Clear The Auditorium – The Final Broadcast EP

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Released in May this year to strongly positive responses, The Final Broadcast EP from Welsh electronicore band Clear The Auditorium gets a national reboot November 17th and such its gripping presence a new wave of acclaim and recognition is a certainty. It is not a release which startles with originality yet presents a striking and rigorous confrontation which is as compelling as it is invigorating. The band’s second EP, The Final Broadcast is an attention grabbing statement of intent from a band with the potential to light major fires ahead.

Hailing from Pontypridd and formed in 2011, Clear The Auditorium entwines electronic and rock essences in a voracious merger spawned from the inspiration of bands such as Enter Shikari and Linkin Park. Last year saw the release of their debut EP 2021, a concept release following a young soldier in the midst of the third World War. Its thematic enterprise brought references to bands such as My Chemical Romance which continue to apply in The Final Broadcast, its drama centred on a post-war wasteland and rebellion against a tyrannical superpower formed in the wake of first EPs scenario. It is a lyrically enthralling encounter, though it is the music where the creative theatre is most successful. The Todd Campbell produced EP leaves appetite and its hunger greedy and satisfaction full to bursting whilst anticipation for their next endeavour is already brewing up some impatience.

The release opens with Prologue, an introduction surrounding a news alert with heavy shadows and tempting electronics before the band pushes forward with the start of the apocalyptic narrative. The electro provocation unleashed by Dafydd Richards instantly raise intrigue and sinister incitement which is simultaneously tempered and accelerated by his outstanding vocals, the vocalist strong and bullish in his raw squalls but even more impressive with his clean tones. Musically the song too seduces and threatens on its way to its successor If We Burn, a song similarly bred from the same climate of the first track. The song is a blaze of a provocation, one aflame with electronic devilry aligned to muscular rhythmic intimidation cast by drummer Caleb Priday-Jeremiah and bassist Conor Evans and courted by the predacious intent and enterprise of guitarist Matthew Bennett-Jones. The song shows where those earlier mentioned comparisons are seeded but even more it holds a strong similarity to bands like Jensen and Dead By April whilst their at times raw aggression suggests The Browning. The track is a beast of an incitement which flares up and sizzles like a battlefield.PromoImage.jpg

The following Vacant Streets is a less forceful encounter, certainly at its start but is soon imposing with rabid beats and fiercely simmering electronic vivacity. Across its equally rugged and welcoming terrain, vocals roar and spit malevolent intent whilst within the embrace of the sizzling flight of melodies, Richards croons with warm and thrilling clean tones. As all tracks, as well as being part of the overall story, there is individual drama to the song inspiring intimate reflections and connections alongside the stark landscape of the central theme. As its predecessor, an exhausting and thrilling offering it leads into Intermission, a fascinating short piece which is hard to read, but with the turning of a radio dial connecting the two tracks it feels like it represents a moment of light and lost enjoyment found by souls locked in the cold reality and broken world they hide within.

It is followed by the extraordinary We Are The Danger, easily our favourite track on the release and the band at its most adventurous and imposing best. Ignited by a dance of Morse code which is the spark to a rebellious uprising in sound and defiance, the track rages with scythes of beats and riffs, all matched by the acidic rants of electro pulses. It instantly gets body and emotions fired up ready for the heroic emprise of grooves and rampant riffing which follows. Everything about the song is anthemic from the hoarse and warm vocals, through the aggressively agitated rhythms, to the hellacious devilry driving guitars bass and mass vocal shouts. An uprising and creative brawl, the track is one of the most rousing and exhilarating songs this year reminding of now demised UK band Always The Quiet Ones.

Ozymandius comes next with gentle and elegant sonic mystique within a psychedelically kissed atmosphere. Swiftly catching the imagination with a seeming tour of lost wonders and hopes, it explosively evolves and broadens its inventive weight and passion as it strives for a new horizon of sonic light. The track is a powerful slab of evocative textures and expression potently holding its own against the masterful triumph of the previous track.

The EP is brought to a close by the slow burning and persuading Epilogue, an ultimately engrossing song which from bare voice and keys erupts into a pungently brewing tempest of emotion and climactic rhythms aligned to burning melodies. It is a fine end to an excellent adventure of sound and story. Already there are seeds of uniqueness to the character of Clear The Auditorium’s sound but there is still a fair way to go to be truly individual but with offerings like this, a release which just impresses more with every listen, we can happily wait.

The Final Broadcast EP is available now @ http://cleartheauditorium.bandcamp.com/

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RingMaster 17/11/2014

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Jensen – Zero One [Redux]

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    Early last year UK electro punks Jensen made their striking entrance with the impressive Zero One EP, a three track seductive abrasion which instantly drew keen focus upon the band whilst suggesting greater things would loom across their horizons. Almost a year later and the band has unveiled Zero One [Redux], a fully re-mastered update of their debut with two additional tracks. Things may not be driving forward as rapidly as one would have imagined certainly on the recording front but as the new EP shows artistically and skilfully the project is not losing any of its potential and magnetic resourcefulness.

