Pretty Pistol – Welcome to the Dead Club

How to describe the new EP from UK garage punks Pretty Pistol; well feral certainly fits, sonically clamorous and tenacious too but suiting it most is simply that Welcome to the Dead Club is rather damn good. Offering four virulent slices of punk fuelled noise, the release is another of the year’s special moments so far more than worth a few minutes of your time.

Formed five years after the initial chance meeting in 2010 at a Hole gig by vocalist Laura Le Rox and drummer Emma Waller, Pretty Pistol’s line-up is completed by guitarists Rich Cooper and Billy Larsen. Described as “Sitting somewhere between Gallows, Be Your Own Pet, Milk Teeth and The Kills”, a pretty suitable intimation, the South London quartet has made a potent mark on the capital’s live scene, sharing stages with the likes of Penetration, KidBrother, Drones, and Crazytown. Recorded with producer John Mitchell (Architects, Enter Shikari, You Me At Six), Welcome to the Dead Club is their inescapable jab at bigger attention, a raucous swipe not easy to see being ignored.

As opener Cry Wolf explodes on the senses, instantly there is no escaping the rapacious presence of band and song, and indeed the magnetic tones of Le Rox. Her attack is as urgent as the sounds around her with a hint of ‘desperation’ to its lilt though really it is just an earnest bred eagerness to stir things up, again just as the individual garage punk sound Pretty Pistol unleash. Riffs and rhythms collude in devious persuasion, getting under the skin as forcibly as the flying hooks and that glorious verbal trespass. There is a touch of Asylums to the track too which only adds to its virulently striking presence and to be honest if the goodness stopped right there we would still be urging attention the EPs way.

It is not an alone treat though as the following Drive Me To The Dogs quickly reveals. The gnarly stride of bass makes an immediate lure, post punk spun tendrils a swift second as the track infests ears. Its melodic and catchy chorus tempers the trespass a touch but only backing up its infectiousness before the cycle enticingly repeats. Waller’s beats land with purpose and anthemic prowess as the guitars entangle ears with sonic toxicity while Le Rox backed by one of the guys, is an insurgent siren you are not sure whether to embrace or fear.

Another appetising bassline lures Hurricane into view; its bait immediately followed by an ear worm of a hook and in turn a blast of voice and attitude. For no obvious reason but strongly we were reminded of Red Tape as the track continues to blossom in enterprise and temptation every twist and turn making a keener captivation in another rousing if too short a gem within the EP.

The release concludes with the equally compelling No Guts (This Is Glory), a web of swiping beats, belligerent bassline and devilish sonic enticement bound in the vocal carousing of Le Rox. Cannily fingering the imagination whilst heartily firing up the senses and spirit, the song completes a fiercely and irresistibly exhilarating proposition.

Living up to the band’s name, Welcome to the Dead Club is a threat lined, danger fuelled beauty and Pretty Pistol a band we expect to make a continuing if not major impact on the British punk, indeed rock scene.

Welcome to the Dead Club is out now through SaySomething Records @ https://www.prettypistol.co.uk/store/welcome-dead-club-cd

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Pete RingMaster 20/04/2018

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Beaumont – Nothing

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Creating alternative rock with a nice line in pop punk to it, Beaumont is a newly emerging proposal for the British rock scene to contemplate. The beginning of May saw the Birmingham-based quintet release their debut EP, Nothing; a five-track romp of infectious energy and melodic tenacity which quite simply commands attention. That is not to say that Beaumont have come across major uniqueness in their sound yet but with strong potential fuelling its presence, it certainly is something easy to take a real shine to.

Taking their name from a character in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Beaumont is a creative union of friends mixing the melancholic heart of their lyrical exploration with the vibrant catchiness of a melody rich sound. 2015 was a busy year for the band with shows alongside the likes of Light You Up and WSTR a particular highlight to add to individual experiences seeing members touring and playing with bands such as Four Year Strong, ROAM, State Champs, and A Loss For Words over the last few years. Produced by John Mitchell (Lower Than Atlantis, You Me At Six), Nothing is the band’s introduction to a broader national spotlight, and such its vivacity alone, easy to see an invitation rewarded with new fans and keen praise.

