Jack of None -Who Shot Bukowski

Having released one of the most fascinating albums of 2016, US trio experimental brother sister trio Jack of None offer up one of this year’s most compelling in its successor Who Shot Bukowski. Weaving a tapestry of art, alternative, post punk and electronic rock, to simplify their sound, the band infests ears and fingers the psyche across ten tracks of creative drama. It is a journey into the shadowy side of the human condition, an adventure into devious infectiousness, and increasing addiction to embrace with every manipulative listen.

Splitting themselves between Philippines capital Manila and Chicago, Jack of None consists of brothers A.G. (principal composer on guitar, bass and synths) and Julian Syjuco (guitar) alongside sister Maxine (poet-songwriter and vocalist). Last year their first album, Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?, was greeted with widespread acclaim, going on to receive 3 nominations at the 15th Independent Music Awards including Best Album in its genre, though what that genre maybe is anyone’s guess such the eclectic nature of their imagination and sound. Who Shot Bukowski is destined to not only replicate its predecessor’s success but thrust the threesome towards thicker and richer attention with its irresistible theatre of contagious intrigue and bold enterprise.

Swiftly Who Shot Bukowski reveals that doughty adventure and imagination in opener Strangest Bedfellows, allowing the hints and seeds sown in the more industrial lined Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear? to blossom and flourish. The track glides in on a slow swing, guitar and rhythms teasing with tantalising bait around the seductive temptation of Maxine’s voice. Steelier grooves erupt as things get provocatively hazier and magnetically sinister but still the emotive affair between ear and song continues to have the thickest grip whilst sharing increasingly catchy and flirtatious lures along the way.

It is an outstanding start swiftly matched by the following pair of Sticks and Stones and X-Y-Sex. The first of the two merges industrial and psych rock with folk pop hues, its touch simultaneously grainy and warm as Maxine erotically touches the imagination with her tones. A Marilyn Manson like causticity breaks as the track bursts into a more volatile state but soon returning to that initial now increasingly jazz funk laced calm; a carousel which continues to turn across the song before its successor steals the show with its noir lit beauty and haunting contagion. The previous track reminded of US industrial electro rock outfit Scream Machine, this even more so but equally has something of eighties UK band The Passage to it too. Like a dream almost nightmarish in its Orwellian design as visual eroticism teases, the track is pure bewitchment leading the imagination on a flirtatious dance from start to finish.

Dear Georges (Vous Petit Monstre) is next, an even darker bête noire of emotion and thoughts with its entrancing charms and seductive shadows, all led by Maxine’s almost predatory melodic grace and the similarly disarming exploits of her brothers. It too carries flames of metallic toxicity through the raw torrents of guitar but is at its most fantastic with its deviously mellow caresses.

Lyrically every song is a story, a gothic poem of sorts which is as much an engineer of the imagination as their delivery and the sound cradling their revelations, The Brainwashers another fine example within its raw dance and invasive electronic machination. A uniquely beguiling hook offsets a slight repetition of earlier tracks in certain moments, a lining of dark sounds and insidious suggestion adding greater individuality to the encounter before Polyamorous Serial Monogamist writhes seductively in ears. Every melody and smouldering syllable is a physically swerving enticement only accentuated by the surge of guitar and keenly slapping beats, it all woven into a mesmeric incantation.

From the six seconds of Again, the excitable rock ‘n’ roll exploits of The Princess and the Pistol (Can You Feel That?) tenaciously romp with the senses, the track a restrained yet tempestuous incitement while next up Little Devil Girl provides its own suggestive haunting with almost visceral charm and beauty. It is an edge which grows with the subsequent surge of guitars and bass groan which emerges within the garage punk scented treat, the superb encounter never losing its composure but instilling lingering seeds of fear.

The album closes with Tenderly, She Said, a song which from a melodic kiss of acoustic guitar grumbles and smooches with the ever arresting presence of Maxine. Progressive in its tone, hungry in its diversity of texture and flavouring, the song grabs ears and imagination with sublime craft and ease, epitomising the album with its own inescapable alchemy.

Who Shot Bukowski simply captivated and thrilled from its first moment in speakers and ears, and indeed has only tightened its lure and grip ever since. This time around Jack of None would not be too misguided in hoping those previous nominations become awards.

Who Shot Bukowski is out now across most stores and @ https://jackofnone.bandcamp.com/album/who-shot-bukowski

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Pete RingMaster 02/08/2017

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Ghost Of Social Networks – If This Isn’t Love

Though being captivated by UK outfit Ghost Of Social Networks is becoming predictable there is nothing feeding expectations when it comes to the songs and invention crafting their appeal. It is a trait just as rampant in new single If This Isn’t Love; a song which holds no surprises in eagerly hungry ears but is a fresh escapade in the adventurous enterprise which has captured the imagination song after song so far.

