Twister – 64 White Lies

Not quite a year ago, UK rock outfit Twister grabbed our ears and attention, like with so many others, through the Designed State of Mind EP. It was an infectious yet meaty collection of melodically woven, rousingly catchy rock pop openly rich in a potential which has since been realised and pushed again by a debut album and now new single 64 White Lies.

The Durham hailing outfit formed in 2004 and has grown to be one of the more enticing rock propositions on the British scene as well as a powerful and acclaimed live encounter. Over the years they have played with the likes of Status Quo, Simple Minds, Texas, Scouting for Girls, Ron Thal (Bumblefoot),  Jools Holland, and The Joy Formidable and finished in overall second place out of 12,000 acts in the Surface Festival. The Designed State of Mind EP was a definite nudge on bigger recognition of their powerful sound with its release last year and more than built upon by first album Combined State of Mind released this past May.

Taken from that full-length, 64 White Lies epitomises the band’s strongly written and potently crafted sound. It might not be bursting with surprises as a song but everything about it is adventurous and an adventure for the listener. From its opening melodic tease of guitar and the swiftly following wave of muscular rhythms and pressing riffs, the song has ears in the palms of its creative hands. The engaging tones of vocalist/guitarist Stevie Stoker only reinforce the temptation; his voice melodic warmth within the more volatile roar of sound and intensity.

With the strolling bassline of Matt Whitaker and the wickedly swung beats of drummer Joe Major striking bait alongside the creative inducement of guitarist Jake Grime and Stoker, the song is an instinctive surge of heart and craft as effective in its composed moments as in its fiery roar. It is a mix of the enticingly familiar and appetisingly fresh which makes a delving into Combined State of Mind and the incoming horizons of Twister an inevitable next move.

64 White Lies is released September 22nd.

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Pete RingMaster 12/09/2017

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Twister – Designed State of Mind

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Since forming, UK rock pop band Twister has shared stages with the likes of Status Quo, Simple Minds, Texas, Scouting for Girls, Jools Holland, and The Joy Formidable, Guns ’n’ Roses guitarist Ron Thal (Bumblefoot) on his 2015 UK tour, and finished second out of 12,000 acts in the Surface Festival. Each moment has drawn praise and vocal support, something not hard to understand whilst listening to the band’s new mini album Designed State of Mind.

Offering six vibrant and emotionally intensive affairs, Designed State of Mind catches ears with its instinctive catchiness and the imagination with its accomplished melody rich character. Straight away as opener and the band’s new single hits ears, there is an instant show of new maturity and a blossoming in the band’s sound since previous album This Isn’t Wonderland of 2014. Songs are more rounded and the united craft of the band tighter, Trees alone revelling in that growth. Quickly tangy hooks and spicy melodies entangle with the darker hues of a lively bass, beats swinging with matching eagerness as the infectious encounter descends on ears and appetite. Impossibly contagious by the time of its pop loaded chorus, the track bounces around inspiring the same in body and spirit; Jake Grimes, Matthew Whitaker, and Joe Major a lively proposition around the potent voice of Stevie Stoker.

twister-album-artwork-design_RingMasterReviewed-state-of-mindIt is a thrilling start which the EP at times equals and or closely misses but constantly sparks strong enjoyment starting with Monroe. More of as grower than its predecessor and with a touch of restraint to its seeming want to explode, the song strolls along with rhythmic shadows aligned to reflective melodies as vocals again caress ears with a firm and captivating touch. It too has a chorus which is hard not to get involved in while its melancholic air seduces before the excellent Fist Fight by the Waterside steps forward.

Once more suggestive melodies and tenacious rhythms collude with Stoker’s powerful tones as the song’s character has the spirit and punch its title might suggest. Touching on the predatory at times, the track easily rivals the opener as a main highlight and quickly matched by the mellower reflective charm of Monopolise. Reflective voice and melody coax ears before the song broadens out into an anthemic croon with feisty energy and heart to the fore. There is a touch of ABC to the song, if that band had turned to hard rock, it ending as infectiously enticing as anything on the album.

