Tailblock – Think Or Be

As much as instant slavery of ears goes down a treat with us offerings which take their time to blossom and accelerate their temptation are just as enjoyable. Think Or Be, the new EP from British trio Tailblock manages to be as good as both. It is a six track roar which easily grabbed the appetite from its first attack but only grew and flourished with greater and in turn keener attention play by play. High praise took to its predecessor couple years back and it is unlikely it will be a stranger this time around either.

Hailing from Dartford in Kent and emerging in 2016, Tailblock released debut EP, Burn Your Bridges, at the close of that first year. It was produced by Ian Sadler (Anavae, Roam), who returns to add his touch to Think Or Be, and as said earned numerous plaudits. Inspirations to the band include the likes of Glassjaw, Hundred Reasons, Rival Schools, and Reuben and it is the latter which most comes to mind in varying shades across the new EP. Even so, the threesome of Jak Coleman (bass guitar/backing vocals), Martyn Kingsmill (drums/percussion/backing harmonies), and Gary Ptaszek (guitar/lead vocals) hold their own individuality in a release which sees their post hardcore nurtured sound much more assured, diverse, and adventurous than in that first encounter.

The EP opens up with its title track and an immediately insistent tide of riffs and rhythms from which a delicious hook springs to quickly be joined by the strong tones of Ptaszek. In no time it is a rousing roar, even in its calmer moments a spirit sparking incitement from within which that infernal hook has ears and lust dangling.

It is a seriously infectious and muscular start to the release firmly backed up by Heavy Arms. The band’s latest single it too teases and tempts with a hook which just gets under the skin, this time the band using it from the first second to nag and tempt. There is a more controlled gait to the song and a swing which had the body moving in unison, Jamie Lenman and co an easy comparison to its opening infection. There is also an underlying volatility which does not quite ignite but definitely adds a great feral quality around the pure catchiness of the song. A mix of pop, punk, and alternative rock, the track is thick contagion with the backing vocals of Coleman and Kingsmill as potent as Ptaszek’s lead and all three’s musical prowess.

Rocket follows quickly establishing its heavier presence as the wires of the guitar and throbbing lines of the bass surround the thumping beats of Kingsmill. It too has a catchiness which cannot fail to incite feet but did miss the particular spark of its predecessor for our ears. Its emotive edge though is a strong hue, an increasingly persuasive one which leaves nothing on the table within the ferocious Blisters. A fiery attitude soaked offering as inescapably catchy as it is imposingly aggressive it soon steals favourite track honours especially with its melodically seductive climax.

The EP concludes with firstly Listen, a song rising from a rockabilly-esque temptation to another emotionally charged yet controlled saunter. Even so its melancholic elegance erupts in moments of sonic fire with its mercurial landscape a ride of heart bred turbulence and tenacious enterprise. Its successor, 100, similarly has a great unpredictable air and touch to its character, acoustic coaxing and vocal reflection leading to melodic infection and spirited release in emotion and sound.

It is a fine end to a proposition which grows and further impresses by the listen. From the start we rather liked it, now it is one we fiercely recommend. There can never be another Reuben, one of our all-time loves at The RR, but in their own distinct way that gap just might be filled by Tailblock; Think Or Be suggests so.

Think Or Be is released July 13th digitally and on CD.

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Pete RingMaster 05/07/2018

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First Signs Of Frost – The Shape Of Things To Come

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The Shape Of Things To Come is the first EP since British rock band First Signs Of Frost emerged from a hiatus a couple of years back; its title as much a declaration of the fresh blossoming sound and creative chapter within the band as the themes it explores across five absorbing tracks.

Formed in 2004, the quartet of guitarist/vocalist Owen Hughes-Holland, guitarist Adam Mason, drummer Will Gates, and bassist Dan Oehlman grabbed keen attention with their debut EP, In Our Final Chapter. 2007 saw Daniel Tompkins join up as lead vocalist before the acclaimed release of first album Atlantic and a period see the band play alongside the likes of Deaf Havana, Enter Shikari, Architects, You Me At Six, We Are The Ocean, Senses Fail, Devil Sold His Soul and many more. Before the fuss had settled around the release, Tompkins left to join TesseracT. His departure left a gap the band struggled to fill; thus their hiatus until Hughes-Holland resurrected the band in 2015. Linking up with Mason again as well as bassist Andy C Saxton (ex-Cry For Silence), vocalist Daniel Lawrence (ex-Kenai / All Forgotten), and drummer Alex Harford, the London quintet immediately sought to explore and push their sound to new imaginative heights with The Shape Of Things To Come the first glimpse of their success.

