Tess of the Circle – I’m Not Ashamed

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With their outstanding album Amplify, released earlier this year, still drawing attention and acclaim the way of Tess of the Circle, the UK band’s new single just confirms its irresistible qualities and caps a major ground-breaking year for the Oxford hailing outfit.

Formed by and based around the songwriting singer/guitarist Tess Jones, Tess of the Circle is a collective of musical and creative talent which has really caught the wider imagination with second album Amplify, the striking successor to the equally well-received debut Thorns. With lead guitarist Lee Clifton, bassist Ben Drummond, and drummer Paul Stone alongside Jones on the Gavin Monaghan produced full-length and now the new single which comes from the, Tess of the Circle is awakening broader waves of eager appetites for their melody rich rock ‘n’ roll, something I’m Not Ashamed can only add impetus to.

There is a Numan-esque glaze to the initial feel of sound escaping the speakers and Jones’ emotively delivered vocals, a spice remaining to appeal as the track blossoms into a fiery blaze of blues kissed, grunge toned rock ‘n’ roll. Subsequent dips into mellow climes are built on the same eventful melodically suggestive enterprise which shapes the whole of the song, while the bolder feistier body of invention around them provides hazier almost psych rock spun waves of imagination to eagerly surf.

I’m Not Ashamed is one of the numerous treats making up Amplify and alone as their new single, a potent lure for newcomers to explore the increasingly impressive creative world of Tess of the Circle.

I’m Not Ashamed is out November 25th across most online stores.

Upcoming Live Dates:

December 3rd – Planet Rock’s Rockstock Festival

February 3rd 2017 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Friday May 26th – BEARDED THEORY 2017

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Pete RingMaster 23/11/2016

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Animal House – Sorry

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The Australian quartet may have been “forced on a short hiatus by UK Visa police” but they are making up for lost time with zeal and unbridled creative boisterousness with debut EP Sorry. Brisbane bred and already kicking up attention before embarking on a two year adventure that took them through Europe before settling in the UK’s own great band breeding town of Brighton, Animal House have masterfully build on the success of recent single English Girls with Sorry; an EP sure to swell the acclaim already sparked.

The band has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Strokes, The Raconteurs, Cage The Elephant, Dune Rats, Surfer Blood, and Twin Peaks, though we would suggest if not exactly in sound but the mischievous way they spring songs upon ears and imagination, Asylums is just as apt a reference. The Animal House sound has its seeds in the indie sounds of the late nineties/early noughties but twisted in to something fiercely fresh and unique to the Aussie foursome. Devilish humour lines every note and word shared, sparkling invention and invasive imagination fuelling a temptation which without doubt colours one of the most enjoyable and thrilling releases this year.

Sorry opens up with the band’s new single Domino; a virulently addictive song which if it was anything other than music would come with a warning. From its initial guitar jangle the song is in command, only firming its grip as the vocals, lead and band collude with melodic spicery and infectious tenacity. Feet have no resistance, hips and appetite too especially as beats drive song and body as a ridiculously catchy chorus infests vocal chords. There is a touch of Buzzcocks to the track, especially in its meandering hook, though first time around all concentration is on gaining enough breath to last the kinetic majesty of the song’s length.

animalhouse_sorry_RingMasterReviewEnglish Girls is next and swiftly shows why it caused a fuss as a single. It too is a trespass infesting body and spirit. Rhythms once more thump and arouse whilst riffs and jangling hooks coax as vocals tempt. Animal House again confirm that flirtatiously captivating choruses are the domain of all their songs, the second an epidemic of persuasion rifling through a waiting and soon fully participation lust.

It is hard to say that the following Heavy makes less demands on energies but it does have a mellower climate to its urgency, taking a summery stroll as psych rock swipes of melodic enterprise cross a swinging gait of smiling hooks and buoyant rhythms. It is inescapable captivation but soon eclipsed by the tangy inventive fruits of Lemon & Lime. We are never ones to advocate too many singles taken from one release but the song has all the properties to be one juicy incitement as such a proposal. Again band and song swing with creative relish, bouncing with trampoline rhythms as harmonies tease and melodies seduce with a catchiness that could bring success to any trap.

