Unbridled arousals and stomps: exploring The Conniption Fits.

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Formed in 2004, The Conniption Fits create their own ear catching mix of alternative, progressive, and indie pop; rock ‘n’ roll which rouses the senses and imagination and has so across a host of releases. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Silversun Pickups, U2, The Police, and David Bowie and having shared stages with artists such as Weezer, Panic at the Disco, Kings Of Leon, Train, 3 Doors Down, Fastball, Mighty Bosstones, 7 Mary Three, Blue Oyster Cult, Mountain, Warrant, and Cinderella among many over time, the New Hampshire hailing trio make a noise which easily sparks the appetite. Grabbing the chance to learn more about the band, we had the pleasure of chatting with member and The Conniption Fits co-founder Stevens.

Hello and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.

Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how it all started and what brought you all together?

That’s a long story.  I’m Stevens Blanchard, lead singer guitar player for The Conniption Fits.  The drummer, Shawn Snyder and I met back when we were kids.  My current band needed a drummer and he was a friend of a friend, not to mention a fantastic drummer with tons of attitude.  When that band broke up, we founded The Conniption Fits.  Jamie Hosley, or bass player, came along when we were looking for a new bassist.  Again, he had a reputation as being “the man” when it comes to bass, naturally we had to have him.

So The Conniption Fits is not the first band for you? Has previous projects had any impact on what you are doing now, in maybe inspiring a change of style or direction?

I think I just answered that above, but yes.  We had a previous band, Motorplant, which did quite well for about 8 years.  You can still find all of the music that Motorplant produced all over the web including iTunes and Spotify.  When Motorplant disbanded, we wanted to head in a slightly more alternative direction.

What inspired the band name?

If the conniption fits, wear it.

Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and what you wanted it and your sound to offer?

Far from it…We just enjoy playing and entertaining.  As far as the sound goes, I just want to create ear candy.  Songs with depth sonically and lyrically that are accessible and a bit unpredictable at the same time.

Do the same things still drive the band when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?

Always evolving…You can tell album to album.  Every record seems to represent where our minds were at musically at that period of time.  I’m always hearing new bands that are doing really cool things that we want to incorporate into our own stuff.  I’d say we listen as much, or more, than we play.

TCF2Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?

We deliberately try new things.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.  On our second album, A Heaping Helping of Perspective the guys thought it would be cool if we recorded live without a click track.  I hated the idea, being a stickler for tempo.  It led to a different album and different songs for sure.

Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?

Too many to mention, from Jazz to Metal…Speaking for myself I’d say bands like Nothing But Thieves, The Shins, Bear Hands, Coldplay, Eve6, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Kongos…  I love creative rock/pop/alternative songs that still have a hook, but avoid the same four chords and progressions that are so typical.

Is there a particular process to the band’s songwriting?

I am usually the idea man then we flush it out as a group.  Sometimes I’ll record the whole song then we will replace the drums and bass later. I’m into results; I don’t care how we get there.

Where do you, more often than not, draw the inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs?

Life; I’ll sing lyric variations to a demo while I’m out for a run.  I usually find cool ideas that way.  I also hear the parts that suck and need to be changed.

Can you give us some background to your latest release?

I Need You (Ay-O) is an old relate that became new again when it started treating on-line. We’ve always loved the song and are happy to have it finally breaking through the “clutter”.

Give us some insight to its theme.

I need you is about wanting to leave a relationship, but continuing to be drawn back in; then dealing with the fact that needing somebody can be for very different reasons.

Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?

I own the studio we record in.  It’s an amazing luxury because we are not “on the clock” burning money.  So we just show up with nothing and play.  Often I’ll have scraps of ideas ready to jump off from.

Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?

Yeah, live is where we bring it.  We entertain.  We always have a great time and that usually transfers to the audience.  It’s also the only real way we’ve made any money.  So we play live to survive, and we love it.

It is not easy for any band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods? Are there the opportunities to make a mark if the drive is there for new bands?TCF_RingMasterReview

Not easy, but work hard and offer something great.  It doesn’t even have to be unique, just great.  Make people say “holy shit!”, and you’ll do fine.

How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date?

The internet grants everyone access, even the garbage.  I think we handle it well, but there is that constant drive needed to stand out in all the noise.

Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?

Check out our website, http://www.conniptionfits.com/ to listen to all of our songs for free and look for our new EP this summer!

