Heartbreak Remedy – Midnight Groove

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Embracing a host of flavoursome flavours in their energy loaded sound, UK quartet Heartbreak Remedy create rock ‘n’ roll which just rolls with the instincts to party. The weight of proof comes in their self-released debut album Midnight Groove, a collection of tracks which may have found variable success with personal tastes at times but all left an appetite for more of their feisty enterprise.

Hailing from Cumbria, Heartbreak Remedy emerged in 2013 with the intent of merging LA’s classic rock sound with seventies bred grooves. The band’s founders, vocalist/bassist Matty Penn and drummer Stephen Jackson soon linked up with guitarists Callum Glynn and Luke Blair, that union the springboard for Heartbreak Remedy and a live presence which began with a debut show at Trillians in Newcastle playing alongside Enuff Z’nuff. 2014 saw the band playing across the UK, their own potent gigs beside support spots with the likes of The Quireboys, The Electric Boys, Kory Clarke/Warrior Soul, The Burning Crows, Bad Touch, Falling Red, and Knock Out Kaine. A full UK tour with The Last Vegas only added to their emerging presence and reputation whilst with two well-received EPs also under their belts, the band more recently has shared stages with Hardcore Superstar, Keri Kelli, and Brad Gillis, and played the Hard Rock Hell Road Trip in Ibiza. Now with its national release, it is the turn of Midnight Groove to awaken new ears.

Heartbreak Remedy seemingly gets referenced to the likes of Mötley Crüe, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Deep Purple most often, something relatively understandable as the opening track of Midnight Groove erupts in ears. There is certainly something familiar to their sound and seemingly no real intent to be dramatically adventurous but for heart bred rock ‘n’ roll there is little to dismiss the album over or first song Convoy. As soon as a single groove entangles ears attention is awake and seriously intrigued, especially once increasingly anthemic rhythms pave the way for a vocal bellow from Penn and the riff driven stroll it sparks. The beats of Jackson become even crispier bait as the bass of Penn offers a great grumbling lure whilst with acidic hooks and sparkling guitar endeavour wrapped in blues rock hues dancing in ears, the track gets more adventurous and compelling with every passing minute.

Heartbreak Remedy Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review  The following Already Gone is a slightly mellower proposition energy wise and in tone, and maybe because of this lacks the same spark as its predecessor, though the guitars again potently entice with their melodic narrative before Cocked and Loaded from a great devilish bassline emerges as another fiery slice of blues/hard rock. Vocally Penn is a touch wayward at times but equally more expressive as the track dangles spicy grooves and magnetic bait from the bass in ears.

Things really pick up with Tell Me Why, the track a sonic floozy of southern grooves and seventies seeded funk ‘n’ roll. Rhythms add a dark edge to the encounter, the muscular tones of the bass aligning to jabbing swipes from Jackson as the guitars of Glynn and Blair weave a contagious temptation of sultry grooves and riffs. Quickly establishing itself as a major highlight of the album, it seems to ignite something in the release as the following pair of All You’ll Ever Be, with its tangy lining to a nest of writhing grooves, and the pulsating Girl At The Bar keep the new plateau of good times rolling. Both tracks enjoyably explore contrasts and essences of discord, with the latter also slipping into something more eighties glam rock coloured to pleasing effect. The fact that there is a constant raw almost punkish surface and inner flame to the band’s sound only adds to the potency of indeed all three tracks and those to follow.

The skittish beats and southern seducing of Heartbreaker provides feet and imagination with the base for a good time which the southern/seventies hard rock textures of Southside recruit in its own dusty stroll before Rose clams things down with its soothing melodic croon. Guitars cradle ears with their tantalising melodies and evocative reflection whilst Penn almost mesmerises with his emotive croon. The song reveals more of the depth and diversity in the band’s sound, than arguably all the previous songs added together, simultaneously adding another high point to the release.

Next up Perfect Crime reveals more of the punk essence which lies within the band’s sound, fusing it with a dirtier hard rock proposal before its successor Thrill Me. Kill Me musically snarls around more restrained but nicely diverse vocals and Ice Queen sizzles in a bluesy climate, its guitars a sonically bubbling and hazy protagonist around funky rhythms and plainer vocals. It is a slim yet rich fusion of contrasts which works a treat though is over shadowed by the album’s closing triumph it is fair to say.

Like Rose earlier, Far Away is a captivating ballad with Penn really coming into his own as acoustic guitars embrace every syllable and escape of emotion. An increasingly impressive treat, it is a fine end to a rather enjoyable proposition from Heartbreak Remedy. Midnight Groove suggests at times that maybe the band’s sound is more potential than realisation right now, but to that offers the promise and excitement of bigger and bolder things ahead.

Midnight Groove is released on Friday 11th September through all stores.

