Juno – Speed Won’t Cut It


Speed Won’t Cut It is a mighty roar to get you to your feet, incite a closed fisted punch of the air, and arouse the spirit to stand defiant and proud. It is also the new irresistible punk incitement from UK punks Juno, a band just bubbling under finding major attention for a while now but now giving it an almighty nudge with their latest four-track EP.

Formed in 2008, the Leeds band sparked keen interest with their debut release We are Juno. A trio initially, they expanded attention and their line-up by the time of second EP Set Sail in 2009. A short break followed before a new head of stream saw the band return with the acclaimed Counting Backwards Causes Explosions EP. It was six tracks of boisterous rock ‘n’ roll which with its 2012 unleashing, drew a host of new fans and led to the band signing with The Animal Farm and the release of its successor Answers a year later, a proposition which eclipsed its predecessor in sound, persuasion, and success. Aligned to a potent live presence and craft which has seen Juno share stages with the likes of Summerlin, ACiD DROP, The Roughneck Riot, Twenty Twenty, Blitz Kids, Forgotten Roots, Adelaide, The Afterparty, Page 44, Failsafe, The Headstart and many more, the foursome of lead vocalist/guitarist Rob Kirk, lead guitarist/vocalist James Duncan, bassist/vocalist Ben Rowe, and drummer Matt Grum are now ready to pounce on full nationwide recognition without stopping at those boundaries and it all starts with the highly tempting Speed Won’t Cut It.

speed_wont_cut_it_RingMasterReviewMerciless hooks and swinging melodies have always been a part of the band’s punk ‘n’ roll offerings but alongside the band’s energy, all have gone up the gears within the new EP. It opens up with new single/video Last Dance, a track which ensures its invitation is quickly taken by feet. It is pure contagious punk rock with a flavoursome touch of AFI to it, though it quickly enforces its own lively character upon ears and imagination. With busy rhythmic bait and fiery guitar enterprise backing up Rob’s anthemically leading vocals, it is gripping stuff and just the start of the voracious revelry to follow.

Will I Be Free steps up next, immediately offering attitude in its riffs and jabbing beats. That continues into the quickly established canvas of jagged guitar tempting and band harmonies, Rob’s voice the ringleader as Ben’s bass prowls deceptive calms before one incendiary chorus. As with the first track, you cannot claim that Juno are re-inventing punk rock but few songs and indeed bands have set ears and emotions alight as effortlessly and rousingly recently as Juno in their first two songs on the EP alone.

Across the tracks the luring of physical participation from voice and body is inevitable and continues with the swinging stroll of Sirens. An arguably less imposing encounter but no weak link in stirring up spirit and thick enjoyment, the song bounds along throwing hooks into a gripping sonic resourcefulness to, like the Pied Piper, tantalise and seduce ears and spirit.

Speed Won’t Cut It ends on its biggest high and the mighty call to arms of Face Our Demons. Like a melodic punk version of Stiff Little Fingers, the track makes thick nudges on thoughts and emotions as its web of guitar tenacity and rhythmic pugnacity aids the song’s inescapable rebel rousing. The track is glorious; an inflammatory slice of intense punk ‘n’ roll which by its unstoppable and virulent finale, is sure to have the listener standing tall and yelling enough is enough to those and things which have taken advantage and more. It certainly did here.

Juno songs have a social and emotionally political aspect to their words which seems to further fire up the sounds around them and in turn the listener. It is a balanced weave though, which makes Juno easily stand out from similarly intense propositions whilst providing a hell of a great time, as proven by the must have Speed Won’t Cut It.

The Speed Won’t Cut It EP is out now across most online stores

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Pete RingMaster 10/03/2016

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Story – Hopeless But Hoping


With a sound living up to their name; music and songs which tell a tale for ears and imagination to get wrapped up in, UK band Story release their second EP, Hopeless But Hoping this month. Carrying six tracks fusing melodic metalcore with post hardcore amidst rock scented infectiousness, the release is a captivating and accomplished encounter which is as much at ease brawling with the senses as caressing them with suggestive melodies.

Formed in 2014, the Sheffield hailing band seeded their sound in the inspirations of bands such as Memphis May Fire, Of Mice & Men, Mallory Knox, and Young Guns. They quickly earned a potent reputation for their live show, sharing stages with the likes of Tek-One, Qemists, ACODA, Shields, Silent Screams, The Call Back Academy, and Summerlin over time whilst the release of their first EP and debut single Father Forgotten, nudged a broader attention. Now they are unveiling Hopeless But Hoping to stir things up again and to greater heights, a success not too difficult to contemplate.

Produced from within the band, Hopeless But Hoping opens with Story’s new single/video Article 10. It lays a gentle melodic touch upon ears initially, evocative guitar charm stroking ears and imagination before a bigger rumble brews and escapes the band. It soon relaxes as the impressive vocals of Bill Hobson step forward with the narrative, the guitars of Liam Gratton and Matt Baxter almost dancing around him with their enterprise. Equally, between them the pair uncage some feisty and imposing riffs to match the throbbing rhythms of bassist Tom Walker and drummer Chris Ogden as Hobson shows his fluid switch to angst fuelled aggression is equal to his harmonic delivery.

