Asylums – Wet Dream Fanzine EP

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What do you get if you take a pinch of Supergrass, add it to an ounce of We Are The Physics, and then spice the mixture with a further splattering of Manic Street Preachers, Devo, and We Are Scientists? Well there is a good chance it will be something like the irresistible sound of and debut release from UK psyche poppers Asylums. There have been some startling entrances and introductions over the past months alone, but it is hard to remember many getting ears and emotions as excitable as the Wet Dream Fanzine EP manages in its three short, sharp slices of angular pop rock. The release is pure contagion but with a deranged invention and devilish imagination which reminds of a few and stands thoroughly unique in its character and temptation.

Asylums hails from Southend and have already picked at rapidly growing attention through their home made videos for the tracks making up the new EP; though having the songs bound together in one addictive package seems to make them grow in greater in persuasion and flirtation again. Live too the quartet of Luke Branch, Jazz Miell, Henry Tyler, and Michael Webster have been stirring up a buzz, a tour with The Vaselines and their own headlining enterprises luring in more and more appetites from fans and media alike. Now the Wet Dream Fanzine EP steps forward, with its title track released on the same day for the band’s new single, and there is a certainty that it is poised to shake up the UK indie rock scene for the better.

That new single opens up the release, Wet Dream Fanzine instantly laying down sonic smog of guitar enterprise which with pungent rhythms, has feet and thoughts immediately engaged and enthralled. The swing of the vocal delivery matches the warm stride and swagger of the song, everything a bouncy dance of mischievous persuasion with melodies and vocal harmonies soaked in creative devilment. There is no escaping the infectiousness of the encounter or its insatiable torrent of quirky and highly flavoursome hooks, it all unrelenting for the whole of the two and a half 10868149_320437288151046_8986672175115969600_nminutes the track takes to leap all over and inflame the passions.

There is no let-up in the devilry and quality either as the punk infused tenacity and urgency of The Death of Television takes over. An initial sonic spearing is the trigger to rebellious percussion and beats aligning to vocals just as sharply edged in their delivery. The song is soon a masterful stomp of creative agitation courted by a rhythmic and riff clad proposal which leaps around like bare feet on hot coals; the type of brilliance which made Baddies so essential when around. There is also an old school punk DIY feel to the EP and songs individually, which simply energises the second song and listener during its brief but addictive stomp.

The release closes with I’ve Seen Your Face In A Music Magazine. The third song combines the spicy grooving which lit up the first song with the more caustic attitude of the last track, merging it into a melodic and discord spiced wine of sound and invention. As the other songs, attitude exudes from every pore and note of the outstanding incitement, guitars toying with the imagination as rhythms jab with their own refined tempo on the senses and pop punk sparked vocals croon and roar with perpetual captivation.

It may be only one release but it is easy to suggest Asylums is the next big thing not only in but for British rock ‘n’ roll. The last time we were this excited was when…well privacy prevents details.

The Wet Dream Fanzine EP and single are available from February 23rd via the band’s own Cool Thing Records.

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Heyrocco – Elsewhere

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It is fair to say that US band Heyrocco wowed the UK with their debut UK tour not so long ago and has gripped a broader expanse of attention through their sounds and releases, especially their Mom Jeans EP. Now with their Soundcloud profile alone hitting over 250k plays over the last six months, the South Carolina trio release new single Elsewhere; the song a potent confirmation of the impressive emergence of the band and a rather tasty appetiser for impending debut album Teenage Movie Soundtrack from which it is taken. The song is a spicy and vivacious dose of angular guitar rock soaked in the distinctive sound which has already drawn comparisons to the likes of Nirvana, Pavements, and Mudhoney.

Elsewhere is a continuation of an already successful tempting of ears and attention through earlier releases and their dynamic live presence. It is fair to say that the threesome of Nate Merli (vocals/guitar), Christopher Cool (bass), and Taco Cooper (drums) has been increasingly finding eager appetites for their dark, nostalgic pop tunes self-proclaimed as ‘Disney Grunge’, since forming around five years ago. Recently the Charleston band as mentioned, has been wooing British audiences on a tour which included headlining a sold out show in front of 1400 people for Club NME @ KOKO. With the release of Teenage Movie Soundtrack looming, the album several years in the making, 2015 is looking another potent proposition for Heyrocco and could not have got off to a more flavoursome start with Elsewhere.

