Jack of None -Who Shot Bukowski

Having released one of the most fascinating albums of 2016, US trio experimental brother sister trio Jack of None offer up one of this year’s most compelling in its successor Who Shot Bukowski. Weaving a tapestry of art, alternative, post punk and electronic rock, to simplify their sound, the band infests ears and fingers the psyche across ten tracks of creative drama. It is a journey into the shadowy side of the human condition, an adventure into devious infectiousness, and increasing addiction to embrace with every manipulative listen.

Splitting themselves between Philippines capital Manila and Chicago, Jack of None consists of brothers A.G. (principal composer on guitar, bass and synths) and Julian Syjuco (guitar) alongside sister Maxine (poet-songwriter and vocalist). Last year their first album, Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear?, was greeted with widespread acclaim, going on to receive 3 nominations at the 15th Independent Music Awards including Best Album in its genre, though what that genre maybe is anyone’s guess such the eclectic nature of their imagination and sound. Who Shot Bukowski is destined to not only replicate its predecessor’s success but thrust the threesome towards thicker and richer attention with its irresistible theatre of contagious intrigue and bold enterprise.

Swiftly Who Shot Bukowski reveals that doughty adventure and imagination in opener Strangest Bedfellows, allowing the hints and seeds sown in the more industrial lined Who’s Listening to Van Gogh’s Ear? to blossom and flourish. The track glides in on a slow swing, guitar and rhythms teasing with tantalising bait around the seductive temptation of Maxine’s voice. Steelier grooves erupt as things get provocatively hazier and magnetically sinister but still the emotive affair between ear and song continues to have the thickest grip whilst sharing increasingly catchy and flirtatious lures along the way.

It is an outstanding start swiftly matched by the following pair of Sticks and Stones and X-Y-Sex. The first of the two merges industrial and psych rock with folk pop hues, its touch simultaneously grainy and warm as Maxine erotically touches the imagination with her tones. A Marilyn Manson like causticity breaks as the track bursts into a more volatile state but soon returning to that initial now increasingly jazz funk laced calm; a carousel which continues to turn across the song before its successor steals the show with its noir lit beauty and haunting contagion. The previous track reminded of US industrial electro rock outfit Scream Machine, this even more so but equally has something of eighties UK band The Passage to it too. Like a dream almost nightmarish in its Orwellian design as visual eroticism teases, the track is pure bewitchment leading the imagination on a flirtatious dance from start to finish.

Dear Georges (Vous Petit Monstre) is next, an even darker bête noire of emotion and thoughts with its entrancing charms and seductive shadows, all led by Maxine’s almost predatory melodic grace and the similarly disarming exploits of her brothers. It too carries flames of metallic toxicity through the raw torrents of guitar but is at its most fantastic with its deviously mellow caresses.

Lyrically every song is a story, a gothic poem of sorts which is as much an engineer of the imagination as their delivery and the sound cradling their revelations, The Brainwashers another fine example within its raw dance and invasive electronic machination. A uniquely beguiling hook offsets a slight repetition of earlier tracks in certain moments, a lining of dark sounds and insidious suggestion adding greater individuality to the encounter before Polyamorous Serial Monogamist writhes seductively in ears. Every melody and smouldering syllable is a physically swerving enticement only accentuated by the surge of guitar and keenly slapping beats, it all woven into a mesmeric incantation.

From the six seconds of Again, the excitable rock ‘n’ roll exploits of The Princess and the Pistol (Can You Feel That?) tenaciously romp with the senses, the track a restrained yet tempestuous incitement while next up Little Devil Girl provides its own suggestive haunting with almost visceral charm and beauty. It is an edge which grows with the subsequent surge of guitars and bass groan which emerges within the garage punk scented treat, the superb encounter never losing its composure but instilling lingering seeds of fear.

The album closes with Tenderly, She Said, a song which from a melodic kiss of acoustic guitar grumbles and smooches with the ever arresting presence of Maxine. Progressive in its tone, hungry in its diversity of texture and flavouring, the song grabs ears and imagination with sublime craft and ease, epitomising the album with its own inescapable alchemy.

Who Shot Bukowski simply captivated and thrilled from its first moment in speakers and ears, and indeed has only tightened its lure and grip ever since. This time around Jack of None would not be too misguided in hoping those previous nominations become awards.