Immersing inspirations from the likes of Deftones, Tool, Further Seems Forever, and Glassjaw into their invention, First Signs Of Frost swiftly lures ears with opener Meat Week. Its atmospheric calm is a quick enticement, the gentle caress of guitar a matching lure before the brooding air also there sparks a bolder expulsion of sound. Lawrence’s vocals immediately impress, his melodic expression matched by the colluding warm and wiry textures of the sounds around him. An infectious energy is equally as persuasive within the song, every element bold without being forceful but making a strongly emotive and technically alluring temptation on ears and imagination.

The following White Flag potently backs up the great start; its enterprise similarly resourceful and ear catching without making over aggressive trespasses upon the senses. There is elegance to the First Signs Of Frost sound which charms as the craft of the individuals captivates; again making for a gentle almost smouldering seduction carried in a contagious and skilfully conjured proposal.

Latest single Look Alive Sunshine is next up with its own individual melodic rock venture veined by djent scented progressive metal intricacies. There is jaggedness which bites as the vocals and melodies hug the senses; a union which grips and lingers even if the song just fails to touch the plateau of its predecessors before the evocative climate and atmospheric ambience of Atlantis drifts in with the superb vocals of Lawrence and keys to the fore. An instinctive emotional intensity rises within the song, simmering down again before repeating its cycle within the graceful serenade.

The EP closes with Sharks; it too an initially serene coaxing but one soon revealing its djent nurtured teeth and creative volatility within a subsequent sea of melodic and technical but emotionally inflamed tranquillity. It is a fine end to a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable release. The Shape Of Things To Come feels like the first step towards something bigger and bolder but is a full pleasure in its own right; a mix which makes First Signs Of Frost a band which just has to be followed closely.

The Shape Of Things To Come is out now via Basick Records and available @ https://basick.supplies/collections/first-signs-of-frost or http://music.basickrecords.com/album/the-shape-of-things-to-come

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Pete RingMaster 15/08/2017

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Oaths – Stag Party

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Never hurts to make a good first impression and UK band Oaths certainly have that intent nailed with debut EP Stag Party. A busy and furious storm of hardcore and melodic rock, the five track fury is an imaginative entrance by the Manchester quintet. Arguably it is too imposing and tempestuous on first listen to really appreciate the rich potential and creative tenacity within its walls, but proper attention soon reveals band and release to be an exciting and compelling proposition.

Consisting of vocalist Topher, guitarists Curtis and Michaela (the latter also providing vocals), bassist Jack, and drummer Chris, Oaths emerged in 2013 with inspirations from the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw, Every Time I Die, and Norma Jean in their creative arsenal. Last year saw the band hitting the road around the country, earning a potent reputation for their live presence and a success continuing into 2015 with the band recently completing a tour with Faces of Eve. Produced by Mike Bennett from Empires Fade, Stag Party is the band’s new mighty nudge on national awareness, a release which goes for the jugular from its first breath and tugs away on the senses and a keen appetite from thereon in.

Oaths Cover ArtworkThings instantly boil up with opener Lover Another, though its initial touch is abrasing if relatively calm. The raw hardcore bred vocals add a swift aggravation to the brewing atmosphere as do the similarly imposing beats which punctuate the impending intensity. It is a rising tempest though which relaxes just a little as a melodic enticing from the guitars adds to the harsher riffs and rhythms, and similarly a more melodic vocal delivery joins the caustic roars. Passion and angst is soon raging again amongst the fresh progressive and variety filed textures of the song, everything from rhythms to sonic endeavour evolving in imagination and fascination.