The single is straight into ears with jabbing beats, tangy hooks, and the engaging voice of Merli. It is a start allowing no time for senses and imagination to take a moment to ponder, instead forcing them to greedily devour the lively bounce and almost mischievous character of the song. Within a few further breaths of expressive syllables and spiralling melodies, all wrapped in a acidic spicing, it is easy to see why the band has been matched to those comparisons earlier mentioned, but equally there are whispers of bands such as The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys , and UK’s own newcomers, The Jacques to the song.

Elsewhere continues to dance and flirt with the listener through gradually bolder and more muscular rhythms and the unpredictable but easily accessible nineties seeded endeavour of the guitars. By its close, the single has made the strongest persuasion and bred keen anticipation for the upcoming album, whilst showing Heyrocco as a real feel good proposition with flirtatious shadows that all should consider becoming more closely acquainted with.

Elsewhere is available from February 23rd via Vital Music Group @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/elsewhere-single/id958133606?ls=1

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Vienna Ditto – Hammer And A Nail

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All seductions should come with a little essence of raw and dirty temptation and that is something you certainly get with the sound of Vienna Ditto, especially in new single Hammer And A Nail. The release is a sultry affair; a steamy and climactic persuasion but equally offers a mellow croon with intimate charm, a mix which simply enthrals and excites. The British band has been nibbling away at major attention for a little while now, with increasing success through their releases, but Hammer And A Nail might just be the spark to lure in the most potent of spotlights.

London based Vienna Ditto is the creation of Hatty Taylor and Nigel Firth, a duo meeting when the latter started teaching the former guitar when she was 11 years old. After a couple of years the two lost touch but a chance meeting in the street in 2009 sowed the seeds to their union as Vienna Ditto. Reaping and weaving the essences of smoky blues, psychedelic rock, and electronica for their fascinating sound, the pair has found interest and air play with the likes of BBC Radio One, BBC6 Music and XFM, as well as highly praising reviews across numerous publications. Now it is 10919057_10152609779061517_1589235084162101861_nthe new single’s turn to push the band on and lure more to join their already strong and devoted following.

Hammer And A Nail opens on a gentle caress of guitar within an electronic wind, a barren landscape already being suggested to the imagination as the continental vocal delivery of Taylor flames within the broadening climate. Melodies come with a sixties colour and character, something persistently and enjoyably spicing their songs generally, whilst Taylor‘s voice has, as everyone seems to mention, a bewitching Edith Piaf quality to its tempting. The song itself brings a Morricone cultured soundscape with a soundtrack cast by a fusion of The Animals and Portishead. It holds an atmospheric breath which swirls around ears and Taylor whilst the skills and invention of Firth provide a transfixing maelstrom of enterprise and expression which is almost tempestuous in character and compelling in its precisely sculpted beauty.

Hammer And A Nail is also a proposition which lingers long after its parting with the senses; worming under the skin, into the psyche, and ultimately into the passions with sublime efficiency. The single is truly a mouth-watering temptation from Vienna Ditto, their finest moment yet, and the next major step in the band’s spellbinding of the UK music scene.

Hammer And A Nail is available from February 23rd

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Pacific – Time To Forget

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Like an infectious smile or warm embrace, Time To Forget the new single from UK indie rockers Pacific is an encounter which ignites ears and emotions. Without setting down a brazen look at me like marker, the song just as successfully lures a healthy appetite for its presence with a gentle but firm creative caress and a vivaciously melodic nature. It also reinforces the Cheshire quartet as a prospect more than worthy of increasing attention.

Formed in 2011 and fusing a punchy alternative rock adventure with a more indie bred melodic tangle of enterprise, Pacific has nurtured a strong reputation and following through singles such as Dream of Mine and She Demands, the first already notching up over 20,000 views on YouTube alone. Earning increasing support from the likes of Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6’s Mark Radcliffe and BBC Stoke Introducing’s Rob Adcock, the foursome of vocalist/pianist Anthony Orzel, bassist Daniel Orzel, guitarist Dave Bithell, and drummer Drew Burns are looking at making 2015 their most prolific success and spotlight wise so far, and taken from their upcoming debut EP, Time To Forget is a thoroughly magnetic start.pacific single cover

A coaxing of piano sparkles across ears first, swiftly joined by a melodic shimmer of guitar and firm but respectfully jabbing rhythms. The strong vocals of Anthony Orzel are soon a harmonic flame in the mix too, potently backed by the rest of the band’s melodic tones. It is a captivating start finding further temptation as a festival of beats and percussive enterprise joins the vibrant stroll and spicy hook of the song’s inventive dance. Continuing to entice and reward with a flavoursome sound and masterful craft, the single never grabs the listener by the scruff of their neck but lingers and seduces with increasing energy over time to still emerge a memorable and exciting endeavour.

