The Bluebook Project – Pockets of Dirty Change

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With appetites and bodies still rocking to their Take Me Away EP and the feistily rousing singles taken from it, UK rockers The Bluebook Project reinforce their growing reputation with Pockets of Dirty Change. As their previously powerful Hurricane Blues, the new single is one of the attention grabbing encounters within the latest EP, and as the other songs found within, a proposal which grips within seconds.

The Bluebook Project art_RingMasterReviewThe Bluebook Project hails from Bedfordshire and draw on inspirations from the likes of Iggy Pop, The Who, The Ramones, and Oasis. Formed in 2013, the quartet has gone from strength to strength as a live proposition and with releases, beginning with the 2014 unveiled debut EP Out of the Blue. Its ear pleasing introduction to the band was backed by a perpetual flow of live shows which included support slots with the likes of Slaves and Coasts before the foursome of vocalist/bassist Dan Thorn, guitarists Dan Watson and Jordan Smith, and drummer Benn Davis set about recording the Take Me Away EP. Its success is history but sure to be emulated with the unleashing of Pockets of Dirty Change.

The track is fuelled by the punk infested rock ‘n’ roll the band is becoming forcibly renowned for, guitars straight way creating a fiery wall of temptation before rhythms swing along in alignment with the infectiously bolshie delivery of Thorn’s vocals. The song becomes inescapably addictive in no time, a contagious flirtation of hard rock toned punk ‘n’ roll equipped with ear friendly yet cantankerous grooves and a pulsating rhythmic rousing of ear and spirit.

The Bluebook Project bring an edge and excitement to their sound which sets them apart from the crowd, Pockets of Dirty Change further evidence, and it is hard not to be a touch impatient to hear their next step whilst stomping around to their current treat.

Pockets of Dirty Change is available now.

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The Bluebook Project – Take Me Away EP

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Having been forcibly grabbed by their single Hurricane Blues a short while back we just had to beg a copy of the EP from whence it came just to explore UK rockers The Bluebook Project that little bit more. Thanks to the band itself and Emma of Pluggin’ Baby, we are now in the position to say that if the Bedfordshire hailing quartet had you leaping and smiling with their single you will be wearing the broadest grin after the incitement of Take Me Away.

The four track release is a punk infused slab of attitude driven rock ‘n’ roll which manages to bully and seduce the senses from start to finish. Weaving in inspirations from bands such as Iggy Pop, The Who, and The Ramones through to Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, and The White Stripes, into their own rousing imagination, The Bluebook Project create an anthemic confrontation that leaves feet exhausted and passions wanting just that little bit more. Formed in late 2013, the band spent a huge chunk of last year touring the UK as well as earning shows supporting bands such as Slaves and Coasts. The tail of 2014 also saw the release of debut EP Out of the Blue, a well-received and praised offering now beginning to be surpassed in acclaim and attention by Take Me Away, and as the first track alone rouses up body and emotions, it is easy to see why the growing buzz around The Bluebook Project.

cd_RingMaster Review   It is indeed the single Hurricane Blues which opens up Take Me Away, a song which in the words of vocalist/bassist Dan Thorn is “…about someone suffering from anxiety and how through their frustration and insecurity they are overcome by anger and lose control“. From the first hefty swings from drummer Benn Davis-Gregory, his arms throwing thick addiction casting beats, the song is badgering and enticing ears, commanding real attention as scuzzy scythes of guitar align to the distinctive tones of Thorn, both reinforcing the early irresistible bait. Continuing to throw up an aggressive haze of sonic enterprise via guitarists Jordan Smith and Dan Watson, spicy grooves a seductive toxicity within, and dirty rock tenacity through bass and drums, the track growls like a mix of The Senton Bombs and The Screaming Blue Messiahs fuelled by primal punk rock ferocity.

The song still hits the sweet spot after hordes of listens and sets the EP off in mighty fashion before Anxiety Drownin’ throws its irritable rumble of antagonism and fiery tenacity into an increasingly eager attention. There are ’mellower’ textures to the song compared to its predecessor, though it still snarls like a predator and shakes like a dog in heat as it creates a two minute explosion of garage and punk rock contagion. Hooks also are maybe not as sharp as in the first song but led by the magnetic tones of Thorn, and his angsty basslines, the track takes the listener on a riveting ride of infectious adventure.

Pockets of Dirty Change steps up next, swinging its rhythmic shaped, groove clothed hips with the knowledge it is one cool protagonist certain to have feet and imagination in salacious rapture. The guitars offer a swarm of flirtatious hooks and virulent grooves but equally the more direct element of riffery and rhythms carry an inescapable catchiness which is only matched by the delivery of Thorn and the organic dirtiness of the outstanding song.

The best track on the release is followed by its closer, the fiery Regrets Gone By. It is not a song to rival top slot on the EP but alone casts a seriously appetising theatre of inventive and inflamed rock persuasion that only has ears increasingly hungry for more. It is a potent close to a real blast of old school punk meets modern rock ‘n’ roll from a band you can only feel is heading to truly big things.

The Take Me Away EP is available now via iTunes

Pete RingMaster 02/09/2015

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The Bluebook Project – Hurricane Blues

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Always carrying a ready to pounce appetite for some punk fuelled rock ‘n’ roll, UK’s The Bluebook Project quickly set our ears a buzz with their new single Hurricane Blues. Simultaneously raucous and inventively infectious, the song is a raw and magnetic slice of rousing, anthemic sound, and the most potent invitation to check out the band’s brand new EP it bursts comes.

