Hidden Pleasures: getting Under The Skin with Angie Joseph

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Hailing from Paris, Under the Skin is a new alternative rock band already beginning to turn heads and lure real attention. Consisting of Angie Joseph and Yann Brandon, the band released their first EP earlier this year, quickly stirring unsuspecting and eagerly receptive appetites to their refreshing sound. We had the pleasure of discovering more about the band and the creative forces behind it thanks to Angie, exploring its origins, that debut EP and much more…

Hi Angie and many thanks for sharing your time to talk with us.

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

HI! We are Under the Skin…A French alternative rock band based in Paris. This band is a duo fuelled by Yann and me. We have additional musicians on stage but we really create the songs together. We used to work together in another project before and when it stopped, we have started to work alone… Yann was making me listen to his songs and I was doing the same… one day we decided, as we love each other’s work, to work together again.

Have you been/are involved in other bands together or singularly before?

Yes, Yann has been in few bands before. I’m in different bands since I’m 16. But I was in the same band with Yann for 7 years (2007-2014). When this band (WISHES) split up, I didn’t want to join another band, never… I had enough! So I’ve started to work alone and tried to found my own sound. I needed to prove something to me. I didn’t wanted to be involved in something where you have to convince or to hear the opinion of 4 or 5 musicians. But Yann and me are very close friends, so naturally I made him listen to my songs, and he did the same… we have decided to work together because we wanted the same things and most of all, we knew what we didn’t want anymore. We compose each at home on the computer, we record a demo and then we meet to listen and choose what we like or not.

What inspired the band name?

I wanted something with a meaning and also a name composed, because …hey, why not? Yann wanted the same, that’s why I love to work with him. Most of the time we want the same things and we don’t even have to talk about it, some people think that we are clones.

We’ve chosen this name because we are convinced that ‘Under the skin’ we are all the same, we don’t really like labels. So let’s break the fences and just make music.

Angie

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

I don’t know if we can call it a specific idea but we wanted to make music in the most peaceful way possible… so from the creation of the band, to the songwriting process, we only do things if it’s cool and if we really love it. It’s easier because we are only 2 to decide… if it’s not 100% ok we don’t keep it. We never have a third person to choose between him and me. Maybe it’s something that our fans can feel… I don’t know. But we are more relaxed that’s obvious.

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

It’s too soon to tell… the only thing we know is that we have found our sound… we know how we want the drums or the guitars sound… same thing for the mix…etc.… but for the songs themselves, we have not explored all the things we wanted, we don’t want to stay in one direction so, it’s too soon to tell.

Have any changes that have occurred in your sound been more organic than you deliberately wanting to try new things?

I feel that we always want to try new things because we have not explored all the things we wanted to as I said before… there is so much we want to try, we got so many ideas that this organic movement is more the way we work in general than something we could force… Yann and I came from different music styles so both of our influences feeds us… this give us a ton of opportunity and the band is too new to know where we could go yet. Every time I try to compose a song and I think of the way I want it to sound, I end in a totally different style, so not really. We do what we love. And we let the magic happen.

You mentioned influences, 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?

We do have a wide range of inspiration, really different… I know that Yann really love bands like ‘Incubus’,‘Skunk Anansie’ or ‘Faith No More’, and I’ve heard people say that they can feel this but really as an influence and not like a copy or anything. It’s difficult to explain… We do have a lot of bands or artists in common  but I do listen to more punk music or loud rock, not like metal bands or heavy bands but bands from the 90’s or 70’s, raw, simple and most of the time with a woman behind the mic… Yann listens to different stuff so when I bring an idea he‘s the one that “arranges” the song and when he brings a song I try to find something to make it sound “simpler” … so we really complete each other in the way we write music.

Is there a process which generally guides the writing of songs?

No there is not a process. We really have a total freedom in the songwriting. Sometimes Yann brings a riff or a full song (just music or melodies, not lyrics), sometimes it’s me… sometimes we’ve just got an idea for a chorus or a verse. But we record anything we’ve got. Guitars, basses and drums before we share it and our ideas are full… and then we choose, we rearrange it or we put it in the “ideas box” … that’s what I like with our process… there is no waste.

