Misgivings – Delete History

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A raw and antagonistic slab of melodic punk rock, the Delete History EP from UK band Misgivings is an introduction which maybe does not ignite the passions ready to fight all and sundry but it certainly reveals a potential which makes the band an exciting prospect. Loaded with six abrasing and accomplished brawls of attitude and enterprise, the release is an honest and magnetic entrance from the Southsea quartet ensuring they leave an enjoyable and promise fuelled impact in their wake.

Apparently formed ‘after a drunken chat at a squat show In Hamburg’ in 2013, Misgivings has earned a strong reputation for their live performances and sound, the band taking in a clutch of short tours in the UK and Europe since forming. Now the quartet of vocalist/guitarist William Pearce, guitarist/vocalist Ollie Richardson, bassist Joe Anderson, and drummer Andrew Summerly (though on the EP original drummer Peter Hardy plays) are primed to reap the attention their first release is geared up to garner.

The songs upon Delete History are sparked by issues such as “today’s mundane society, being forced into adulthood, complex relationships and struggling with day to day social situations”; each as the EP with its first touch through opener Century, pulling no punches. Jabbing beats alongside a raw scrub of riffs and equally abrasing vocals lures in ears towards the first song, their union prowled by bass shadows. Combined, they craft a catchy and rugged bounce which easily recruits the imagination and appetite. Mini crescendos of hooks and beats add to the anthemic potency of the song throughout whilst melodies and dual vocals provide a refreshing colour to the confrontation. It is not boundary Front Coverstretching stuff but imposingly engaging and intriguing in its caustic seduction.

The following It’s A Bone, You Lucky Dog makes a gentle entrance, blues toned melodies a relaxed coaxing before the track twists into an aggressive and antagonistic stroll. Whereas the first song was more Alkaline Trio in style, its successor has a harsher temperament and breath which draws on the hardcore prowess of a Jawbreaker or NOFX. There is still a virulent swagger to it though, a tempting wound in acidic melodic enterprise for another impressive and enjoyable provocation.

Both The Natives and Black Books keep things simmering rigorously, the first as its predecessor binding ears in a mix of hardcore and infectious melodies for an enthralling and energetic incitement. It is heavier on its feet and in its emotions than the first two tracks but pleasingly still infuses an energetic inventive touch which gives it the spark to stand out. The second of the two is the same, a track not worrying new pastures for punk rock but veining and flirting with addictive textures and tenacious ideation, creating a provocateur which lingers after its departure whilst adding another distinctive mark in favour of Misgivings.

Niagara Falls, Frankie Angel also makes its way into view with restraint and evocative melodies before stomping with animosity and resourceful voracity. Vocals are their rawest yet and melodies at their most spicy, contrasts conflicting and fusing for a belligerent and anthemic challenge before closing track Stay Dull picks on ears and thoughts with its flavoursome and richly satisfying old school seeded punk adventure.

No song, or the EP itself, leaps from the speakers yet all provide a potent lure and enjoyment which establishes Misgivings forcibly on the punk map with the frontline in their sights ahead. Delete History is a great base to start from and to grab people’s attention with, whilst the potential inside suggests bigger things are in the pipeline.

The self-released Delete History is available now @ https://misgivingspunx.bandcamp.com/


RingMaster 04/11/2014

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Volunteer – Goner


It might not be the most startling thing to assault your ears this year, or stalk a new vein of originality within the varied sphere of noise rock but Goner, the new 10” release from Milwaukee trio Volunteer is a thoroughly appetising and magnetic beast of a release. Consisting of four tracks which are heavier than, and delivered with the suffocating intensity of a landslide, the band’s new EP is a richly satisfying and enjoyable onslaught. No it does not leave you jaw-slacked in awe but offers plenty to spark a hungry attention towards its sculptors.

Formed in 2013, Volunteer consists of guitarist/vocalist Francisco Ramirez, bassist Martin Defatte, and drummer Mark Sheppard, formers members of bands such as Traitors and Gasoline Fight, Stock Options, and Forstella Ford. Within weeks the threesome had recorded their debut release, a self-titled 6-song EP via Chicago’s Underground Communique Records which drew potent interest and responses upon its release last October. Now the band has prepared the ground for a more focused spotlight with Goner, an accomplished and imposingly pleasing proposition which hits ears hard and holds attention tight.

Released in collaboration with Chicago label Forge Again Records and the band’s own Triple Eye Industries, Goner immediately assaults the senses with the weighty presence of Nein. From its first breath riffs offered by the baritone guitar of Ramirez snarl and awaken a greedy appetite whilst the bass of Defatte soon offers its own grizzled enticement. Punctured by the similarly heavy swings of drummer Sheppard and permeated by the grouchy gruff vocals of the guitarist, the song consumes ears with a voracious and blistering energy. Grooves are submerged in the background more than the track’s vibrant foreground, but still make a potent lure in the overall tar thick persuasion of the song. As mentioned of the Volunteer-Goner_cover1200x1200whole EP, the song does not leap out or set new templates for heavy rock but certainly provides an inescapable contagion.

The same can be said of its successor Free-er Bird, a track which emerges from a sonic call to uncage a lumbering senses smothering gait which crawls venomously over the senses. Rhythms cast a slightly more urgent bait within the sonic consumption whilst the deep throaty tone of Ramirez guitar again seduces an already in place hunger, as bred by the likes of Karn8 and Morass of Molasses, for such propositions. Though there is another infectious edge and enticement to the track it is a solid and formidable wall of noisy enterprise lacking the spark of its predecessor and definitely the remaining pair of songs on Goner.

The first of the final two songs is the release’s title track, an instantly gripping and far more adventurous sonic incitement from the band. Grooves and riffs swiftly lay a web of unpredictable and tenacious enterprise, punctuated by the constantly dramatic and hostile bait of rhythms. The song swings with an antagonistic and compelling creative ferocity, scarring and flirting with ears at every turn and through each twist of ideation. You still would not announce its proposal as anything majorly new but it is impossible not to grant its declaration of being virulently addictive and severely enjoyable, whilst setting a lofty peak for the EP.

Goner is brought to a close by I Love You So Much It’s Killing Us Both, an impressive cover of the Jawbreaker track. Lurching with a rhythmic predation and a similarly inflamed ravaging of caustic riffs, the track infests the imagination and emotions through scuzzed up effect loaded vocals, venom dripping grooves, and an irresistible baiting from the bass. It is a toxic treat which brings a fine release to intensely pleasing end.

Goner is a healthy consumption of noise and skilled resourcefulness which fans of band such as Melvins, Unsane, and Jesus Lizard will lick their lips over. It might not be a template maker or soaked in overwhelming originality but it provides a deeply enjoyable and flavoursome encounter to get greedy over and another potential fuelled powerful step in the emergence of Volunteer.

Goner is available via Forge Again Records/Triple Eye Industries digitally and on Ltd 10” vinyl (100 on black and 200 on translucent red vinyl with black swirls) now @ http://wearevolunteer.bandcamp.com/


RingMaster 15/10/2014

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