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Pete RingMaster

The Ringmaster Review 01/07/2016

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Me Like Bees – There Will Be Time

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It might only be four songs, but there have been few as vigorous work-outs for neck muscles and hips than There Will Be Time, the new EP from US indie rockers Me Like Bees. Feet and voices too are easily involved and pushed to their lusty limited by the quickly addictive offering from the Joplin, Missouri quartet. The EP is quite simply a summer’s party in the ears and an excuse for the spirit to find something to smile about in any day.

Formed in 2009, Me Like Bees has devoured the American landscape over the years playing hundreds of shows across states. Equally from the release of their self-titled  EP in 2011 through their acclaimed debut album The Ides two years later, the band has had only keen attention and a lively growing fan-base for their virulent indie rock/pop proposals. That same year saw the band begin the route to winning the Ernie Ball Music Man Battle of the Bands whilst 2015 was marked by Me Like Bees playing a leg of the Van’s Warped Tour. More success and eager spotlights are sure to turn the way of the band this year with the release of There Will Be Time alone. Recorded with award-winning producer, John Feldmann (Five Seconds of Summer, The Used, Panic! at the Disco, Goldfinger, Good Charlotte, Plain White T’s), the EP just infests ears and emotions, infects the psyche and body, and takes the listener on a tenaciously contagious ride.

TWBT Large Cover _RingMasterReviewOpening with Changes, band and release instantly have a wiggly body and attentive ears on its hands, the song flirting with harmonies and melodic jangles as keys add their smiling spice to the coaxing. The engaging tones of vocalist Luke Sheafer simply add to the tempting as the darker lure of Nick Bynum’s bass prowls with mischief in its intent. The song’s swing is relatively gentle but becoming more tenacious as twists and turns grip the transfixing encounter, Timothy Cote’s beats a pungent incitement to the web of melodies and jangles cast by the guitars of Pete Burton and Luke Sheafer. Like a mix of Billy Momo, Arcade Fire, and Late Cambrian, the track simply enslaves before Tundraland slips in with voice and melody as another rich enticement.

A folk pop vivacity fuels the second song, though as with the first, the band weaves an array of flavours into their seriously catchy drama of sound and persuasion. Again vocals are as impressive and potent at whipping up attention and eager involvement as the vibrant sounds around them; a blend producing the kind of pop ‘n’ roll that given the chance will have crowded landscapes bouncing.

The EP’s title track is the next to seduce ears; vocals and an acoustic romancing the first kiss as an array of wispy and flirtatious sounds are glimpsed around them before throbbing beats bring the full creative heart of the song into full view. Even at its broadest moment the song is a bubbling smoulder but equally as infuriatingly and yes thrillingly catchy as anything on the release before drifting away for the excellent Southern twanged folk rock stomp of Hymns and Blues. Again check for a pulse if anyone listening to it is not bouncing in their seats or on their feet, the track a Class A addictive stirring up of bodies and spirit; a feel good factor does not even cover it.

It is a brilliant end to an equally invigorating and exciting proposition. There has been a few releases we suggest have the summer soundtrack written all over them, but There Will Be Time has put most if not all in the shade.

The There Will Be Time EP is released April 8th through most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 07/04/2016

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Diamond Days – People Change

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In the second half of 2015, UK alternative pop/rock band Diamond Days grabbed attention with the release of two singles in quick succession; songs which built upon the potential and success of their previous EP. Now they nudge the bar of their melody rich sound again with new track People Change; a single confirming why good, praise loaded things are constantly being said about the Liverpool band.

DD art_RingMasterReviewFormed in 2014, the quartet soon sparked keen online attention with the release of debut single Start It From The End, its release soon followed by over 60,000 views on YouTube and the luring of over 30,000 followers across social media since. Drawing on inspirations ranging from Fall Out Boy, You Me At Six, and Panic! At The Disco to Foo Fighters, Young Guns, and Lower Than Atlantis, the band’s sound has persistently evolved with each release too starting with their impressing debut EP, We’ve Come A Long Way. Live the band has equally earned a potent reputation, sharing stages with bands such as The Blackout, William Control, Metro Station, Motion City Soundtrack, Fearless Vampire Killers, and Verses along the way. Both the Love Struck Kids and I Rewind singles of last year hinted at further growth in songwriting and sound which now People Change backs with infectious charm.

An opening melodic sigh brings in the punchy beats of Mark Highdale and the enticing lures of guitarists Tom Shepherd and Alex Fearn first, the latter equally as swift in offering his strong voice and expression to the emerging song. It is a rousing start which never explodes but continues to fuel the growing harmonic and melodic roar. Darker textures are provided by the bass of Tom Jack Jackson, giving a great temper to the vibrancy which soaks the song from enterprise and craft through to the potent tones of Fearn.

