering from US outfit Human Impact and an encounter destined to frequent the loftier heights of best album choices for 2020 come the end of the year.

With its line-up consisting of vocalist/guitarist Chris Spencer of Unsane, keyboardist Jim Coleman from Cop Shoot Cop, bassist Chris Pravdica renown for Swans and Xiu Xiu, and drummer Phil Puleo who frequents both Cop Shoot Cop and Swans, there was instant anticipation and intrigue for Human Impact and what the band would offer but we cannot say our imaginations came up with anything as striking and thrilling as the reality of the New Yorker’s full-length.

Unleashing noise rock with electronic, industrial, and post punk instincts, the album gives glimpses of its presence in a sinister but subdued climate as November opens things up, a portentous quiet swiftly springing the minacious exploits of bass and guitar. Lively beats similarly reveal their manipulation, the track thickening within the speakers whilst enriching ears with its sinistrous drama with Spencer’s vocals equally as compelling within the quickly addictive trespass. There is contagiousness to every aspect of its enterprise, the bass of Pravdica almost grinning with creative espionage.

E605 follows, it too coaxing ears with a relative calm though this is a far darker and ominous temptation courted by the just as crepuscular hug of keys. Spencer’s vocals focus on the intent and manipulation of the song’s global protagonists as rhythms prowl the senses with a volatility which greedily erupts in the track’s voracious crescendos. There is a descriptive quality to the band’s sound which brings such depth to their songs, a dextrous intimation just as potent within the predatory Protestor and in turn the mercurial Portrait. The first is a snarling beast, but a wily one using every rhythmic twist and sonic thread to enslave as vocals forge disquiet and attitude; electronics a similarly calculating flirtation within the web while the second immerses the listener in a tenebrific electronic and sonic mist from within which Pravdica and Puleo engineer another ear gripping rhythmic manipulation. Even in its calmer stroll, the track is drenched in jeopardy and imposing darkness, every infectious note and magnetic word wrapped in threat.

At times across the release there are echoes of bands such as Big Black and Rapeman but also moments which hint at the likes of Wire and Girls In Synthesis but the uniqueness of Human Impact devours all as proven yet again by Respirator. A line of singular piano notes pave its entrance, they alone a bewitchment which is only concentrated by the swiftly accompanying swing of beats and the raw drawl of bass. The track is soon casting its own particular risk and peril, an instinctive virulence driving every growl and intimidation offered as too the melodic tension and catchy perilous hooks it bears. Proving our favourite moment within the album, the song is superb and indeed gets under the skin to claim one of the best things heard in recent times.

Through the viscerally infective trespass of Cause and Consequences, the first with its caliginous climate and the second through grooved cinematic suggestion, attention turned just as addictive as in any point before them. The latter proved especially gripping and incendiary on the passions while the following Relax whilst allowing a moments breath to be taken, still soaks the senses and imagination in industrial borne fear before in turn Unstable voraciously strolls through ears with the nagging quality of a Leitmotiv and the carnal majesty of an Unsane. Again it is nothing other than an unpredictable and hungry Human Impact incitement to fear and relish.

This Dead Sea brings the album to a close, the voracity of its predecessor now a thick tide of discontent and challenge enriched with hope for all floundering in the world’s tempest. It is a glorious devouring of the senses, a heavy imposition of sound and imagination seriously compelling in its nagging drone, melodic niggling, and sonic trespassing and that is without mentioning the irresistible hooks that litter its insurgency.

With Pravdica and Puleo surely the most potent, powerful, and manipulative rhythmic section anywhere right now and Spencer and Coleman the conjurers of vocal, sonic and melodic addiction, Human Impact has unleashed one of those classic moments which shapes directions of others to come and destined to be a favourite encounters for a great many and certainly us.

The self-titled Human Impact album is out now via Ipecac Recordings.

Also available is a brand new track and single from the band called Contact, another inimitable violation come seduction of sonic causticity and rhythmic instigation which had ears enthralled emotions aflame, and appetite greedy. Proceeds from the single are being be donated to NYC COVD-19 relief fund and can be got @ https://humanimpact.bandcamp.com/

https://www.humanimpactband.com/   https://www.facebook.com/humanimpactband   https://twitter.com/HumanImpactband

Pete RingMaster 10/04/2020

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KEN mode – Success

photo Brenna Faris

photo Brenna Faris

Predictability has never had a presence in the sounds and imagination of Canadian noise wreckers KEN mode, though that in itself is something to be expected. Their caustic and furious brews of post-rock, hardcore, metal, and noise, to mention just some of their flavours employed, have ignited ears and imaginations with a tempestuous almost petulant creativity ensuring the band’s propositions are some of the most persistently and highly anticipated treats. The Winnipeg trio’s new album Success is no exception but this time it has taken a detour which definitely takes assumptions by surprise.