Ghosts Of Social Networks is the one man project of Manchester based musician/songwriter Nathan Till, though a proposition which expands with the full-time assistance of drummer Ben Dargue and bassist Andrea Gobbi for shows. Early last year, Till released the debut GOSN single in the attention and acclaim grabbing shape of Love Potion/ Mockingbirds; a potent introduction only reinforced and built upon by subsequent singles Comeback Kid, No Going Back, and earlier this year the truly outstanding Outside The Wheel. The last of the releases laid down a new plateau for the sound and imagination of Till, one now magnetically courted by If This Isn’t Love.

Again seeing Till link up with producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, Robert Plant, The Sherlocks), If This Isn’t Love instantly entices ears with a keen melodic jangle and swiftly entangles them in the following gnarly welcoming hook. As rich bait as they are though, they are the mere key to a surge of infectious temptation driven by boisterous rhythms and the ever alluring tones of Till. Quickly an eighties new wave scented hue emerges; a Paul Haig meets Lloyd Cole air adding extra spice to the track’s tenacious swing. Till is never one to keep things restricted to one line of persuasion though, adding imaginative twists and turns of energy which just add to the song’s boisterous appetite stoking adventure.

Whereas previous single Outside The Wheel slept with darker shadows, If This Isn’t Love sees Till play with openly warmer textures and a pop bred boldness which has hips and feet lustfully engaged even as a lyrical edge teases thoughts. It all makes for another outing with GOSN which leaves pleasure and a hunger for more, rampant…time for an album?

If This Isn’t Love is released 18th August via Integrity Records.

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Pete RingMaster 02/08/2017

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Bottle Next – Bad Horses

Bottle Next is a hard folk band from the French music scene. It is a tag which is maybe unique to the band not having come across it before but only partially touches on their sound. Weaving seriously engaging songs from the imaginative threads of everything from indie and pop, through progressive blues and hard rock to folk and indeed any mischievous form of rock ‘n’ roll you wish to suggest, Bottle Next make for a tantalising proposition which within debut album, Bad Horses, persistently encroaches upon rich fascination and aural seduction.

There is a real sense of fun within and with the duo of guitarist/vocalist/saxophonist Pierre Rettien and drummer/vocalist Martin Ecuer; a feistiness and devilment which openly fuels their music. From the release of their first single in 2011, the pair has drawn increasing attention and support with a pair of EPs surrounded by other individual tracks and videos as well as an energetic live presence which has seen them play across France and further into Europe; sharing stages with the likes of Triggerfingers, Lofofora, Zebda, Mass Hysteria, Didier Wampas, and No One Is Innocent as well as appearing at festivals such as Rock’n’Poche Festival, The Festival du Chien à Plûmes, Musikmesse in Germany), Belgium’s Mannrock (Belgium) and the Swiss Zikamart Festival.

Released a few weeks back, Bad Horses is an announcement for a wider range of ears and spotlights of the presence of Bottle Next; the Daniel Bergstrand (Meshuggah, Soilwork, In Flames) mixed release swiftly making the most of the opportunity with its opener Break Down the Door. The initial twang twisted strums of Rettien have an instinctive striking swing to their nature, a zeal matched in the senses rapping beats of Ecuer. That energy is equally as frantic in the delivery and character of the former’s vocals; together the duo creating a body inciting, spirit dancing slice of tenacious melodic rock as garage raw as it is hungrily infectious.

It is a thickly enticing start matched in memorable heights by next up Choices, the song a swagger loaded stroll of blues tinged rock ‘n’ roll sharing a Queens Of The Stone Age meets In The Whale like adventure. There is a rapacious essence to the grooves winding around ears and an atmospheric suggestiveness to the keys which interrupts the urgency of the canter whilst emerging folkish revelry has a funk seeded grin encapsulated by the earthily sultry lures of sax.

From one mouth-watering escapade to another as next up, Running Herd, takes ears in its grips with stabby riffs and agitated beats, both entangled in a volatile web of melody and vocal dexterity. As with its predecessors, involvement in its tenacious shuffle is instinctive; voice and hips giving quick submission to its imaginative multi-flavoured dance before Revolution shows the grittier hard rock side of the band’s sound. It too though weaves in a lure of melody and pop scented indie enterprise topped by a chorus wearing sixties/seventies pop rock catchiness.

