New York Tourists – Call

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Whether being described as Queens of The Stone Age meets Foals is a true colour to the New York Tourists sound we are still debating but it does hint at the rich flavour and textures within it, qualities ripe in the band’s new single Call.

cover_RingMaster Review    It is fair to say that the British alternative rock quartet has been garnering hefty praise in reviews and attention since the release of their debut EP, Thankyou & Goodnight late 2012, its track Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out, selected as one of BBC Introducing’s top 10 tracks of 2013. Its success helped lead New York Tourists to support slots for the likes of The Subways, The View, The Sunshine Underground, and Buzzcocks whilst also headlining the Alternative Stage at Blackburn Festival. Second EP Dead Man’s Leather was unveiled in 2014 via London based label Kittiwake Records, and more acclaim and attention flew their way as well as opportunities to play with band such as We Are Scientists, The Cribs, and Shed 7 soon after. Having begun recording their successful Kickstarter funded debut album earlier this year and playing Hogton Tower in Preston as the main support to Status Quo in front of 12,000 people, the foursome of vocalist/guitarist Gary Taylor, guitarist Carl Rutherford, bassist Adrian Mckenzie, and drummer Joe Mooney have had an exciting year, one only continuing with Call, the band whetting and inflaming the appetite for their album at the same time.

The single opens with the falsetto prowess of Taylor, his lofty tones backed by more earthbound hues, presumably also his own, as guitars cast their magnetic lure over ears and around the lively rhythmic frame of the song. With a scent of psych rock and post punk/new wave spice to its invitingly volatile climate and body, the track canters along with an engaging melodic character and busy energy around an impressive vocal tempting. Rhythmically the song reminds of fellow Brits The Sea, whilst its vocal and inventive heart offers a familiarity hard to pin down but certainly with seeds in more adventurous Brit Pop.

Leaving a certain want for more, Call is a potent tempter for the New York Tourists album whenever that comes along, and if its songs can match up to the single, more highly enjoyable times are afoot.

Call is released October 24th

Upcoming Live Dates:

30th October – Camden Barfly

13th November – Ferret, Preston

19th November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds

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Brightlight City – Adventures EP

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The Adventures EP is a proposition which might not be going to set the rock world ablaze but with three tracks of virulent alternative/melodic rock, the new release from Brit tunesmiths Brightlight City is still likely to be a greedily devoured feel good encounter. It is one of those incitements easy to turn to for an energetic and feistily contagious time. It is not changing the landscape of rock ‘n’ roll but definitely the release gives it a healthy dose of feisty enterprise.

The Surrey quintet began in 2014, swiftly releasing a trio of songs and embarking on mini tours across the UK. Inspirations come from the likes of Hundred Reasons, Million Dead, Foals, Yourcodenameis:milo, At the Drive-In, Refused, Biffy Clyro, and Jimmy Eat World, spices evident in the band’s debut EP Breaking Straight Lines which was recorded with producer Jason Wilson (You Me At Six, Fightstar, We Are The Ocean, Reuben) and released last October. Now the band unveils its successor, Adventures, which was also recorded with Wilson. As its title hints at, the new EP explores new aspects to the band’s sound; the band recently commenting on the release with “Adventures is an EP, as the title suggests, that takes the listener on an adventure; stories of late nights, life, death, love and society all set against the instrumental back drop of a massive alternative rock sound.”

Adventures Artwork iTunes    The release opens with new single The Finish Line, and instantly sparkling guitar bait is sunning itself in the imagination as rhythms provide a sturdy and darker company. The vocals of Jamie Giarraputo similarly are a warm and vibrant invitation, nestling perfectly in the weave of enterprise cast by guitarists Justin Giarraputo and Jono Staunton. The track strolls along with an endearing quality and a catchiness which really sparks in the addictive chorus whilst the resonating bass of Dan Stubberfield adds further potent magnetism alongside the punchy beats of Ben Bell which punctuate all the hooks and melodies with relish.

The following I’m Only Good At Adventures backs up the impressive start to the EP with its own infectious swing and dance on ears. Once more hooks and melodies seduce, though with less impacting bait than found in its predecessor. Nevertheless the song is an easy to consume and get involved with proposal of rock ‘n’ roll warming up ears and appetite for the outstanding closing track.