Pete Ringmaster 10/09/2015

Falling Red – Empire Of The Damned

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    There is something very familiar about Falling Red and their explosion of heavy metal soaked with dirty hard and sleaze rock fire, a fusion which wakes up the passions like a merger of Motley Crue with Black Veil Brides and Black Stone Cherry. That aspect though is only a positive in the hands of the UK band which picks up well-trodden and arguably exhausted existing enterprise and brings it back to life in an invigorating and thrilling contagious rampage distinct to themselves. New album Empire Of The Damned is a storming riot of addictive hooks and incendiary grooves thrust into the heart of high octane anthemic and hard hitting rock ‘n’ roll. There is an eager buzz around the band right now and the album shows exactly why.

     The Carlisle band formed in 2007 and has been stirring up audiences earning a strong reputation from almost day one with their renowned and incendiary live performances. Over the past years Falling Red has supported the likes of Sebastian Bach and Steel Panther, to strong acclaim, and sparked further attention with the Hasta La Victoria Siempre EP and 2010 debut album Shake The Faith. With successful headlining tours also under their belt the quartet of vocalist/guitarist Rozey, guitarist Jayde Starr, bassist Dann Marx, and drummer Dave Sanders set about creating and recording their Pledgemusic funded second album with Matt Elliss (The Black Spiders, The 1975), the mastering undertaken by Pete Maher (U2, Rolling Stones, Linkin Park) last year. Consisting of eleven insatiably ravenous and passionate encounters, the release is an anarchic and belligerent blaze of virulent rock infectiousness which easily ignites the senses and emotions.

     Opener Time To Rise is a short scene setter, a breeze of melodic guitar behind defiant words which raises its temperature and cult cover lrgintensity the further it declares its intent before a closing gentle coaxing makes way for the immediately antagonistic The Devil You Know. Punchy beats and energy charged riffs stalk and stroll through the ears whilst the vocals of Rozey hold a mischief to their fiery tempting. It is not a dramatically imposing and striking track but one which wakes an eager appetite for the album and gives a healthy indication of what is to come. Skilfully presented and fired up with an obvious passion, the song makes an infection clad access into the album.

    Its potent invitation is soon put in the shade by the outstanding We Escaped A Cult, the new video single from the band. A radiant drizzle of guitar elegance provides the first breath of the song with skittish percussive invention dancing around its luring as Rozey again picks up strong attention. Soon into its heavy stride the track stomps into the imagination with addiction forging grooves and again openly predacious rhythms but equally with a charm and devilry that leave the emotions alert and enthused to join the action. With a Manson-esque swagger and great anthemic group vocals equally as flirtatious with the passions, the contagion is a masterful and thrilling encounter.

    The groove driven Break Me takes little time in stealing its slice of the brewing fixation with the album, the sinew framed romp of taunting rhythms and toxically virulent riffery irresistible with the bass of Marx not for the last time having delicious rapacious savagery to its tone. That lure makes a similar call on the next up Outcast, Marx leading the song into another instantaneous and virulent temptation on the emotions. Shadow cloaked at the start evolving into a melodically flaming blaze of hungry rhythms and bold sonic causticity, the track then takes its allurement up multiple degrees with one of those salacious grooves which street corners were made for. It is a beast of a song with enticing of epidemic proportions as it makes a riotous rival for best song honours.

    The exciting stature of the album is continued with Disposable, a twisting and swerving hook driven song with more enjoyable toxic bait than a rat trap, and the title track, though the second of the two takes longer to make its full persuasion. From an accomplished and engaging slow start the song is soon flexing muscle and intensity with passionate melodic and vocal expression to feed intrigue and satisfaction. It does not make the swift union of other songs with emotions even though everything about it sweats craft and enterprise. As suggested given time the track does reveal a depth and strength which is hard to dismiss or avoid as it adds another strong aspect to the album’s impressive character.

     As The Defiled reminding We Are Reckless and the punk toned rocker No Sanctuary step forward with their irrepressible energy and adventure pleasure is kept at a high even if passions may be less intensively ignited, both nevertheless high octane provocations which still only invite eager attentiveness. The album is certainly stronger in its first two thirds than its last but as the scintillating predatory Lonely Way To Die with its acidic melodies and psyche infecting grooves shows there is still a bruising, exhilarating, and snarling proposition lying in wait to ignite the rioter in us all. Followed by the more predictable yet refreshingly digestible rocker Change For No One, Falling Red brings Empire of the Damned to a vigorous and imaginatively lustful close. The band may have been the rising storm on the radar of a great many but with their new album you can only see the awareness of the whole of the country’s rock ‘n’ roll community finding a greedy attraction towards their recognisable but still original tempestuous musical anarchy.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 26/01/2014

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FALLING RED have unleashed new video single in preparation for new album ‘Empire of the Damned’

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BRIT ROCKSTERS RELEASE NEW VIDEO SINGLE AND STUNNING NEW ALBUM!
Within just three short years, rising rockers ‘Falling Red’ have taken their high octane fist pumping brand of Rock from the backstreet clubs to the legendary Hammersmith Apollo! Now, with further fire in their bellies, Falling Red set loose their brand new video single ‘We Escaped A Cult’, which is taken from their forthcoming album ’Empire Of The Damned’. ‘We Escaped A Cult’ is already stirring up the senses as Empire Of The Damned’ lies in wait for its unleashing for public consumption on Monday 27th January 2014.
 
