Audio Poets – Make a Scene

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Such the almost scattergun diversity escaping Make a Scene there are times you wonder how it works with such coherent unity but it does and what is on offer is one gloriously rousing and dynamically imagination incitement for ears and emotions. The new album from US rockers Audio Poets, it is a thumping merger of pop punk, alternative rock, and unbridled rock ‘n’ roll, to try and slim it down, which leaves an increasingly greedy appetite breathless for more.

Formed in Dallas as 2014 made its goodbyes, Audio Poets quickly hit the live scene the following year, playing their first show in Buffalo with Rookie of the Year. Debut EP Colours had its successful release the following month before the quartet spent the spring of 2015 recording Make A Scene. The latter months of the year saw the album uncaged and the band relocate to Los Angeles, as well as hungrily hitting the live scene across the US. The UK and Mainland Europe are now in their live sights for 2016, the band ready to pounce on the already eager reactions to the galvanic sounds and the quickly impressing adventure of Make a Scene.

Recorded with producer Geoff Rockwell (Forever The Sickest Kids, Memphis May Fire, Crown The Empire), the band’s album swiftly hits a rousing plateau with opener The Anthem. A scuzz lined guitar makes the first invitation with its sultry hues, the lead vocals of guitarist Chris Durio quickly adding their punch to the attitude loaded proposal. As the track develops there is no escaping the potent and enjoyable Rage Against The Machine essence to the track, it coming bound in just as appealing stoner-esque grooves from the fiery guitar enterprise of Bru Whitley and Durio who create a magnetic web around the increasingly defiance loaded narrative and vocal tones.

It is a riveting and contagious start to the release but soon overshadowed by the outstanding Wake Up. Straight away that variety in sound and imagination is arousing ears and thoughts, the second song bounding around with pop punk energy and revelry whilst casting an aggressive CIV like snarl and melodic tempting. There is a touch of UK band Hawk Eyes to the romping escapade too, enslaving hooks aligned to rowdy but controlled dynamics colluding excitedly with the darker inviting prowess of bassist Mike Knight and the sinew swung beats of drummer Landon Jett.

Next up Not My Time is a triumph to match the last, this time the band exploring a My Chemical Romance meets Fall Out Boy like theatre of invention and creative mischief. Feet and hips are soon seriously involved with the more restrained, compared to its predecessors, yet feistily swinging canter of the spellbinding song and its unpredictable invention. There is a serious urge to dive right back into the track after its conclusion, though that is soon diverted by the punchy roar of Burn and after that, the album’s Marilyn Mansion scented title track. For the first, Durio mixes his strong clean tones with more rap bred vocal jabbing, though this time The Kennedy Soundtrack is a closer hint to the adventure of sound and voice on offer. As the song evolves between standing toe to toe with grouchy agitation and seducing with poetic melodic infectiousness, a touch of Lost Prophets slips into the captivation, that one more arguably familiar colour which, as within every song, simply helps flavour something openly unique. Next up Make A Scene flirts with and barges across ears with a virulence of craft and sound which again has the body and emotions subservient; electronic and industrial ingredients as powerfully persuasive as the punk infused rock ‘n’ roll at its heart.

Fiery interlude Space is more the doorway into a new turn to the album than a break, its cosmic air a progressively textured tempting for the imagination before Revolution stands tall and defiant in attitude and sound. Featuring Jay Miller of Texan band Drudge, the song is a brooding maelstrom of imposing rock ‘n ‘roll spiced with melodic hardcore imagination and an array of intriguing sonic colours and styles. It easily holds attention and enjoyment tight and leaves satisfaction full though it is maybe not as inventively bold and tenacious as earlier songs, a success found by the equally weighty emotive and tempestuous embrace of Wounded Eyes. Mixing a rich blend of varied metal infused rock flavours, the track is again an encounter fulfilling all wants and hopes if without quite breaching the same plateau the album set in place early on.

Do You Feel It (Now) brings a feistier and in some ways creatively livelier proposal with its tapestry of styles soon after, vocals and sounds from every corner of the band helping draw physical participation before closer Make It Through, escorts ears into a broader electronic landscape that sees the album go out on a potent high.

