New Town Kings – Pack Up Bye Bye

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New Town Kings has more than earned the reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting new reggae propositions, through their irresistible live presence and just as potently last year’s outstanding Pull Up & Rewind EP, which drew as much rich attention upon its reboot earlier this year. Now the Essex based nine-piece are poised to grip national awareness and energy with new single Pack Up Bye Bye, a contagion of Jamaican reggae/ska pop which if there is such a thing as the sound of summer, has it ingrained in every vibrant pore.

Pack Up...cover_RingMaster Review   Formed in 2007, New Town Kings has lit up the UK and European live scene with their inventive and tenacious sound. They have been declared Britain’s greatest traditional Ska band, a claim backed up by shows with the likes of Reel Big Fish, The Slackers, The Skints, Congo Natty, and just recently Neville Staple. Acclaimed festival appearances have also only reinforced and increased the Colchester band’s stature over the years whilst the Pull Up & Rewind EP, as suggested earlier, set out a new statement of creative intent and success for the band. It was a declaration and ascent in sound which is now poised to whip up a new surge of fresh and broader appetites through Pack Up Bye Bye.

From its first rhythmic click the song flirts with ears and imagination, quickly taking them on a warm dance of catchy hooks, warm bubbly keys, and a vocal enticing from Dabs Bonner which just lures closer attention. Swinging with a reggae groove lined with choppy ska clips of guitar, the track just commands involvement from the listener, especially when unveiling its anthem of a chorus. The song is pure addiction from start to finish but that crescendo of virulence is simply irresistible, a sultry temptress offering the richest seduction within the lively simmer fuelling the rocksteady sculpted alchemy.

With a summer ahead of exciting festival and show endeavours, Pack Up Bye Bye with its open look at the angst of relationships, is the strongest, most vocal reason why New Town Kings should be on the agenda for all event goers and your new daily soundtrack.

Pack Up Bye Bye is available now as a free download @ https://soundcloud.com/newtownkings/pack-up-bye-bye-1

Upcoming New Town Kings live dates…

August 1st – Brightlingsea Music Fest (UK)

August 6-9th – Rebellion, Blackpool (UK)

August 13-16th – Boomtown, Winchester (UK)

September 11th – Colchester Arts Centre (UK)

September 12th – Norwich Arts Centre (UK)

September 17th – Cluney2, Newcastle (UK)

September 19th – Borderline, London (UK)

September 22th – Lille (F) – Venue tbc

September 23rd – Berlin (GER) – SO36 (w/ THE SLACKERS)

September 24th Hamburg (GER) – Hafenklang (w/ THE SLACKERS)

September 25th Cologne (GER) – Underground (w/ THE SLACKERS)

October 30th – Skalloween, New Cross Inn, London (UK)

October 31st – Aalst, (Belgium)

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New Town Kings – Pull Up & Rewind EP

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Released earlier this year, UK band New Town Kings give their Pull Up & Rewind EP a reboot on December 8th, a second outing for the thrilling encounter sure to mop up the appetites of those missing its first coming. Consisting of four tracks combining traditional Jamaican reggae and ska adventure with fresh invention and enterprise, the release shows exactly why the Colchester nine-piece band are no strangers to rich attention and acclaim.

Formed in 2007, New Town Kings has become an eagerly devoured live presence, playing shows across the UK and Europe on their way to being acclaimed as Britain’s greatest traditional Ska band. Shows with the likes of Reel Big Fish, The Slackers, The Skints, Congo Natty and numerous more, as well as this past summer successful appearances at Boomtown Fair and Rebellion have only seen the band’s reputation and stature grow whilst their two albums, Sounds Of The New Town in 2008 and M.O.J.O 4 years later, have potently reinforced their captivating presence and adventure. The first release featuring new vocalist Dabs Bonner, Pull Up & Rewind persistently smooches with the imagination musically whilst thoughts are engaged with more politically aware lyrics from the band, and feet well they have no escape from the EP’s flirtation of rich reggae spicing.

The release opens with Changes, a song which as soon as its first flame of brass crosses ears has full and keen attention. Jabbing prods of guitar from Stuart McClung and John Maynard soon add their potent bait whilst the throaty bass lure of Tommy Marchant makes an instant temptation as the song strolls with vibrant energy. The warm tones of Bonner ensure that though his words challenge with provocative lyrical bait they are a firm but gentle persuasion rather than a demand which suits the sultry climate of the track perfectly. Erupting further with the heated craft of Rory Sadler’s sax and Rob Landen’s trumpet, the song is an irresistible anthem with the power to ignite thoughts and inflame passions.

As impressive as it is though, Luna Rosa soon adds a bit of shade to its success, the second track sheer melodic and infectious beauty. Rising on a brass coaxing which in turn sparks a jumpy Digital-Artstride of spiky riffs and another delicious bassline, the song is soon riding the passions with an impossibly contagious chorus amidst a pungent waltz of colourful Hammond sculpted temptation from Scott James. It is an inescapable enticement aligning to slightly more aggressive vocals from Bonner and the wonderfully skittish yet controlled beats of drummer Sky Roskell-Cheale and the percussive enterprise of Rob Band which themselves simply captivate. The song is a party in the ears and emotions, a sultry temptation with Latin hues and addictive intent.

Things mellow with Grabbed My Hand, a smouldering reggae bred kiss on the senses with enough lively vivacity to it making a just as potent persuasion on swaying bodies before it. Bonner again simply impresses, his addition to the band opening up new textures to explore with as here robustly flavoured and inventive sounds. The dark tones of bass contrast perfectly with the summer tones of the keys and harmonies whilst between them, jangling guitar hooks and thick soulful brass calls only intensify the unveiling emotion clad lyrical narrative.

Closing track Cool The Pressure Down is another with little trouble stirring up lustful movements in the listener, Marchant’s bass Barry White to the warm Four Tops seducing of guitars, keys, and multi-flavoured vocals. It is a festival of humid summer sounds and as its predecessor, though not matching the brilliance of the opening pair, leaves ears wholly enraptured with its ska fuelled temptation.

New Town Kings is one of those feasts greed was invented for with Pull Up & Rewind making a very tasty snack as we await the next full plate of the band’s distinctive and irrepressible invention.

Pull Up & Rewind is available from December 8th

http://www.newtownkings.com/

RingMaster 04/12/2014

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