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

I write all the lyrics… I take inspiration from my life, the world, my feelings… sometimes it’s exaggerated sometimes not… Then I try to find a melody, record a first idea and make him listen… and we refine the melody together, but most of the time I speak with him about the idea of the lyrics and he’s agree …

Would you give us some background to your latest release?

Well, our latest release was also the first one. At the end of our previous band, we’ve been solicited separately by people who wanted to make music with us… for a song, a new project … some people  were waiting and wanted to see what we were going to do after this stop. But we wanted to work without pressure so we didn’t tell that we were working together on something new. When nobody is waiting for you, you got all the time you need and no one interfere, or push you. We’ve worked on few songs and have recorded them. We’ve also worked on a video clip that we had made few months before the release, always in secret. We’ve opened a Facebook page without showing our identity… and we’ve started to share it and the whole thing came out at the same time. It was a pretty good idea because a lot of people were not waiting for anything and suddenly a new band was here with a full pack. It was also very exciting and scaring but we definitely don’t regret it. We really had amazing returns from people everywhere. Radios, webzines, from our fans from our previous band, our family, friends…

Give us some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs.uts2_RingMasterReview

I would say… love, friendship, sadness, happiness, anger… feelings.

Ego‘ talks about all that people that need to have lights on them without doing nothing, most of the time they do it to feel surrounded but that kind of friendship is fake, and it never last and they ‘re alone at the end of the journey.

‘Fever’ is about a poisoned relationship where love and hate are equal… and your mind about to break…

Good enough‘ is about being present for someone as a friend…even if at the end we are the only one that decides to bounce back when it comes to a rough time that we live.

‘Witness’ is about one of my friends… it’s hard to see someone dealing with a pain and feeling helpless… only time can heal that kind of drama…

Do you enter the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or leave room to develop them as you record?

We go in studio with the songs done at 96% because of our way to work… so the only things we do in studio are some arrangements. We only record the drums and the voices… Everything else is already recorded at home… it’s faster.

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

We’ve got a pretty good team for the live side. All the musicians are really good and they are also good friends of us. We also have a wonderful light engineer that works with us for years now, Bertille Friedrich. She has a lot of ideas, she’s young and she’s definitely a band mate. I think that what you see on stage is as important as what you hear. We try to create a very personal environment and a full universe. Like a story.

It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it?

It’s really hard… we try to do everything ourselves… from the recording to the graphic designs and video clips… so it takes a lot of time. The good thing is that we have experience and competence… But I think there is not magical recipe except working hard, with passion and staying true. But if you’ve got the magic formula in your pocket, you have all my attention.

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

If social media and internet didn’t exist, our entire plan for the release of the band would have been screwed up. We work with it… it’s important to see social media as a platform that helps you to keep in touch with people… for a band… not when you need to find new friends😉 but it also forces a band like us, to rethink the way we communicate… we must feed this media with anything we have because people behind their screens are starving and everything goes really fast… that’s a full time job… People that keep social media or internet aside, loose something important that could help them, I think.

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

Thank you for having us. We have recorded a new song called ‘State Of Mind‘… I think this song is a good cure to the mood of the dark days that we are all living all around the world…it makes you smiles, and makes you happy. We’re going to release also a new video for this song… So keep in touch!  It’s going to be amazing!

We are going to work with our friends from the band ‘Dry Can’ for this video… Anne and Antoine are really good friends and they were already working with us on the video clip for the song ‘Fever’.

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Pete RingMaster 07/12/2016

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Ritual King – Elixir

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This past week saw the re-release of the Elixir EP from UK heavy blues trio Ritual King, an encounter well worth checking out if it did not hit the radar first time around. Offering five highly infectious and richly flavoursome tracks which feel familiar without revealing why as they provide a fresh and imaginative adventure, the EP is a good time just waiting to be had.

The seeds of Ritual King began when in 2013 drummer Rodge Hodges met guitarist Jordan Leppitt at Bolton University. Inviting bassist Dan Goodwin to join them, the threesome emerged as Renegade & Retrospect, subsequently recording and releasing a debut EP. With a live presence equally making a potent impression to that bred by the record, they set about writing and recording their second release. Such its obvious step forward from the last, the band decided to change their name; step forward Ritual King.