Pacific are being talked about with increasing enthusiasm over each passing release and show, something Time To Forget will only add to and increase whilst ensuring anticipation for the band’s impending EP will be particularly enthused.

Time To Forget is released from Monday 23rd February whilst the band’s next show is at White Heat Club @ The Lexington, London on Friday 27th February with Winters Island and Animal Shivers.

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SeaWitches – Stars

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On the surface Stars, the new single from UK band SeaWitches, is a simmering lake of melodic radiance but look deeper into its depths and the song is a discovery of compelling shadows and rawer, almost predacious textures. Making a strong first impression but becoming more fascinating and captivating with every embrace, the song also suggests Liverpool has yet another tantalising proposition blossoming in its musical heritage.

The seeds to SeaWitches began with the meeting of Jo Herring (vocals/guitar/bass) and Laura Caldwell (bass/guitar/keys through friends in 2007. Their creative talent and musical passion SEAWITCHES ARTWORK PRINT finalsoon united and from being initially called The Woods, brought SeaWitches to the Liverpool music scene. Drummer Tilo Pirnbaum joined the band in 2012, a year also seeing the release of their well-received debut, the Spacegun EP. Since then venturing successfully further afield into places like Manchester and London, the band last year unveiled new guitarist Jamie Jenkin and second EP Tear back the sky, again to potent responses and praise. Now the quartet casts Stars on the country through Edge Hill University’s The Label Recordings, run by Carl Hunter of The Farm and assisted by media students, the song a blaze of radiance sure to catch a host of new appetites and lure further eager attention.

The song’s first breath brings a rich melodic enticing complete with a spicy hook which would not be out of place in an Echo and the Bunnymen offering. Alongside it though a dark throated bassline brings a more post punk flavouring whilst vocally and infectiously the song has a whisper of The Passions to its discord kissed pop. Similarly though a shoegaze ambience and dark folk temptation manages to loudly whisper within the feisty and pungent energy of the song, more flavours emerging with each passing moment in the potent underbelly of the increasingly bewitching and riveting encounter.

In many ways Stars is a puzzle to explore, a seemingly warm enticement leading to more unpredictable and slightly turbulent sinister explorations but thick exciting rewards. SeaWitches spin a spellbinding hex through their new single and we suggest they and we can expect big things ahead.

Stars is available via The Label Recordings from 16th February

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The Rubys – Jesus Girl

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As The Rubys work on their new album for release later in the year, we slightly belatedly look at their last single Jesus Girl. Fuelled by a compelling melodic persuasion from the Manchester sextet, the song is a vibrant hug for ears providing a lively and evocative adventure of sound and enterprise. It is not a track to set a new template for indie rock pop but instead emerges as a lingering romance of warm sounds and just as potent enjoyment.

Though new to us, The Rubys have already earned a strong reputation and supportive attention from fans and underground media alike through their live performances and a host of singles and EPs leading to debut album Limelight Parasite which came out in 2012. Taken from the band’s album, Jesus Girl provides a confirmation of the band’s captivating presence to those in the know and a rich introduction to newcomers, but also stands as a tasty appetiser to the next release which is loudly rumoured to take the band’s invention and songwriting to new heights.

Jesus Girl instantly grasps ears with a great deep toned bassline amidst radiant flames of guitar which in turn lead to a gentle but expressive melody from keys and more guitar endeavour. The vocals of Lee Hunter just as swiftly add a new bright colour to the calm yet energetic proposition, his strong mellow voice sitting nicely in the embrace of Kevin Barry’s evocative keys as guitarists Barry Kirkwood and Tat Sing Kong bring additional expression and spice to the melodic poetry of the song.

For personal tastes it is the wonderful contrast of the throaty bass sound and firmly jabbing beats of Mike Hamilton and Dave Earlam respectively which provide the spark taking a strong song into something more impacting and memorable, though take away any aspect and it is easy to suggest the song would lose all potency.

Accompanied by a sparkling unplugged version of a new track Song For Me, which will get its fully robed outing on the upcoming album, Jesus Girl quite simply leaves a warm glow and a keen appetite to embrace the band’s second full-length ahead.

Jesus Girl is available now for download on iTunes, Amazon, and more.

