We-Are-Z – Walkaway

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The song might be about “taking a journey into the recesses of consciousness, exploring perceptions and angles that don’t add up”, but musically Walkaway is just one inescapable funk ‘n’ roll devilment of indie pop come new wave virulence. The song is the new single from We-Are-Z, a UK band which on the evidence of their new release, springs a sound on the senses as agitated and warped as it is infectiously magnetic. It incites body and imagination with tribal like rhythms amidst paranoia kissed sound, each racked with St. Vitus dance like activity within theatrical melodies and mellow washed vocals. The track is pure temptation, like Shriekback meets Late Cambrian in a Two Door Cinema Club embrace, yet different again.

The London based Anglo/French quintet formed in 2012, with its line-up already seasoned musicians bringing experiences of playing with the likes of Beyonce, The Waterboys, and James Morrison into the mix. Debut track Airbrush swiftly drew strong attention and support from media and fans alike, whilst the band since then has lured in diverse comparisons from Vampire Weekend to Devo and Franz Ferdinand to XTC. Inspirations are equally varied within We-Are-Z, the likes of David Bowie, Serge Gainsborough, Talking Heads, Blur, The Clash, and Static cited but as their new single shows, the band ultimately emerges with something yes a little familiar but perfectly peculiar to them.

Walkaway from its first touch is a rampant shuffle of jabbing beats and a dark flirty bass lure from Guillaume Charreau and Marc Arciero respectively. The guitar of Drew Wynen adds a lively temptation to the attention grabbing start also, little but gripping hooks and slithers of melodic spices a flirtatious tempting adding to the instant magnetism. Seductive and quirky keys are colouring the song further next, Clement Leguidcoq bringing a smouldering coaxing seeping around and within all the other tenacious textures at play whilst vocalist Gabriel Cazes has a drama and flirty quality to his insatiably vibrant tones and harmonies. There is no escaping the enslaving effect of the song, the puppeteer like lure of rhythms on limbs and the addictive contagion of everything else on voice and emotions, a proper feel good treat.

According to reliable sources, with an energetic and irrepressible live presence to match the adventure of their new single alone, it is easy to suggest we will all be hearing and devouring a lot more of We-Are-Z from hereon in.

Walkaway is available via Sputnik Records from May 18th

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RingMaster 17/05/2015

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The Sea – High On…

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There is always a twist of excitement when approaching a new release from UK rock band The Sea, fresh anticipation which has yet to be let down across their singles and especially their excellent album of last year, Rooftops. New EP High On… continues the immense satisfaction continually bred by the band though this time it offers their greatest moment yet in power, passion, and fiery invention.

      High On… is a muscular release which explores the rock and blues elements which was sniffed at on the eclectic Rooftops, though there is still a place for melodic charm and emotive enchantment. Like its predecessor the EP is unafraid to mix up its sound and ideas to keep intrigue and captivation as lively as the energetic storm which cores the release. Consisting of brothers Alex (vocals, drums) and Peter D’Chisholme (vocals, guitar, piano), the duo from  Newquay, Cornwall has leapt upon the passions of rock pop with an insatiable enterprise and fire which is hungrily devoured by their growing legion of fans worldwide. Since forming in 2007 the pair has ignited Europe, US, and Canada with their fevered stage performances, whilst drawing potent acclaim for their releases including debut single Love Love Love, first album Get It Back, and of course the mighty Rooftops, all like the EP released on their own Lusty Records label. The band has a desire and greed when it comes to music which translates into their thrilling sounds, a drive which sees them relentlessly gigging including sharing stages with bands such as Muse, The Kills, The Enemy, and James Morrison, and overcoming in 2011 a freak surfing accident which saw Alex breaking his neck. Surprising all, especially as he faced the possibility of being unable to even walk again, the drummer was back touring within months and as the new release shows is back more formidable and feisty than ever.