Who Shot Bukowski is out now across most stores and @ https://jackofnone.bandcamp.com/album/who-shot-bukowski

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Pete RingMaster 02/08/2017

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Earthist – Lightward

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Hailing from Italy, alternative rockers Earthist have announced themselves on a wider landscape with a debut album which is full of surprises, invention, and most of all thoroughly enjoyable encounters. Lightward has moments where things are not as imposingly convincing as in other thrilling parts but from start to finish it is fair to say that the Parma quartet has presented one captivating, potential drenched introduction.

The band was formed in 2012 by young musicians whose ages (20 to23) are a deception to the maturity of their invention and sound. Drawing on a diverse array of influences and flavours to spice up their own imagination (folk, progressive, and Britpop amongst them), Earthist swiftly found eager support in their homeland for their Now. Here. Or Nowhere. EP of 2013, which in turn helped open up opportunities for the band to spread out live and subsequently play alongside numerous other emerging and better known bands from within and outside of Italy at important festivals. A critically acclaimed feature film by Emanuele Valla called Dreaming Alaska also featured some of the band’s songs, but now with the worldwide release of Lightward via Epictronic, the foursome of Federico Ronchini (lead vocals / guitar), Francesco Parrino (lead vocals, keys), Giacomo Giuffredi (guitar / backing vocals), and Alberto Tanara (drums) are knocking on broader attention, and with its unpredictable invention and smiling imagination it is easy to suspect potent success coming their way.

Opener Not Today is a swift melodic anthem in the ear, its rhythms and riffs a sturdy initial wall of tempting within which keys dangle bright temptation. A great bassline emerges from a following calm, its throaty lure in thick contrast to the just as engaging vocals which if you did not realise the band was Italian give no real hint to the band’s nationality. As the song’s shadowed but summery stroll continues, guitar and keys offers sparkles of light hooks and teasing enterprise over the stirring core drive of that bass and accompanying similarly intensive riffs. The band has been compared to the likes of Biffy Clyro and Mumford and Sons and it is easy to see why, especially in reference to the first of the two in this track alone.

Earthist _ Lightward   The following Miracle moves into view with a coaxing of jagged chords before inviting crisp beats and another dark throated and catchy bassline. Emerging as a flavoursome slice of indie rock it also has a pop punk air to its chorus and aligning vocals, whilst across its whole length the song almost teases with its busily creative nature. The same can be said of Sirens Sing within its own unique presence. Creaking wood is a suggestive start to the song before an acoustic caress of guitars and growing melodies across keys and strings snuggle provocatively upon ears and imagination, each voicing the haunted romance of some kind inside the track’s elegant presence. The song, as the album, increases its potency and appeal with every listen, blossoming from an enjoyable first encounter to another peak within the album.

A spatial atmosphere instantly engulfs the senses and next song The Astronaut, keys a celestial breeze from which the song suddenly slips into an energetic and vivacious indie pop romp. Hooks gleam as they take and sonic endeavour shines as it entwines the infection posing as a song. Like a mix of Super Happy Fun Club and Good Charlotte, nineties and more current essences collude for a fiery anthem, inciting a new flush of hunger in the appetite before Brighter Later and after it Fox When The Night show another twist in the nature of the release. The first of the two is a rock pop serenade with a feisty heart and lively tenacity whilst the second with an equally lusty energy, explores a more new wave/indie inventiveness. Neither quite lives up to the previous songs yet each provides moments of richly pleasing ideation in a constant feel good proposition, the second of the two especially engaging a smile of satisfaction.

Classically seeded keys and a great earthy bass tone make Step Out Of The Shade an especially flavoursome proposition next, though the great vocals and a Beatle-esque whiff to the chorus certainly help its appeal too, whilst Helicon straight after, is another slow to light the emotions encounter. To be honest it never quite finds the spark needed to truly excite but enjoyment is never in doubt whilst in its increasingly tempestuous company. Neither song can match up to Jolly Roger (A Pirate’s Tale) though, the track from its opening boot on wood rhythmic march gripping body and thoughts. It reinforces the opening gambit with a radiant piano coaxing and a guitar crafted seducing. Vocals again impress and add new texture and quality, their joyful swing matching the shanty like swagger of the track. Bass snarls and folk revelry only colour the full blooded adventure further, all alluring hues going to make the pinnacle of the album. Revealing yet another new facet to album and songwriting the band’s imagination shows an experimental side easy to hope they explore much more ahead.

