Day Old Hate – First Light

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Recently Oliver Swift, vocalist of UK alternative rock band Day Old Hate said of their new release, “We wanted to write better songs then we ever had before,” going on to add that “Making brave decisions and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone was a must; it was an intense experience – we pushed ourselves to write the best Rock record we could. Overall, it feels like a more authentic representation of Day Old Hate than anything that’s come before.” It is fair to say that First Light more than backs up his words and the band’s intent with its quintet of rousing and dramatically dynamic songs. The EP simply hits the spot, fulfilling the band’s early potential whilst still suggesting there is plenty more to come and be discovered ahead.

Formed in 2012, the Leeds band made their first attention grabbing proposal with the Distances EP a year later. Recorded with Dan Lancaster (Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox), the encounter was a well-received introduction backed by their potent live presence and subsequently the Dan Mizen (Twin Atlantic, Bring Me The Horizon) recorded single Tides in 2014. Last year saw Day Old Hate release the video to Tides and be premiered as BBC Introducing’s track of the week in the February before going on their first UK headlining tour in April and releasing second video for the single Living Without You, again to strong support. It is easy to sense though that things are going to get far busier for the band with the release of First Light which they recorded late last year with Romesh Dodangoda (Kids in Glass Houses, Funeral For A Friend, Motorhead); it an impressive declaration of a band growing fully into their sound and breaking open the imagination to new adventure and creative exploits.

First Light Artwork_RingMaster ReviewFirst Light hits ears with its title track first, enveloping them in a rich spicy guitar coaxing before pungent rhythms and attitude loaded riffs join the affair. It is a potent invitation which only blossoms further as the song relaxes into a muscular stroll graced by the quickly impressing tones of Swift and prowled by the deliciously dark, almost predatory bass line of Josh Flynn. With rapier like strikes from drummer Ed Dennis, there is no escaping the imposing nature of the song yet its forcefulness is tempered perfectly by the melodic and fiery enterprise of guitarists Ben Fletcher and Will Smith, from riffs to hooks and incisive grooves, their imagination as dynamic as rhythms are commanding and vocals highly persuasive.

There is a touch of Mallory Knox to the band’s sound in certainly the opener filtering through the EP and for less obvious reasons a Jimmy Eat World essence but Day Old Hate only allow them to flavour something which though maybe not boldly unique is certainly distinctly theirs, more evidence coming swiftly in second track Secrets. There is a less aggressive nature to the song than in its predecessor but it still provides a mighty punch on the senses and an inflamed roar on ears potently led by the strong vocal strains of Swift. The tapestry of sound and ideation is again unpredictable and skilfully woven whilst providing an easily accessible and boisterous proposal easy to get involved in, just as the following contagious canter that is Fifteen where jabbing hooks and spicy melodies collude in an addictive lure as the vocals add emotive tenacity. The relatively reserved beginning subsequently erupts into a virulently charged bellow before returning to start the brewing success all over again resulting in a thumping anthem of energy and captivation which almost alone makes First Light a must look at.

Minutes, Hours, Days dances on ears next with its driving riffs and eager revelry, coaxing the listener into another healthy involvement before Don’t Chase Me closes the EP with arguably its catchiest offering, though all qualify in some way. With mellow reflections around infectious strolls, the song is a magnetic slice of pop rock easy to see netting a fresh catch of new eager ears on its own.

Day Old Hate has grown as a band, founding new depths in all areas which only command attention as evidenced by First Light. As suggested it feels like the tap has only just been turned on though with the potential of even bolder and richer adventures to come as the band builds on the suspected big success of their latest heftily enjoyable encounter.

First Light is released worldwide on Feb 12th across most online stores.

Upcoming Day Old Hate live dates:

19/02/16 – Black Heart, Camden

20/02/16- The Key Club, Leeds

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Pete RingMaster 11/02/2016

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Held By Horses: In History

Held By Horses is a quintet from Chelmsford in the UK which is starting to turn heads their way with strong and impressively delivered rock music. The Essex female fronted band now builds on their already rising stock with the release of their new EP In History. Consisting of five songs which grab attention and feed the desire for vibrant and well crafted songs, the EP without arguably bringing new startling detours in the direction of rock music, leaves one fully satisfied and looking forward to watching and hearing the future of this promising band.

Forming in the opening weeks of 2011, the band soon had their debut EP rampaging in ears and since have lit up stages alongside the likes of Mallory Knox, Mystery Jets, Johnny Get The Gun, and Our People Versus Yours. Produced by Dan Lancaster (Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox), In History is their next impressive step in a steady rise as the band works their way to the fore of national recognition.

To swiftly get the obvious comment out of the way when listening to the EP, it has to be said the surface sound of the band though impressive is not groundbreaking. With other great emerging bands such as Leopards, Never The Last Breath, and Hitchcock Blonde to name just three treading the same field of sound, there is a familiar feel across them all. This makes initial impressions less dramatic then maybe is deserved and only with a closer inspection does the craft and skill of the individual come out as with Held By Horses. The trouble for bands is how many have that intent and patience? Saying that though, the band does have an emerging style which is maybe more suggested right now but it is there and destined to evolve ahead.

The release opens with You Win Some, You Lose Some. It is a song which initially under whelms with the main reason being that the vocals of Harriet Reynolds are lost within the mass of the music. It is like she is veiled but thankfully as the rest of the EP explodes in the ear her great voice and delivery is allowed the clarity to shine and hit home with vigour and passion. The song itself is a pleasing if not adventurous companion and certainly keeps one happy to check out the rest of the release.