Designed State of Mind ends with the equally red-blooded Feeding Frenzy, a rousing encounter if missing the final vital spark of previous songs within the album and lastly Fortune Favours the Bold, a warm and boldly engaging song again not quite reaching the heights of before. Nevertheless the pair brings the album to a highly pleasing close adding to a want to hear more from Twister, a Durham hailing band rising up the UK rock scene with every passing success.

Designed State of Mind is out now through most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 10/10/2016

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Tyrannosaurus Nebulous – TLK/Straight Jacket

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Tyrannosaurus Nebulous is a British hard rock roar which ahead of a highly anticipated new EP, have just uncaged a highly irresistible stomp in the shape of double A-sided single Straight Jacket/TLK. Two slices of multi-flavoured irresistible rock ‘n’ roll; the release marks all cards on a new spirit raising proposition very easy to find an eager appetite for.

Based in the Black Country, the foursome of Stourbridge hailing guitarists Matt and brother Paul Darby, their Dudley hailing cousin James Miles on drums, and South Wales (Caerphilly) bred Lee Jenkins draw on inspirations from 70’s hard rock and the likes of Budgie, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC\DC, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Thin Lizzy for their own adventurous proposals. As shown by their 2014 debut EP Never Gonna Be, which featured former vocalist Justin Catton, Tyrannosaurus Nebulous use all flavours in a sound crafted in its own identity. The new single continues that evolution, offering the band’s most unique sound yet without defusing what is an easily accessible and seemingly instinctively recognisable prowess. With a strong reputation building live presence across the Midlands and South Wales which has included shows with the likes of Captain Horizon, Twisted State of Mind, Buzzard, Vicious Nature, Sister Shotgun, Healer of Bastards, No More Numbers, The Delta Rhythm, Sour Mash, Swamp Donkey and numerous more, Tyrannosaurus Nebulous is ready to stoke up national fires with the upcoming Deal With My Evil EP in July and before it the fiery stomp that is TLK/Straight Jacket.

TLK comes first, a song introducing “the band’s very own T. Rex called Terence, sent to us from a faraway galaxy to teach us the ways of pure rock ‘n’ roll, so that we can defeat inferior talent show chart drivel and put hard hitting rock back on top where it belongs !!!” No matter the story, behind it, the track is pure rock ‘n’ roll which hits the ground running as riffs and rhythms entice and enslave with boisterous catchiness and chest thumping energy. It is no slouch in providing melodic temptation and spirit rousing virulence either, it all led by the dusty anthemic tones of Matt backed by the similarly potent tones of the band. As suggested there is something familiar about the song and the band’s sound yet it refuses to be pinned down while offering thickly fresh scented rock ‘n’ roll. Like its companion, the track feels like a returning best friend with a new line in fun and diversely flavoured rock devilry.

Whereas there is a great classic rock spicing to the track, Straight Jacket infuses some southern rock flavouring to its melody thick blaze. Within seconds guitars are spinning a web of juicy grooves and rampant riffs as bass and drums create heavy duty contagion. Again, it is a song which is infested with pedal to the metal energy but equally explores some just as stirring moments of smouldering melodies and sonic suggestiveness.

Both the Gavin Monaghan produced tracks hit the sweet spot with ease and are sure to please any hard rock fan with a taste for rock ‘n’ roll unafraid to show its influences whilst creating a new mighty roar.

TLK/Straight Jacket is out now @ https://tyrannosaurusnebulous.bandcamp.com/

Upcoming Gigs:

Saturday 16th July – E.P. Launch Party – Barge & Barrel, Tipton
Friday 18th November – Supporting ‘Children of the Gravy’ – Black Sabbath tribute – Roadhouse Birmingham

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Pete RingMaster 16/06/2016

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New York Tourists – Call

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Whether being described as Queens of The Stone Age meets Foals is a true colour to the New York Tourists sound we are still debating but it does hint at the rich flavour and textures within it, qualities ripe in the band’s new single Call.

