The Spitfires – Year Zero

Through their first two albums, it is fair to say that The Spitfires have established themselves as one of the UK’s most enticing emerging bands. Both variously acclaimed releases lured potent attention to the band’s weave of punk, dub, and ska spiced rock, a sound growing by the record to embrace plenty more flavouring and now a fresh captivation within new encounter Year Zero. Their third full-length is the Watford quartet at their most imaginative, bold, and accomplished yet; a release which fuses energetic revelry and melodic enticement with lyrical sharpness.

From our first encounter with debut album Response in 2015, we like most have been unable to avoid offering up comparisons to the early exploits of The Jam, that continuing with its successor A Thousand Times the following year. Again there are times Year Zero embraces that open inspiration as well as essences for us which remind of bands such as Purple Hearts and The Cortinas. They are hues though which add colour to The Spitfires’ increasing individuality which is in rich bloom across the latest inescapable lure of an album.

Remains The Same opens up the release, its initial keyboard tempting thick intimation leading to the track’s spirited heart and web of hooks and lures. Punk and ska entangle as the song bounces along with varying urgency, the lead vocal prowess of guitarist Billy Sullivan for company with his potent tones as ably and infectiously backed by those of bassist Sam Long. The fresh addition of trombone adds to the adventure, its flames adding to the rousing roar inciting ears and attention in swift order.

The outstanding start continues with Front Line, bass and guitars immediately casting their contagious enterprise over ears as the crisp beats of Matt Johnson land and the keys of George Moorhouse flirt. Long’s bass pulsates with an earthy lilt within the virulence as Sullivan’s vocals once again easily entice. As with its predecessor, there is familiarity and catchiness to the song which grabs body and appetite but coming with an individuality which in turn switches on the imagination.

Next up Over And Over Again just as quickly and skilfully has the body bouncing and listener participation enrolled, its indie meets a Madness-esque scent joyous incitement becoming bigger, bolder, and more involving by the second. Contagion comes in various designs and strengths, the track pretty much one unstoppable infestation of energy and creative invention as too in its own unique style is Something Worth Fighting For. Swinging along on with a reggae nurtured gait as currents of dub bred enticement shimmer, the track effortlessly got under the skin in moments only increasing its hold as vocal, melodic virulence, and the band’s united craft colluded.

Further into the album you go greater adventure rewards, the following By My Side an enthralling piano led ballad with the guest vocals of Emily Capell pure radiance within the song’s own creative glow while Move On is a compelling dub lined brew of magnetism akin to Ruts and The Redskins meets Dub Pistols.

There is no avoiding giving a strong hint of next up Sick Of Hanging Around by comparing it to Paul Weller and co but again though it is a track which foremost is The Spitfires alone; the spicy blasts of trombone and the suggestive caress of keys a big part in ensuring its individual character in sound and imagination is forefront. As strong as its presence and the enjoyment felt is, the track is quickly and firmly eclipsed by The New Age. A boisterous punk and indie pop bred stroll with a power pop lining and dub ska underbelly, the outstanding track is glorious a call to feet, energy, and to arms.

The final pair of the album’s title track and Dreamland completes the release; the first unveiling a Ruts DC like saunter enveloping the senses like a celestial sunspot and its successor with the same infectious seduction in many ways echoing its title, a luminous melodic trespass on the state of society today.

More impressive and addictive by the listen, Year Zero is the coming of age of The Spitfires’ song writing and sound but with still plenty more to offer and explore in its evolution ahead. The world might be spiralling out of control but it is inspiring some striking reactions as this.

Year Zero is out now through Hatch Records; available @ https://thespitfires.tmstor.es/and most online stores.