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Ex Norwegian – Wasted Lines

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It was with second album Sketch that US band Ex Norwegian reeled us in with their hook laden mix of power pop and indie rock. Subsequent releases and songs have only dug a little deeper into a keen appetite but with new adventure Wasted Lines, the Florida band has bound ears and passions like they were Houdini whilst ensuring there is no escape from their tempting bonds.

Every encounter from Ex Norwegian comes with a creative twist and pleasing unpredictability even within a distinct and wonderfully recognisable sound, and this time it is through the addition of vocalist Lucia Perez and her sixties pop touch seductive tones. Her voice adds a new warmth and cheeky lure to the intriguing drama of the songs, an additional colour igniting another real treat from the band. The album as a whole strangely shows a bigger gap between its delirious highs and lesser, a word used with tongue firmly in cheek, successes compared to previous triumphs, but emerges as the band’s most complete and riveting, not forgetting exhilarating release yet. Produced by band founder Roger Houdaille alongside Fernando Perdomo (Linda Perhacs), Wasted Lines is simply a radiant melodic rock captivation casting a perpetual spell over senses and imagination.

Formed in 2008 and grabbing their name from the one Monty Python sketch everyone knows, Ex Norwegian made their mark with debut album Standby of 2009 and the following Sketch that same year, though its initial release was followed by a break up in the band before being re-released in 2011 when the band was reformed by Houdaille. This was the trigger to stronger and broader attention with both House Music in 2012 and Crack a year later pushing the band into hungrier spotlights. As suggested though Wasted Lines is the new pinnacle of the band’s artistry and sound and as opening track CheepCheep alone toys with emotions, easy to expect the catalyst to major success.

The first song is swiftly stamping its rhythmic and riff wrapped feet with an almost glam rock swagger before being joined by great heavy basslines and the pop fuelled revelry of Perez’s voice. Ex-Norwegian coverThe song bounces around but with hints of an explosive nature which intermittently erupts with a raw and fuzzy blaze of guitar. Managing to be clean cut pop and dirty rock ‘n’ roll simultaneously, it is an infectious start to the album and a tasty appetiser for the following Be There and its sultry climate. Like a mix of Blood Red Shoes and Metric aligned to a great funk seeded, the track flickers and seduces like a fire. Its touch is hot and magnetic, especially with the alluring bedlamic mix of noises which frequent its body and the great contrasting moments seeing a union of vocals between Perez and Houdaille.

The lively croon of Much Rooms swings it’s tempting next; celestial vocals from Perez a siren-esque courting of the tangy hooks and dark throated basslines which fill the song. Its radiance makes way for the outstanding Unstoppable, a song which from a potent if understated start grows into a virulent addiction thanks to a chorus which flames like a pop version of Spinnerette. In many ways as punk as it is indie pop, the track glows in ears with a guitar solo bringing its own spicy coaxing to excite further a by now very greedy appetite.

The gentler, folk kissed caress of All The Time comes next, its rhythmic energy a sturdy spine through the melodic elegance around it whilst its successor First Time confidently strolls through a harsher but no less graceful landscape of melodic rock and ska glazed scenery. The latter is just a whisper but there in the swing of the increasingly enticing offering.

The smouldering croon and melodic balladry of You Could Be Someone brings strong satisfaction next as once more a sixties flavouring lies on the irresistible vocal tempting of Perez as well as the more incendiary surface of the guitars. Its heated embrace leads to the contagion of the glorious It’s Too Late, the best track upon Wasted Lines with a swing and character which excites like a pact between Late Cambrian and Kirsty MacColl. It’s enthralling feet and voice sparking romp is matched in favouring by Only The Clues, those comparisons and especially that of MacColl, an extra spice to the temptress like allure of another very fine persuasion.

The heavy and thick romance of Unfair to Compare starts the final breath of the album, it’s almost oppressive atmosphere a mystique loaded tantalising engulfing ears and immersing thoughts. It is an exotic and slightly imposing psychedelic adventure of idea and craft which seems to pass on its ethereal qualities to the harmony fuelled closing Love Is. Acoustically shaped and vocally coloured, the track is a beaming sunset to the album and one final enslaving incitement.

With every listen Wasted Lines as well as growing in sound and stature, reveals more underlying qualities and treasure within its depths. It is a blaze of imagination and uplifting sounds which all should contemplate blessing their days and nights with.

Wasted Lines is available now via Limited Fanfare Records as a CD Digipak limited to 200 @ http://limitedfanfare.bigcartel.com/product/ex-norwegian-wasted-lines and digitally and on standard Cd @ http://shop.exnorwegian.com/album/wasted-lines-deluxe-edition

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