The band has gone back to explore the sounds and invention which were fermenting and fuelling the late 80s/early 90s when KEN mode began to sow its own sonic explorations. The album’s press release lists the album as paying homage to “both their Canadian Prairie roots, and a time when they first started to care about making music; the burgeoning grunge; and Touch Go/Dischord scenes of, with bands like Nirvana, Big Black, Cop Shoot Cop, The Cows, Circus Lupus, and Drive Like Jehu warping their teenage minds.” Listening to Success though you can go back further and find the seeds in predominantly post and noise punk with the album persistently sounding like a primal version of Gang of 4 on steroids. It is the band as raw and aggressive as ever, probably even more so at times, and still lyrically stirring up thoughts and emotional involvement, but it shows a new character and new compelling designs from the band which might not quite work for all but here is being greedily devoured.

KMSuccessCover_Reputation Radio/RingMaster Review     Recorded with Steve Albini (Nirvana, the Jesus Lizard, PJ Harvey) and recorded as a fully live and analog session, KEN mode’s sixth album opens with Blessed, a track which from its initial sonic whistle turns into a heavy bestial prowl. Simultaneously a swagger emerges in the grizzly tones of Scott Hamilton’s bass as magnetic jabbing lines the beats of drummer Shane Matthewson. Intimidating restraint replaces their predacious aggression at this point, the vocals of guitarist Jesse Matthewson crawling syllable by syllable with open ire over the addiction igniting web now in place. The song’s volatile instincts soon return to take rein though, almost insidious discord and hostility invading whilst binding excited senses in inventive and mischievous rancor.

The outstanding start kicks up another notch with These Tight Jeans, a song which roars and excites like an illicit union of Nirvana, Black Flag, and Pretty Girls Make Graves. Of course that is a mere hint to something unique to KEN mode, the track a rumbling, grumbling contagion of wiry hooks, spicy grooves, and rhythmic badgering. As ever the song is driven by fury loaded vocals but this time assisted by the excellent punk lures of guest Jill Clapham who just adds richer colour to the slimline unbridled furnace on the senses.

The Owl… follows the brilliance of its predecessor with its own gripping dark beauty. A sinister noir lit intrigue escapes the growling bass groove, its drama escorted by the similarly potent landing of drum sticks as vocals dangle their raw tone and narrative over the imagination. An air of Bauhaus wraps the absorbing lure and agitated swing of the song as guitars and bass spring an inescapable menace of a flirtation which only gets darker and more imposing as the emotive intimacy of cello from Natanielle Felicitas returns after first gracing the opener. The solemn gentle passage hugging her enterprise is soon a brawl of noise and intensity again before regaining control in a mesmeric finale which leaves ears and emotions in lustful bliss

The grungy turmoil of I Just Liked Fire explodes next, it too a rebellious blaze for ears and appetite to get lustful over as twisted discord and carnal noise collude to abrase and infest the senses whilst its successor Management Control, with greater restraint crowds ears with a thick resonating bassline and a tangy vining of guitar endeavour. The beats of Shane once again provide disorientating yet anthemic bait aligned to the predatory and contagious groans of bass but sonically the song is more involved and less instant with its catchy hooks and grooves. This is not to say the track is any less virulent than the previous songs, just a more intensive exploration with layers of waiting rewards.

There is a feel of Psychic TV to the following A Passive Disaster as its carnivorous basslines and caustic bellow gets right under the skin and into the psyche whilst Failing At Fun Since 1981 straight after, is punk belligerence at its blisteringly sonic and primitively rhythmic best. Both songs are a jungle of menace and bracing invention, individual noise riots to thrill and linger though they get outshone a touch by A Catalog Of Small Disappointments and in turn closing song Dead Actors. The first of the final pair is an uncompromising persuasion, its stalking rhythms and vocal angst entwined in the rabid theatre of guitar and lyrics. The track enslaves body and emptions with ease, threatening and seducing with every snarl and raw fingering of the senses before its successor takes over with a psychotic and darkly elegant Gang of 4 meets Wire like meander of sound and distress lined emotional reflection. The song is spellbinding, a long term journey taking itself and the listener on a traumatic and turbulently fascinating adventure.

It is hard to say yet if Success is KEN mode’s finest hour such its big enough departure to previous encounters reveals something openly and strikingly different but the seriously thrilling encounter is definitely a contender.

Success is available via Season Of Mist now @ http://shop.season-of-mist.com/predefined-search?id_list=102, http://kenmode.bigcartel.com/, or https://kenmode.bandcamp.com/album/success

http://www.ken-mode.com/

Upcoming KEN mode dates with Fight Amp

June 16, 2015 – Toronto, ON @ The Shop (Parts & Labour) w/The Great Sabatini

June 17, 2015 – Montreal, QC @ Turbo Haus w/The Great Sabatini

June 18, 2015 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus w/Pyrrhon, Couch Slut

June 19, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie

June 20, 2015 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/Lo-Pan

June 21, 2015 – Chicago, IL @ The Burlington w/GOBO’S CVIT

June 26, 2015 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Goodwill w/Pop Crimes, Teethmarks *no Fight Amp

RingMaster 16/06/2015

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