cover_RingMaster Review    It is fair to say that the British alternative rock quartet has been garnering hefty praise in reviews and attention since the release of their debut EP, Thankyou & Goodnight late 2012, its track Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out, selected as one of BBC Introducing’s top 10 tracks of 2013. Its success helped lead New York Tourists to support slots for the likes of The Subways, The View, The Sunshine Underground, and Buzzcocks whilst also headlining the Alternative Stage at Blackburn Festival. Second EP Dead Man’s Leather was unveiled in 2014 via London based label Kittiwake Records, and more acclaim and attention flew their way as well as opportunities to play with band such as We Are Scientists, The Cribs, and Shed 7 soon after. Having begun recording their successful Kickstarter funded debut album earlier this year and playing Hogton Tower in Preston as the main support to Status Quo in front of 12,000 people, the foursome of vocalist/guitarist Gary Taylor, guitarist Carl Rutherford, bassist Adrian Mckenzie, and drummer Joe Mooney have had an exciting year, one only continuing with Call, the band whetting and inflaming the appetite for their album at the same time.

The single opens with the falsetto prowess of Taylor, his lofty tones backed by more earthbound hues, presumably also his own, as guitars cast their magnetic lure over ears and around the lively rhythmic frame of the song. With a scent of psych rock and post punk/new wave spice to its invitingly volatile climate and body, the track canters along with an engaging melodic character and busy energy around an impressive vocal tempting. Rhythmically the song reminds of fellow Brits The Sea, whilst its vocal and inventive heart offers a familiarity hard to pin down but certainly with seeds in more adventurous Brit Pop.

Leaving a certain want for more, Call is a potent tempter for the New York Tourists album whenever that comes along, and if its songs can match up to the single, more highly enjoyable times are afoot.

Call is released October 24th

Upcoming Live Dates:

30th October – Camden Barfly

13th November – Ferret, Preston

19th November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds

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Pete RingMaster 23/10/2015

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Voodoo Vegas – Hypnotise EP

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A rock ‘n’ roll holler to reinforce their growing reputation as one energy rousing proposition, UK stompers Voodoo Vegas release the Hypnotise EP offering four songs that bellow and tenaciously stomp through ears from start to finish. Instantly it is a thickly enjoyable encounter which just hits the spot time and time again to give body and satisfaction a very healthy workout.

The successor to their well-received 2013 debut album The Rise Of Jimmy Silver, the Hypnotise EP is a potent build on its success and introduction to those new to the Voodoo Vegas roar. There are no major surprises unearthed by band and encounter but with the accomplished craft and open imagination of the band coursing songwriting and sound, the EP is more than just a solid proposition to support their rich live stature earned over the past couple of years or so. 2014 saw the quintet play a special guest slot for Status Quo in Holland, share the stage with Y&T on their UK/European Tour, and play a host of their own shows across the UK and Europe, as well as play a host of festivals. This year Voodoo Vegas played an acclaimed performance at the Camden Rocks Festival 2015 amongst many shows and with producer Will Maya (The Answer, Breed 77) record Hypnotise. It has been a busy time for the band east to expect being matched as their EP does the rounds tempting fans and newcomers alike.

VV2-cover-flattened_RingMaster Review   Hypnotise opens with its title track, swiftly creating a blaze of tangy grooves around antagonistic riffs and spiky rhythms driven by the strong vocals of Lawrence Case. Almost as quickly the song slips into a less imposing but no less magnetic stroll around an early entering chorus, undulating its intensity and attitude thereon in with fluid and pleasing prowess. The guitars of Merylina Hamilton and Jon Dawson provide a constant web of enterprise throughout the song which keeps ears happily fed whilst the bass of Ash Moulton brings its own throatily seductive groove.

It is a potent start with numerous rewards for the appetite and imagination to get hold of but soon eclipsed by its successor, Tied Up. From its first breath as a blaze of guitar, the track strolls with a predatory nature and tone, entwining it with fiery and feisty endeavour from across the band whipped up into extra zeal by the rapier swings of drummer Jonno Smyth. Hard and glam rock ‘n’ roll but with plenty more essences boiling in its belly, the song is a perpetually magnetic captivation with a simultaneous snarl and creative glint in the eye.