For personal tastes the album produces its richest and most ingenious mastery across the first five or so tracks, exploring more emotively shadowed and intensive depths to matching success thereafter, and from start to finish Make a Scene is one irresistible and rousing temptation from a band surely heading towards major attention.

Make a Scene is out now through most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 07/02/2016

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Avastera:The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long

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On the eve of making a big splash across the globe with the release of their debut The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long EP, to emulate its success in homeland Australian earlier in the year, Avastera is set to be a noisy whisper of the lips of a great many. This is a band which defies pigeon holing such the eclectic flavours and styles veining the exciting sounds created within striking and compelling songs. The music is not arguably unique, the spices making up the aural recipes openly familiar but no one else is brewing up the same kind of stirring encounters as the band.

Starting out in the early weeks of this year, the Perth quintet has made a major impression in a very short time. From recording and releasing the EP to great acclaim and success in Australian a few months back, the band has shared stages with the likes of Silverstein and The Getaway Plan whilst lighting up a festival as a chosen headline act alongside Mayday Parade, The Pretty Reckless, The Wonder Years, A Skylit Drive, The Maine, Forever The Sickest Kids and Marinas Trench. Press attention has also been keen and led to the band featuring on cover CDs for Blunt and Big Cheese magazines. Produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Yellowcard, The Dangerous Summer). The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long is set to grab the world by the scruff of the neck and make a very persuasive argument for the band, as though as stated it may not be the most ground breaking or even original release it is without doubt one which is very enjoyable.

Avastera cleverly and seamlessly infuse strong essences of alternative rock, melodic post-hardcore, and metal into a pop punk core avastera_coverleading to engaging and appealing songs with plenty of passion, energy, and invention. The music is certainly distinct to the band if at times familiar from the multi-flavoured essences employed but without question the EP is a continually intriguing and pleasing encounter right through to its very end from the opening treat Hear Me Out. The track alone tells you all you need to know about the band and their imaginative intent. The song is an immediate compulsive encounter of forceful rhythms and pop punk urgency completed by sturdy riffs and angular sonic guitar invention which offers an Avenged Sevenfold like heat to the melodic coaxing. The guitar work of Chris Crole and Chris Hanssen is exceptional whilst the rhythms of bassist Dave Thoomes and drummer Jamie Savage are unrelenting in strength and inventive composure. It is clear to hear that the band has a musicianship equalling their imagination which undoubtedly allows the songs to fuse so many potent flavours into an immense creation of their own, with vocalist Mike Lang the striking and impressive pinnacle to spear the songs forth.

It is a mighty start followed up just as strongly by As The Tables Turn and December Sun. The first of the two is veined by wonderful bright keys amongst the muscular riffs and thumping rhythms to start the diversity which marks the release. With extra metalcore tendencies and symphonic caresses to captivate, the track is magnificent and the best on the release. As it plays one band comes to mind, The Urgency though they do not arguably have the same palate of sound which Avastera work from or the Atreyu like muscle which the Australians also infuse. The second is a slower emotive wash of passion and thoughtful ambition further unveiling the expanse to the sound of the band.

Next up This Beautiful Nightmare continues the dynamic start though the song is a close mix of the previous two songs without finding their heights, but with the persistently skilled guitar enterprise and perpetually evolving landscape of the song it is a more than welcome companion. As the song and the following pair dance with the ear and thoughts the feeling that the band will soon emerge with a unique guitar sound, like the aforementioned Avenged Sevenfold has, is rife such the distinct style of the band. Highways From Home is another to match the earlier songs and an energetic partner to the senses which one would assume is a crowd favourite whilst Ms. Conception is another to engage fully without lighting the same fires as elsewhere. All the tracks reveal a band which is as powerful in sound as it is in constructing the canvasses their play works with, the songs unmistakably finely crafted and composed. Add the accomplished artistry of each member and you have a release which only catches the imagination.

Completed by a fine acoustic version of December Sun, one can only recommend The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long and Avastera to all melodic rock fans especially those of groups previously mentioned and others like All Time Low, Mayday Parade, and A Day To Remember. The Aussies are coming feel free to enjoy.

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RingMaster 01/12/2012

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