Upcoming Live Dates:

Fri 05 Oct – Southend, Chinnerys

Sat 06 Oct – Norwich, Arts Centre

Fri 02 Nov – Dover, Booking Hall

Sat 03 Nov – Brighton, Patterns

Fri 09 Nov – Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge

Sat 10 Nov – London, Islington Assembly Hall

Thu 15 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds

Fri 16 Nov – Glasgow, Broadcast

Sat 17 Nov – Edinburgh, Mash House

Fri 23 Nov – Bristol, Fiddlers

Sat 24 Nov – Exeter, Cavern

Thu 29 Nov – Newcastle, Cluny

Fri 30 Nov – Carlisle, Old Fire Station

Fri 07 Dec – Leeds, Hi Fi Club

Sat 08 Dec – Northampton, Roadmender

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Pete RingMaster 02/08/2018

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Righteous Reprobates – Scarlet Sky

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Scarlet Sky is the new single from UK indie rockers Righteous Reprobates, a song which infectiously shimmers and lingeringly jangles from its first touch.

Based in London and Kent, Righteous Reprobates draw on inspirations from the likes of Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Nirvana, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. Openly a nineties Brit Pop flavour escapes their sound, the quartet using it, on the evidence of Scarlet Sky, to spice up an instinctive ability to create an infectious proposal. Certainly the song wears its influences openly; a familiar character to its sound hard to escape but similarly the new single shows all the attributes and invention which has seen the band draw strong attention and radio play since emerging.

From the first breath Scarlet Sky grips ears in its glowing lure of sound, its steely texture and smouldering melodies encasing warm vocals and harmonies as rhythms frame it all with a web of catchiness. The vocals of guitarists Rob White and Jack Griffiths emerge to unite perfectly across the inviting landscape of the track, their fingers equally casting a weave of angular and melodically spicy enterprise with just a touch of the 80’s more mod inspired bands such as Purple Hearts and The Chords to it.

With bassist Jack Collier offering a pulsating stroll through his strings as drummer Charlie Kenny drives proceedings with captivating beats, it all adds up to a highly enjoyable and tasty insight into the anthemic sound and growing imagination of Righteous Reprobates.

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Pete RingMaster 25/08/2016

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The Sun Hotel – A Quest For Knowledge

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With the recently released A Quest For Knowledge EP already luring stronger and keener attention the way of The Sun Hotel, the British alternative rock trio is poised to pile on the temptation with a new single July 1st. The song is the title track from their current EP, a song which bounces along with devilment in its adventure and pure magnetism in its boisterous attitude and character.

With members hailing from Shropshire and North Wales, The Sun Hotel began on 2014 as a folk duo of guitarist/vocalist Jon Hamer and drummer Ed Brown. As its line-up evolved with the addition of vocalist/bassist Joe Warham in the February of 2015, so the band’s sound grew into the striking and fiercely engaging proposal offered by the new single inspired by classic and modern rock influences. Last year also saw the release of a self-titled and self-produced EP in August, a collection of demos backing up an acclaim earning live presence. This past March, the threesome recorded their new EP with producer Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Sherlocks, Robert Plant) at Magic Garden Studios UK, an encounter which leaps at ears with creative relish, and in no more persuasive form than in forthcoming single, A Quest For Knowledge.

The track instantly engages ears with its guitar clang and rhythmic clash yet the hearty melodic warmth and endeavour which soon blossoms is already there laying its initial bait. Quite quickly the song has thoughts dipping into some nostalgic comparisons, the track carrying a scent of seventies/eighties power pop/new wave which simply sparks the imagination. In some ways there is an element of The Might Lemon Drops and Purple Hearts to the song but similarly, while creating its own individual character, current bands like The Jacques and The Sherlocks are hues in the mix.

There is also a great fiery edge to A Quest for Knowledge which simply adds to the enthralling theatre of the song and if new to The Sun Hotel, there is no better way to approach them than through this irresistible single.

A Quest for Knowledge, the single, is released July 1st.

Upcoming Live Dates:

Whitchurch Party In The Park – Saturday 11th June

The Bull Inn, Shrewsbury – Friday 15th July

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Pete Ringmaster 10/06/2016

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Mellor – Damage/ Joy

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Formed in 2011, British quartet Mellor has earned some high praise and interest from fans and media alike, and there are plenty of reasons to expect things to continue and get busier around the band with the release of new EP Damage/ Joy. Four tracks which leap and bound into the imagination, the EP is a rousing slice of kinetic indie pop easy to get a healthy taste for.