The release is completed by the rampant sonic liquor of Tequila, intoxicating garage rock ensuring all inhibitions are left at the EP’s cover. It is a glorious end to a quite irresistible encounter, for which, the description aural alchemy increasingly seems apt. Its title says Sorry but there is nothing penitent about this slice of sonic knavery.

The Sorry EP is out on 18th November 2016.

Catch Animal House live at the following dates:

9th November – The New – Santander

11th November – Bukowski – San Sebastian

12th November – Bar Arrasate – Arrasate

14th November – Pop In – Paris

15th November – De Hip – Deventer

16th November – De Kroeg – Arnhem

17th November – Vera – Groningen

18th November – Boothill Saloon – Amersfoort

29th November – Birthdays – London

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Pete RingMaster 07/11/2016

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Vienna Ditto – Busted Flush

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The undeniable soft spot we have for the fertile adventures of British duo Vienna Ditto has only been confirmed or pushed towards more lustful tendencies with each release they give birth to in their enviable imaginations. New EP, Busted Flush, is guilty of sparking the latter with three tracks of aural intrigue and creative drama which almost prey on the senses. Cinematic yet intimately invasive, the EP is one of those real treats which come along so rarely yet frequently from the shadowed minds of Vienna Ditto.

The innovative union of Hatty Taylor (vocal and synth) and Nigel Firth (guitar) has come a long way since the pair first met when Firth began teaching eleven old Taylor the guitar. Meeting again and creatively uniting a decade later, the pair has continued to blossom and excite with a magnetic sound which fires up ears and imagination like a sonic kaleidoscope. It has nurtured numerously well-received and acclaimed singles and EPs with debut album Circles of 2015 and the Ticks EP earlier this year breaching even greater acclaim and plateaus of intoxicating invention. Busted Flush is the next step forward in both rewards for band and listener, a sublime seducing which only romances with greater strength listen by listen.

art_RingMasterReviewThe EP’s title track opens up the fascination, Busted Flush a web of seductive melodies and shadowy rhythms in an atmospheric caress equally as dual natured. As the throated threat of bass colludes with crisp beats, Taylor’s exotic tones finger the imagination, backed by keys which hold suggestiveness in every melodic note. The song plays like the backdrop to a cold war romancing, a canvas for a Doctor Zhivago/ The Spy Who Came in from the Cold like involvement with Taylor the seductress narrating events. Across its blossoming landscape, Firth matches the vocal allurement with his poetic melodies and keys cast theatre further tapping into more sci-fi shared echoes of suggestion. It is a glorious transfixing as exotically dark and broodingly portentous as it is bizarrely magical.

The fantastic start is swiftly matched by the lighter livelier charms of Barracuda, a swinging stroll of electro pop also no lightweight in imaginative manipulation and melodic conspiracy as it lures the listener into its infectious body. An underlying tempestuousness blossoms over time but only adding to the warm if schizophrenic enterprise fuelling a dramatic and perpetually twisting slavery of ears and emotions.

The EP is concluded by Boy Meets Wolf, a sultry seducing with swiftly endearing essences of Young Marble Giants to its character and beauty. Apparently inspired Cormac McCarthy’s book The Crossing, the song is like a mystical mist, seeping over the senses with fleeting but potent cinematic caresses aligned to darker intimacy stirring the imagination and one’s own creative spirit.

The Busted Flush EP is an escape from reality, an echo of the adventures and dangers we all wish we were part of while watching the greatest dark lit movies. Vienna Ditto create this response musically while providing British music with some of its most unique and irresistible proposals, Busted Flush no exception.

The Busted Flush EP is out 11th November 2016 via Ubiquity Project Recordings @ https://viennaditto.bandcamp.com/

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Pete RingMaster 08/11/2016
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HANKKS – Love Shy

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Offering another flavoursome romp to the summer’s soundtrack, British alternative indie rockers HANKKS release new single Love Shy. With the raw clang of a melodic Birdland and a flame of infectious pop n’ roll lying somewhere between Asylums and The Libertines, the track quickly establishes its own character of sound and temptation to alone reveal why the buzz brewing up around the Birmingham quartet.