With songs which in the words of vocalist Spencer Edmonds, “…cover a range of emotions from hatred and greed to loneliness,” adding “It’s a snapshot of how we were feeling at specific times over the last two years…” , Nothing swiftly entices and pleases with opener Cheapside. An initial melody coaxes ears before thumping beats and spicier melodies join its welcome in league with an already throatily potent bassline. Edmonds’ vocals complete the creative scenery, quickly impressing in quality and expression as he shares the melancholic angst of the song. As mentioned previously, the solemn reflection of word and voice comes bound in lively sounds around a swinging gait driven by the contagious bassline of Reece Aleksander and Mitchell Dornan’s scything beats. It is a web, with guitarists Jake Murray and Chris Inston tenacious in riffs and grooves, which refuses to be ignored as it provides a potent start to the EP soon matched by the excellent Boys & Girls.

BEAUMONT NOTHING EP COVER_RingMasterReviewThe second song makes a bolder entrance, keeping its boisterous character going as it slips into a pop punk infused stroll with nagging riffs and eagerly prowling rhythms. Edmonds again impresses as great harmonies soar around him at times, it all gaining greater energy in the track’s rousing chorus which just tops the thrilling encounter perfectly before it hands ears over to the emotively shadowed and musically vibrant Miserable. Riffs and hooks have a bite to them, backed by the rapier swings of Dornan, which accentuates and gives greater character to the melodic endeavour surrounding them. With its predecessor, the song provides the pinnacle of the EP, though the ‘step down’ is barely noticeable as Art School manages to simultaneously croon with emotive flame while whipping up a feisty physical involvement. It might lack the extra spark of adventure of the previous pair, but in no time it tempts with throbbing riffs from bass and guitar amidst the contagious nature of hooks and group vocals, and a blaze of a chorus.

The Springsteen referencing E Street brings Nothing to a strong close, it too missing that final piece of the jigsaw yet has ears and enjoyment hungry for more whilst showing fresh aspects to the songwriting and sound of Beaumont. As catchy as anything on the EP, it makes a fine end to a thoroughly engaging and satisfying first look at and listen to a band with promise and imagination which alone could see them make great strides ahead.

The Nothing EP is out now via Reclaim Music through most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 06/05/2016

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Apherium – Embrace The Fall That Brought Us Here

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Our introduction to British alternative rockers Apherium came last September with the Neoteric EP. It was a striking and attention grabbing offering if one whose major peaks left the surrounding adventure of the release seeming like it was lacking a spark or two. The potential was inescapable though, and now in full flow in new offering Embrace The Fall That Brought Us Here. The new three-track EP from the Somerset quartet blows its predecessor out of the water and though it might contain less songs each shows a band on close terms with increasing craft and tenacious invention.

Its members having met at college, Yeovil hailing Apherium emerged in 2011 and within a year had released a self-titled EP and debut album The Cycle. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of Midgar, Biffy Clyro, InMe, TesseracT, and Anathema, the band continued to evolve and hone their sound in an exploration which provided a stirring tapestry of flavours in last year’s acclaimed Neoteric EP At that point it was announced as the band’s finest moment to date, though as suggested, the foursome of vocalist/guitarist Larry Turner, bassist/vocalist Callum Shortland, guitarist/vocalist Ross Derby, and drummer Ashley Jones have burst onto a new plateau of sound, invention, and seemingly passion with Embrace The Fall That Brought Us Here.

Recorded with legendary producer and sound engineer John Mitchell (YouMeAtSix, Lower Than Atlantis, Enter Shikari), the EP opens up with Resolve, a song swiftly enticing ears with jabbing beats and a moody bassline as guitars cast a thick mesh of sonic coaxing. A moment’s relaxation sparks a bold stroll ridden by the impressive vocals of Turner. Thereafter, the song is a forceful and anthemically engaging proposal, enhancing its gripping start with potent backing vocals amidst a rhythmic intensity and melodic flames which rise up with increasing contagion. By mid-way on the first listen, it is impossible not to be fully involved with participation a given by the second and certainly third outing with the excellent encounter.