The band itself calls their sound “Pop Smack”, but it can be best described as raucous Brit pop with an arsenal of twists. On the EP, it is like a galvanic stomp woven from the indie adventure of The Jackals, the punkishness of a Top Buzzer, the eighties fervour of a Purple Hearts or Secret Affair, and the transatlantic mischief of Weezer. It is a sound which has already lured potent attention through a trio of singles and a debut EP to date as well as a highly praised live presence which has seen the band share stages with bands such as The Milk, Carl Barat, and The Kooks. Now it is the turn of the Mo Hausler (Babyshambles, Everything Everything) produced Damage/ Joy to whip up fresh ears and appetites the way of Reading quartet Gary, Josh, Evert, and Sam.

The release gets straight down to it too with opener Win Me Over. Punchy rhythms and a fine clash of guitar swiftly springs a hook lined swagger which soon has hips and ears locked into it’s a seriously catchy and flirtatious stroll. Bursts of feisty energy and aggression add to the spicy drama on offer whilst its melodic infectiousness and rhythmic shuffle is not too far removed from sixties beat bands like Herman’s Hermits.

logo_RingMasterReviewIt is a gripping and eventful proposal entangling a host of flavours across the decades into its bouncing body; a treat of imagination emulated again in Dolly Daydream. A slower but no less enticing proposal which gets increasingly compelling with every minute, the song is a serenade of emotive keys and vocal prowess within rhythmic shadows and an underlying but restrained urgency. It is an energy which gets more of an escape in the riveting Going Nowhere, a track which from its delicious opening groan of bass has ears and appetite on board. Sultry caresses of guitar and melodic seducing need little time to captivate the listener either whilst fiery grooves and the ever potent vocals, as well as that persistent dark lure of rhythms, ensures enjoyment is full to the rim.

The EP closes with Schadenfreude; a rip-roaring romp of indie rock ‘n’ roll with again a breeding in each of the past five decades via various strains of galvanic sound. If reading all the references to times and flavours past triggers thoughts that the band may have missed their time in musical history, be rest assured that Mellor, certainly going by Damage/Joy, is very much a band of the now and one of those with the potential to eventually steer the adventure of the British indie rock ‘n’ pop scene.

Damage/Joy is available from 11th March 2016 via iTunes and other stores.

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Upcoming Live Dates:

Saturday 12th March – Oakford Social Club – Reading (READING EP RELEASE SHOW)

Friday 25th March – The Railway – Winchester

Friday 8th April – Sebright Arms – London

Pete RingMaster 10/03/2016

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Savannah – Music Is My High

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Music Is My High is the third single from UK indie/rock band Savannah, and reason alone to be excited about the emergence of the Telford hailing quartet. The song shows a tantalising mix of flavours which no doubt will lure references to Brit pop bands of the nineties but its uniting of sound has seeds further back in music history whether by intention or coincidence.

Recorded with Gavin Monaghan, Music Is My High is like a delicious collusion between eighties indie band The Mighty Lemon Drops and the slightly earlier sixties garage rock inspired adventures of bands like Purple Hearts and Nine Below Zero. Certainly the scent of an Oasis or Inspiral Carpets comes into play at times, but the single is a masterful weave of many spices which has the imagination and emotions onside very quickly.

Music Is My High follows the successful releases of the double A-sided single/video Back Street Robber / Live Your Life and a self-titled EP. They were big parts in a potent 2015 for Savannah, the year seeing the band playing over 200 live dates across the UK including three sold out 250 capacity gigs and make history with a record breaking show on The Wrekin.

Savannah - Music Is My High _RingMasterReview- artworkIt is easy to see that success continuing into 2016 if Music Is My High is the sign of things to come, and it takes little time in gripping attention as a thick bass lure sparks the clash of jangly guitar aligned to the magnetic tones of vocalist Liam Ball. Already thoughts are reminded of The Mighty Lemon Drops as melodies and harmonies unite with infectious hooks, though Savannah soon shares a quality to their sound which has their name all over it.