Reaction is superb, from its opening earthy groove and dirty riffs attention seizing bait which never loosens its grip even when slipping into a slow caress of voice and melodies. It is just the teaser though for the contagion to follow, bass and beats prowling with a glint in their eyes as guitars spin a web of imaginative melody clad temptation. Vocally Jamie Giarraputo is just as magnetic, his delivery carrying a gentle swagger to match the bass groove and sonic devilry seducing ears and imagination. Jimmy Eat World is mentioned as an inspiration and there is no escaping the similar potency of hooks and enterprise within the song to the US band’s greatest moments.

The track is irresistible and brings an excellent release to a masterful close. Listening to the Adventures EP, it does feel like Brightlight City is still searching for their truly unique sound. When it happens though and if songs carry the same qualities discovered on this new encounter, it is hard to imagine anything stopping a global success.

The Adventures EP is out digitally from May 11th and physically on the 15th May.

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RingMaster 11/05/2015

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Candidate23 – Recurring Dreams EP

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Having strongly impressed with their previous EP Stay Awake, UK indie band Candidate23 has just unleashed their new offering to again show how exciting a band they are whilst bringing a vibrant evolution in their already thrilling creativity. As with their other releases the quintet from the North West of the country have sculpted a sound of undefined familiarity but one which employs it in an encounter which leaves the passions gasping and imagination fiery through open originality and carefully honed craft.

Formed in 2010, the Liverpool based Candidate23 have only made good impressions, their allure and temptation growing more potent with each release and live performance which has seen the band alongside the likes of Funeral for a Friend, Young Guns and The King Blues. There breakthrough to the widest national awareness is overdue and deserved but still biding its time, teasing us and them but with Recurring Dreams that lock just might and should have the right key finally. With references to the likes of The Wombats and Foals upon them, to which we would add Placebo, Mind Museum, and in some ways Doves, and sewn within their own distinct sound anticipation of a big year for the band from this EP alone is unavoidable.

The title track is a brief brewing ambient beckoning to introduce the release and draw one into the following mighty temptress of a song in Float Away. The track is a sparkling explosion of melodic colour and winding expressive atmospheres veined by rolling rhythms which cage the ear for the vocals of Will Hayes to gentle stroke forth the lyrical heart of the song. The singer instantly impresses, as he has on previous releases, his words and delivery seductively dancing across the vibrant mingling of tantalising enterprise from guitarists Alex McIntyre and Andy Perrin and those still energetic rhythms of drummer Jono Tringham side by side with the rumbling basslines of Ryan Dennett. The emotive lure of the song is never far away or lost in the energy and steps forward most potently for the closing breath of the track as it passes over to next up Until It’s Cold.

From a gentle wash of emotional keys and the soaring tones of Hayes the song rises to its feet with again the beats of Tringham framing the warmth with rich firm persuasion which invites limbs into the affair as much as the emotions. Though the song does not explode with the same intensity as its predecessor it packs a colourful punch in its superbly crafted melodies and equally compelling harmonies to leave extra hunger in the keen appetite already encouraged by the EP.

I’ve Been Here Before is a slow burning delight, a song which took time to make its full declaration before the senses but emerged as one of the most powerful and lingering gems on Recurring Dreams. A smouldering lullaby for the heart with a rising intensity to its breath and enveloping heat, the track offers familiarity in a brand new guise which covers the senses like an old friend which will never lack a welcome but equally intrigues with an undiscovered emotional depth. As with the whole EP, there is nothing not to love about the song as the band show they are as adept and imaginative in slowly crooning the passions as they are igniting them with an infectious anthemic fuse.

The final pair of songs confirms an already done deal between release and ardour, the outstanding I Want You a stirring almost riotous slice of aural contagion, the virulent call of the chorus the perfect climax to the magnetic verse and the call of vocals and sound which rage with invention and lush beauty. The closing First Steps matches what came before with elegant sonic caresses within its enthralling fascination of energy and rhythmic keenness. Though arguably not the most dynamically capturing song on the release it makes a final declaration of just how impressive and thoroughly pleasing Recurring Dreams is.

Available as a free download by a band generous in sound and invention, their new EP has all the weaponry and class to be the trigger for national domination before taking on the world. Candidate23 has provided the mighty tools for all to enjoy and spread the word.

