Whitecliff – 5 Minutes / ’Till The End

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It is fair to say that British rock band Whitecliff is gaining a reputation as rich and inescapable as their drama soaked sound has proven to be, and it is safe to say that it will only increase with the release of new single Five Minutes. The two song offering is a captivating example of the band’s indie/melodic rock imagination with even bolder exploration coming in the atmospherically thick ’Till The End which accompanies the lead track. Released via 25 Hour Convenience Store, the label of The Libertines’ Gary Powell, the single has all the qualities to spark another successful year for the band to match 2015.

The first band signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store, Whitecliff first lured attention with debut single Everybody Knows, its success backed and pushed last October by the Young Lovers EP. Both releases grabbed ears with their fresh and vibrant sounds, in turn drawing potent media attention and support across terrestrial and internet radio. Live too, the band has grown from strength to strength, supporting The Libertines at one of their sold out Alexandra Palace shows and playing London’s Old Blue Last and the Notting Hill Arts Club amongst highlights so far.

art_RingMasterReviewReuniting on the new single with producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paolo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy) and for mixing Dan Grech (Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Circa Waves), both handling the previous EP too, Whitecliff need mere seconds to grip ears with 5 Minutes. Its initial guitar jangle alone has the imagination engaged whilst the subsequent thick bassline of Paul Bates and the skittish beats of Tom Taylor soon spring hips and head bobbing into action. Vocalist Olli Nagy as potently as ever exudes confidence and charm whilst guitarist Jonny Ball gives a new wave character to his flirtatious dance of pick and imagination on strings.

The track is an addictively infectious and provocatively rousing proposal easily whipping up an eager appetite for its prowess before ’Till The End sees the band slip into atmospheric waters with the resonance of bass colouring the poetic suggestiveness of guitar. As Nagy then lays his beguiling tones on the emotive canvas, a Muse/Coldplay like scent arises in sound and tone though pleasingly Whitecliff hone it into something individual to them. Almost prowling ears with its slow gait, the track is a fascinating look at another side to the band’s songwriting and invention; a new strain of variety sure to flourish across future releases.

As much as the Young Lovers EP solidly impressed, both 5 Minutes and ’Till The End outshine any previous Whitecliff endeavour. The single is a rousing and transfixing proposal across its two tracks and yes with it as evidence; it might be safe to say that 2016 is going to be another potent year for the band.

5 Minutes / ’Till The End is released April 8th via 25 Hour Convenience Store /Believe Digital through most online stores and @ http://whitecliffband.bigcartel.com/product/five-minutes-single

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Pete RingMaster 05/04/2016

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Whitecliff – Young Lovers EP

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There has been a flowing amount of praise and expectations of big things ahead for Whitecliff since the release of their first single Everybody Knows a year ago, and the Liverpool based band can expect plenty more thanks to their excellent debut EP Young Lovers. The first band signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store, the label of Gary Powell from The Libertines, Whitecliff have crafted and delivered a new exploit to which acclaim is set to be a given. Three tracks of virulent and inventive indie pop rock, the Young Lovers EP is simply a tonic for the ears and imagination.

Consisting of vocalist Olli Nagy, guitarist Jonny Ball, bassist Paul Bates, and drummer Tom Taylor, Whitecliff recorded the Young Lovers EP with producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paolo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy), its mixing taken care of by Dan Grech (Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Circa Waves), both also scheduled to work with the band on their first album scheduled for recording next spring. The latest release opens with its title track, and an instant blaze of warm melodies and enticing hooks tempered perfectly by a moodier bassline. The voice of Nagy is just as swiftly enticing, his tones gentle yet forceful in their expression and power to match the potent rhythmic jabs and sonic seducing masterfully and creatively at play across the song.

It is a rousing rock pop incitement to start the EP but straight away eclipsed by The Talk. From its opening tease of guitar and accompanying groove, the song is a virulent stroll which just gets more flirtatious and compelling with each vocal harmony around the potency of Nagy and every catchy twist slipping easily into ears with lingering effect. There is a feel of Black to the song and the overall songwriting of Whitecliff, in the blend of emotive passages and inescapable melodically honed hooks which just light up ears and appetite with increasing effect over every listen.

Final song Say What You Want is the same, but individual in character with its emotive croon through crystalline melodies in a creative romance of the imagination. On first listen the previous two songs outshine the third but time and plays has seen it bloom into an irresistible serenade to rival all whilst revealing more of the depth and substance to the Whitecliff sound.

As we predicted the quartet will be no strangers to acclaim over the next weeks and months but already there is the thought that we have barely tapped into their potential, even with the strength of Young Lovers so exciting times for them and us.

The Young Lovers EP is out now via 25 Hour Convenience Store / Believe Digital through iTunes and Amazon

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Pete RingMaster 13/10/2105

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Holocene – Flaws In Us All

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With a fine line in jangly guitars and melodic persuasion Flaws In Us All, the new single from UK indie rock band Holocene makes a solid and appetising persuasion as to why we should keep a firm eye on this Birmingham quartet. The single does not leap at the ear and demand attention, preferring to seduce and smoulder on the senses and thoughts until the same intent is earned, but it is a captivating release that sparks a definite appetite for more of the appealing sound.