The strong start is matched by Idols / Rivals, a track fuelled by punk aggression and melodic adventure which ebbs and flows in aural intensity on the beaches of the senses. As in its predecessor, there is a great unpredictability to the offering which brings intrigue and exciting twists to a more familiar yet no less captivating hardcore seeded canvas. Every move from raw aggression and hostile atmospheres to harmonic elegance and melodic beauty is seamless musically and vocally whilst combined it finds has a clarity wrapped place for every aspect in the impressing proposal.

Hank Moody continues in similar style, an almost beauty and the beast collision of textures uniting for a dramatic and riveting incitement. The song does not quite grip as tightly as those before it for an undefined reason though the fact it does not seem to have the constant distinctiveness of those before might be one factor. Nevertheless everything about the song is in firm hold of ears and attention, the driving rhythms magnetic and the guitar enterprise at times simply bewitching, whilst vocally, and especially on the cleaner side of things, it is potent and enjoyable theatre as the contrasting tones share the lyrical and impassioned heart of the song.

As good as Stag Party is already, it hits personal tastes perfectly across its final two songs, turning into a raucously contagious slice of rock ‘n’ roll at the same time. Amsterdam comes first and though it is still a hardcore and progressive/melodic rock eruption the song discovers a contagious virulence and creative exploration which emerges as more gripping hooks, spicier grooves, and rhythmic imagination. At times bestial and in other moments a fiery seduction, the song is superb and swiftly matched if not surpassed by the closing I Am The Danger.

The band’s current single, the track is instantly addictive and ruggedly infectious, bounding in on intimidating rhythms and an enthralling sonic escapade. Riffs from the guitars and bass snarl, whilst their individual hooks are venomously poppy; traits explosively aligning to the increasingly impressing vocals which burst from across the band. Within a thumping cage of fierce beats, the track is exceptional and with the previous song alone, ignites a real appetite for Oaths and their increasingly thrilling sound.

Stag Party is a release to take your time with; first impressions are good but only get better. It also sparks an expectation to see Oaths grow into a strong and potent force within the hardcore scene, not only at home but further afield. If not they have certainly unleashed one intensely enjoyable debut anyway.

Stag Party is available from April 13th through all platforms.

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RingMaster 13/04/2015

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OATHS go on ‘Stag Party’ on Monday 13th April

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Combining riot inducing progressive hardcore with party-starting melodic hooks, Northern newcomers ‘Oaths ‘ are set to introduce themselves to the world with their infectious debut EP, ‘Stag Party’, out Monday 13th April.

Reared on a hearty diet of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw, Every Time I Die and Norma Jean, and taking on board the contagious craft of Deaf Havana, Oaths produce music that is ball breaking, intense and accessible.

Spawned from the ashes of a handful of local bands from the North, Oaths sprung to life during the Summer of 2013 and consist of Michaela (Guitars, Vocals), Chris (Drums), Topher (Vocals), Curtis (Guitar) and Jack (Bass). The newly formed quintet then began to pen a cluster of songs and wasted no time in hitting the live circuit. After soaking up tour life in 2014 with gigs up and down the country, the band are now looking to step it up a gear with festivals and a European excursion on the agenda, and a weeklong UK tour in March alongside fellow post-hardcore merchants ‘Faces of Eve’.

At the end of last year Oaths headed to the studio, recruiting Mike Bennett from Empires Fade to handle production duties, and swiftly cut their debut EP ‘Stag Party’. The record delivers on all fronts, exploding with hammering rhythms and cut-throat riffs. Opener, and future single ‘Lover, Another’ portrays the band at their best; the track is an adrenaline-fuelled blast of grimy twisted hardcore complete with a delectable hook ‘Amsterdam’ continues to kick you in the teeth with its snarling riffery and impressive vocal delivery. ‘I Am The Danger’ (http://youtu.be/95_Gz65TTg8) is the fivesome’s current single, and it impressively brings the debauchery to an end with high octane scuzzy grooves that split and severe your senses. Plans are afoot to take ‘Stag Party’ on tour throughout the whole of Europe; so hold on tight—things are gonna get dirty. Oaths are about to pound on your door.

