Twister – 64 White Lies

Not quite a year ago, UK rock outfit Twister grabbed our ears and attention, like with so many others, through the Designed State of Mind EP. It was an infectious yet meaty collection of melodically woven, rousingly catchy rock pop openly rich in a potential which has since been realised and pushed again by a debut album and now new single 64 White Lies.

The Durham hailing outfit formed in 2004 and has grown to be one of the more enticing rock propositions on the British scene as well as a powerful and acclaimed live encounter. Over the years they have played with the likes of Status Quo, Simple Minds, Texas, Scouting for Girls, Ron Thal (Bumblefoot),  Jools Holland, and The Joy Formidable and finished in overall second place out of 12,000 acts in the Surface Festival. The Designed State of Mind EP was a definite nudge on bigger recognition of their powerful sound with its release last year and more than built upon by first album Combined State of Mind released this past May.

Taken from that full-length, 64 White Lies epitomises the band’s strongly written and potently crafted sound. It might not be bursting with surprises as a song but everything about it is adventurous and an adventure for the listener. From its opening melodic tease of guitar and the swiftly following wave of muscular rhythms and pressing riffs, the song has ears in the palms of its creative hands. The engaging tones of vocalist/guitarist Stevie Stoker only reinforce the temptation; his voice melodic warmth within the more volatile roar of sound and intensity.

With the strolling bassline of Matt Whitaker and the wickedly swung beats of drummer Joe Major striking bait alongside the creative inducement of guitarist Jake Grime and Stoker, the song is an instinctive surge of heart and craft as effective in its composed moments as in its fiery roar. It is a mix of the enticingly familiar and appetisingly fresh which makes a delving into Combined State of Mind and the incoming horizons of Twister an inevitable next move.

64 White Lies is released September 22nd.

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Pete RingMaster 12/09/2017

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Twister – Designed State of Mind

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Since forming, UK rock pop band Twister has shared stages with the likes of Status Quo, Simple Minds, Texas, Scouting for Girls, Jools Holland, and The Joy Formidable, Guns ’n’ Roses guitarist Ron Thal (Bumblefoot) on his 2015 UK tour, and finished second out of 12,000 acts in the Surface Festival. Each moment has drawn praise and vocal support, something not hard to understand whilst listening to the band’s new mini album Designed State of Mind.

Offering six vibrant and emotionally intensive affairs, Designed State of Mind catches ears with its instinctive catchiness and the imagination with its accomplished melody rich character. Straight away as opener and the band’s new single hits ears, there is an instant show of new maturity and a blossoming in the band’s sound since previous album This Isn’t Wonderland of 2014. Songs are more rounded and the united craft of the band tighter, Trees alone revelling in that growth. Quickly tangy hooks and spicy melodies entangle with the darker hues of a lively bass, beats swinging with matching eagerness as the infectious encounter descends on ears and appetite. Impossibly contagious by the time of its pop loaded chorus, the track bounces around inspiring the same in body and spirit; Jake Grimes, Matthew Whitaker, and Joe Major a lively proposition around the potent voice of Stevie Stoker.

twister-album-artwork-design_RingMasterReviewed-state-of-mindIt is a thrilling start which the EP at times equals and or closely misses but constantly sparks strong enjoyment starting with Monroe. More of as grower than its predecessor and with a touch of restraint to its seeming want to explode, the song strolls along with rhythmic shadows aligned to reflective melodies as vocals again caress ears with a firm and captivating touch. It too has a chorus which is hard not to get involved in while its melancholic air seduces before the excellent Fist Fight by the Waterside steps forward.

Once more suggestive melodies and tenacious rhythms collude with Stoker’s powerful tones as the song’s character has the spirit and punch its title might suggest. Touching on the predatory at times, the track easily rivals the opener as a main highlight and quickly matched by the mellower reflective charm of Monopolise. Reflective voice and melody coax ears before the song broadens out into an anthemic croon with feisty energy and heart to the fore. There is a touch of ABC to the song, if that band had turned to hard rock, it ending as infectiously enticing as anything on the album.

Designed State of Mind ends with the equally red-blooded Feeding Frenzy, a rousing encounter if missing the final vital spark of previous songs within the album and lastly Fortune Favours the Bold, a warm and boldly engaging song again not quite reaching the heights of before. Nevertheless the pair brings the album to a highly pleasing close adding to a want to hear more from Twister, a Durham hailing band rising up the UK rock scene with every passing success.

Designed State of Mind is out now through most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 10/10/2016

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Otmar Binder Trio: Boogie Woogie Turnaround

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Lets us start by saying our knowledge of boogie woogie starts with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard and ends with Jools Holland with very little in between and certainly nothing pre 1950’s, so how authentic or innovative the new album from the Otmar Binder Trio is we have no idea but we certainly have a deep understanding of how absorbing it is, the nonstop reaction of heart and limbs testifies to that. Boogie Woogie Turnaround is a blast of warm and enchanting instrumental tracks which light up the senses and excite the day with enthused passion and flair from musicianship which simply dazzles.

Released September 24th through Jump River Records, Boogie Woogie Turnaround is the fulfilment of a dream of Otmar Binder, to play with the most accomplished and instinctive genre musicians. The record sees him playing the piano alongside Alexander Lackner on bass and Michael Strasser on drums as the Otmar Binder Trio but also features the immense skills of pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole and multi instrumentalist Christian Dozzler on certain tracks, as well as Geri Schuller and Charlie Furthner elsewhere. The result is a magnetic and mesmeric release, organic and heart borne which is inspired by and a return to, as Bonder says, “…some of my first strong musical experiences, hearing people like the German boogie-player Axel Zwingenberger in the early eighties,” his passion for the music and seed of his dream beginning, “…when his father brought him home the debut album Shake That Boogie-Woogie by the Mojo Blues Band.”

The seventeen all new pieces which make up the album are tracks which are nicely varied, many offering an extra breath of folk, blues, and emotive atmospheres to transport one into vivid scenes and lives. Composed by Binder alone or in collaboration, the songs not only leave thoughts deep in relaxed warmth or heated energy but also portray the obvious fun which was felt by their creators during recording them. Tracks like the boisterous Homerun, Steamin’ Away with its sizzling harmonica sounds, and the feel good At Last with its piano suns lighting every corner of the senses, just ignite and energise the passions, the tracks smiling with melodic skills and the unmistakable eagerness and love of their conjurers.

In pieces like Changes To Be Made and the riveting blues number Bluesprint, the band plays upon emotions, drawing on and inspiring feelings and thoughts with rich emotive caresses and whispers from the depth of the heart to leave one captivated and enthralled by every note. As with all songs they are uncomplicated and honest, offering nothing less than quality sounds and evocative weaves of charm and compulsive energies.

The biggest highlights come with the opener Southbound with its glorious bass seduction, the gentle enrapturing expressive journey of Brighton To Boston, and the southern blues stomp of Sugar Cane, its mouth organ a thrilling melodic flare. Every song though offers a delicious dish of natural pleasure, simple rock n roll to drift away in or party to.

As stated we do not know a lot about boogie woogie but we know a good time and the Otmar Binder Trio ensure that is the very least you will get from Boogie Woogie Turnaround.

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RingMaster 21/09/2012

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