Formed in the September of 2011 and taking inspirations from the likes of Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon into their invention, Holocene took no time in securing a strong and eagerly growing fanbase through their constant gigging, their debut coming at the 02 Academy in Birmingham. Their sound has also brought support from not only local press and radio stations but people such as Carl Barat and Gary Powell of the Libertines. It is a strong base the quartet of Bishan Davies (vocals and rhythm guitar), Marcello Sanzari (lead guitarist), Aaron Barnett (bass), and Benedict Campbell (drums and backing vocals) look to build upon and certainly the two tracks, which were recorded with Gavin Monaghan (Editors/ The Twang), that make up the single will only add to their growing presence.

Flaws In Us All opens with a deep throaty bassline, its lone call instantly tempting as it opens up the ear for the following melodic course of guitars and vocals. Immediately there is a post punk feel to the track, essences of Joy Division and Flesh For Lulu whispering richly, though once into its stride and the melodic coaxing is at full sway the one reference which calls out is China Crisis. For all of that though the sound has a unique flavour to its voice which is bred solely from Holocene and offers a persistent temptation across the warm and discord skirting intrigue. The vocals of Davies are strong whilst blending perfectly into the caressing intent of the song and the backing vocals, though arguably lacking a needed bite, serve as a pleasing companion. It is a track which takes ear and thoughts in a tender but energetic embrace and stokes up the emotions to want to know and hear more from the band.

The accompanying song serves one of those needs right away and only adds to the lure of the release. Grab My Coat from the start lays down irresistible bait through the guitar before it is joined by the rest of the band in a mix of power pop/indie rock, a romp of infectious hooks and melodies veined by contagious rhythms. There is a familiar air to the track which again turns back time for thoughts and makes an easy to access climb on board its addictive dance. Like with the title song there is debatably a snarl to the sound needed to lift it above the heads of the pack, a nip or acidic shadow which brings an edge, but they feel on course to achieving a distinct stance going by these two songs alone.

Holocene is a band well worth keeping a close eye on and Flaws In Us All a single certainly worth adding to your playlists.

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7.5/10

RingMaster 22/06/2013

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Lizzie Nightingale – Tiny Teardrops

Lizzie Nightingale is a singer songwriter hailing from Glasgow who is beginning to stir up some real attention and enthusiasm to her inventive and delightful sounds. Her new EP Tiny Teardrops, is set to bring her to wider attention as it offers up something ripe with unexpected delights and joyful enterprise. It is a weave of harmonies and melodic grace brought with an air and ambience which ruffles the air around the sure elegance of the songwriting and its realisation. It is a surprising treat to be honest, one’s assumptions challenged and shown a uniqueness and imagination to be admired.

With her informative years soaked in the sounds of artists like Eurythmics, Kate Bush, David Bowie, and a healthy dose of Motown through her singer/performer Mother, Lizzie Nightingale released a collection of demo tracks which drew strong support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2 and Galaxy FM and went on to sell thousands in the UK and Japan. Recently she has been working alongside Gary Powell of The Libertines. Tiny Teardrops sees her stepping out once more into a solo spotlight with her evolved and distinct sound.

The EP opens with the mesmeric Alone, its instant presence an ear spotting cloak of crystal melodies followed by warm orchestral arms. The song skips with an emotive heart which captivates throughout, the voice of Nightingale lighting the atmosphere with its classy tones and the strings behind her igniting deeper pleasures. There is a simplicity to the song within its expansive presence with further endears to make a track which leaves one tingling in delight.

The following Footsteps is a concentrated ballad, its expression and emotion dripping from every note and syllable. Vocally Nightingale has a wavering to her sound which flutters with power but also brings an extra emotive breath to an already touching song. The track shows clearly the lyrical and songwriting skill of the artist and her ability to light up the senses whilst evoking strong thoughts and affection.

The title track again has an uncomplicated essence which tantalises and at times hypnotises whilst its sweeping charm is undeniably infectious. As it progresses the song becomes even more addictive its reserved energy streaking into enthused breaths of melodic hooks and unbridled beauty. Best song on the release it fully shows the talent of Nightingale.

Sparkle and Lights both caress the ear with a sure and gentle touch brought with eruptions of increased energy and heart borne passion. Again as in all songs Nightingale employs unpredictable sounds and unique asides to explore the heart of the compositions to fire up stronger affection for her music. It is imaginative and skilfully brought together to make a release in Tiny Teardrops which startles and gratifies in equal measure.

Completed by a remix of Alone by Matty ‘Parka’ Thomson and Sparkle by Team Tartan, Tiny Teardrops is an impressive and pleasing EP to mark Lizzie Nightingale as an artist destined for great things. Check out the EP @ http://lizzienightingale.bandcamp.com/album/tiny-teardrops and enjoy.

RingMaster 07/08/2012

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