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9/10

RingMaster 07/05/2013

 

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Get Off My Shoes: Lets Not Rush Out And Tell The World EP

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    With their name having already triggered a chuckling interest alone, there was keen eagerness to see if Belgium alternative rock band Get Off My Shoes could follow up with equally impacting sounds upon their debut EP Lets Not Rush Out And Tell The World. The answer emerged as yes though not without the sense that the band has much more within them and the really impressive elements within the release suggesting that this was also a missed opportunity to really thrust their name forward with startling impact despite its strong and pleasing showing. There is nothing not to like about the band, their creative sound, and the very enjoyable EP, but though it does not always quite leap out of the speakers the potential of the band is undeniable.

Hailing from Antwerp, Get Off My Shoes was founded in 2010 by chief songwriter and singer Jonas Meukens. Joined by guitarist Stijn Debontridder, bassist Glenn Van Criekingen, drummer Ziggy Van Wallendael, and Jasper Willemen on synths, the quintet from initially spending time honing their sound and songs soon made a strong presence for themselves on the live circuit with over a hundred European shows in the past couple of years, gigs which included supporting the likes of The Subways, The Get Up Kids, Joyce Manor, and Apologies I Have None, to name a few. With influences such as Bloc Party, Tokyo Police Club, Weezer, Two Door Cinema Club, and Foals impacting on their similarly flavoured melodic enterprise, the band and their Thanks But No Thanks Records first strike into the world are certainly drenched in a promise and captivating invention which only suggests a bright future for the band.

The opening title track is a short expressive instrumental which colours the imagination with aural suggestion to invite further GET OFF MY SHOES EP COVERinvestigation whilst only hinting of the musical exploits to come. The following Dead Of Night instantly engages with jangly guitars and crisp rhythms soon joined by an electro breath which sizzles upon the surface of the energetic yet restrained blaze of sound. As the song slips fully into its stride its command of feet and attention is complete as the guitars further tempt the senses and the vocals of Meukens bring their plain expression but accomplished texture to proceedings. It is a strong if in hindsight an unremarkable start in the lie of the EP but one which easily ensures a hunger to hear more.

The simple electro start of I Was Told A Lie Once with emotive vocals in tow does not exactly ignite excitement but again comes with a lure into the heart of the song which is hard to refuse. As it expands with guitar and energy the song comes alive with thrilling power, the vocals finding a rich passion to match the intermittent fury of melodic and energetic urgency. It is a big highlight of the release matched by next up Ghosts & Villains. Highly infectious and anthemic in its stance, the song is a magnetic stroll of incendiary guitar coaxing and inflammatory melodies which is just plain irresistible and one of the primes reasons why you sense a strong horizon for the band.

We’re Going Down But We Don’t Care and Autumn complete the EP, the first an enthralling track with plenty of ideas going on within its well-crafted body of inviting rhythms and further heated melodic temptation. As the EP moves through its contents the vocals seem to get more expressive and impressive to add real feeling to this particular song though on the other side there is a feeling the band could have made more of the synth and its emotive presence, something sure to evolve as the band also move forward one suspects. It is a strong song but fails to light the same fires bred by previous tracks but another which leaves good thoughts about the five-piece. The final song is another triumph though, its gentile ambience and compassionate melodic caresses scripted with finesses and emotion to translate just as potently within feelings and thoughts of the listener. Easily as impressive as Ghosts & Villains in its very individual way, it is not hard to see why the band has earned such a strong following and why we are joining them.

As mentioned in many ways Lets Not Rush Out And Tell The World does not find the depth of riches it suggests enough times to really fire up a constant passion but easily does more than enough to excite and leave a strong satisfaction as well as inspiring the hunger to hear a lot more form the band.

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7.5/10

RingMaster 30/03/2013

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Radio Room: When You’ve Made It

 

Vibrant and dynamic, the debut EP from Irish band Radio Room shows all the signs of a young band on the rise. Though yet to maybe find their distinct voice, the band and release captivates the ear and ignites the senses with well crafted sonic manipulations and hearty melodic invention. When You’ve Made It consists of four songs which shows immerse promise for the future and deep satisfaction right now.

From Dublin, the quartet of vocalist and guitarist Robbie Murphy, lead guitarist Collie Drennan, bassist Steven O’Neill, and Marco Persechini on drums, have made a steady impact on the local scene since forming in 2010. Their influences include the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Foals, and Two Door Cinema Club, who the band seem most often to be compared to, though there is also a slight eighties post punk element to their sound which drifts through thoughts as the songs tease the ear. The single There’s Only Ghosts at the end of last year, as well as the current one Functions and both included on the EP, have set attentions sweeping their way already and with When You’ve Made It one suspects Radio Room will be a band on the horizons of many more welcomingly people.

