That Massive Bereavement – Eat The Rich

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Ever wondered what the dirtiest grunge mixed with old school punk, filth clad rock, and scuzz littered post punk sounds like than UK garage rockers That Massive Bereavement have the answer for you with their debut EP Eat The Rich. Six tracks of noise your mother warned you about and your father wished he could play, the release snarls and works on the senses like a punch bag whilst delivering uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll which gives raw satisfaction as potent as the future promise also on offer.

From the Medway part of the UK, the quartet of guitarist/vocalist Aidan, bassist Elliott, guitarist Quintus, and drummer The C, erupted as That Massive Bereavement at the rise of 2012, taking inspirations from the likes of The Fall, Therapy?, The Replacements, Wire, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Joy Division and more. One of the other influences is Swell Maps, and as the release plays that band often calls out the most if not always in sound but in attitude and unpolished invention. Recorded and mastered at Sunlight Studios by Greg Webster of fellow Medway band Houdini, Eat The Rich equally grates on and lights up the ear from its first second before going on to work the same devilry on the senses, thoughts, and passions.

The title track kicks things off, a singular guitar brewing up the air with reserved sonic heat for the gravel littered vocals of Aidan to8689_557003027674960_116295249_n start the striking narrative. A stalking gait drives the song on as rhythms make their firm slaps on the ear with energetic expulsions around the chorus singing the hairs around the senses. The breath of the song is Spizz Oil like whilst the belligerent provocation recalls seventies punk Crisis, and from start to finish it drags down apathy into a bruising dirt clad confrontation.

From the strong start the EP hits its biggest highlights with firstly Benetton Models to be followed by the excellent Waste it Now. The first track sabre chops the ear with caustic riffs soon joined by thumping rhythmic incitement from The C and Elliott. Like Nirvana meeting The Lurkers at a fire-pit held by Mark E. Smith, the song is a delicious discord fired slice of noise punk which ignites the passions with garage rock enterprise and post punk sonic obstinacy. Its successor also holds many flavours within its core grasp, the track a garage rock crawl with the snarling undiluted essences of The Stooges and Richard Hell raising their contagious claws. Both tracks stand out as pinnacles whilst still pushing the suggestion that the creative envelope of the band has only just been opened.

Sity comes next with a blues flame to the guitar and punk intensity to the energy of the track, drums and bass an intimidating yet fair intrusion through the distinctive almost Tom Waits like scowls of Aidan and those sonic fires expelled by his and the guitar of Quintus. Direct and uncluttered by complexities it is a raucous storm of prime punk merging its different flavours into one scorching encounter and though it does not make the same deep impact as the previous trio of songs it easily recruits the appetite to know more about the band. The same applies to the final two songs on the release. Both live in the shade of certainly the previous triumphs on Eat The Rich, but stand tall and appealing in their mischievous stances starting with the primate romance Gorilla. With lyrics you can interpret either literally for fun or for man’s version of the great ape, the track stomps with teasing riffs which chop like a chef on a carrot alongside the growling presence of the other guitar and bass. Drums and vocals also accost with enterprise and irresistible mischief and though the song as mentioned does not quite live up to the heights set before it does grip tighter the more you take its company and lingers longer than most in the head.

The closing Snatch, yawns with great whale like sonic calls before barracking with another unbridled slab of impossible to resist punk. Eat The Rich is a great debut from a band you sense has so much more still to discover and offer; that thought as exciting as listening to their EP. That Massive Bereavement will not be for everyone but if punk of any shape and aggressiveness has your juices rising than check out this great emerging protagonist.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 24/07/2013

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Lower Lands: Canvas

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A few short weeks ago UK band Lower Lands impressed with their outstanding single Eat The Rich, a track which woke up a lustful hunger for their sounds and the impending EP Canvas. That release has now stepped forward to stand in the spotlight and show that the expectations bred by its predecessor were nothing more than underestimations.  Consisting of five tracks which launch themselves at the ears with energy and passions, Canvas is the undeniable declaration of a band with the destiny to forge a new plateau in UK indie/alternative rock in their own inventive hands.

Hailing from Lincoln, the quartet of Benji Inkley  (guitar/vocals), Paul Howells (guitar/vocals), Jacob Jarvis (bass/vocals), and Rob Purkiss (drums) have already drawn acclaim and strong interest with not only the aforementioned single but also their previous EP Growing Pains. Their energy fuelled and imagination honed sound has earned the band a potent presence already but you can only suspect as Canvas leaps and toys with thoughts and emotions that things will turn into brighter flames of success and recognition from here on in.