Elixir opens up with Devil’s Chokehold and immediately confronts ears with bone shuddering beats and wiry grooves. There is no stopping a swift appetite for what is on offer especially as an increasing crowd of guitar exploits leads to an infectious stroll of senses rapping beats, a tenaciously throbbing and catchy bassline, and the equally inviting vocals of Leppitt. There are few surprises within the song yet every minute is a host of blues seeded hooks and swinging rhythms bound in fiery grooves as virulent as the contagion they are part of.

The excellent start continues with ISD. Its initial touch is a melodic kiss, a moment of seduction lined by the darker hues of bass and already biting beats. In no time, the track is boldly sauntering along, its gait an infectious swagger as the potent tones of Leppitt, backed by the rest of the band, add their own anthemic strains to those already fuelling the robust encounter.

ritual-king-cover-artworkCopyright RingMaster: MyFreeCopyrightHodge’s rhythmic prowess sets the following Detachment in motion, the track almost enjoyably searching for its purpose over the opening seconds before settling into a stroll which as its predecessor has a strong classic rock air to its lively presence and ear enticing flavouring. Grooves and riffs again unite for an aggressively tenacious but controlled assault, the fiery enterprise of Leppitt’s guitar as rousing as his riffs and Hodge’s muscular swings.

Too Fast is next, guitars sizzling on the senses from its first breath, melodic and blues rock entangling from thereon in as the song reveals an infection loaded personality led by the rhythmic dance and vocal incitement of Hodges and Leppitt respectively. With an unpredictable nature to its somewhat familiar presence, band and song create a magnetic shuffle which leaves ears greedy and enjoyment full while never being too sure of where the track will take them.

The EP closes with the new Ritual King single, Unorthodox Satisfaction. A lone melody romances ears first, its gentle slightly melancholic coaxing strong but deceptive as its breath slips away only to open up the way for one delicious bassline from Goodwin. Throughout the release his grooves bind attention but incite the lustiest reactions here as its bait grips ears and carries them into the waiting, Celtic spiced exploits of band and track. There is a touch of a Horslips to the hooks escaping the infectious swing of the song, a spicing throughout a relentless captivation of ears and imagination. Latin hued guitars and a climactic air only add to the drama of a song which grows in strength and quality with each passing minute.

It is a fine end to a thoroughly enjoyable release which whilst having moments less original than others persistently impresses and shows the potential of a sound brewing into something unique and even bolder.

The Elixir EP is out now across all stores.

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Pete RingMaster 06/12/2016

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Of Kings and Captains – Ain’t Got The Heart

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Swiftly proving they are no one hit wonders, British pop rockers Of Kings and Captains follow up the rousing exploits and success of recent single Jack My Boy with another spirit stoking, body exciting exploit going by the name of Ain’t Got The Heart. As its predecessor, the new single is taken from the equally impressing Give ‘Em Hell Son EP, itself evidence that the Stourbridge outfit’s sound is loaded with infectious hooks and instinctive imagination.

Sprung and driven by the enterprise of lead vocalist/guitarist Luke Wassell, guitarist JD Lomas, and bassist Dean Greatbatch, Ain’t Got The Heart quickly entangles ears in its opening melody, it the seed to an energetic and accomplished stroll ripe with power pop energy and indie pop hookery. Recorded with producers Gavin Monaghan (The Twang, Editors, Nizlopi) and Joseph Murray, the song swiftly has feet shuffling, hips swinging, and ears hungry as its Fall Out Boy meets The Fratellis revelry consumes all before.

The song continues to infest and thrill body and spirit, cementing the promise and growing uniqueness of a sound which has quickly come over as a freshly discovered old friend with each and every song, especially in the two singles from Of Kings and Captains providing 2016 with two of its brightest moments.

With new sounds in the works and an appearance at Glastonbudget   2017 confirmed, it is easy to suggest that Of Kings and Captains are about to really explode upon the Uk rock scene.

Ain’t Got The Heart is out now.

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Pete RingMaster 06/12/2016

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Contemplating Leaving Eden

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It is quite simple. Leaving Eden is a band which demands attention with a sound and creative flair that persistently captures the imagination drawing an ever growing following simultaneously. Their ear catching and thought provoking music has help lead the band to sharing stages with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world and tours across numerous countries. We managed to grab some time with Eric from the band to learn more about Leaving Eden and what makes them tick…

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

Can you first introduce the band?

Hi, great chatting with you also.