Hailing from Bedfordshire and formed late 2013, The Bluebook Project has busily been earning a strong reputation for their presence and music over the past year through touring across the country and supporting bands such as Slaves and Coasts. Last December saw the well-received release of their debut EP Out of the Blue, and even before the dust of its unveiling had begun to settle, the quartet of vocalist/bassist Dan Thorn, guitarists Dan Watson and Jordan Smith, and drummer Benn Davis-Gregory were back in the studio conjuring up the similarly welcomed Take Me Away EP which came out this past July. Drawing on inspirations from Iggy Pop and the Arctic Monkeys through to The White Stripes, The Bluebook Project, as shown again in Hurricane Blues, casts a sound fitting any intimate or grand festivity, or indeed any passing riot.

The single opens with instantly irresistible and bulging rhythms, the swings of Davis-Gregory commanding attention even before the distinctive tones of Thorn and scythes of guitar enter the affray. Straight away there is a sense of bands like The Senton Bombs and The Screaming Blue Messiahs, as well as a seventies punk and garage rock flavouring; all spices in something still predominantly distinctive to The Bluebook Project. With spicy grooves and flowing melodic acidity entangling around its busy stroll, the single is an incitement of attitude and varied sonic colours, and quite addictive.

The Bluebook Project is a band to watch out for, their future, again using Hurricane Blues as well as their Take Me Away EP as reasoning, looking rather rosy as their sound and attention upon it evolves. We suggest not waiting though and go explore another enjoyably appetising new band on the British rock ‘n’ roll scene.

Hurricane Blues is out now as also the Take Me Away which is available @

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the blueveils: Quiet Riot


    Following the success of their Out Of The Blue EP last year, UK rock band the blueveils are set to push things further with new single Quiet Riot. The three track single is more of the same which made their previous release an enterprising and openly enjoyable proposition and like the EP sits well within the well-established parameters and sounds of alternative and indie rock. The trio of songs again are not worrying any boundaries but once more show the band to be an easy to engage with and thoroughly enjoyable companion.

Hailing from Harrow, the quintet of vocalist Will Jackson, guitarists Craig Kirrane and Sean Durkan, bassist Adrian Rhoades, and drummer Martin Kirrane, has earned a strong reputation for their energetic live shows which has seen them thrill audiences across venues such as Water Rats, Barfly, and Dublin Castle across the UK. A wider awareness still awaits the band though their EP certainly did them no harm and the same can be said about the single, a release which without admittedly stretching their limits offers very more than decent rock n roll.

     Quiet Riot immediately puts the ear at ease, the song like a returning old friend which brings pleasure and satisfaction with their undemanding company. Energetic without being urgent the track offers addictive hooks, of which one has a whisper of Altered Images to its melodic invitation, and a relatively raucous graze of riffs which in combination with the firm rhythms and expressive vocals ensures the song holds the listener in a keen grip.

Second song on the release is Odyssey which for personal tastes stands out above the other pair of tracks. With a deep resonating bass lure throughout and a jangly essence to the riffs, the song has a punk pop breath to its infectious dance upon the ear. Every aspect of the song shows that the band whilst still missing that distinctive voice to their sound which sets them apart from the rest, know how to craft a song which can find a lingering place within the listener.

The closing Waiting Around like the opener is a familiar but fresh slice of rock. It has a small americana feel to its tone and a subdued energy but again leaves a more than happy satisfaction with its presence. The song like the single as a whole is arguably a lost opportunity as throughout there are glimpses of an individual stance from the band but the sparks are never truly realised, yet it is still a release which connects and satisfies with ease.


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the blueveils – Out Of The Blue EP

The Out Of The Blue EP from UK rock band the blueveils is a release which makes no demands but gives plenty of enjoyable sounds to spend time with. With no disrespect to the quintet the EP suggests they are a band with no real urge to leap into new and ground breaking musical adventures but is perfectly comfortable with the steady and eager rock n roll they make. This makes the band and release an instant friend to the ear from the very start with sounds which whilst having a sure familiarity are engineered from their own design.

Consisting of vocalist Will Jackson, guitarist Craig Kirrane, bassist Adrian Rhoades, drummer Martin Kirrane, and recent addition second guitarist Sean Durkan, the Harrow band has made a solid name for themselves throughout London, lighting up the likes of Water Rats, Barfly, and Dublin Castle to name a few as well as other notable venues around the UK. Out Of The Blue shows what the band is all about and why they have strong respect towards them with its quartet of well crafted and presented songs.

I Am Karma opens up the release and immediately has one involved with a roving pulsating bass, keen guitar play and group vocal harmonies which add an anthemic air to the song. The riffs are crisp and melodies warmly inviting in a track which has toes and voice soon playing their part in the interaction.

The following Come My Way has a rawer and feistier breath to its approach which though it is rock n roll has the edgy raw surface of seventies punk. Offering a riled up groove and near ignitions of explosive intensity the more attitude loaded song, like its predecessor makes an easy companion for the ear. At times one wishes the song would move into the heavier and harsher places it teasingly suggests it is heading for throughout its length but even with its restraint the track is strong and satisfying.

The variety the band has in their songbook is shown with Dirty Tricks, a slow weave of melodic prowess but arguably unfulfilled promise. The strings addition is excellent and brings a full emotive passion to the song which again is one which threatens to find a riot within its midst. It does though hold back in many other moments to leave it slightly hollow, it seemingly holding back or reluctant to expand on the promise brewing within its crafted body.  It is though still a good song to keep the consistently of the release on a strong level.

The best track Bolivia closes the EP with fine style. From its opening bulging bassline and strolling riffs the song swaggers with confidence and keenness through the ear. Like previous songs it has that catchiness which is hard to refuse and soon has limbs playing its tune to make for a strong finish to the release.

the blueveils to make a major impression on UK music really needs to cultivate its own distinct breed of sound but as the Out Of The Blue EP proves right now they certainly leave satisfaction in their wake.

RingMaster 28/07/2012

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