Scout Killers – Deception

Being a band we have had a close ear on for a handful of years now, we can suggest that the Scout Killers sound has now all grown up as it fuels one sizeable treat in the shape of their new EP. Deception offers four tracks of infectious alternative rock with a snarl in their heart and imagination in their nature. It is easily the UK quintet’s most striking and accomplished proposal yet and the moment far bigger spotlights could wake up to their presence.

Previous single Rip Me Apart hinted at a coming of age of their sound last year but now is shown to have been just another step in the growth bursting out within Deception. Since emerging in 2009, Scout Killers has become an established and eagerly supported presence within the British underground scene. Nudging attention with their debut EP We Cage The Storm and making a stronger impact with their self-titled first album, the Bath based outfit has increasingly blossomed in creativity and reputation as a live proposition, sharing stages with the likes of Fearless Vampire Killers, The Computers, F.O.E.S, and No Devotion among many, and through further releases like the Stand Your Ground EP of 2014 and the previously mentioned impressive single.

Deception takes things to a whole new ball park on all levels, the release quickly gripping ears and stirring the imagination with opener Freak Show. A lone guitar melody winds itself around ears first, soon being joined by the rousing tones of vocalist Scott Cox and the imposing yet inviting beats of Chris Phillips. There is instant muscle in the rising sound of the song, tension in its vocal and sonic drama, all bound in an infectiousness which fuels the attack of the forceful web of sound. The dark hues of Tom Graham-Hibbs’ bass are a throbbing grounding to the fiery textures cast by guitarists Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez, the union of the five a theatre of craft and imagination.

The seriously impressing start is followed by the mellower air of Keep Telling Me Lies though it too has a tempestuous edge with gives bite to its riffs and emotion. Bouncy rhythms temper the melancholic hue of melodies, bass and vocals bringing their individual shadows to the plaintive voice of the song. A Pearl Jam meets Alter Bridge washes over ears though as its predecessor, the track emerges as something distinct to Scout Killers, an individuality which has also come alive more dramatically with the EP.

Let It All Go hits the plateau of the opener, melodies and rhythms coming together for a suggestive start which soon becomes a more imposing proposal as Cox’s vocals once more grip attention with some superb backing from others within the band. A slice of meaty rock ‘n’ roll with a controlled attack which adds to its weight, the song truly hits the spot before You Have It All brings things to an equally heady conclusion. The final track flirts with ears initially, a guitar teasing and coaxing before being quickly joined by the rapier swings of Phillips and the growling bait of Graham-Hibbs’ bass. As catchy as it is an intensive roar, the song twists and turns with a resourceful fluidity and craft, leaving on a senses scorching stomp of a finale which demands a swift dive back into the EP’s depths.

Like many others, we have has a soft spot for Scout Killers though after Deception it has just become a touch lustier, the EP a wake-up call for national attention and beyond.

The Deception EP is out across most online stores July 7th

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Scout Killers – Stand Your Ground EP


With each release, UK alternative rock band Scout Killers seems to discover another layer to their songwriting and sound which is as intriguing as it is enticing and new EP Stand Your Ground is no exception. At times dramatically intense and often sonically fiery, the release is another flavoursome proposition from the emerging band. It is again fuelled by the striking potential the band always shows and which may be taking time to be fully realised, but has so far equipped each encounter with a fascinating and highly enjoyable adventure.

Formed in the latter parts of 2009, the Bath and Bristol hailing Scout Killers has consistently grabbed attention and praise since the release of We Cage the Storm EP and especially the greedily devoured single from it, The Waves. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band’s growing sound merges emotion drenched atmospherics with imposing textures and melodic virulence. It provided an enthralling presence to the band’s well-received self-titled debut and its acclaimed lead song No Reason last year. Now the quintet show further potent strides with Stand Your Ground, five tracks of raw and incendiary emotion entwined in a weave of creative and intricate endeavour.

The EP’s title track is first to seduce ears, the song blooming from a moody sonic drone with a gentle but fiery wash of keys and melodic guitar intricacies. It is a smouldering temptation, a slow coaxing of energy which swiftly welcomes the excellent expressive tones of vocalist Scott Cox. Its restrained gait is also the fuse to a building intensity and drama in the song, the guitars of Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez spinning an emotive web around the melancholic basslines of Josh Ellis and firm beats of drummer Chris Phillips. In many ways the song is wrapped in a tempest of emotion, dark shadows through the vocals and pensive invention of the song superbly conflicting with the radiance of keys and reserved yet potent melodies.