Embrace The Fall That Brought Us Here (Artwork)_RingMaster ReviewIt is an attribute all three songs have, a familiarity which plays like an old, but previously unknown, friend. They also share the quality to be the lead song, the big invitation to the EP. Embrace has that pleasure and quickly has its infectious claws in ears as stabbing beats and irritable riffs collude with the emotive tones of Turner and the brewing ascent of evocative melodies. Raw vocal expulsions are amongst the unpredictable and inventively infused elements that create even greater hooks within the catchy, bordering on volatile blaze where angst powered roars are seamlessly merged with elegant calms.

Closing track Ever Present bruises and seduces from the off, the scything swings of Jones imposing drama backed by the moody tones of Shortland’s bass whilst the guitar enterprise of Derby and Turner is at times pure creative theatre and persistently an arousal of the imagination. Emotively inflamed and dynamically compelling, the song is a mighty end to the thrilling next step in the rise of Apherium.

With their last EP, comparisons to bands such as Funeral for a Friend were easy to suggest, but as the band has untapped further into the creative depths hinted at previously, Embrace The Fall That Brought Us Here emerges as something solely Apherium; with the promise of more to be discovered bringing extra intrigue in their future.

Embrace The Fall That Brought Us Here is available from February 29th, and able to be pre-ordered @ https://apheriumofficial.bandcamp.com/album/embrace-the-fall-that-brought-us-here

Upcoming Tour dates:

Feb

29th – Leicester, Sumo

Mar

1st – Guildford, The Star Inn

2nd – London, The Garage

3rd – Bristol, Stag & Hounds

4th – Yeovil, Quicksilver Mail

5th – Wigan, The Old Courts

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Pete RingMaster 23/02/2016

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Mordecai – Fight Fire With Fire

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British metallers Mordecai continue to grow and impress as proven by their recently released EP Valour. Now with thick confirmation of the fact and to entice a new horde of eager hungry ears the band release the single Fight Fire With Fire. The opening track to the EP, it is a storming tempest of dark metal and virulent aggression loaded with a passion, and quite simply impossible to ignore.

Hailing from Croydon, the London based quartet of vocalist/guitarist Dan M Hicks, lead guitarist Andy Short, bassist Mickey C, and drummer Alex Gooders has become one of the UK’s brightest hopes over the past couple of years. Formed in 2006, the band was already stirring up some attention but it was with a new settled line-up around 2010 that their Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, and Black Label Society inspired sound seem to come truly alive with enthused reactions in return. Live the band has been a potent force, making successful appearances at the likes of Bloodstock, Bull Dog Bash and Hammerfest, as well as Download where they became one of the very few unsigned bands to be invited to play on consecutive years. Alongside that the band has shared stages with bands such as Black Light Burns, Bam Margera’s FFU, and Fightstar whilst 2013 saw the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album Undaunted, a well-received incitement followed and eclipsed this year by the aforementioned Valour EP. Recorded with John Mitchell (You Me At Six, Architects and Alter Bridge)at Outhouse Studios, it too was an acclaimed and hungrily welcomed proposition unleashing some of the band’s most adventurous and explosive songs to date, one of which being Fight Fire With Fire.

The single song opens on a lusty roar from Hicks, his ravenous tones backed by spicy riffs and hefty rhythms. Soon hitting a meaty stride, the track becomes as predatory as it is sonically invigorating; ears and appetite aflame from its contagious aggression and brawling weave of colourful grooves aligned to vocal calls and rhythmic animosity. With the guitars also spinning a web of sultry melodies and suggestive hues around the swiftly gripping confrontation, the air is ripe with adventure and drama, a rebel rousing incitement coursing through the creative bodies of the band and in turn the listener.

If they are still an unknown, Fight Fire With Fire is the perfect way to introduce yourself to Mordecai. It has all the elements and flavours which makes the band for so many one continually exciting proposal of addictively tempestuous of rock ‘n’ roll.

