The Hector Collectors – Remember the Hector Collectors? ..You Won’t Believe What They Sound Like Now!!!!!

There are some bands which truly are one of a kind and The Hector Collectors surely fit the bill and have so since the day they made their first inimitable steps back in the year 2000. Almost tinkering with a revival after their demise/hiatus around 2004, the Glasgow hailing mischiefs are back in full swing with new album, Remember the Hector Collectors? ..You Won’t Believe What They Sound Like Now!!!!!, an encounter which teases, flirts, and keenly pleasures ears in the band’s unique way.

Something akin to a blend of Television Personalities, The Freshies, and Half Man Half Biscuit, the quartet of vocalist A.J.Smith, guitarist I.D.Smith, bassist Joseph Greatorex, and drummer Gavin Dunbar have honed in on their poppiest instincts yet within Remember the Hector Collectors? though that creative dissonance which sets them apart still drives their lo fi revelry.

The album opens up with Drowning in Dorito Chips, rhythms immediately calling on attention before the track’s infectious stroll works on feet and imagination. Flirtatious keys add to the potent lure still led by those manipulative beats and the call of group vocals alongside A.J.’s magnetic lead. With a sniff of Josef K to its untamed pop, the song quickly and deviously got under the skin, establishing itself as surely the next single teaser for the album.

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a 25 Minute Response Video to DESTROY your Argument follows with its own shade of the jangling goodness fuelling its predecessor; the song just as anthemic in its slightly more restrained but no less rascal of an incitement before Content Farm pokes at the appetite with its spikier pop punk antics with a mischievous wink at familiarity. There is a hint of bands like The Sums to the song and also within its successor, Bullies, another inherent indie pop soaked stroll which is pure pleasure courting nostalgia and modern DIY enterprise from within which a Top Buzzer whiff escapes. Featuring as a handful of tracks the featured keys of Dave Gillies, he one of a number of guests across the release including guitarist Cal Wiseman Murray, keyboardists Chris Elkin and Billy Samson, and backing vocalist Martin Smith,  the song like so many needs little help to captivate ears and a never too far from the surface smile.

The brief folkish medieval devilment of White Knight to F5 needed mere seconds to hook feet and lust, a success immediately repeated by next up Just Lovely, another incomplex pop jangle stocked with inescapable hooks and lo-fi misdemeanours recalling essences of bands such as Swell Maps and Fatal Microbes.

Across the pop ‘n’ roll of The Ad Hominem and the pop fray of Overton Window, band and album just accentuate their rich enticements, the first of the pair especially persuasive while Cognitive Dissonance eclipses both with its punk coated misbehaviour again hinting at the seventies and the antics of bands like O‘Level and Teenage Filmstars.

Edgelords provides a satisfying sing-along moment next, one proving very hard to resist within its melodic web with Abandoned Website following up its incitement with its own individual indie rural tinted jangle so easy to get involved with.

The album is completed by the outstanding Leeson Windfarm, a Scars hued encounter with espionage lined rhythms and intrigue loaded guitar. Vocally and lyrically, the song reflects on local and social observations, a regular spark to the band’s smart, playful words and those wicked song titles backed by similarly impish sounds.

As suggested at the start, The Hector Collectors is like few others, if any to be truthful, and as they re-energise their presence with new adventure in their sound that is not going to change any time soon, Remember the Hector Collectors? ..You Won’t Believe What They Sound Like Now!!!!! and its thickly enjoyable fun proof of that.

Remember the Hector Collectors? ..You Won’t Believe What They Sound Like Now!!!!! is out now; available digitally and on Ltd Ed vinyl @ https://thehectorcollectors.bandcamp.com/album/remember-the-hector-collectors-you-wont-believe-what-they-sound-like-now

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Pete RingMaster 06/11/2018

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Uniforms – Reasons To Breathe

Uniforms has a name which if not careful when searching out the band can lead you in the wrong direction, a single additional letter a spark to that deceit alone, but find the Scottish quartet and you will hear nothing  but an individual prospect not so easy to miss. The band has just released new 7” EP, Reasons To Breathe; three slices of earthy punk rock as infectious and rousing as they are emotionally raw and attitude laden.

Hailing from Dundee, Uniforms uncaged their presence and sound in 2011 and has since become one of Scotland’s most potent punk experts. Fresh from rousingly closing up the Manchester Punk Festival, Uniforms have now unleashed the successor to their acclaimed 2015 Pink Couch EP, to show they are still writing and banging out some stirring punk moments.

