Rose Redd unveils new video‏

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Rose Redd is a beautiful contradiction. Eighteen years in age but unfathomably older in soul, her music has its roots in darker days, experiences, and stories and finds its bloom in both release and connection.

Equally at home with a stirring acoustic vibe or midnight pop, her poignant verses and explosive choruses let you know that she makes music because she has to.

Following the release of her debut single  “Perfectly Useless” comes its stunning video.

Check out the  visual treat here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GQGOPl41Ok

Born in the sleepy British seaside town of Eastbourne, at six months old Redd relocated with her family to the West Midlands.

She was raised on a varied musical diet of everything from Ella Fitzgerald to Iron Maiden to Kate Bush, greedily consuming it all.

At the tender age of twelve she first found a kindred spirit in Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore, whose lyrics spoke to her as a troubled young woman and gave her the inspiration to pick up a guitar for the first time and explore songwriting as a means of expression.

She’s come a long way since portraying a singing sunflower in a kindergarten play. Along with touring and gigging extensively she has been working on her first single with producer Gavin Monaghan, known for his work with Editors, Scott Matthews, and Robert Plant, among others.

Gavin said, “Redd is a rare talent, an artist who effortlessly transcends genres and makes you feel like you’ve known her forever.”

“Perfectly Useless” is a bewitching contrast of radio-friendly pop with lyrical themes of emotional rawness and yearning.

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Isolated Atoms – Hold On

Photo by Dave Timmins.

    With the arrival of their Illuminate EP last year, UK rock band Isolated Atoms set themselves as a band to watch  closely and enjoy fully. Their flavoursome sound had the lure of an old friend, a seeming familiarity in league with a distinct uniqueness to make an easy and welcome union with ear and passions. The release of their new single Hold On shows that the Black Country quartet has expanded their sound further and with greater accomplishment. Previously the band felt like a post punk inspired promising treat now they have stepped forward as one potently emerging stadium rock encounters but still with a sound which distinctly belongs to them.

Hailing from the Industrial wastelands of Dudley in 2008, Isolated Atoms (the name inspired by the Joy Division song of the same name) drew strong attention with their debut single Tell Me What I Want of 2009. This led to close attention from the likes of Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) and Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), as well as a growing awareness not only nationally but in the US with the band making successful appearances at various venues including the legendary Whiskey a Go-Go. The Illuminate EP and subsequent tracks continued to fuel their rich and compelling presence with the Gavin Monaghan (Editors, The Twang, Robert Plant) produced Hold On now stepping forward as their finest moment yet.

The single opens by instantly wrapping the ear in strong melodic guitar caresses and a throaty bass stroll, its tone a constant delicious feature of their songs. The gait of the track is a regular stroll with bursting flames of passion and intensity searing the ear in accelerated moments of energy and emotion. The vocals are equally dynamic and equally reserved but reaping every ounce of emotive fire and expression from the lyrical content of promoting hope, its voice aural anthemic inspiration. The melodic hook which veins the song reminds of Big Country whilst the breath of the offering has a Doves lilt, but the result is uniquely Isolated Atoms. Across its length the track lights the air with a guitar sculpted attraction which incites a full engagement  whilst the atmosphere of the track and its rhythmic gait has the mass and power to subdue any cavernous expectation or venue.

Though personally it is not their best song for favourite nomination, Hold On is undoubtedly an impressive and rich piece of powerful rock furthering the stance and presence of the band with skilled strength.

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8/10

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Fight The Dice: Bad Decisions

Taking their inspiration from the likes of All Time Low, Avenged Sevenfold, and Blink-182, UK alternative rock band Fight The Dice make their introduction with debut single Bad Decisions, a release which to be honest does not have you thinking of those influences but stands as a strong and intriguing first taster of a band which has been gaining strong support and reactions over recent months. The Birmingham quintet is touted as a band to watch, something the single does little to alter though it is hard to always tell from a single song.