There is also a great hint of new unpredictability emerging in the band’s songwriting too; a sudden twist into a calmer emotive climate without real warning one great moment in the increasingly magnetic encounter.

With a great video to accompany it, People Change looks like being the start of another strong year for Diamond Days and an enjoyable one for us.

People Change is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 02/03/2016

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Saint[the]Sinner – Masquerades EP

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Starting with the band name, Saint[the]Sinner weaves a thick web of temptation and drama that simply devours ears and imagination from within new EP Masquerades. The UK sextet are beginning to be renowned for casting tapestries woven with theatrical post-hardcore, melodic metal, and contagious pop rock, to simplify their sound. Their reputation in turn has grown by the year since forming in 2011 but after Masquerades it is easy to say that Saint[the]Sinner have stepped onto a new plateau and are ready to embrace the richest spotlights.

The past two to three years has seen the band share stages with the likes of Crossfaith, Bullet for My Valentine, and A Day To Remember amongst great many as well as play the Warped Tour in 2013 and Takedown a year later. 2015 has been no less busy for the band, culminating in the release of Masquerades, which Saint[the]Sinner recorded with and was produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Bullet for My Valentine, All Time Low, Bring Me The Horizon). The six track adventure of sound is pure magnetism and though arguably its contents bask more openly in inspirations than the band’s previous songs, it has only resulted in the most unique and exciting offering from the band yet.

Rich in the scent of bands such as My Chemical Romance, Panic at the Disco, Avenged Sevenfold, and Fall Out Boy, Masquerades is a perpetual torrent of creative adventure and imagination soaked in instinctive drama, as shown by the opener Theatre Of Broken Dreams. From its initial music box like melody the song holds court, swiftly throwing open the door to muscular rhythms and ravenous riffs as a two prong vocal attack spreads the emerging narrative. The raw squalls of Lukey Juan are uncompromising but superbly tempered and accentuated by the excellent clean tones of James Laughton, his impressive presence similarly illuminated by the enjoyably rabid delivery of Juan. With that first starting touch of symphonically laced keys still flirting within the intensive blanket of invention and sound, the track relentlessly twists and turns, its volatility seeded in a maze of styles and compelling imagination. Those early references are a vocal colour to the song, but as suggested, clear hues in something original and creatively vaudevillian to Saint[the]Sinner.

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The outstanding start is followed by First Blood, another ferocious mesh of rich flavours and varied styles honed into something distinct to the band. Keys appeal early and again get smothered in the thick tide of sound and atmosphere but still continue to lurk as the guitars of Pash Stratton and Billy Muircroft evolve through seduction and predation, matching the vocals simultaneously. Whiffs of Muse and Bullet for My Valentine also drift across the tempestuous wave of multi-coloured sound, as the track creates an enthralling invitation impossible to refuse.

The next up Left For Dead revels in more pop rock scenery for its vibrant if still intimidating start, virulence instantly flowing through the magnetic proposal, especially in its Fall Out Boy like infestation of a chorus. The bass of Tom Bigg is a growl of shadows whilst drummer James Booth scythes through the air with instinctive intensity to match the contrasting grouchiness of Juan’s vocals. Along its thrilling length, the keys spread symphonic evocation whilst the guitars write their own dramatic persuasion within another striking proposition within Masquerades.

She’s a Vampire is the same, every element seeming to have its own story going on within the total play of the track, but all uniting with fluid and resourceful craft for one riveting croon come storm of emotion and sonic adventure. Across the EP, Laughton increasingly impresses with his expressive and potent tones, they the more dominant presence here, but that is something easy to say for all members as each song stirs up ears and appetite with zeal and a prowess of dramatic invention.

The EP comes to an end through the irritably imposing Set It Off and finally the alluring labyrinth of Asylum. Both tracks show another shade of the sound and songwriting of Saint[the]Sinner, the first of the pair entangling metalcore seeded savagery into its blossoming landscape of post hardcore and melodic metal theatre. Its successor also opens, as the first song on the EP, with a haunting melody, quickly casting a cinematic theatre of hooks and enterprise which is soon caught in the claws of rapacious metal and vocal ire, that in turn revolving within a melody honed calm and symphonic mysteriousness; all elements in league with each other from thereon in to masterful and gripping success.