Formed in 2007 and hailing from Carlisle, Falling Red have already acquired a stellar name for themselves for their intoxicating blend of post-sleaze metal with just about every rock publication, from guitarist magazines through to national rock press such as Classic Rock, Rocksound, Metal Hammer have reviewed, interviewed or supported the band. However everything that the band has achieved has been born out of sheer hard work. The rampant rocksters  cut their teeth by playing just about every sweat-drenched flea pit from the highlands in Scotland to the pits of Southern England. After over three years of hard gigging, living out of a tour van and crashing on friend’s floors, the foursome are finally beginning to reap the rewards as word on the band is now spreading like wild fire. The band’s show have now increased in both venue size and numbers coming, as new fans are checking out the most talked about British band in years.
With a glowing reputation for exhilarating live shows the four-piece soon racked up invites to play both Hard Rock Hell & Hammerfest, the band duly obliged and left audiences with memorable high energy performances. Supports slots with Skid Row’s frontman Sebastian Bach, followed and Falling Red upped their game both on & offstage. Due to the their growing status the band were hand-picked as main support to the meteoric rising rock crew Steel Panther. Falling Red killed it again and left the stage every night to mass applause and with thousands of new fans wanting more. Falling Red toured again in March 2013 with a Headline tour which packed out 02 Academy2 venues. After another successful tour, the band bedded down and began to work on their follow up to their debut album ‘Shake The Faith’ (2010). Falling Red decided to utilise the Pledge Music platform for their sophomore album ‘Empire of the Damned’, it was launched on 4th March 2013 and reached its 100% funded target on 19th March, this is quite an achievement highlights the strength and loyalty of the band’s fans.
The album is now fully completed and has been recorded by Matt Elliss (The Black Spiders, The 1975) and mastered by Pete Maher (U2, Rolling Stones, Linkin Park,). ‘Empire of the Damned’ soars with high-energy melodies laced with dark aggressive undertones, the record is rammed with eleven potent cuts and is loaded to the nines with contagious hooks. Look out for the new video single for ‘We Escaped A Cult’, along with a series of headline tours in the UK & mainland Europe – see  www.falling-red.com for updates.
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FALLING RED announce video single’We Escaped A Cult’ and tour dates.

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BRIT ROCKSTERS FALLING RED RELEASE NEW VIDEO SINGLE AND HIT THE ROAD!
“Riotous slabs of hard edged sleaze that remind me of the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Skid Row but with the attitude of the Sex Pistols. One of the finest live bands I’ve seen this year.” Power Play Magazine
 
Within just three short years, rising rockers ‘Falling Red’ have taken their high octane fist pumping brand of Rock from the backstreet clubs to the legendary Hammersmith Apollo! Now, with further fire in their bellies, Falling Red set loose their brand new video single ‘We Escaped A Cult’, which is taken from their forthcoming album ’Empire Of The Damned’. The band release ‘We Escaped A Cult’ on Monday 14th October and head out on tour in support of the record this October.
Formed in 2007 and hailing from Carlisle, Falling Red have already acquired a stellar name for themselves for their intoxicating blend of hard rock. Just about every rock publication, from guitarist magazines through to national rock press such as Classic Rock, Rocksound and Metal Hammer, have reviewed, interviewed or supported the band. And they are rightly deserving such attention, as everything the band has achieved has been born out of sheer hard work. The rampant rocksters cut their teeth by playing just about every sweat-drenched flea pit from the highlands in Scotland to the pits of Southern England. With a glowing reputation for energetic live shows, the quartet soon chalked up invites to play both Hard Rock Hell & Hammerfest; the band grasped the opportunity with both hands and graced audiences with a series of invigorating performances. Supports slots with Skid Row’s front man Sebastian Bach followed, and Falling Red upped their game both on & offstage, with the wild man of rock being over shadowed at every turn. Due to their growing status, the band were hand-picked as main support to the meteoric rising rock crew Steel Panther. Falling Red killed it again and left the stage every night to mass applause, with thousands of new fans wanting more. Falling Red toured again in March 2013 with a Headline tour which packed out 02 Academy 2 venues.
The band have now just finished working with Matt Elliss (The Black Spiders, Scarlett Riot) on their eagerly awaited new album ‘Empire Of the Damned’ and the UK rock crew unleash their first video single ‘We Escaped A Cult’ this October. Look out for a series of headline tours in the UK & mainland Europe starting with a tour this October with fellow Brit Rockers New Device.
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FALLING RED LIVE: October 5th – The Brickyard, Carlisle (FR’s album launch); 10th – Trillians, Newcastle; 11th – Star & Garter, Manchester; 12th – Melbourn Rock Club, Royston; 16th – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth; 20th – Black Heart, London.