The Birmingham based band certainly give food for thought with Bad Decisions, it is a track which leaves a good base of promise and intrigue for future releases whilst making for a more than decent first taste of their carefully crafted rock sounds. The song opens with a lone guitar stirring up the air before it joins a brief blaze of abrasive riffs, guitarists Jack Turner and Tom Worrall instantly lighting up the ear. Vocalist Ben Jackson steps forward with a delivery which is as expressive as the guitars emotive play within their now reserved gait, whilst the impressive bass manipulations of his brother Sam Jackson prowl and growl with skill and magnetic enterprise. His presence is a highlight of the song though all from the fiery guitars to the jabbing rhythms of Phil Beauchamp and the plaintive vocals only impressive in their individual places.

The song is powerful without tearing a strip off the senses, its aggression more a snarl than a growl which compliments the lyrical bite. It would be wrong to say the song lit any fires with its obvious quality and intelligent structure, the track and band failing to stand out amongst similarly driven bands, but it certainly ensured focus would go the way of their Gavin Monaghan (Kings Of Leon, Robert Plant and Nizlopi) produced first album which they are currently working on when it has its release. For a first single, Bad Decisions gives enough to please the ear and plenty to find promise for the future within.

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RingMaster 10/11/2012

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Gwyn Ashton – Radiogram

Following up his acclaimed 2009 album, Two-Man Blues Army, blues guitarist Gwyn Ashton returns with new release Radiogram, a ten track feast of thrilling and sizzling guitar passion. With drummer Kev Hickman alongside, Ashton had created an album which shows why he is so highly rated by the likes of Robert Plant, Johnny Winter, and Don Airey. Radiogram is a vibrant slice of blues driven rock n roll, a collection of songs which burst through the ear with enterprise, invention, and mesmerising skill.

Welsh born and an Australian resident since the mid sixties to the nineties, the now European based Ashton has drawn great and eager responses to his music and play since picking up the guitar at age 12 and playing in his first band when 16. Across the past couple of decades he has toured with the likes of BB King, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Junior Wells, Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Robin Trower, Jeff Healey, The Yardbirds, Status Quo, and Magnum, whilst recorded with such luminaries as Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Robbie Blunt (Robert Plant), Chris Glen/Ted McKenna (SAHB, MSG), Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne), and Gerry McAvoy/Brendan O’Neill (Rory Gallagher). It is a CV to ignite the passions, something his new album easily emulates.

The sixth album from Ashton also finds an array of high profile guests involved alongside he and Hickman, those involved including  Don Airey, Kim Wilson, Robbie Blunt, Johnny Mastro (LA’s Mama’s Boys), Mark Stanway (Magnum, Phil Lynott), and Mo Birch (UB40, Go West, Culture Club). Radiogram only takes the length of its initial soundbite before enticing the emotions to wake up and pay full attention. Once into its stride opener Little Girl sizzles with heated riffs and forceful rhythms whilst the strong vocals cap the impressive first engagement of accomplished rock n roll. The track saunters and dawdles in turn as Ashton leaves fiery sonic shards across the song for a stirring start.

The album is a release which with great variety continually leaves one excited and wholly satisfied. Songs like the brilliant and best track on the album, Let Me In, with its teasing blues swagger and great mouth organ mastery, the classic sounding Dog Eat Dog, and the smouldering For Your Love to just pick a trio, all lifting one up in irresistible muscular arms to devour with ease their compulsive and rich majestic sounds from full imaginative hearts. The album is a release which you do not have to be a blues enthusiast to draw much pleasure from, even those with harder more abrasive tastes like us cannot avoid being magnetised by the craft and stirring sounds at work.

Also featuring a great version of the Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters song I Just Wanna Make Love To You and the simply hypnotic instrumental Bluz For Roy which closes the album and alone shows why the guitarist is so strongly thought of, Radiogram is one of the best  rock albums to appear this year. Gwyn Ashton may still be an undiscovered name for many outside of blues but the album will certainly go a long way to changing that as its impressive sounds reach wider searching ears.

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RingMaster 29/10/2012

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