High On… finds The Sea igniting their passion for dirty rock n roll with influences of the likes of MC5, The White Stripes, and the 165038_474051125966824_242022999_nStooges, all essences which make strong whispers across the EP though the band undoubtedly trigger their own unique presence through it. It also sees the band stripping down their sound to one guitar, a set of drums, and impassioned vocal squalls, the result a fire as raucous and commanding as anything on their previous releases with their more expansive armoury, but with an intensity and contagion which with ease declares the release as the best thing from The Sea yet.

Opening track Letter Bomb takes mere moments to ravage the ear with towering rhythms from Alex and a blaze of sonic persuasion from the guitar of Peter. It is an incendiary start which though settles into a less demanding gait with picky riffs and tempered beats once into its stride still, it agitates and excites with a sinew of aggressive intent. The vocals of Peter equally flame upon their entrance to offer a scintillating glaze to proceedings whilst the combination with all elements burning eagerly for the chorus is a brawling treat leaving senses and heart wrung out with passion. At its heights there is also a definite Rage Against The Machine intensity to the breath of the song with the blues gaited guitar solo raising temperatures further.

The following Run steps back on the directness though still refuses to bring a calm gait to its encounter. It is a hard rock/blues inducement with a furnace of emotive fire swaggering through sounds and vocals. It does not quite live up to the stunning opener but with the guitar offering a sure temptation and the energy of the track merciless in its smouldering soaking, you can only bask in its impressive heat.

The EP is, as is expected from the band, a diverse creature even within this heavy rocking direction bloomed on the release, Number One a gentle rock croon musically and vocally which barely makes a minute and a half in length yet still raises hairs on the neck in its brief presence, another magnetic twist of sound. Its short stay is more than just an interlude and makes a perfect lead up to the best track on the EP, Get Up Stand Up Die. The song is a monster of a rock tune with again the drums of Alex caging and igniting the senses with a rapid storm of beats to start things off before the guitar lays a sturdy rub of coarse and infectious riffs into the mix. It is an explosive fury of contagious confrontation which leaves one exhausted and grinning from ear to ear, even if like its predecessor the track is too damn short, but then again the best punk rock tracks usually are.

Completed by another triumphant tempest of exhausting energy, massive beats, and vicious guitar enchantment in the ferocious treat Lost It/ Never Had It and the pulse pumping slow burner Wednesday Trap which is as near to a rock show tune you could wish for and get wonderfully away with, High On… is another sensational creative bomb of a treat from the best emerging rock band in the UK right now. The Sea is destined to the greatest heights but why wait when there is this mighty feast of sound to enjoy right now.

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9/10

RingMaster 09/04/2013

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The Sea : Shake Shake

June 25th sees the release of the second single from the album Rooftops from the continually impressive UK indie band The Sea. Released as a free download through their own Lusty Records, Shake Shake is sure to further fan the fires of acclaim which were ignited by their excellent new album and previous single the epic sounding New York.

Brothers Alex (vocals, drums) and Peter D’Chisholme (vocals, guitar, piano) are currently on a tour of the UK with selected dates supporting James Morrison scattered amidst them. The release of Shake Shake with its outstanding indie rock sounds is a fully infectious celebration to light up ears and to inspire more attention for their acclaimed and thrilling live shows.

The song rumbles from the first note with thumping beats from Alex alongside the eager guitar of Peter, his strokes electrified slices across the ear. With vocals as energised and enthused as the sounds, the song expands into an insatiable weave of classic blues rock and greedy indie pop. The chorus is instantly infectious and the energy of the song irresistible bringing a full and compulsive union with heart and limbs. As mentioned there is a full rock breath to the song which brings a flavouring of seventies psychedelic garage sounds, a n essence which is being re-invented by more and more bands either in their overall sound or as here in a particular track, and few have managed to capture and use it as impressively as The Sea.

Shake Shake is another fine example of the diversity and inventive command The Sea have with melodically flowing and energy charged songs in their varied forms. Impossibly catchy and irrepressibly addictive the song simply confirms The Sea as one of the most imaginative and exciting indie bands in the UK right now.

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RingMaster 19/06/2012

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