Tom Jones’ basslines continue to grip and incite, but equally the swinging and scything chords of guitarist Jason Lewis take their fair share of attention, as too the tenacious rhythms of drummer Harry Neat and the increasingly potent vocals of Ball. Together they create a proposal which instinctively seems to feed all the wants from a slice of infection soaked rock ‘n’ roll.

A persistent blaze of sound and enterprise from start to finish, Music Is My High is one of those songs which demands and quickly receives attention. Yes 2016 is looking another very healthy year for Savannah, and in turn, our ears.

Music Is My High is out now via Hartfield Records @ https://midlandsavannah.bandcamp.com/track/music-is-my-high

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Pete RingMaster 04/03/3016

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Sisteray – She Likes The Drama

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     Since forming in 2012, British rock band Sisteray has been building a rather potent fan base and appreciation through  their live performances and releases, an eagerly followed presence which their new EP She Likes The Drama gives plenty of evidence to the reason why. The four track release is an engaging proposition which from making an initially decent if unsure persuasion emerges as a magnetically appealing enjoyment. It is fair to say the EP does not quite reach in to ignite a flame in these particular passions but from the sure satisfaction definitely found you can easily see that it will be a different proposition for a great many others.

    Hailing from London and consisting of Niall Rowan (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), the Connolly brothers Daniel (lead guitar/vocals) and Ryan (drums), and Michael Hanrahan (bass), Sisteray take influences from the likes of The Kinks, The Beatles and The Who but equally from 70’s Mod Revival bands such as The Jam and Blues bands such as Dr. Feelgood, The Yardbirds, and The Rolling Stones. Those spices are open in the Sisteray sound as are also inspirations from more recent bands like The Stone Roses, The Arctic Monkeys, and Oasis. It is a striking mix which despite that rich soak of inciting flavours, does find a voice distinct to Sisteray as loudly evident on She Likes The Drama.

    The title track kicks things off, a single guitar tempting luring in attention and imagination before being joined by a nice dark 1536716_554607001299650_1249032493_nbassline and melodically sculpted riff strokes. It is a clean and precise persuasion of sixties blues kissed rock ‘n’ roll with a seventies garage rock breath and nineties indie endeavour. The song never explodes into the fire it hints at, especially around the chorus, but it is as infectious and compelling as you could wish for and undeniably makes a pleasing impact. The vocals of Rowan like the song are expressive with a strong buoyant tone whilst the prime hook of the song is irresistibly potent and with the other enticing elements of the song it all adds up to make the track an increasingly enticing offering over time.

      The following Rollin’ Over also offers a highly coaxing entrance into the song, a lone throaty and slowly parading bassline beckoning ears before the subsequent flame of melodic guitars and crisp rhythms joins the tempting. There is a stronger blues aroma to the song right away which the group vocals around the chorus accentuate into a quite inflammatory suasion. Again the band never erupts into the assumed and hoped to come unleashing of anthemic energy within the track, which does disappoint slightly, but there is plenty in the swagger and voice of the song to draw in appetite for and enjoyment in the encounter.

      I’m Free emerges on a fuzz ball of sonic intrigue increasing further the blues fire which smoulders and burns in each song, whilst a certain Oasis bred croon equally impacts on the ears. Not as tantalising and ultimately impressing as the other songs, it still captures the imagination especially with the constant almost brawling blaze of sonic scowling which cores the musical narrative. Providing the heaviest rock ‘n’ roll moment of She Likes The Drama, the track keeps momentum and strength of the release strong and engaging before making way for the closing Coming Up.

     The song ensures the release ends on the same high as it started, actually an even greater success with the track the best on the EP. It takes a mere second before the irresistible hook of the song steals the imagination, its call switching with a more sobering but inviting swipe of riffs. Into its stride the song is soon urging feet and emotions to partake in its revelry, its presence a mix of the mod power pop of Purple Hearts, the raw punk simplicity of The Fall, and the addictive nature of Arctic Monkeys. It is a masterful and wholly contagious thrill which alone confirms that Sisteray is definitely a choice emerging force in UK rock.

