The Slow Readers Club – Plant the Seed

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If there are any yet to fall into contagious arms of Cavalcade, the second album from UK indie/electronic band The Slow Readers Club, and indeed their rewarding sound then the new single from them is a major nudge in that direction. Taken from the encounter released earlier this year, Plant the Seed is a beacon for the seductively pulsating and captivating adventure of the band’s melodic imagination, and reason alone to take the band’s enthralling and emotively fuelled sound to the heart.

The Slow Readers Club - Plant the Seed - Artwork_RingMaster Review     To be honest virtually the whole of the Manchester quartet’s last album makes itself available as a potent single but for sure Plant the Seed is a rich flame within their fire of enticement. It also adds another confirmation to the quality of songwriting and simply creative imagination the band is renowned and being increasingly acclaimed for. Cavalcade declared The Slow Readers Club as one of not only Manchester’s but the UK most compelling and exciting underground bands; the single just confirms it again.

Plant the Seed opens on a teaser of rhythms alongside a spicy electronic melody, a tempting bait leading to the swiftly emerging vocal tones of keyboardist Aaron Starkie and guitarist Kurtis Starkie, both with their individual prowess wrapping ears in harmonic temptation. It is a rich seduction enjoyably given a just as gripping contrast by the pulsating and throaty lures of James Ryan’s bass and the clippy enterprise of drummer David Whitworth. It all unites with increasing potency as the song strolls through ears with a summery air and a skilfully sculpted range of textures, all thick enticement within the Depeche Mode meets Bronski Beat majesty of the song.

In some ways, Plant the Seed seems to have blossomed again in its own limelight, the single a glorious invitation hard to imagine many ignoring, and The Slow Readers Club, well they continue to leave us smiling with contentment.

Plant the Seed is out now via Scruff of the Neck Records through most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 25/11/2015

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Gold Jacks – Take It Back

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Though we are a bit late to the party, we have a single we feel all rock fans should go check out. The song is Take It Back and comes from UK alternative rockers Gold Jacks. They are a Manchester quartet quietly but potently brewing up a strong reputation around their home city and further afield through their live presence and the release of two spicy singles. Take it Back is the second of those temptations and a song which sizzles in the ears and smoulders to lingering effect in the psyche.

The track follows attention grabbing debut single One Kinda Women, a song which is melodically inflamed and pungently infectious. Its release backed up the band’s growing reputation as a must see live proposal but as impressive as it is, Take It Back outshines its raw seduction with ease. Whereas its predecessor was a lively affair, the new single prowls and courts the senses with its seductive gait led by the sultrily dark bassline of Tom Smith and the impressively alluring tones of vocalist/guitarist Stu Burns. Theirs is a riveting fusion which is only elevated to greater climes by the gripping sonic craft of lead guitarist Liam Dunning where grooves spring from his fingers on strings like shards of light from a burning sun.

Skilfully tempered and held in check by the skilled rhythmic prowess of James Gaskell, the track is a furnace of dark rock ‘n’ roll and bluesy vapours, every twist explored unveiling new depths and addictive bait to greedily devour. At times there is a whisper of Queens Of the Stone Age to the song, in others moments of bands like Morass of Molasses, and from start to finish Take It Back just bewitches.

It is the third song we have heard from Gold Jacks and without doubt their best to date, which if the trend continues means we are in for something extremely special next time.

Take It Back is out now via Scruff of the Neck Records.

Pete RingMaster 14/09/2015

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