Fight Fire With Fire is available now

Pete Ringmaster 09/09/2015

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Mordecai – Valour

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London based Mordecai are no strangers to stirring up the British rock scene with their rich and rousing sound, they have worked their charms on the other side of the Atlantic at times too, but fair to say they have outdone themselves with the thrilling Valour EP. Released a few weeks back, it is an anthemically dramatic and compelling collection of songs showing the diversity of the band’s songwriting and sound whilst forcibly pushing both on again from past triumphs. Quite simply it is one of the finest slabs of heavy rock/metal the band has unleashed to date and one of the essential explorations this year for all.

Though formed in 2006, Mordecai really began making a major impression from 2010 when the band’s line-up settled and solidified. They had already released a couple of EPs which were well-received by fans, but it was at this point that their Black Stone Cherry, Alter Bridge, and Black Label Society inspired sound found the spark to ignite itself and bigger attention. The band was soon exploding on stage at festivals such as Bloodstock, Bull Dog Bash, and Hammerfest over the subsequent twelve months or so and sharing stages with bands such as Black Light Burns, Bam Margera’s FFU, and Fightstar. 2012/13 saw Mordecai playing Download, one of the few unsigned bands to have ever been given two consecutive years, being invited to be part of Mark Tremonti’s (Creed, Alter Bridge, Tremonti Project), Fret12 Artist Development Program in the summer of 2012, and releasing debut album Undaunted the following year. The encounter lured keener and bolder attention from media and new floods of ears, something it is easy to assume that Valour will eclipse; to be honest it already is since it’s unveiling.

Cover   As soon as the opener to the John Mitchell (You Me At Six, Architects and Alter Bridge) recorded Valour erupts in ears, you can see why it has been kicking up dust. Fight Fire With Fire opens with a lusty roar from vocalist/guitarist Dan M Hicks and spicy licks of guitar across thick riffs. Rhythmically too, the track does not hold back, meaty beats from drummer Alex Gooders immediately landing with purpose and intensity as the bass of Mickey C grooves offloads predation and infectious bait. The contagion only increases as lead guitarist Andy Short spills hooks and grooves with craft and relish across the brawling rock ‘n’ roll being woven. Backed impressively by the band, the grisly and alluring tones of Hicks continue to hold ears whilst appetite and imagination is stolen by the sizzling tapestry of sonic enterprise and aggressive rebel rousing coursing through the exceptional start to the EP.

Latest single Just One Life, which also features John Mitchell, comes next and quickly the band reveals a mellower though no less potent side to their music and presence. There is a feel of bands like Seether and Shinedown to the song, spicy essences in a song which invites involvement rather than demands it like its predecessor. In its individual way, it also spreads a web of smart twists and catchy hooks throughout its melodic croon and though admittedly it does not emerge as one of our favourites on the EP it is fair to say it only leaves a smile of enjoyment before the metal fuelled All Wrong strides in and takes over with heavier rapacious attitude and armoury. A rolling rhythmic enticing lays down the first gripping coaxing before the song twists itself into a grouchy collusion of carnivorous riffs, toxic grooves, and another refreshing growl of vocal incitement, it all uniting in a thrilling tempest enticing body and soul to punch the air and snarl at the world.

Circles slips into another calmer landscape of invention and energy next, its initial tempting hinting at bands like Life of Agony before creating rhythm sculpted crescendos that blaze in ears with a sense of nineties band Skyscraper to them. Maybe taking a little longer to take a firm grip compared to those around it, the song emerges as another major highlight with a chorus impossible not to get involved with and a presence which lingers long past its departure.

Valour is brought to an explosive end by Rise where once more the band is casting lines of addictive grooves and deeply delving hooks, sonically and rhythmically, whilst building an incendiary wall of vocal and emotive intensity that just seduces with imagination and, again have to use the word, anthemic prowess. The song is a mighty end to a magnificent release, as suggested earlier easily the best thing Mordecai have created. It will be one the best things you are likely to hear in the muscular rock ‘n’ roll scene this year so go spoil yourselves.

Valour is out now.

RingMaster 13/08/2015

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