It is a mouth-watering end to an equally mighty release. If the likes of the aforementioned My Chemical Romance, Panic at the Disco, and Avenged Sevenfold do not do it for you than maybe Saint[the]Sinner might be a proposal that lacks something but as said, the band takes all flavours and turn them into their own continuing to grow and impress body of invention so for all they are worthy of a listen. The bottom-line is that this is a band with the potential to go really places, and soon so do you want to miss out?

The Masquerades EP is out now @ http://saintthesinner.co.uk/shop/

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Pete RingMaster 10/11/2015

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Spark The Sail – Sapphire Deep

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There has generally always been a strong underground scene spreading out in Bristol but right now the British city seems to be at a new high in excitement and potency. There is a vast horde of artists catching ears and attention with, for us, bands like The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, who just released their exceptional debut album, Jesuits, Left Side Brain, and the currently quiet Mind Museum leading the way. To that list we can now add rock popsters Spark The Sail, a quintet releasing a debut EP that simply leaves ears and pleasure aflame.

The Sapphire Deep EP is a rousing romp of pop ‘n’ roll, a feel good contagion built on open craft and fresh imagination. Every one of its five songs has the body and emotions leaping, the appetite for its boisterous beauty greedier by the second, with the psyche lost in its web of virulent catchiness. To local fans this is no surprise and now the UK and further afield can wake up to magnetic rock music as virulent as it comes.

Spark The Sail initially began as the duo of vocalist Jodie Davies and vocalist/acoustic guitarist Ryan Moore. Then as 2013 called it a day, the band had grown to a quintet with the addition of electric guitarist Robbie Rowe, bassist James Killackey, and drummer Mitchel Lucas. Honing their unity and sound, the band subsequently hit the live scene and were soon adding the sharing of stages with the likes of The Hoosiers, Dub Pistols, and Tinie Tempah to their quickly expanding CV. Successful appearances at The Isle Of Wight Festival this year and a host of other shows across the south of England has only added to their reputation and fan base; both now set to explode as Sapphire Deep unveils its rich revelry.

Spark The Sail Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     The band’s inspirations include bands such as Panic! At The Disco, The Skints, and Paramore; fair to say open influences in varying degrees from the first track onwards though equally there is an energy in the songwriting and melodies which has a feel of Irish bands The Radioactive Grandma/ K.N.O.T.S. As opener Sapphire reveals, it is potent flavouring to something, if not unique to Spark The Sail quite yet, easily allowing them to standout as something highly promising and special. The song opens on a melancholic piano cast melody, around it the atmosphere hazy and slightly distorted. Energy brews simultaneously, erupting in a stroll of punchy rhythms and coaxing riffs led by the excellent dual vocal persuasion of Davies and Moore. Alone their voices entice but together enthral and ignite ears as easily as the weave of acoustic and electrified enterprise aligning to their creative theatre. Like a gem, the song has a host of faces to its adventure, each having a moment to shine and tempt before the song concludes on another boisterous roar of pop devilry.

The following Never The Moment keeps ears and enjoyment flying, the opening bait of rhythms from Lucas setting the template of the song with its anthemic shuffle soon joined by smiling melodies and hooks. Again the vocals transfix and bewitch, side by side or hand in hand a thrilling colour to a track again twisting and turning with perpetual imagination. The glorious encounter leaves rich hooks in ears and memory, its character a lingering friend but as Outlook shows next, that also applies to each song. Like its predecessor, the swinging slice of fun has meaty rock ‘n’ roll at its core and spicy pop melody in its heart, both wrapped in a swirling folk pop scent for a riveting and lively drama with a good whiff of Fall out Boy to it.

   Trust Me is next and with elegant melodies as its first caress, swiftly has the imagination floating away with its atmospheric and emotive air. A relatively more restrained and intensive affair than the first trio of tracks, it still weaves a rosy hug of vocals, harmonies, and expressive melodies around a firmer lure of rhythmic bait.

The release is brought to an energetic and tenacious end by Pieces, another easy to get physically and mentally involved in proposal bouncing round with creative enthusiasm and melodic flirtation. The track sums up the whole of the EP in its closing dance of passion and sound to light up any day and shadow.

Spark The Sail is now firmly installed as not only one or our favourite Bristol exports but of our pop /rock joys. Mark our words; this band is going places if Sapphire Deep is the sign of things to come.

The Sapphire Deep EP is released November 6th through all stores.

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Pete RingMaster 06/11/2015

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