     Born from the demise of the impressive Ourfamous Dead, Jensen is the studio project of the previous band’s founder Andrew Reeves. Ourfamous Dead was a force which was no stranger to acclaim whilst earning a strong reputation for live performances which saw the band alongside the likes of The Blackout, Funeral For a Friend, and Gallows. Their last single Claws At The Door was the band at its height but Reeves was not happy with the sound and maybe its direction so bravely bringing it to a close he threw himself into exploring the ideas and explorations rising up inside him. Revisiting put aside older tracks he had written, Reeves was soon sculpting the flavours and imagination he wanted, with the exciting Zero One EP the result. Recruiting the talents of Vier Jennings, Simon Green, and Robin Speight also from Ourfamous Dead to create a live band, with early 2014 the launch pad for the band to hit stages, Jensen recently signed with Armalyte Records with Zero One [Redux] the first offering to tempt whilst Jensen work on their debut album.

   The band opens up the EP with Ghosts, a track which emerges from a blistering sonic wash to smother the ears with a Redux_CD_FrontCover_Finalcompelling and confrontational squall of noise punctured by the passionately shouted vocals of Reeves. His delivery successful battles against the tide of sonic abrasion and a web of electro noise which smothers and seduces as irrepressibly as the contagious chorus. It is a raw and caustic brew which never takes it easy on the ears, the electro punk feistiness and bristling embittered energy giving no respite from its riled tempest or the agitated acidic and emotive ambience wrapping it all. Nevertheless the track only enthrals and captivates throughout this stormy treat laying down melodically crafted electronic bait at its heart which is irresistible.

   The Corrupter follows and instantly is a different kind of beast from the same creative litter. With a darker heavier breath and imposing intensity, the song surrounds and probes the senses with thumping rhythms and corrosive riffs drenched in electronic provocation and smouldering persuasion. Finding a more industrial coarseness than its predecessor, the track has a fiery corrosive resonance which, with the again effected and expressive vocals, provides a magnetic grazing which recruits the imagination as fully as the melodic fascination and rousing incendiary presence of the excellent provocation.

    Continuing the diversity Stars next provides a primarily electro rock persuasion which is less temperamental sonically than the previous tracks but no less engaging and enjoyable. With the vocals getting a clean production this time which for personal tastes works much better than when coated in additives, the track pulsates and bulges with inventive essences and spices. Industrial and punk add their tempting to the mix making up an electronic embrace complete with chafing guitar and melodic acidity. It completes the re-mastered songs from the original EP release and definitely all benefit and excel with the new touch and expressive aspect placed upon them.

    The extra tracks on the EP are provided by the enjoyable Have A Ouija Board remix of Ghosts by Scottish maths/electronica retro-futurist duo i!, which closes up the release, and before it a blazing cover of the Duran Duran classic Wild Boys. It is as inflamed musically as you would suspect going on the evidence of the earlier songs, and is bursting with metallic rapaciousness and a scuzz kissed almost pestiferous edge to the electronic stomping and abrading riffery to leaves you wanting more and actually improves the addictive original.

     Released on the 27th January, Zero One [Redux] not only re-confirms and pushes the promise already shown by the band, it makes the anticipation for Jensen’s full-length debut a rather impatient one. Still in evolution it is hard not to be excited about the Leeds band and what they have in store for us ahead.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 16/01/2014

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Jensen: Zero-One EP

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    Like so many the demise of UK band Ourfamous Dead brought more than a tinge of sadness here but was tempered by the fact that band founder Andrew Reeves was already working on his next project, something which one suspects is the evolution of the previous band rather than a whole new enterprise. Certainly the debut EP from Jensen, Zero-One suggests this, its sounds incorporating the rich experimental essences of the earlier band but exploring and expanding them into something more defined and focused.

Hailing from Leeds, Jensen is the studio project of Reeves who provides everything on the EP, with the band live becoming a trio with a line-up completed by Simon Green (synths, bass) and Rich Jennings (guitars, synths), both also former Ourfamous Dead members. The three track release immediately grazes the ear with the opening to Ghosts, the blistered distressed sonic surface an intriguing abrasion which transforms into a confronting squall of noise as the vocals of Reeves passionately shout against the tide of sonic abrasion. Listening to the song and looking back to the final single Claws At The Door from his previous band, hindsight reveals it was a step between both projects in many ways, Ghosts drawing on its hardcore punk breath and filtering it into its own caustic electro brew. The track never settles into an easy engagement for the senses, its surface bristling with embittered energy whilst beneath there is an agitated torrent of acidic and emotive ambience, but throughout loud melodic whispers wring their elegance out to offer an enticing infection within the riled tempest to enthrals and captivate the imagination.

The Corrupter stands tall with thumping rhythms and corrosive riffs whilst the synths again ingrain a fiery touch into the senses coverwith craft and inspiring invention. The sinews pulsate with a more pronounced resonance than in the first song to offer an industrial confrontation to the track, with the effected vocals spilling expressive passion with every syllable and accusing breath they can unleash. The track shifts and extends its taut electro provocation within the charged presence to further fascinate and persuade the senses whilst magnetising thoughts with its infrequent but compelling haunted moments.

The closing Stars introduces itself with a more direct rock stance though again surrounding the chafing guitar flashes and melodic vocals is an electronic provocation suggesting menace and mystery with its presence. As its predecessor the song suggests an industrial essence has evolved within the invention of Reeves to add another spice to the accomplished sound on the song and EP. The song without quite sparking the strong passions of the other two still cements the now blossoming opinion that Jensen is a new force to inspire, invigorate, and exhilarate not only fans but UK music from industrial through to electro punk and noise.

The Zero-One EP is the first step in what one anticipates will be an exciting and rewarding future for the band and with the release available as a free download from their website http://www.wearejensen.com/,only blinded ears would resist climbing on board the ride Jensen has just begun.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 16/03/2013

 

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