The following Little Water is soon putting the opener in the shade. Immediately the vocal harmonies sweep one up in their charms and the incisive groove which follows has one eagerly ready to feast upon the song. The early sonic grip leads into energetic guitar play from Kyle Ginn and Will Smith which switches from a more expansive wash back to the tighter acidic groove and back throughout. Lively and persistent the song is sure to be an explosive live favourite and sets the release on track to ignite deeper pleasures.

As great as the previous track is the best song on the release steps up next in the fiery shape of The Last Word. Featuring the vocals of Renz Byrne from Never Means Maybe alongside Reynolds, the track is a feisty rampage of dusty melodics speared by thumping rhythms from drummer Scott Dillon. The muscular bass lines of Charlie O’Halloran under pin the smouldering guitar melodics and hooks perfectly to give a depth to the stirring breath of the song but it is midway when Byrne joins Reynold that glorious sparks fly, their union dazzling and impossible not to be enamoured by. The song is mighty in power and emotion, and of all the songs shows the depth of promise within the band and their writing.

     Down And Out has the envious job of following and does a fine job, the song a thumping treat of energies, air scorching melodics, and captivating vocals. It leads one keenly into the closing Virtues, another song which only has good thoughts going its way. Lively with a Paramore pop rock kiss to its attack, the song ticks all the boxes to leave one smiling. Inventive and impressively delivered it makes a strong end to a more than decent release.

In History is a strong and pleasing release showing a band finding impressive form and promise. Yes the release does not really standout on its own amongst many other similarly fuelled bands but one senses that will come. Held By Horses ensures the company of the EP is gratifying and enjoyable, really all that ever matters surely.

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RingMaster 15/09/2012

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The City Divided – The Endless Moment EP

Released August 6th, The Endless Moment EP from UK pop metalers (yep the term made us shudder too) The City Divided is a rather impressive little creature which arguably sets greater promise for the band ahead than marks them as a major force right now. The reason for this is that though the four track release is startling at times and always intriguingly compulsive it also raises a few questions. Where it works which is in many places, it is an exciting and striking piece of work but there are moments where one is not sure where the band is going or their intent musically, and once or twice one asks if even the band are sure.

It should be noted at this point that we thoroughly enjoyed The Endless Moment despite what one hesitates to call ‘flaws’ raising uncertainty at times. The promo sheet for the release states the band with the EP ‘served up a resourceful slice of modern rock stirring the sounds of such bands as Busted, Dead By April, Iron Maiden, and Enter Shikari into the melting pot.’ A combination to inspire the listener or make them hide behind the sofa and it is this eclectic mix which leaves the biggest question mark over the band, their music encapsulating those and more in flavour to leave one unsure of what is in the thoughts of the band. For the main it does work and at times magnificently, it is just that the ‘confused’ blend at times makes one feel this could have been a classic with more control and a more puritanical hand on their ideas.

Since forming in 200, the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Alex Choo, guitarist Ash Maxwell, bassist James Langbridge, and drummer Alfie Powell, have built a strong and firmly growing following though their live shows which has seen them share stages with bands like We Are The Ocean, My Passion, Never Means Maybe, Heights, Fell Silent and The Eyes Of A Traitor. Their single Blue recorded with Dan Lancaster (Proceed) drew good acclaim something which The Endless Moment again recorded with Lancaster is sure to accelerate. It is an EP which crosses sub genres to offer something for many brought with a musicianship and accomplishment which is undeniable.

The release opens with Can’t Stop Their Laughing, a track which instantly sets the band apart. Off of an emotive piano caress and the great voice of Choo the song flexes its muscles with rippling riffs, firm rhythms and a shadowing glow of keys. It does not take long to notice the quality of the guitar work with the bass of Langbridge adding a depth with his instinctive presence within the craft of Choo and Maxwell. With stirring metal elements and scorching guitar strikes coming in behind the dual and varied clean vocals the track ups its intensity and adds dirty growls to the mix. This unfortunately does not work and as following songs show it is a mistake which threatens to derail the fine work already created. Thankfully here it is a brief and the beauty of the song spreads its wings as it progresses to make for a heated and very pleasing beginning.

Next up Higher Ground electrifies the atmosphere with sharp melodic guitar play and a brewing energy. It does not take long before the flat growls come in and one is again deflated. The clean and smooth vocals with Choo backed by Maxwell and Powell are outstanding whilst the scowling shouts work a treat throughout the whole release but the hardcore delivery is a mistake, a move which hopefully they review. The song has a classic metal feel which reminds of bands like Trivium and Avenged Sevenfold at times and is a boisterous riot combined with further strong passionate melodic enterprise. Though one hates to use the word pop it is bordering that field too but with a steel and bruising intent to keep it valid.

Though not as impressive as the opener the song is more than decent and matched by Watching The World Burn. The song has a more electro breath and is a restful piece of songwriting brought with a craft and air which is easy to immerse within. Again it does not light raging fires but shows the diversity and skill of the band perfectly and works well with its more singular direction. Its intelligent invention leads into the best track Waiting At The Gates, a bruising melodic metalcore beast. Once more the extreme vocals fall at the first hurdle but the rest of the track is a mighty and explosive piece of metal, the technical prowess and merciless aggression veined with strong melodic touches immense. Taste hopes the band explore this more in their future as the band have a real feel for the combination of extremes proven with this song.

The Endless Moment is a definite marker for a band more than likely to light up UK metal ahead whilst giving strong satisfaction in the here and now, even if it also leaves one with many thoughts.

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RingMaster 02/08/2012

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