Dead Reynolds – Frontier EP

Having been securely hooked by a pair of previous singles by Dead Reynolds sent our way courtesy of the ever enlightening Emma at Pluggin’ Baby we thought we would bypass the third she pleasured us with and go straight to the new EP it comes from. There you will find four striking and powerful songs which declare the emerging British quintet as one mightily exciting temptation within the national rock scene.

East Anglia hailing Dead Reynolds rose from the ashes of Phoenix Calling and The First, guitarists Dom Greenwood and Luke Reid of the former linking up with the second’s former bassist Ben Knowles. With its line-up completed by former Damage member in drummer Luke Green and vocalist Callum Waterfield, Dead Reynolds have quickly grabbed eager attention and praise since emerging in 2018 through their releases and live shows.

Their alternative rock styled sound is a tonic of flavours with its alt rock dexterity loaded with the snarl of punk and contagiousness of power pop. Frontier is a four track calling card of its potency and immediately had us grabbed and involved with opener By Your Side. The song is that new single we mentioned, an encounter which instantly flies at ears with energy and relish. Its urgent start momentarily calms for Waterfield’s entrance yet continues to tease of another eruption as energy builds and explodes in a contagion of a chorus. Throughout Green’s rhythms land with purpose and manipulation, a persuasion echoed in the lure of bass and web of guitar enterprise gathered around increasingly rousing vocals.

It is an outstanding way for the EP to immediately ignite speakers and attention, being swiftly backed up by the just as potent presence of P.S. (I Loathe You). Maybe less forceful in its invitation than its predecessor it soon reveals a magnetic fusion of rock ferocity and pop punk infection, the band fuelling its anthemic climate with a fusion of flavours and adventurous imagination. Every track within Frontier could be an attention grabbing single, the second a case in point but also epitomising the personal individuality which shapes each song from the character of the next.

Bright Lights is next up and also is relatively gentle in its invitation, Waterfield’s vocals an easy welcome into the growing creative and emotive drama of the song. Knowles and Green provide a persistent rhythmic enticement which, as throughout the EP, only manipulates song and attention alike which the sonic and melodic flaming of Greenwood and Reid breeds further rich enticement upon.

Finally the EP is concluded by Lines, another looming from the shadows to breed an enthralling affair for ears and appetite alike. Catchiness and aggression entangle as the song roars, hook bearing melodies ensnaring senses whipping rhythms and vocal resourcefulness as luring as the sounds they nestle in.

Part trespass and all anthemic persuasion, the track is an arousing end to a thrilling release. Its success was part assumed due to the striking exploits of earlier singles but easily outshone expectations to confirm Dead Reynolds as heading towards being one rather formidable rock band.

The Frontiers EP and new single By Your Side are out now.

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Pete RingMaster 25/06/2020

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Phoenix Calling – Forget Your Ghosts

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You may have been recently caught up in the growing buzz around UK rockers Phoenix Calling through the release of the singles Everybody Knows and just recently Wasted. It has been attention brewing up for the Cambridgeshire quintet for a while now thanks to their live performances and the Waves EP of early 2014, and sure to gain new acceleration with the release of the band’s debut album Forget Your Ghosts. A collection of seriously accomplished and captivating melodic rock encounters, the album provides evidence of a band with the talent and potential to make a major mark on the UK rock scene, and itself give it a healthy impressive nudge to start widespread awareness off.

Formed in 2012, the Peterborough band draw on inspirations from the likes of Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox, and Fightstar to colour their instinctively infectious sound. With a musicianship as flavoursome as their music, Phoenix Calling able too potently play over fifteen different instruments as a collective unit, the band as mentioned released a pair of eagerly received singles earlier this year, tasters for the album which have alone sparked a fresh and broader appetite for the band’s presence. The first of the two songs alone received airplay on nearly 80 stations across the globe. This has been complimented before and since by a live presence which is just as eagerly praised and supported, the likes of The First, We Are Fiction, Tu Amore, White Clouds and Gunfire, and Under the Influence amongst many sharing stages with Phoenix Calling whilst the band itself has also headlined the main stage at Peterborough’s Willow Festival and played the BBC Introducing Stage at Cambridge Rock Fest. Now it is the turn of Forget Your Ghosts to stir up a fuss, something it will surely do with its thick and open qualities.

The album opens with Ab Initio, and proof that if you are going to make the opening track an instrumental intro it works so much better if it makes some kind of call to arms that lures ears and imagination into eager readiness for the upcoming adventure. That is exactly what Phoenix Calling achieve, guitars alone a tangy seducing which has appetite and intrigue hungry for the appearance of the following Hold Onto Glory which emerges from the sonic wind of the opener. The same flavoured hooks and grooves instantly again come into play as do warm melodies which welcome the vocal prowess of Steve Chapman backed by the also strong tones of guitarist Dom Greenwood. The latter and Martyn Hilliam are just as swift in unveiling fiery tendrils of sonic enterprise and raw riffery within the rhythmically striking encounter too, it all uniting in one strongly enticing and richly satisfying start to the album.