Formed in the April of 2015, with a name apparently chosen through an admiration of actor Tom Hanks, the band quickly earned a potent reputation for their live presence around their home city. Consisting of Ben James, Jacob Evitts, and brothers James and Harry Davison, the foursome released their well-received debut EP, Wilson, this past March. Backing it up with another surge of live shows, acclaim and radio support courted both shows and release, with stronger recognition of the band’s magnetic sound openly rising; success sure to blossom again with the release of Love Shy.

Taken from their first EP, the single has ears tingling with an initial flame of guitar jangle quickly courted by jabbing beats. As its body swiftly expands, harmonic calls surround the excellent dual vocal attack, their tempting matched in persuasion and adventure by the web of melodic enterprise escaping the guitars and the moodier bassline prowling the contagious stomp.

There is an eighties meets nineties indie pop scenting to the track but equally a fiery and excellently unpolished anarchic edge boiled in modern invention. Together, with the open craft and imagination of the band, it makes for a rebellious feel good slice of pop ‘n’ roll which simply rouses ears and spirit alike.

Love Shy is accompanied by an excellent video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h21X4kfwfhA

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Pete Ringmaster 08/07/2016

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The Slumdogs – Lost and Found

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Formed in the September of 2015, British alternative/indie rock band The Slumdogs is looking like making their first full year together a potently successful one. Hailing from Blackpool, the band has already spread its presence and eager fan base into the likes of Liverpool and Manchester; luring ears further afield too through their first tour of England, a thirteen adventure last December. It is fair to say that the quartet hit the floor running and have only intensified their nudge on broader awareness through shows and the recent release of debut single Lost and Found.

front-cover-single_RingMasterReviewReleased through Shropshire based label Hartfield Records, Lost and Found is a swift arousal of ears and imagination. From a gentle guitar caress it blossoms into a lively stroll shaped by spicy melodies, energetic rhythms, and eager vocals. There is no escaping an Arctic Monkeys meets The Libertines air to the track, a rich flavour but one woven into something as freshly Slumdogs as anything familiar. As the song continues to swing along taking appetite and hips with it, guitars cast a blend of emotive and flirtatious melodies around the grumble of the bass and a lure of tenacious beats, it all under the leadership of the excellent vocals.

Accompanying the highly enjoyable track is Slumdog, a self-titled encounter revealing an even thicker glimpse into the imagination and variety to be found in the band’s music. Sultrily hued melodies shimmer around the seductive dark temptation of the bass, their radiance a psych pop wrap to the shadowy lure of the rhythms. Swiftly enthralling ears, the song brings additional Doors like essences into its increasingly flirtatious pop ‘n’ roll, closing on a spirited climax as much surf rock and sixties garage rock as it is a bold new twist of modern indie rock.

The track is glorious, a thrilling extra to the magnetic prowess of Lost and Found, and together the duo provide an introduction to The Slumdogs which few are going to be able to ignore.

Lost and Found is out now via Hartfield Records @ http://www.hartfieldrecords.co.uk/product/slumdogs-lost-found/

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Pete Ringmaster 18/05/2016

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The Velvet Hands – Trains

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Creating a sound somewhere between punk, garage, and indie rock, The Velvet Hands has begun to stir up a bit of a fuss around their emergence on the British rock scene. The release of new single Trains can only add to the Cornish band’s attention luring success, its two tracks of highly flavoursome sound and temptation something to easily get a taste for.

The Velvet Hands is the creation of Toby Mitchell and Dan Able, a pair who began writing and playing together in 2014. Inspired by the likes of The Stones, Strokes, Beatles, Stone Roses, and The Clash, the band quickly drew eager ears and attention from fans and media their way with a live presences which has seen them share stages with the likes of Wild Smiles, Lost Dawn, Saturday Sun, and The Bluetones over time as well as make a handful of successful festivals appearances. The first pair of singles from the band, Games/Who Cares last October and Habit this past TVHTrainscover_RingMasterReviewMarch, stirred keen praise and support into action which Trains can only stoke up again for Mitchell and Able with Louis Willbourne and Sean Nichols alongside.

Released on 7″ white vinyl for Record Store Day through Easy Action Records, Trains opens on a swiftly potent and virulent bassline which quickly entices melodically spicy guitar and crisp beats to come and play with ears too. It is a great blend of raw pop and stylish enterprise matched by similarly textured vocals and harmonies.  The band has been suggested as being “in the grand tradition of great British bands like The Libertines and The Buzzcocks” in the past and both of those bands do come to mind a touch throughout the song; the first in its vocals and unfussy character with the latter through the nagging hooks and swinging infectiousness shaping the song.