Eve: Lead Vocals

Ryan: Manning Drums

Johhny V: Bass

I’m Eric Gynan: Guitarist, vocals, Keys.

Have you been involved in other bands before? If so has that had any impact on what you are doing now?

Yes we’ve all been in various bands along the way and learning from the past always gives you a jump on the future.

What inspired the band name?

Leaving Eden came to be simply that this planet is like the Garden of Eden right, with all of its corruption; wouldn’t it be nice to take off and go somewhere else to visit? Lol.

Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it to offer and does that intent still drive the band or has it evolved over time?

Definitely we have evolved. I think you have to in order to change with the times so long as it’s better. It’s important though to maintain your individuality. For us we set out to be different. Quick story here, we went to this huge studio once where bands like Seven Dust, The Rolling Stones and Boston recorded. The person there brought out a white board in the conference room and drew a box. They said you are here, pointing outside the box and you need to be here, pointing inside the box. I immediately said wait, are you telling us we need to be in that box?  They said well yes I guess I am. I said thank you very much and got up and walked out. I get it, if you wanna ride a wave and be like everyone else on that moment of time, they can easily slip you into a genre. For us though it’s hard to just slip us in to any particular genre. We won the best Hardcore act in New England and I thought that was funny because they couldn’t find the appropriate Genre for us. We stay true no matter what the times may change to our roots, Rock Music.

Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved and has that been an organic movement or you guys deliberately heading in certain directions?

I think being a recording artist, endlessly recording and working with some incredible recording engineers like Johnny K (Disturbed, Pop Evil) you learn what it really takes. When they say they will go through your music with a fine tooth comb, they mean that literally that down to the 64th beat your music will be scrutinized for perfection. Ya know good bad or indifferent, when you listen to the radio, you may not like the band you’re listening to but aside from that, you will NEVER hear something that’s not polished. It’s gotta be perfect or you’ll never make it to the radio. With this on mind, you take this knowledge of being tight to the live performance and it makes all the difference in the world. This is why some bands may record a great album but when you see them live, it’s just not the same. We try and stay true to our recordings.  We also evolve in that area after the recording we may change it up live where we may think we’ve built upon that foundation.

art_RingMasterReviewPresumably 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?

I think all of us are inspired by what we like as far as taste in other bands music. For us what greatly inspires us is that organic sound that manifests itself in a way that is kind of like connecting the dots. We feel that Leaving Eden learns from the past, encompasses the present and forges the future. Any band that has been in the gutters not in the limelight, they’re the ones whom always forged the future. This is why we named our last album Pinnacle…Because it’s at that pinnacle where trends will be forged.

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

Sure. For me I connect with the Universe in a way that opens my mind to listening. I use my fingers as kind of line antennas to pick up the frequencies, as strange as that sounds, if you listen, you can hear the music that lyrics, melodies and harmonies completely produced. Just gotta transfer that info to the recording. Then the rest of the band puts their stamp on it and presto, there’s a new song. I’ve even felt the influence of dead poets coming through. Sometimes I feel like I really can’t even take credit for the songs as they’ve come from somewhere else. It’s a deep meditative state of mind that brings these ideas into fruition.

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

Great question… Our songs speak from experience, life’s experiences…Sometimes good but mostly bad lol. Bad in the way of getting screwed, for instance our song Tied and Bound comes from the frustration of the music industry; “We’ve been screwed overcharged underpaid and abused, exploited avoided and falsely accused, we’ve been cut down let down fucked around tied and bound, but nothing can take the music away”

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?

Pinnacle released by Rock Avenue Records USA, was completely written before we got to the studio. We like to do pre-production first, be prepared so to speak, so that we aren’t wasting valuable time and money. Pinnacle is really an eclectic array of song themes and music. We tried to keep it again organic so you won’t hear all these extra vocal harmonies for instance that we could never do live. Yes there is harmony, but it can be done live.

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

That is where one should shine right?  I feel it is our live sound which is one of our trade marks. It’s so hard in the studio to capture that live performance primarily because it’s a one sided energy exchange. When you have a crowd, that’s where the sharing of the energy happens, therefore it really helps to put you on top of your game. You can’t see the band for instance when listening to an album, so that performance is so necessary.  Can the band reproduce that sound live? With Eve in front, she is clearly universal and really takes control of the room or festival, really just connecting with the crowd.