Sealance (In My Eyes) provides a raucous flight of radiant keys and thumping rhythms within an intensive sonic embrace next whilst Time For A Fight manages to weave strains of Muse, The Doors, and Weezer into a blustery and again increasingly magnetic collusion of sixties, seventies, and a more current festivity. Their satisfying sounds make way for The Lighthouse, a more than decent close to the album with a Coldplay like croon within a lively simmering melodic landscape. Like its predecessor, the track pleases without setting fires yet each have something within their presence which is nothing short of pleasing.

The album is a treat of a first glimpse into the creative world of Earthist, a realm sure to only grow and breed new thrilling experiments and creative emprises ahead. We for one cannot wait and suggest fans of melodic contagion do not either by taking a punt on Lightward right now.

Lightward is available now via Epictronic/Plastic Head Distribution LTD @ http://www.plastichead.com/item.asp?ex=fitem&target=EPIC005 and https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/lightward/id958116679

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RingMaster 31/03/2015

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Symmetry – The Cure

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Consisting of two anthems which simply lift ears and emotions in big, bold barrages of pop contagion, the new single from US progressive pop and rock band Symmetry is one of those rousing encounters which continually makes an invigorating impact. The Cure is a thumping bellow of melodic enterprise and impassioned energy which more than confirms why such the high praise wrapped around the band after the release of their debut album last year.

The Los Angeles band formed in early 2013, with the line-up of Michael Campbell (vocals), Jared Hara (guitar), Will Weiner (bass) and Max D’Anda (drums) described by the band itself as “the dream team.” Creatively everything clicked with their union it is fair to say and it was not long before the band was writing and working on their first album. Recorded with producer James Paul Wisner (Dashboard Confessional, Paramore, Underoath), Frozen in Time swiftly drew acclaim and potent attention at home and in the UK. Its success was followed by their song When Will It End winning Best Rock Song at the Hollywood Music and Media Awards. 2014 also saw the band touring the U.K. with Room 94 on the Live Nation No Strings Attached tour and towards its end working on a new release with producer James Paul Wisner.

The Cure kicks off 2015 in fine style for the band, and takes little time, after a rich coaxing of guitar swiftly joined by the potent tones of Campbell, to energise feet and appetite with jabbing 10805718_302954463234216_8072463695621893542_nbeats, stirring riffs, and lofty vocal harmonies. There is an instant familiarity to the song but nothing particularly definable as the track continues to ebb and flow in energy whilst increasingly seducing ears and imagination with its melodic flames and ripe rhythmic tempting.

As suggested the song is a thick anthem of a proposition but slightly reserved in that aspect in relation to the accompanying Hey. Vocals straight away are roaring with alluring harmonies as riffs niggle and electronic colours flirt with the listener. The song is not as rampant as its predecessor, having more of a rein on its energies yet manages to soar higher and with more climactic intensity to provide a different but just as dramatic and thrilling proposition.

Both songs show the accomplished skills and adventurous imagination of the band with the potential of even greater triumphs ahead of them an open suggestiveness. As much as the band name does not leap out, Symmetry’s sound certainly does and will surely find increasingly greedy attention ahead through The Cure and whatever follows.

The Cure is released on February 23rd via iTunes.

Symmetry are back touring the U.K., Ireland and Poland as support for Room 94 on their Dirty Dancing Tour, with dates…

28 Feb : 02 Academy, Oxford / 1 Mar : Thekla, Bristol

3 Mar : Old Fire Station, Bournemouth / 4 Mar : Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

5 Mar : ABC2, Glasgow / 6 Mar : 02 Academy, Newcastle

7 Mar : 02 Academy, Sheffield / 9 Mar : 02 Academy, Liverpool

10 Mar : Academy 3, Manchester / 12 Mar : 02 Academy, Birmingham

13 Mar : 02 Academy, Islington / 14 Mar : Academy 2, Dublin

15 Mar : Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast

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RingMaster 22/02/2015

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