-OATHS RELEASE ‘STAG PARTY’ ON MONDAY 13th APRIL THROUGH ALL PLATFORMS-

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Digits are back with their new EP ‘Footprints & Embers’, on 2nd Feb

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Newcastle skewed alt-rock crew Digits nationally unveil their sophomore EP ‘Footprints And Embers’ on Monday 2nd February 2015. Coming at you with a sound that muses the edgy dexterity of Glassjaw with the hook-laden know-how of Reuben, ‘Digits’ are a band that you need to hear.

Having completely brushed off the ashes of their former incarnation, Cut Glass Accent, Digits continue to deliver bold, proggy alt-rock that’s as intricate as it is heavy. In 2013, Digits dropped their explosive debut EP ‘Acquiesce to Violence’ and it racked up widespread critical acclaim from all quarters. Tracks from the record graced the cover CDs of Rocksound and Big Cheese Magazines and the quartet secured a host of support slots sharing stages with Bam Margera, Feed The Rhino and Marmozets. The band also made a successful appearance at the Make A Scene Festival, featuring the likes of Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout and Hacktivist.

However, the past year has been a difficult one for the Northern riff slingers. The band have been nursing a string of injuries due to heavy gigging; Chris Bradley (Vocals & Guitar) pulled ligaments in his ankles, Craig Strawbridge (Guitar) cut off half of his thumb, Stu Latham (Bass) badly pulled his back and original drummer, Dan Cooper, has had to leave the band due to persistent problems with his wrists. Nevertheless, the irrepressible four piece are now back with a new drummer, Matt Hickman, and a fresh set that includes material from the spanking new EP ‘Footprints And Embers’, and there are a string of shows penned for the early part of 2015 to support the record.

‘Footprints And Embers’ is released this February and the record starts in blistering fashion with the dynamic and twisty ‘Embers’, before the vigour and infectious groove of ‘Dysphoria’ grabs you by the scruff of the neck. The driving venom and up-tempo beatings of ‘Parachutes’ moves the record up a gear and the majestically emotive ‘Eros’ closes the record in supreme style. This record is sure to see the band go places; just watch them rise.

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-DIGITS RELEASE FOOTPRINTS & EMBERS ON MONDAY 2nd FEBRUARY 2015-

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DIGITS RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOLLOWS DEBUT EP

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DIGITS New EP and video unleashed!

North East riff-tyrants Digits are set to release their debut EP ‘Acquiesce To Violence’ on 11th November. Sounding like the backwater cousins of Glassjaw, Hundred Reasons and Reuben, ‘Acquiesce To Violence’ has already racked up widespread praise from Rocksound, Powerplay and Big Cheese magazine.

The noiseniks have also just received their new video single ‘Golden’ and you can view it here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXeFHTVQYkQ

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DIGITS ‘Acquiesce To Violence’ let loose on Monday 11th November‏

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ALTERNATIVE ROCK CREW DIGITS RELEASE NEW EP THIS AUTUMN!
North East riff-tyrants Digits re-release their debut EP ‘Acquiesce To Violence’ and it’s a real belter. Sounding like the backwater cousins of Glassjaw, Hundred Reasons and Reuben, ‘Acquiesce To Violence’ is set loose on Monday 11th November and is available through all digital stores.
 
Taking stock after the demise of their former band, ‘Cut Glass Accent’, Chris Bradley (Vocals & Guitar) and Stu Latham (Bass) enlisted Craig Strawbridge on guitar and drummer Dan Cooper to form a new band; learning from their past mistakes, they aimed to deliver a compelling sound that would be absolutely progressive, experimental and accessible. At this point, Digits were formed.
Extensive gigging and writing soon followed, and by the end of 2012, Digits had completed their debut EP ‘Acquiesce to Violence’, which is slated for a November launch date and rammed full of sonic sledgehammer fists-in-the-air choruses and explosive rhythms that promise to melt your ears.
The EP instantly takes flight with ‘Acquiesce’ as it tips its cap to the low-slung groove of Deftones and the brawling rage of early Biffy Clyro. The recent single ‘Golden’ magnificently comes over you with balanced guitar scapes and soaring vocals before the up-tempo punk-flavored drive of ‘Visceral’ grabs you by the scruff of the neck. Lastly, ‘Violence’ closes the EP and balances melodic hooks with razor sharp riffs. Plug in and soak it up; these guys are set to rise!
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