     As previously stated She Likes The Drama fails to spark up the strongest emotions in our personal reactions, well until the excellent final song anyway, but it is impossible not to hear the potential and already toxic strengths of the band which has captured so many hearts already, with plenty more to follow you can only suspect. A release if any of the previously mentioned comparisons take your fancy, to give a big slice of attention to.

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7.5/10

RingMaster 15/02/2014

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Dirty Crawlers – Southern Headlines

UK rock band Dirty Crawlers has always had a confidence and swagger about them and their sound which made the band mischievously engaging and irrepressible. Their soiled and enthused rhythm and blues flavoured rock songs y found their way to the heart with an honesty and eagerness which was refreshing and impossible not to be drawn into. Now to what will be a loud chorus of excited voices from their ever increasing following is unleashed their debut album Southern Headlines. With a revamp of favourites and a collection of startlingly pleasing new tunes the album finally announces   Dirty Crawlers upon a bigger platform and already they appear to own it.

Made up of vocalist and guitarist Luke Wallin, bassist Nick Feltham, drummer Darren Parsons, and lead guitarist Kris Hutton, Dirty Crawlers simply rock the speakers with their new release. Twelve songs which play like old boozy friends but brought forth with energy and vibrancy that makes everything sound like virgin sounds. Whilst there was definite promise and pleasure in the previous singles which led to impatient anticipation for more, Southern Headlines exceeds expectations which were already high. The quartet from Staines has simply given a feast of straight forward uncluttered rock ‘n’ roll for the ear to devour and body to let loose to.

The album opens with Gonna Be Right and immediately sets out their stall. The song grips the ear taking it into realms of rock that never fail to light up the energy and need to participate. The flavours the band offer in their music is varied influence wise and the opener wants to reveal them all. With essences of the likes of Small Faces and The Who alongside the eagerness of the likes of Purple Hearts and The Creation the band sets the album off to a fine start.

A firm start is soon eclipsed by the following Second Touch, a song that takes one by the scruff of the neck with hypnotic rhythms, expressive vocals, and guitars as caustic as they are dripping filth caked melodies. It is gritty and totally unfussed about brushing off the dirt to be the clean boy your mother would love. The song does what all good rock songs should do, party in the ear and leave one breathless.

As mentioned a few tracks have been given an updating which actually kind of leaves one slightly undecided about them as in the case of the brilliant song Victim Of Love. With a 2011 remix the song is just as stunning and infectious as ever, inviting and probably regretting the need for some listeners to join is at the top of their voices, sorry boys. The indecision comes in the fact that this and others also revamped have a cleaner and more incisive mix which really does do them justice and elevates them onto another platform, but there is still a small feeling of loss for the rawer grungier sound. Nothing can deny the power and quality of the song and though and it is another excellent track to add to the growing list on the album.

The reworked These Few Nights, the insatiable bluesy Black & White (like Casablanca), and Spaces a song dripping emotive vocals and melodies continue the fine sounds and well crafted songs. Dirty Crawlers songs are quite deceptive, on the surface they just seem like simple wholehearted slices of rock but there is a depth and skill to them which reveal s the thought and heart that goes into the music. The Top Cat remix of Bottleneck is a perfect example; it taunts and plays with the ear like a kid with a new toy, swinging chords and melodies before the senses whilst stomping on them with robust rhythms. Initially it looks easy and without effort but the song is concisely created to engage, mesmerise and then command which it does with consummate ease.

Completed by songs like southern twanged Nine Day Wonder, a great new version of another crowd favourite Looks Like Love, and the heartfelt When She’s Gone, the album is a real joy. It does not venture into directions that break down the walls of invention but chooses to stay in pasture which ignite and deeply satisfy the heart. Dirty Crawlers have kept us waiting for this but time dissipates into a distant memory when it sounds this good.

RingMaster 06/03/2012

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