It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods?14195978_1274693589207580_3294288122701219788_o

Correct. We’ve been fortunate, lucky, graced, whatever you’d like to call it. Our motto has always been that we will play anywhere, anytime, any way we can so long as we can. This philosophy has led us to share the stage with some of the biggest bands in the world with;  Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio,  Rob Zombie, 5 Finger DeathPunch, Disturbed, Marylyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZTop, Puddle of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, BuckCherry (Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After, 40th Anniversary Woodstock) Shinedown, Dropkick Murphy’s,  Alice in Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Micheals, Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Hell Yeah, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel,  Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, 7Dust, Sebastian Bach, SoulFly, Days of the New, NonPoint, DrowningPool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, MushroomHead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One eyed doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge) Lamb of god, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motorhead, Blackstone Cherry, HOOKERS & BLOW Featuring GUNS N’ ROSES, QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P. Members, Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack) and many more..  This has led us to Winning The New England Music Awards & The Pulse Magazine Worcester MA Music Awards and Touring The USA, UK & Canada. If we didn’t get out there we would have never found these opportunities. There’s usually someone there that can help move you forward.

Are there the opportunities to make a mark if the drive is there for new bands?

Absolutely…In fact I believe bands who haven’t “made it” have more of an opportunity. Let’s take a band that has made it whether it was one song or many. As time passes, for whatever reason, they stopped making hits. It’s very rare for them to have another hit song or even get on the radio. It’s very strange but true. As a new artist you have more of a chance because again you’re at the pinnacle forging ahead.

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

I find this very interesting. In a moment you can be heard all over the world. It’s absolutely amazing. Back in the day I feel bad for the artists before the internet that never had that chance. Shit, back then you couldn’t even stay connected with different states via phone. It was too expensive to make a phone call so you were quite limited as far as how far you could reach. Now, our music is flying through the airways, our unreleased song Out of the ashes says; digging deeper underground faster than the speed of sound

I can see the light of day, darkness fades away”. This just says as a band that’s not superstars, they are basically underground in the gutters spreading like swill in the harbor of slime lol. God some of the venues we’ve played have been the scum of the earth. Shit when we went to UK, there was a dirt floor. But in order to really appreciate where you may end up you’ve got to crawl through the slime in the gutters. If I for instance just started a band, had lots of money, related to someone big in the industry, getting signed immediately and becoming famous overnight, how then could I appreciate where I came from? When you come from the bottom of the barrel and make your way to the top, you never forget where you came from.

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

This was fun. Please excuse my unorthodox replies here and appreciate your time. Leaving Eden will be touring the USA, Canada and Europe. Hopefully South America as well, where our management/touring Co. Alpha Omega/Darkside Entertainment has offices in Europe, USA and South America we feel honored to be part of the family there. We hope to see all of you soon!! For all Leaving Eden Info go to http://www.leavingeden.com

And see us on Facebook Leaving Eden and Peace and Harmony to all!!  I say harmony because this planet, the universe, everything in it works in perfect harmony accept one species, Humans. WTF is that about right? Let’s make it happen.

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Pete RingMaster

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Rip and Roll; exploring the snarl of Tarah Who?

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Tarah Who? you may ask; and the answer is a band which takes a bite of the senses while igniting the imagination with their punk infused and inventively hungry rock ‘n’ roll. The project of French born and LA based vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Tarah G. Carpenter, Tarah Who? is a band really beginning to entice wide spread awareness with a sound which simply demands attention. We had the pleasure to chat with Tarah (TGC), bassist Matt Peltcher (MP), and drummer Paul Costanza (PC) about the band, its beginnings, inspirations, their latest release and more…

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

Hi! Thank YOU for your interest in Tarah Who?

Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how you all came together?

TGC: I started writing songs when I was 15. It was not something I thought of doing seriously, I enjoyed playing the drums or bass in different bands better. As I moved to the States, it became more personal, I started writing more and more and taught myself the guitar.

Over the years, the writings became songs. I recorded a few demo songs, playing the drums, bass and guitar. Met people that were interested in the project and helped record my first album more professionally. Then I looked for musicians to play those songs with, and it became Tarah Who?

I have played with a lot of people, in France and in the US. I met Paul through a friend, and Matt through an ad.