Story Artwork_RingMasterReviewThe track is a fiery and eventful encounter with a nice line in unpredictability, not a trait which every song exploits as well but when they do as in the following Push Me Away, the imagination cannot help but get involved. The second track swings in on a lure of tenacious rock ‘n roll, calming down again as vocals join the bubbling affair before rising up with energy into an emotive snarl. Great backing roars and keen spirals of sonic endeavour add to the contagious tempting and presence of the song; it as its predecessor offering plenty of textures and twists to be forcibly enticed by.

Community flares up next, its emotive and volatile blaze catching attention if without finding the same individuality and success as the songs before it. With open craft from the band in sound and songwriting as well as a strong anthemic feel to it, the song certainly keeps enjoyment high before Letting Go serenades ears as an emotive turbulence shares its ire in the background. Melodies and vocals gently and impressively hug the senses, proceeding to reveal their tormented side as in time provocative flames of sound and emotion erupt in a thick engulfing of the senses. It is a slow burner compared to the first pair of songs, but grows to be another highly agreeable moment in the adventure of the EP.

The release’s busily textured and energetic title track sizzles within ears next, Hopeless But Hoping a song which is as riveting as it is a touch frustrating. It leaps in with an irresistible turbulence of grooves and rhythms aligned to raw vocals but then lets the strength of its thrilling start wane as its intensity and drama drops. It saves itself though with some fascinating turns into atmospheric and melody fuelled resourcefulness to add a great element of surprise to an encounter which, as great as it turns out, just feels like it could have been even bigger and bolder.

Carry Me Home finishes the release, its rousing air and boisterous enterprising alone a blend to grab attention. It might not be a song ripe with uniqueness, something you could say about the EP generally, but as Hopeless But Hoping, it has a wealth of invention and drama, as well as the band’s undeniable skills, to leave ears and emotions healthily satisfied. The potential of their sound also makes a lingering impact suggesting that Story has a potent time ahead of them.

The Hopeless But Hoping EP is released March 4th, details @ http://storyofficial.bigcartel.com/product/hopeless-but-hoping-ep-pre-order

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Pete RingMaster 04/03/2016

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Liar Liar: He Said She Said EP

With more bounce than Tigger in a trampoline factory and as endearing as Justin Bieber losing his voice, the debut EP from UK pop punks Liar Liar is one melody fest riding a wave of unbridled energy and impressive craft. The He Said She Said EP treats the ear to four bombs of power pop which easily please and ooze immense promise for the future. The release shows the band has still to find its own distinct voice but with a quartet of more than solid hungry companions within its cover, the EP is one contagious ball of energy and charm to fully engage with.

Sheffield based and formed at the very beginning of the year, Liar Liar with a clutch of well prepared songs in their armoury was soon thrilling audiences locally and across their county, successful shows which saw them gain a swiftly growing fan base and support slots with the likes of Paige and Summerlin. Taking the summer to work on and record their debut, Liar Liar unleash a vibrant and basically impressive release which will put the rest of the country on alert for their  promising and enjoyable sounds.

As soon as opener Heart Attack gets into its stride you know you are in for a ride which sounds like a blend of You Me At Six, New Found Glory, and The All-American Rejects, the latter a band you can quite easily see Liar Liar forging a creativity like in the future, not necessarily in sound but in style and imagination. The song saunters along at the beginning, the vocals of Joe Daniels strong and confident whilst his guitar play and that of Jake Lawton lays an energetic and eager breath to the track. The track soon explodes into surges of feisty and charged energy and pace with firm jabbing rhythms from drummer Jack Dudill (who has since left the band) and the gnarly bass of Liam Bates adding their weight to fire up the enthusiasm even more, the track becoming an anthemic and infectious treat.

It is a strong and compelling start easily matched by High N’ Low. The guitars immediately are gnawing at the ear with slightly abrasive yet inviting tenderizing riffs before the beats make their presence known. The track soon settles into another overall even paced attack though once more offering elevated moments of power. As melodies roam around the song with accomplish and eagerness alongside great harmonies between Daniels and Bates especially for the thumping chorus, the track hits all the right spots. Yes the song and release arguably does not stand a million miles from many other bands but whether those others have raised as great an impression and satisfaction from their first introduction as Liar Liar do, is to be doubted.

Lyrically the songs focus on relationships which have faltered or gone wrong and the aftermath, which makes for a release certainly easy to relate to for all though there is no moment where a track stands and feels sorry for itself, all a fast and keen confrontation of catchy hooks and melodies within a frame of pulse racing energy. People Never Change is a potent song driven by thumping beats and the great disgruntled bass sound of Bates, one of the biggest highlights on the release. Emotive and reflective, the track is a less explosive but still as intense affair bursting with group choruses and inventive hooks. Probably of all the songs, this is the one which more than hints at the imaginative and even more adventurous song writing one expects ahead, the song of all, the one which drew The All-American Rejects comparison.

    It Doesn’t Take A Hero closes up the fun with a flood of biting riffs and flowing harmonies shaped by pounding rhythms and again raging passion and energy. It is a fine end to a high quality and consistent release. It pumps its fist and ignites the heart from start to finish to leave one feeling energised, so ok sound wise the band has a little way to go stand alone but for pleasure giving they lack little. Liar Liar is a band you can only see rising to great heights and offering even greater moments in the future.


RingMaster 03/11/2012

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