Accompanying the track is Curtains Close, a delicious seducing crafted with surf scented melodies, acoustic enchantment, and vocal expression. Though a more relaxed character than its predecessor, the song is just as addictively catchy and beguiling; to be honest it was our favourite out of two highly enjoyable encounters.

Trains shows why people are crowding round the emergence of The Velvet Hands whilst equally pushing the band’s reputation on again to suggest this is definitely someone to keep a close ear on!

Trains is out now as a limited edition (300) white vinyl 7″ single through Easy Action Records in all good independent record stores with a digital release following April 29th.

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Pete RingMaster 18/04/2016

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Playing House – New Haircut EP

Photo by Veronica Aguilar Photography

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The New Haircut EP is another debut this year which needed little time to excite ears and incite reactions to go wow. There has been a few already in 2016 and amongst the most thrilling is this introduction to East London alt-pop trio Playing House. The three song festival of pop discord and irresistible hooks simply grabs attention and a swiftly greedy appetite with its creative devilry and maturity. Listening to the EP for the first time was a being stopped in the tracks moment with the grin on face and the passions telling all.

Much like another big site favourite Horse Party, Playing House is a two girl, one guy exploration of pop music. Every raw jangle, off-kilter twist, and discord fuelled sidestep of the genre embraced and re-honed to the threesome’s own startling escapades whilst weaving in the melodic prowess and flirty hooks you would expect and hope for. Inspirations for the three are said to include the likes of David Bowie, Velvet Underground, and Chic but you just can tell that their own tastes provide a much broader canvas for their music to draw from before finding its own unique character.

Hitting the London live scene in the September of 2015 with a sold out headline show at St Giles in The Fields Church, hosted by Kal Lavelle for her We Love Shows series, Playing House have become a greedily devoured live proposition. The New Haircut EP is going to try and transfer that support to a broader landscape with its release; success hard to see being missed as gets ears lustful again listening to the release whilst fingers hit keys.

It opens with the first song written by the band, Feel The Weight. Its initial touch is a fuzzy mist of keys, the second a romping stroll of bouncing rhythms and a spicy hook still embraced by that melodically dissonant wash. The coaxing into the song is ear thrilling and becoming even more irresistible as things relax for the lively and lyrically potent vocals courted by an equally infectious prowess to rhythms and riffs. The edge to its thick beats contrasts perfectly with the funky swing of the song and the imaginative blend of vocals from the two ladies, a combination of sound and energy which has a definite and repeated in other songs feel of 4 Non Blondes to it.

The excellent start only hits another plateau with the EP’s title track and band’s new single. New Haircut is quite superb, again enslaving attention from the first moments as choppy and steely guitars entangle around the vocal roar. Once the song slips into post punk meets alternative pop ingenuity, the deal is done, ears and passions enslaved. From there rhythms roam and roll with a quirky almost deranged tenacity whilst stabbing riffs and those increasingly choppy chords have feet and spirit throwing shapes like a slinky. The track is quite brilliant with that vocal agility and adventure of the band the ringleader to glorious revelry and lyrical incitement of thought.

The release is completed by Grapefruit, another addiction in the making proposal which takes barely seconds to entice and engross as guitars chip away at ears which are simultaneously being slowly seduced by keys. Though carrying a more restrained energy than its predecessors, the song has a lively swagger and charm which will have bodies on their feet and hips swaying in boisterous union.

It is a fine end to one thrilling first look at Playing House. You always assume a band will grow and blossom further from their first endeavour which in this case means the British music scene has one mighty and destined to be exhilarating adventure brewing ahead of them. A must hear release.

The New Haircut EP is released April 8th

Upcoming live dates:

Wednesday 13th April – Birthdays, London (EP release show)

Sunday 17th April – Sound Control, Manchester

Wednesday 20nd April – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

Thursday 21st April – The Garage, London

Friday 22nd April – Sofar Sounds, Liverpool

Saturday 23rd April – Moon Club, Cardiff

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Pete RingMaster 06/04/2016

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