MP: Well I met the band after answering an ad. I loved the music and we hit it off.

Have you been involved in other bands before? If so has that had any impact on what you are doing now, in maybe inspiring a change of style or direction?

TGC: Yes I am always playing drums or bass on different projects. I also like to write other styles than for Tarah Who?

Playing for other people or in different bands is like taking a little break. I don’t like to play in bands that sound similar to Tarah Who?. It stays in the genre of Rock but it’s usually a different type of Rock.

PC: Nope, this is my first band.

MP: I have been in other bands and I guess the continued love of playing music inspires what I do now.

tw2_RingMasterReviewWhat inspired the band name?

TGC: The band name is an accident. It was the subject of an email I had sent to my band mates at the time.

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

TGC: I am very picky with my musicians. I didn’t mean to be a three piece band. It just happened. I am looking for a guitar player, but it is not a priority. I think we sound good as we are, and until we find someone who fits to our sound and personalities, we don’t have to rush things.

I like our sound to be simple, raw, and full of energy. Plug in and play.

Play with our emotions, more than a bunch of different sounds and effects. It is important that the musicians i play/work with, understand the emotions/story behind each song.

Do the same core essences still drive the band?

TGC: I have grown as a writer; I have been inspired by different events and people, so I think our music has changed a little. We are “angrier” in sounds.

When I started recording, I was influenced a lot by “producers” or other people I have worked with. I didn’t dare to say or talk about ideas I did not like or directions I didn’t want to take. Today, I do it all on my own, which makes everything easier and more satisfying.🙂

PC: The sound has gotten a lot more angry.

TGC: True…

Has it been more of an organic movement of sound or more the band deliberately wanting to try new things?

TGC: I don’t think this far. I write the songs and arrange them until I like them. I do it for myself and because it makes sense TO ME! I don’t follow structures or anything like that.

I write a song. If I like it, I keep it, if I don’t I move on to something else. It is as simple as that.

If I try new things, it is an accident because I am not into effects and new technologies.

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?

TGC: Yes. I don’t remember if it was an interview that I have seen or read about The Distillers, but Brody has mentioned once that The Distillers wrote albums in two weeks. (I hope I am not distorting her words) Anyhow, that is what I remember.

We all have different ways of expressing ourselves through art, some people take months to write or paint others just do it.

I don’t think there is ONE way to do things, and I don’t think there is a formula either. When Brody said that about the Distillers, it resonated in me because I have never experienced the whole “writing for ever” thing. If anything it supported my way of writing or making art. I have noticed that a lot of people don’t know when to stop while creating. Most of the time, the simplest songs are the best songs.

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TGC: When I write, I feel inspired. It is really hard to describe but it is almost like I am somewhere else. (I don’t get high!) This feeling usually lasts a few minutes (maybe 10-15 min) when it is gone, I am done. I can’t go back to it. This is where my writing (or painting) is done. I don’t read back or I don’t paint back on it ever again. I don’t push my writing either. I believe in emotions, not perfection.

PC: I don’t write anything. Tarah writes it and I play it.

MP: Tarah writes the songs and we just basically hammer them out in the studio until they sound just right.

Where do you, more often than not, draw inspirations for your lyrics?

TGC: Events, people, my perception of situations, imagination.

I often look at a situation and just reflect on it on a piece of paper and that is the song!

My lyrics are just ideas and or emotions I need to let out.

Can you give us some background to your latest release?

TGC: Let’s see… Our latest EP is called Federal Circle of Shame. It is available on ITunes.

What I love about this EP is that it is as RAW as it can get!

The drummer Jo Ko, is just a beast behind the drums, Nicolas Bazin played the Bass VI which is an instrument I own that I literally just put in his hands and said “Figure it out!”, Ash played the bass and did some backing vocals, my really good friend Angie (Under The Skin) improvised some backing vocals and I played the guitar and sang. The sound engineer (Titi) and I got along really well, which made everything go really smooth. We recorded five songs in one day, live.

It was my best recording experience so far. Everyone was really into it, focused and just very talented!

We improvised a lot and had a great time!

Please give us some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs.

TGC: There isn’t one theme. Due to the lack of time and finances, we couldn’t record the full album. I picked 5 songs out of the 13 that I wanted to record. We practiced them for a couple weeks until we were ready to go in the studio and record them. I could only afford one day of studio. so we HAD to make it happen!