From one highlight to another in the blues seeded shape of Round & Round, a swagger of a stomp that just gets stronger and more inventive with each passing minute and rewarding listen. The harmonica skills of Case bring new intoxication to the song around midway, though bass and guitars had already whipped up a greedy lick of the lips for their devilish imagination by that point anyway.

The two songs offer the peak of the release but closing track Killing Joke has plenty in sound and anthemic imagination within its more intimidating canter to leave ears and pleasure ripe. As throughout Hypnotise hooks and grooves are forcibly appealing, being perfectly backed by feisty riffs as vocals alongside rhythms expose the pungent heart in a fine end to the EP.

As suggested, the Hypnotise EP is open in its inspirations, most likely Aerosmith, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and AC/DC amongst them, and does not venture into the unknown but for thick invigorating rock ‘n roll it, and Voodoo Vegas, leave no one wanting.

The Hypnotise EP is out now on iTunes

Upcoming Live Shows:

23rd Oct – WESTBURY, UK – Charlies Bar

24th Oct – EVESHAM, UK – Iron Road

21st Nov – BOURNEMOUTH, UK – The Cellar Bar

28th Nov – POOLE, UK – Mr Kyps

12th Dec – IPSWICH, UK – The Music Room (with Gilby Clarke)

13th Dec – LONDON, UK – The Underworld (with Gilby Clarke)

14th Dec – BILSTON, UK – The Robin (with Gilby Clarke)

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Pete RingMaster 14/10/2015

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Imicus -The Libertine

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They may have left us all hanging after their impressive first chapter and debut album, but after a two year hiatus UK melodic metallers Imicus return with a new line-up and single soaked in the same invigorating qualities and invention as before. The Libertine is a striking comeback, two tracks reminding us of how the Luton hailing band gripped attention and emotions first time around whilst providing a new expanse and depth to their fascinating and provocative sound.

Before the original line-up disbanded in 2012, Imicus was stirring up keen praise and eager support straight away from their first single Visceral, which was released on Transcend Records in 2009. Eagerly swooped on by radio and its video by the likes of Kerrang! and Scuzz TV, the song’s success was surpassed by debut album Animal Factory the following year. Alongside this success, Imicus equally drew strong responses with their live performances which across the years has seen them share stages with the likes of AC/DC, Bullet For My Valentine, 30 Seconds to Mars, Rage against The Machine, The Stone Temple Pilots, and Aerosmith as well as make successful appearances at festivals like Download, Hellfire, Hammerfest, and The Bulldog Bash where they played with such bands as Breed 77, Sepultura, Opeth, Skindred, Saxon , Motorhead, Status Quo, The Damned, and many more.

Last year saw the end to the break which followed for the band, when co-founder and vocalist Miller decided to take the band out of storage with a new line-up and intent in sound and invention. The Libertine is the first offering from the PromoImageband’s second chapter, and recorded with Russ Russell the single is a gripping incitement swiftly revealing evolution in songwriting and imagination of the band.

The Libertine swiftly encloses ears in thick layers of rugged riffs and sonic enterprise punctuated by punchy beats. It is a captivating web given further strength by the vocals of Miller and the hazy atmosphere sculpted by the skilled melodic designs cast by guitarists Matt Turnbull and Al Hutton. Expulsions of muscular attitude and intensity equally add to the compelling encounter whilst Miller sets brawling roars alongside his flowing melodic delivery and the rhythms of bassist Bradley Beech and drummer Antony Cardinal bring a predatory breath through their attack. Technically as enthralling as it is creatively melodic, the song is a rich blend of explosive textures and bracing atmospheric tension, and a mighty return from the band.

Its companion track is Medusa, a song bred from the same melodic and inventively tenacious template as its predecessor whilst uncovering even stronger evocative potency to its depths against sinews seemingly finding seeds in the likes of Stone Sour and Killswitch Engage. There is a definite feel of Johnny Wore Black to the track’s emotive hues and insightful expression whilst elegant melodies and direct passion feverishly drive its imaginative persuasion.