Though punk rock bred, their music and the new release also show a dab hand at bringing pop punk and additional raw hues to its sound. Opener Get Me Out Of Here immediately entices with guitar wires before rhythms bound in to escalate the song’s initial hook on attention. Swiftly the catchiness of the track aligns to its rawer instincts, an infusion of pop enterprise lining and breeding a chorus which soon has the body bouncing. In many ways it is akin to a collusion of Stiff little Fingers and Yorkshire Rats with a whiff of Top Buzzer pop rockiness but soon establishing its own individual roar and presence in highly magnetic proposal.

The following My Wise Friend is just as adept at getting the body bouncing, its own contagious exploits merging punk belligerence to organic infectiousness. Stabbing rhythms and sonic clashes of guitar magnetically align to a vocal incitement just as potent in rousing the senses. For two minutes, the track snarls and incites ears and imagination, a time of natural pleasure repeated in final song Searchlights. It too had limbs and hips flying in quick order, retaining their subservience as it revealed a revolving cycle of energy and enterprise, every twist, each turn, bringing fresh temptation to eagerly chew upon.

Inspiring an appetite from something larger from the band, Reasons To Breathe is Uniforms back better than ever and providing a trio of excuses why DIY punk is still one of music’s essentials.

Reasons To Breathe is available now via TNS Records digitally and on Ltd white vinyl (300) @ https://tnsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/reasons-to-breathe or https://uniforms.bandcamp.com/album/reasons-to-breathe-ep-2

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Pete RingMaster 31/08/2018

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Campfires – Self-Titled EP

Campfires Promo_RingMaster Review

Formed in 2015, Scottish pop punks Campfires are a band which in many ways rose from the ashes of rockers Autumn In Disguise who called it a day two years earlier. From that band, vocalist Mike Hendo, guitarist Stephen Napier, and drummer James Forbes have returned alongside guitarist Yogi McGregor and bassist Craig Donald, and introduced themselves again with one thoroughly enjoyable self-titled EP.

Campfires Artwork_RingMaster ReviewHaving enjoyed success with their previous band through tours and festivals like Download and Sonisphere alone, in the words of Hendo, the band“…all really missed playing live and touring, so we finally got back in a room together and we couldn’t be happier about it. The whole purpose of this new band is to get together as friends, write songs that tell a story and play fun shows. We felt like that was similar to sitting round a camp fire and telling stories – hence the name.” There is an energy and freshness of spirit to the Aberdeen hailing band’s sound which backs that up, like a rediscovery of fun and energy which as much fuels the four tracks making up the vibrant release as the individual prowess and sharp songwriting.

New single Same Streets starts things off, barging rhythms and rosy melodies grabbing ears beside inviting riffs. Hitting a lively stroll within moments, Hendo’s vocals make an additional potent lure backed by other tones within the band. With guitars and bass collude for a feisty and energetic persuasion there is maybe no particular element which delivers a major surprise within the song but, as its breath and energy, the robust and impassioned roar holding ears makes a very pleasing proposition before The Hardest Part swings in with similarly tenacious and emotively loaded enterprise. Arguably even catchier than its predecessor with a good blend of vocals backing Hendo again as the rhythms of Forbes especially grip, the song quickly has feet and voice keenly involved.

Pure Gold follows suit, bounding in with hefty swipes from Forbes and a brooding bassline from Donald as Napier and McGregor spin a magnetic web of sonic enticement around persistently strong vocals. With those rhythms becoming even more boisterous with every twist and explosive rally, the song is a raucous but controlled slice of magnetic pop punk only inspiring a want and intrigue to hear more.

Track by track the EP gets stronger and impresses more, the trend continuing into the outstanding Like A Cancer. It exposes a heavier edge to the band’s lures and more aggression to its attitude early on but soon the forceful coaxing mellows out into a brightly resourceful and thickly welcoming temptation where hooks and melodies almost duel for attention within the excellent contagion. Within each track it is the unpredictable and inventive twists and the addition of unexpected textures which really bring them alive and no more potently than in this final offering.

Actually there is a bonus of an Instrumental to bring the EP to a close, a keenly enjoyable piece but the EP’s meat is elsewhere and very flavoursome. Big surprises are not quite on the menu yet with Campfires but enjoyment is as much a given as the sound of crickets in a moonlit wood.

The Campfires EP is available from January 15th

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Pete RingMaster 14/01/2016

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