The release opens with the excellent As The World Churns, a song which instantly lights the heart with its pulsating deep bass lines and sharp tingly guitar play. Immediately infectious and enterprising with every note and vocal harmony inciting intrigue, the track leaps and bounds over the ear with an eager heart and dazzling sparks of invention. One can argue it does not offer anything startlingly new but its mesmeric charm and excitable imagination sets it apart from many similarly fuelled releases quite easily.

From the impressive and smouldering beginning the EP turns to Functions to further raise the temperature with its feisty energy and mellower caresses. It is a smart blend of restraint and keen urgency with again bass and vocals coring the magnetic sonic discord and melodic fires of the guitars. Within a framework of jabbing beats to drive the track deep the song builds with craft to a crescendo of twisting and hypnotic sounds. With the previously mentioned band as a comparison this track alone also has essences of Baddies and to a lesser extent Young Knives to its presence.

Nether prances in next to continue the fine danceable and heart rate pushing fun. The bass again stokes the fires within, its touch a probing and stirring breath within this and every song whilst the guitars once more dance with golden melodies and exquisite hooks, leading them to their fullest heights and coating them in emotive elegance lined with that disharmonic whisper.

The songs are not exactly anthemic but there is certainly something involved which has voice and heart in union with them throughout choruses and repetitive moments, the closing There’s Only Ghosts the perfect example. With a slight snarl to the bass and barracking rhythms, the song explores the senses with intelligent melodic fingerings to make the blood flow faster whilst the vocals invite participation with their uncluttered and easy to connect to delivery.

Over the four tracks there is a slight similarity on the surface to show the band is still evolving and finding their unique sound but from what is simply an impressive release one can only be excited and full of anticipation of what comes next from Radio Room.

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RingMaster 13/09/2012

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We’re No Heroes – Quiet Colours EP

It seems with the emergence of every new band with something just slightly different to their sound yet another sub-genre is created and labelled and then quickly filled by more bands in the same ilk. Math pop is one of the newer examples and Welsh band We’re No Heroes a fine example and exponent of a style that is when simplified a lighter more accessible form of math rock.

Quiet Colours is the new EP from the South Wales band consisting of four tracks which are engaging and intriguing. Despite its recent release it has already garnered much praise and exposure which now upon hearing the release it is not a big surprise. The songs are varied musically and vocally where the band without a main singer has different members taking the lead on tracks backed fully by the others

We’re No Heroes formed in the summer of 2009 in the unlikely place of a derelict downtown Chicago studio. There the sound and form of the band was decided, and upon relocating back to Wales and Cardiff they released their debut EP Crossing Over. A good response followed off the back of that but it is Quiet Colours that has really ignited things even in its short lease of life so far.

The trio of Tom Collins (guitar/vocals), Dewey Owen (bass/vocals) and Luke Llewellyn (drums/vocals) recorded the new EP at the Ripefruit Recordings studio in Cardiff with respected producer Jordan Andrews alongside. Together they produced four songs from an initial eight demos that are strong, creative, and most importantly very enjoyable. ‘Atlantic Hearts’ opens the EP and instantly a notable trait of the track is the neatly crafted guitar play and the deep pulsing bass. Continuation through the songs shows this is a constant pleasure that the band delivers.  The strong and driving drums carry each song firmly but it is the bass that is the highlight throughout.  

It is a definite solid start improves even more with second song ‘Empty Beat’, its jangly guitars and consistent rhythm and its slight disco feel working delightfully. The best track on the EP, ‘Tigers’, goes further to raise the level of the EP with its addictive basslines and inventive hooks creating a sound that is part Baddies/Futureheads part Foals.

Latitudes’ closes up the quality package of songs. Slightly less forceful in pace to the others it carries a post 80’s punk feel, moody and emotive. Though not as instant as the other three slices of indie pop it is a definite grower and after subsequent plays is just as strong as any other song.

Quiet Colours is available now on At Your Own Risk and is definitely worth attention especially from those already enticed by flavours from the likes of Foals, Colour, and Maps & Atlases. With their inviting melodies and enthralling sound We’re No Heroes show they are a band to be watched as they blossom into a name on the majority of music lovers tongues.

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