A slightly calmer air drifts over Age of beauty; the song tempting and vivaciously crooning like a mix of XTC and Be Bop Deluxe though like all songs it never settles for one idea or style for much longer than it takes the imagination to adopt one of the moments of creative chicanery.  At times it is an almost punchy encounter, the next a floating caress and consistently a captivating proposal before the outstanding Overthere grabs an already keen appetite for the release’s romp with its heavier touch and spikier climate. Again a grunge seeded essence runs alongside the song’s heavier rock instincts, colluding in a slimline, impulsively addictive temptation smoking in its shadows with a wealth of additional flavoursome scents.

The album’s title track is a more kinetic and wiry caper, guitars and drums magnetically nagging and popping as the track’s rock heart and vocals roar; pure rock ‘n’ roll its creative mantra while Machines courts a matching breeding in its mellower, blues rock tinged pop ‘n’ roll. Both offerings make swift deals with ears and imagination, More Humane matching their success with its folk/indie rock enticement brewing up from within initial suggestive smog of melodically nurtured atmospherics; funk and progressive keys born revelry growing across its enthralling body sparking canter.

The melody woven infection of The Lift off straight after is no less an inducement of physical participation, its warm and boisterous invitation a fest of inventive festivity for limbs and energy. The same equally comes with closing song The Woody Man where its folkish colour and melodic charm takes the track’s kinetic nature in hand, giving it a great layer of restraint without defusing its multi-style embracing devilry and impact on body and spirit. It is a great end to a rather fine album which it is fair to say had us leaping and grinning from start to finish, no track anything less than an imaginative galvanic romp. Bad Horses offers something really fresh in its familiar flavours and boundless enterprise in its bold and playful quest to simply rock ‘n’ roll. The best album you will hear this year, maybe or maybe not; destined to be one of the most enjoyable, without question.

Bad Horses is out now @ https://bottlenext.bandcamp.com/album/bad-horses

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Pete RingMaster 30/05/2017

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Mosley Bar – Royalties

Following up their well-received debut EP, Another Record Sleeve, which sparked strong attention the way of the band and airplay from the likes of BBC 6 Music BBC Introducing, Mosley Bar uncage successor Royalities this month to show that the potency of the first was no flash in the pan. Offering four tracks with a fine line in instinctive catchiness and enterprise, the EP reinforces the British North West hailing quartet’s potential of making a real impression on the UK rock scene.

Formed in 2015, Mosley Bar draw on the inspiration of bands such as Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Two Door Cinema Club, and Circa Waves in a sound which has a certain familiarity to it but equally a freshness of youth and imagination. Certainly the first pair of artists in that selection of influences comes to mind easily with the band’s sound but infests without disguising the potential of bolder adventures ahead; a promise which is richer and already more imaginative in their new offering against the strong showing within Another Record Sleeve.

Royalties opens up with a song which has already lured praise carrying attention, Two Apart quickly enticing ears with its initial guitar jangle around the distinctive tones of vocalist/guitarist Ryan Ward. In no time, the swinging lure of Tim Williams’s bass and the melodic enticement of guitarist Adam Eccleston add to the song’s blossoming, the lively beats of Matthew Wright driving things with spirit. It is easy to see why the infectious exploits and dynamic prowess of the track has drawn keen plaudits, its boisterous exploits and web of melodic and sonic enterprise an accomplished and riveting proposal lined by that enjoyable Arctic Monkeys spicing.

With increasing drama and emotive intensity roaring through ears, the excellent opener makes way for the similarly instinctively catchy Wide Awake. Its own line in hooks and flirtatious industry is even swifter in persuasion than that of its virulent predecessor, Eccleston and Wards’ guitars infesting feet and hips as the latter continues to bring his magnetic voice to the rousing mix. For us, the track simply outshines the first and pretty much anything from the band to date; its body boisterous and character a fine blend of recognisable and new essences colluding in one irresistible incitement.

The punchy stroll of next up Philip is aligned to a melodic shimmer and psych pop flavouring, contrasting textures which unite with evocative imagination around the hearty stomp of a song erupting with persuasive zeal. It is another frisky and buoyant landscape of sound which grows listen by listen into a rousing temptation; a growing temptation also emulated in Chasing which brings things to a fine close. The slow burner of the bunch, though its breezy energy and playful nature is a quick success on ears and appetite, the song simmers and shines with increasing potency to provide another highly enjoyable outing with Mosley Bar.

Listening to Royalities, it feels like now is the time for Mosley Bar to add bolder, more unpredictable elements to their music. Their new release does have a whiff of that evolution to be fair and added to the band’s natural weaving of infectious music around insightful words, there is no reason that the journey ahead for band and fan will not be eventful and thoroughly enjoyable.

Royalties is out now across  most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 16/05/2017

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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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