The title track steps forward first and immediately has attention and senses wide awake and feeling a sonic abrasion on their coversurface with the bass an instant predatory provocateur. The intriguing beckoning is soon pushed into an explosive and punchy brawl of aggressive riffs and rhythms with impressive vocals and harmonies riding the intensive fire of the track. With twisting moments of enterprise and a constant charge of contagious temptation combining to create a song which is unpredictable but easily accessible, the devouring of its impacting hungry passion and incendiary sounds is a greedy given. Sounding like a mix of Max Raptor and Reuben with the barbed hooks of Billy Talent it is a scintillating start soon backed up with equal captivating might by Eat The Rich.

The track is another fury of energy and caustic intensity, vocals carrying a spiteful scowl to their riveting delivery and guitars a discord blaze to their jangly rubs. With the drums and bass casting their own inventive hypnotic web over proceedings, the track teases and taunts the passions with a virulently infectious call and charm whilst bruising the senses with another delicious stampede of melodic seduction pierced with massive hooks and potent temptation.

The following Line Check and Wasted Youth are less dramatic in their confrontation though no less alluring, the first weaving around the ear with a melodic dance of melodic craft and rhythmic sinews. Arguably less of an entrapment to the first pair of songs, it instead takes its time with a  seduction of thoughtful melodies and raging passion, its emotive heart a potent enticement rivalling the effect of the earlier addiction causing riots, especially with its virulent teases towards the end of the track. Its successor come in a similar suit of composing, though in its own distinct guise of warm and refreshing sonic colour. As with all the songs there is an anthemic pull which is impossible to ignore or refuse and though it lacks the intensive bait of the other tracks it still leaves you hankering for much more.

The closing Parasite brings a final unforgettable forage into the passions, its capturing of the imagination easy through the jagged riffs, fiery vocals scowls as well as harmonic excellence, and yet another torrent of infection soaked grooves and riff shaped hooks. It is the perfect finale to an impossibly irresistible release.

The exciting thing about Lower Sands is that you know they will get better and better and with the Canvas EP bordering on perfect that prospect is simple thrilling.

The Canvas EP is released as a name your price release at http://lowerlands.bandcamp.com/album/canvas

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9/10

RingMaster 26/06/2013

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Lower Lands – Eat The Rich

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     Lower Lands is an alternative rock band from Lincoln in the UK, a quartet which has already earned good acclaim and interest but with the first single taken from their upcoming new EP Canvas, it is hard to imagine anything less than a surge of recognition and awareness soaking their presence, but then again music and its deserved rewards have never followed sense so we will see. Eat The Rich is a thrilling slice of punk spiced rock, a song with more than a sense of Reuben and Max Raptor to its persuasion and a melodic prowess combined within a track as impressive as it is infectious.

Released as a free download and accompanied by an excellent video, the song has already garnered strong praise and attention whilst raising the appetite for the June 10th released EP. It follows their previous Growing Pains EP which like the single was released through I Am Mighty Records. It was a release which earned approving reactions but if Eat The rich is any indication, Canvas will soon lift the band to new potent heights within UK rock.

A striking call lone guitar opens up the song’s beckoning though when the bass and drums enter, and with no fault of theirs, there is a a2812758904_2muddy breath which flattens the already in place intrigue. Thankfully it is for mere seconds as the song explodes into a fury of energy and caustic intensity. Into its stride the track settles into a delicious stroll of impressive vocals from Benji Inkley courted by a mix of infectious riffs and a teasing groove from Inkley and Paul Howells with the bass of Jacob Jarvis prowling moodily across their stance. Framed by the excellent rhythms of drummer Rob Purkiss and a blaze of great vocal harmonies, the song is virulently contagious, the snarling elements of the track in league with the tightly melodic and inventively hooked temptation elsewhere to seduce and secure full ardour for its exciting imagination.

If there is any niggle it is at times the song does not bite viciously enough, only teases that it will, but that is being as petty as saying your cup of coffee is one degree too cool on arrival. It is an outstanding song which only makes the wait for the EP impatient. If the likes of Reuben, Max Raptor, and Hundred Reasons make you tingle than Lower Lands and Eat The Rich will make you drool just as blissfully.

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9/10

RingMaster 28/05/2013

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