Cough Drop is the realization that we take everything (including our health) for granted.

Someone Else Will is about letting go of the feelings you have for someone who doesn’t see you the way you see them.

Kids of Ireland: on my last trip to Ireland, I ran into a lot of young adults that were either really high or begging for money to get high. It made me really sad.

Bitchcraft: talks about obsessing over someone you don’t want to!

14 Months is about the media, and a specific headline about a mother drowning her 14 months old baby.

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?

TGC: I pre-record the album a couple times before I go in the studio, to make sure I know what to play and what I like.

I have never been in the studio for more than a week, so I usually don’t have time or money to develop or try anything new!

I like to come prepared.

In a different project, I wouldn’t mind, developing or exploring. I don’t think Tarah Who? is that kind of project. There is always a little bit of improvisation in a way, with drum fills, or for instance Nicolas that I just let free to play whatever he wanted with the Bass VI or Ash and Angie who didn’t even know that they were going to sing that day! I gave them the lyrics and told them to go out there and sing! So in a way we developed that on the spot, but the songs were structured and already recorded.

tw3_RingMasterReviewTell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?

MP: Playing live is the best high energy fun you can have. Our fans get really excited about our live performances.

TGC: Live shows are always really fun…especially if our fans know the songs and lyrics. I love to see people let go and dance! We like to entertain, so when we see that people are having a good time, we are really happy.

It is not easy for any new 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?

MP: Absolutely nothing is easy but there is nothing I’d rather be doing. Hard work and tenacity is the road to success, don’t sweat the small stuff. There are always opportunities especially in “our neck of the woods”.

TGC: Playing live is easy. Anyone could play live if they wanted to. What isn’t easy is getting the attention for bigger, better and more.

There are a lot of opportunities. You’ll find in time which ones fit your project and desires. We don’t all want the same things for our music careers. The opportunities are there, look where it fits you.

How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the band grows and hopefully gets increasing success or is it more that bands struggling with it are lacking the knowledge and desire to keep it working to their advantage?

MP: Consistency is the key to making social media work for you. It’s definitely an advantage to reach out to your fans with a click.

TGC: Social media is great to make new contacts, keep updating our fans, meet more and new fans etc… I think it is definitely increasing our success as we can book shows in different cities and expect people to show up, because they follow our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook page.

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

Thank you!

Yes, check out our new music video and stay tuned for the upcoming album!

https://youtu.be/tEijrptM2aU

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Pete RingMaster

The RingMaster Review 25/11/2016

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Tess of the Circle – I’m Not Ashamed

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With their outstanding album Amplify, released earlier this year, still drawing attention and acclaim the way of Tess of the Circle, the UK band’s new single just confirms its irresistible qualities and caps a major ground-breaking year for the Oxford hailing outfit.

Formed by and based around the songwriting singer/guitarist Tess Jones, Tess of the Circle is a collective of musical and creative talent which has really caught the wider imagination with second album Amplify, the striking successor to the equally well-received debut Thorns. With lead guitarist Lee Clifton, bassist Ben Drummond, and drummer Paul Stone alongside Jones on the Gavin Monaghan produced full-length and now the new single which comes from the, Tess of the Circle is awakening broader waves of eager appetites for their melody rich rock ‘n’ roll, something I’m Not Ashamed can only add impetus to.

There is a Numan-esque glaze to the initial feel of sound escaping the speakers and Jones’ emotively delivered vocals, a spice remaining to appeal as the track blossoms into a fiery blaze of blues kissed, grunge toned rock ‘n’ roll. Subsequent dips into mellow climes are built on the same eventful melodically suggestive enterprise which shapes the whole of the song, while the bolder feistier body of invention around them provides hazier almost psych rock spun waves of imagination to eagerly surf.

I’m Not Ashamed is one of the numerous treats making up Amplify and alone as their new single, a potent lure for newcomers to explore the increasingly impressive creative world of Tess of the Circle.

I’m Not Ashamed is out November 25th across most online stores.