It is a powerful and increasingly persuasive start followed by The Rains. Entering on choppy and wiry riffs, the song makes a gripping persuasion which expands into another fevered blaze of EP Artworksonic and emotional angst coloured with engaging enterprise. It plays like a flame, flickering drama a rich hue to the senses licking intensity and blazing crescendos lining the track. It does lack the additional spark to match its predecessor but leaves ears and thoughts fully contented before making way for the sultry croon of Time and Again. It also is missing something to match up to those before it but with an open elegance to its melodic and emotional exploration, the song is a warm and vibrant caress on the senses.

Honey drifts evocatively around the listener next, the song another gentle serenade but with thick boned rhythms and a provocative taste to its alluring melodies it is soon mesmerising and igniting the imagination. As with the opener, the song is unafraid to erupt with raw and feisty expulsions of energy and causticity which seamlessly emerge from and fall back into gentle and melancholically lit radiance. The track grips from start to finish, boiling up as it heads towards its finale then passing over its theatre of emotion and energy to the closing Cease and Resist. The best track on the EP, it is a turbulent incitement from the first hungry riffs and weighty beat offered, a sonic tenacity matching the aggressive tone and impact of the outstanding track. Loaded with a grunge and raw predation, the storm of attitude and musical voracity with blues oiled fire is a dramatic and uncompromising roar and the EP’s pinnacle.

Scout Killers continue to impress as they grow and though the band has not found the massive triumph their potential suggests is inside, they are undoubtedly heading in the right direction, the evidence all there in Stand Your Ground.

The Stand Your Ground EP is out December 12th @

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Shouting Signals: Stand Your Ground EP

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    The Stand Your Ground EP from British post-hardcore band Shouting Signals is one of the more accomplished and fresh sounding releases to come out of the genre in recent times The debut five track feast is a blaze of fiery melodics, sturdy rhythms, and passionate vocals brought with honed craft and thoughtful enterprise, with only the fact it has not quite a distinct enough voice yet to rip the band wide apart from other genre related contenders as the only slight dent in its impressive armour.

The Essex quintet of vocalist Bertie Scott, guitarists Rikk Malice and Scott Baker, bassist Tom Clare, and Jay Wilding on drums, has been on a steady rise since forming in 2011. Constantly working on their sound, unrelentingly honing it and their craft, the band has inspired a growing loyal fanbase through their energetic live performances which has seen them gigging with a hunger around the south east and London. The band has been compared to the likes of You Me at Six, Architects, and 30 Seconds To Mars, and their first release certainly does nothing to dispel those potent references. Stand Your Ground is their first strike in to the larger national awareness, a release which easily reflects the time and effort which the band put into it to make sure every surface, note, and emotion it offers was of their finest imagination and skill.

Opener Never Run Away tells you all you need to know about the band, rich melodic guitars sounds with a sonic fire and Shouting Signals - Stand Your Ground EP Coverthumping rhythms taking mere seconds to persuade and entertain the ear with an urgent energy and feisty passion. Carrying a jangle to their touch and acute textures to their voice the guitars of Malice and Baker flame and snake around the senses with inventive imagination to secure strong attention, whilst the bass and rhythmic enticements of Clare and Wilding respectively cage and drive it with not exactly unbridled aggression but with a firm intent. The vocals of Scott though stand with their own rich stance, his tones and delivery openly impressive and a big factor which along with their instinctive ability to create invigorating sounds to see the band in a clear spotlight of their own in the future.

The following Breathe In, Breathe Out and One Forty continue the strong and engaging start, the first unveiling brazen melodic enticement and again, what is to be a constant across the release, fire to its passionate appetite to excite and provoke the listener in their emotions. The guitars and vocals dominate with quality and power with the rhythm section pulling it all together with excellent ability but production wise it would have been nice to have the bass especially finding a stronger clarity and presence in the mix. The second of the pair opens with its sinews rippling within bulging riffs and crisp punchy drum beats alongside more shards of guitar sonics, which niggle and agitate the ear enjoyably, and the now expected great vocals of Scott. Though neither song matches up to the strength of their predecessor, both further the brewing magnetised hunger for their creative encounters.

All My Answers is an excellent slice of acidic and inciting melodic rock with a strong whisper of Lost Prophets to its impacting presence, the choppy riffs and suggestive bass groan showing the depth of the invention within songwriting and how to wring every idea of its purest essences. The best track on the EP, it hustles and bustles the ear with a raucous breath and seemingly untamed energy all keenly sculpted by the skilled talents of the band.

Closing song The Penitence is another major highlight of the release, a song which shifts its stance constantly with a fluid and strikingly impressive mastery. With the bass finding its deepest growl and allowed to share it with more openness and great vocal harmonies employed alongside the rich expression of Scott, the track is a powerful and thrilling end to an equally enjoyable release.

Shouting Signals is a band to watch very closely and, as the Stand Your Ground EP proves, enjoy along every inch of their certain rise.


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