Both tracks combine for an imposingly pleasing and impressive comeback for Imicus, and the breeding of real anticipation for the band’s new album scheduled for next year. The band may have been away but it did not stop its potency and potential growing, as well as expanding with the influx of new creative blood.

The Libertine is released worldwide on CD and digitally September 26th from all major digital outlets as well as @ http://imicus.bigcartel.com/

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RingMaster 21/09/2014

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77 – Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll

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    Band name and album title does not hint at but immediately tells you exactly what you are getting into once you climb on board with the new stomp from Spanish rockers 77. Their album Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll is bred, sculpted, and delivered in seventies hard rock revelry but one which offers a fresh take on the nostalgia pushing adventure whilst wearing its inspirational heart on its muscular sleeves. The ten track release is not the fuse to heated blazes in the passions but it certainly romps along with confidence and accomplished mischief to make an encounter which lingering friendship with is a given.

Formed by brothers Armand (vocals and guitar) and LG Valeta (lead guitar), 77 has earned a fine and eagerly offered reputation for their easy to access sounds. With Dolphin (drums) and Raw (bass) completing the line-up, the band release their third album on the back of the acclaimed High Decibels. The new album continues the passion driven creatively instinctive bruisings the band has come renowned for whilst slipping in some new spicery and exploration, though ultimately the Listenable Records released offering feeds expectations rather than avoids them. It is not an album to leave you opened mouthed in awe and surprise but definitely it teases and takes ears on a feisty fun ride, which is always welcomed.

     Produced by Fred Estby and Nicke Andersson, Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll lets rip with its title track, the song instantly loadingnoname up on the ear with honest unfussy rock riffs and a tempting if familiar hook. The vocals of Armand ‘croon’ in   a pleasing if expected style whilst the group clad anthemic chorus soon has the voice joining the already engaged feet in the simple yet infectious opener. It is a song you know before you have heard it but still makes for a satisfying introduction which sets down the template for the upcoming party.

Both the following Don’t You Scream and Down and Dirty continue the eager start, the first with a taunting groove and additional blues kissed teasing from LG around another irresistibly contagious chorus whilst the second gets down on the liquor soaked blues floor and slowly, in comparison to its predecessors, singes the senses with continually to impress guitar enterprise, though each expulsion of its invention seems to be over before it and the listener has time to draw breath.  The pair hit the spot without dodging assumptions of what is coming but such the craft and passion in their veins it is hard not to enlist in their persuasion.

Highway Rebel passes by next without igniting any real flicker of energy in the passions for an admittedly strongly designed if uneventful presence before handing ears over to the album’s pinnacle. Jazz It Up is a delicious stroll, a track from its first note courting a swagger which has song and band swinging their wares with a wantonness that is pure addiction. The insatiable grooves have hips in their naughty hands throughout whilst the melodic blues toxicity conjured by LG is icing on a very tasty resourceful cake.

The swamp air of Stay Away From Water makes an excellent start to its arrival, a deltas blues essence washing over the ear which leads to a slight disappointment when the song clears its climate to present another clean rock ’n’ roll offering. Into its stride though the track proves itself to be another contagious, tempered charge through happy to accept ears whilst its successors You Bore Me and Take Me or Leave Me create their own equally appealing blues filtered temptations, the first of the two featuring LG on lead vocals. Neither provides anything truly new to get the imagination around but both enslave a healthy appetite and depth of passion for their smouldering suasion. They might not, like the album, have emotions raging but they definitely have strong appreciation swerving with eagerness to the grooves and enterprise offered.

Virtually Good and 16 Year-Old King complete the album, the pair the weakest songs on show yet still able to engage a more than happy to return appetite from thoughts and feelings. Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll gives exactly what it says on the tin and a sound rich for the attention of fans of bands such as AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, and Status Quo. 77 is a rock ‘n’ roll band and that is the tall and short of it, an intent which only gives satisfaction.

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7/10

RingMaster 12/12/2013

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