Upcoming Live Dates:

December 3rd – Planet Rock’s Rockstock Festival

February 3rd 2017 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Friday May 26th – BEARDED THEORY 2017

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Pete RingMaster 23/11/2016

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WEAK13 – They Live

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WEAK13 is a band which demands attention; through their in your face DIY attitude and a creative attack driving a sound, which in the shape of their first album, is most likely to have you rocking like a dog before a bitch in heat. Three years in the making, They Live is a prime slab of the British band’s raw and rousing rock ‘n’ roll, a lyrical and physical confrontation which takes no prisoners while confirming the Kidderminster trio as one of the most striking and creatively honest outfits within the UK underground scene.

Founded in 1999 by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Nick J. Townsend, WEAK13 has been a constant nagging of the establishment, world and musical, backed by a multi-flavoured brew of sound as aggressively punk as it is dirtily grungy and uncompromisingly rock ‘n’ roll. With the current line-up of bassist Wesley Smith, drummer Neel Parmar, and Townsend together from 2010, WEAK13 has constantly stirred things up and continue to with a first album which infests body and spirit.

Produced by John Stewart (Eight Great Fears) and mastered by Henry Smithson (Foo Fighters, 2 Unlimited, Stereophonics), They Live opens up with the irritable My Last Summer With You, a track which seems to have a distinct crabbiness running through its creative veins. As riffs and rhythms assault and pound as Townsend plaintively roars, the song makes for a potent and steady start to the album. Things swiftly kick up a gear though as Down On Me quickly begins the trend of inescapable hooks and anthemic rhythms which continue to blossom across the album. In no time Parmar’s beats and Smith’s cantankerous basslines grip ears and appetite, being more than matched by the rebellious air of riffs and Townsend’s magnetic vocal presence; a combination creating a gripping slice of punk ‘n’ roll.

Its success is more than matched by that of Joke, the song sharing its own web of imaginative wiry hooks and grouchy riffs aligned to another great crotchety rhythmic incitement. Breeding further inventive enterprise and rousing twists, the track is pure addictive manna for a rock ‘n’ roll heart which like its predecessor lingers and returns in thought whenever it wishes.

weak13art_RingMasterReviewThe equally outstanding Sex Pest is more of the same temptation, casting its own individual creative baiting of ears and attention with a prowling stance and a character carrying a touch of Amen to itself. The predacious air of the song in word and music is as infectious as the instinctive twists and turns spun by Townsend’s songwriting and the threesome’s prowess at wringing every last tempting ill-tempered note and slap from their creative weapons. Closing with Nirvana-esque calm before a final rousing roar, the track makes way for the melodically spun Ashes In Autumn, a track just as much of a raw snarl as anything before it but showing the warmer if still invasive musical hues the band also has in its arsenal.

By now it is fair to say that band and album are in full compelling flow, the ‘poppier’ exploits of Closure coming next with its grunge spiced infectiousness to again engage and inflame an already eager appetite for the release while its successor Cameras Are Everywhere soon surrounds and trespasses the listener with its cyber toned touches and predatory manner within a more restrained stroll. Both tracks reveal more of the great variety shaping the album and the WEAK13 sound with the rhythmic imagination and virulence of Smith and Parmar as addictively riveting as the invention escaping Townsend’s throat and sonic endeavour.

The song is yet another highlight of They Live swiftly backed by the infectious quarrel of Here Come The Drones but subsequently eclipsed by the mighty persuasion of The Happiest Undertaker. The first of the pair swings and growls from the start, only increasing in potency with every passing magnetic minute while the second, strolls along with a knowing swagger which alone ensures increasingly eager ears. Fuller participation is drawn by another chorus which just lures vocal chords as rhythms take care of boisterous hips and neck muscles. Another track which seems to just become creatively broader, physically heavier, and more predatory through its bold body, it just whips up thicker pleasure in the album.

It is a pleasure which is only ignited again by the melodically bewitching, infection carrying Loyal Coward. With acoustic guitar and great harmonies arm in arm with tenacious rhythms and a bass tone bordering on bestial against the funk enterprise of the guitars, the track is sheer magnetism.

They Live closes with the fractious might and invention of Obey The Slave, the song as much of a brawl as a calling for ears and emotion, and a great end to one stirring and increasingly impressing encounter. The album shows that WEAK13 have no qualm about going for the jugular in attitude and sound yet breed something which is as catchy and galvanic as you could wish for; a release very easy to recommend.

They Live is out now and available only through http://weak13official.com/

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Pete RingMaster22/11/2016

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