PC-FYG-artwork   Traces steps up next and the thumping beats of drummer Benedict Greenwood straight away mark the song, sinew swung swings and precise timing strong bait within a quickly growing emotive atmosphere. Vocals and guitars spin a colourful incitement to the awakening exploit whilst an emerging dark bassline from Jason Howard lays magnetic shadows in the sonic and melodic blaze skilfully conjured by the band. As its predecessor, there arguably are few real surprises within the song but its freshness and creative vitality brings a gripping persuasion which again floods Awakening, another short potent piece which really is the introduction to the excellent Bring The Roof Down. With an epic feel to its climate and an intimacy to its quieter reflections, the song is a tangle of keenly striding beats, flowing melodies, and spicy hooks, all switching and uniting across the anthemic and dramatic cry of the track.

Hitting a new plateau for the album, it is emulated by the two recent singles which come next, starting with Wasted Life. As the last song there is a skilled and attention grabbing mix of contrasting textures combining for an infectious slice of pop rock, rhythms the aggressive bait within a cloak of harmonic and sonic adventure. Group roars and emotively honed expression only add to the lure of the song, a mix similarly seeded but differently explored in the outstanding Everybody Knows. As contagious as it is melodically raucous, the song ignites ears and emotions with consummate ease with rich flames of impassioned and enthralling enterprise built on technical tenacity.

Both the rhythmically pungent Other Side and the virulently infectious We Were Young keep ears excited and a highly pleasing inventiveness coming; the second of the two especially dramatic in sound and imagination whilst their successor Angel provides a more subdued but emotionally fiery presence. With intensely firm beats and a melancholic bass tone, there is still that emotional energy which almost rumbles within the fiery croon of the song. Mellower it might be but in impact the track is as potent as any on Forget Your Ghosts.

     Still We Wait installs itself as a favourite next with its muscular and rugged landscape of rhythms, and an energy which stokes feet and emotions into action within moments. The most imposing and robust track on the album it does not sell the listener short on rich melodies and spicy imagination either, arguably emerging as the most rounded and potent song on the release.

The closing These Days provides a final creative bluster to devour happily but it is after the blast of stark and haunting sonic wind when the song comes alive, the track returning with new colour and seductive intensity to leave ears and emotions basking.

Though a few times there is some sameness between elements of different songs and the occasional familiarity to outside offerings which keeps the band nearer to the crowd then it could be, Forget Your Ghosts does everything right in providing a fascinating and increasingly pleasing proposition. It feels like this is the start of the true rise of Phoenix Calling, and the perfect place for all to climb on board.

Forget Your Ghosts is available now via The Fort Records on CD and digitally through most online stores.

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RingMaster 28/04/2015

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Phoenix Calling – Everybody Knows

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Melodically bold, tenaciously muscular, and energetically irresistible, the latest single from UK alternative rockers Phoenix Calling, whilst confirming why a keen spotlight is flaring up around them, makes a rather tasty appetiser for the band’s upcoming debut album. Everybody Knows is a blaze of craft and emotion honed into a fireball of feisty temptation. Though arguably not breaking into new pastures for melodic rock, it does what a great many of similarly sculpted songs do not do, enthrals whilst demanding attention.

Bursting out of the Cambridge/Peterborough in 2012, Phoenix Calling was soon a vibrant and increasingly eagerly followed band on the British live scene, subsequently taking on shows with the likes of The First, We Are Fiction, Tu Amore, White Clouds and Gunfire, and Under The Influence. Similarly numerous festival appearances have only enhanced their presence and reputation, especially when headlining the main stage at Willow Festival 2013 and playing the BBC Introducing stage at Cambridge Rock Fest. 2013 saw the release of the band’s first single Bring the Roof Down, a well-received proposition from fans and media alike. Its success was emulated by their January 2014 released EP Waves, a year which was also marked by Phoenix Calling being invited to play at Mallory Knox’s end of tour party.

Now ahead of as mentioned earlier their album Forget Your Ghosts, and with its equally impressing video, Everybody Knows pounces to awaken potent anticipation for the band’s everybody-knows-cd-artworkupcoming encounter. One resonating swing of drummer Matt Copeland’s stick sparks an instantly gripping web of fiery riffs and enticing rhythms, all bound in an acidic but invitingly spicy melody. The track is soon expanding its sonic prowess and infectious temptation as vocalist Steve Chapman croons with expression and energy across the melodic flames cast by Dominic Greenwood and Martyn Hilliam’s guitars. There is also a darker nature to the track, a courting shadow which lures through the bass lines of Jason Howard as they align with the increasingly anthemic beats of Copeland.

The track emotionally and musically roars with increasing intensity and adventure the deeper into its heart it goes, offering an unpredictable but easily accessible tempest of emotion and creative endeavour. There are some songs which simply seduce and hold thick attention with consummate ease and Everybody Knows is certainly one fine example.

Phoenix Calling have a host of live gigs upcoming, dates are…

Friday 6th March O2 Academy Birmingham

Saturday 14th March Proud Camden

Friday 20th March Esquire’s Bedford

Friday 27th March Voodoo Lounge Stamford

Wednesday 1st April Portland Arms Cambridge

Friday 10th April Met Lounge Peterborough

Saturday 18th April LEWKS Record Store Downham Market Acoustic gig in support of Record Store Day

http://www.phoenixcalling.com

RingMaster 07/02/2015

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