Hardball – Dirty

We are not sure if the North East is Britain’s capital of rock ‘n’ roll trespass but there has been a definite vein of rousing rock bands escaping its depths over the decades. The latest is Darlington quartet Hardball who have just uncaged their debut single/EP in the shape of Dirty. Offering three tracks as individual to each other as they are united in stirring up eager attention, the release is a bruising yet inescapably inviting slice of hard and punk rock embroiled in aggressive enterprise. It is also a potential stocked introduction from a band already sparking a real appetite to hear much more of.

Months maybe mere weeks old, Hardball consists of vocalist/guitarist Tim Smith, guitarist Phil Bailes, bassist Neil MacGillivray, and drummer Denz (Gareth Westgarth). There is little more we can tell you about the band though there is probably little more to share with the band so early in its emergence though you might recognise Denz’ uncompromising dextrous swings from bands such as Hung Like Jack, ill fated riot, and Supercharger.

Recorded live at White Wolf Studio, the band’s debut encounter swiftly had ears on board with opener Dirty. A lure of guitar dangles potent bait first, its classic rock feel a tease into the waiting rapacious embrace of the track. Riffs and rhythms instantly impose once unleashed but with incitement rather than threat while the harmonious tone of the vocals only adds to the rousing temptation already raised, as too the grooves which need seconds to get under the skin. Though surprises were few, everything about the track was fresh and distinctly individual ensuring that the first contact with Hardball was strong, highly enjoyable, and firmly memorable.

The invention within the song was soon escalating as Ballad Of John Fox stepped up next, the song a calm but bold saunter with shimmering melodies and intimation fuelled enterprise to its instrumental and a spirited raucousness to its vocal expulsions. It has an anthemic feel which grows by the minute and a great weave of guitar enterprise as bluesy as it is hard rock inspired.

Our favourite track though is Closed For Inventory, a real gem of a proposal from its initial groove draw to its punk ‘n’ roll roar and scheming rhythms. Carrying a predatory intent at times, especially when those delicious grooves steer the rack’s inescapable manipulation, the final track stole the passions with ease here even against the definite prowess and quality of its companions.

With a first release, any band can only hope for attention and an awakening of their presence as its main success and Hardball will surely achieve that and much more with Dirty. You want some honest, spirit sparking rock ‘n’ roll? Then look to the North East for some Hardball.

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Pete RingMaster 28/07/2018

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Death Ape Disco – Supervolcano

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There is no rest for the wicked the saying goes but with UK rockers Death Ape Disco there is rest for any one such the lure and contagion of their heavy riff laden sounds and insatiable energy. With their debut album Supervolcano as evidence it is easy to declare the Brighton quintet as an emerging riot poised to rough and stir up the country, but the real proof is in the seven bruising encounters which makes up its impressive confrontation, songs which ignite body and emotions with raucous ease.

With the line-up of vocalist Robert Rainford, guitarist/vocalist Kit Brice, guitarist Jamie Boulstridge, bassist Sam Curtis, and drummer Harry Lehane in place from 2011, Death Ape Disco has earned a formidable reputation across the south of England and further afield. Their fusion of heavy metal, hard rock, and grunge with further elements of alternative and stoner rock, as well as a spice of punk at times has bred a loyal and eager fanbase in their tow but you can only suspect that Supervolcano will be the trigger to greater things.

The album stomps down its mark from the first rhythms and notes of opener Kingdom Of Others, drums and riffs marking their territory with accomplished infectiousness before the excellent gruff tones of Rainford add their strong persuasion. The song is an instantly welcoming and inciting riot of prime rock ‘n’ roll, heavy thumping rhythms and urgent riffs accompanied by fiery melodic enterprise from the guitars and a throaty brooding bass prowl. As strong vocal harmonies and an even more vigorous presence emerges within the track it becomes a truly scintillating introduction to release and band. It is not debatably drenched in originality but as a compelling and invigorating protagonist it is an undoubted powerhouse of a starter.

The following Suffocate also takes no time in showing its boisterous sinews with its initial attack entwined in addictive grooves and again rigorous riffing which make addiction inescapable. Punkish in its antagonism, grungy in its melodic temptation, the song is an insatiable fire of creative energy and ruthless persuasion with only its briefness worth a moan, though it means we are sooner confronted with the excellent 10,000 Years. A metal carved intensive groove soon leads the riffs into a mighty enslavement of the passions by the third song, the rhythms of Lehane leaving the senses blissfully punch drunk such their resonance and force. Just when you think the track is going to rip out the jugular the song slips into a hard rock anthemic tempting for its chorus which you cannot resist adding to. With numerous twists into dramatically thrilling and incendiary asides the track is an impossibly contagious grapple sounding like a mix of UK bands Supercharger and Fuckshovel.

Both Grinding Down The Sun and Eclipse take a more restrained approach to the listener though neither are lacking intensity or heavily breathing imagination. The first has a heart of hard rock with vocals adding a further Furyon/Gruntruck essence to the stylish and inventively sculpted venture whilst its successor steps into a more ballad like territory with plenty of Stone Temple Pilots like passion to the melodic flames licking at the passions throughout. A smouldering treat of a song which burns and lingers more and more through numerous passages in its evocative hands, the track ensures that the strength of the songwriting and it’s in many ways understated diversity finds more open clarity.

The song Death Ape Disco like earlier tracks has a mischief which enriches its inflamed hues, the song another virulent slice of invention and skilled devilry. There is a mix of Soundgarden and Alice In Chains to its irresistible inventive toxicity yet equally has a unique charm and teasing which brands it as belonging to the south coast five.

Ending with Mars, a final slab of instinctively forceful and weighty rock ‘n’ roll, Supervolcano is a blistering beckoning from a band which is destined to major things on the evidence of this release. With more uniqueness sure to evolve ahead watch out for Death Ape Disco, they take no prisoners or take no for an answer.

Supervolcano is available to buy here http://deathapedisco.bandcamp.com/ as a buy now name your price.

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8.5/10

RingMaster 11/09/2013

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Supercharger: Retox EP

UK rock band Supercharger gave strong indication they were a band to watch out for with their debut EP Smashing Up The Future and compounded that and more with their debut album Wrong Side Of The Head. Now the band are set to unleash their new EP Retox May 7th and simply they have taken another leap forward to further mark themselves as one of best underground rock bands in the UK and mere steps away from larger and further afield recognition.

Formed in 2007, the quartet from Newcastle Upon Tyne create rock music that hits hard, snarls and bites with aggression, and is as infectious as a nudist beach to under aged teens. It is loud, eager, and thoroughly mischievous, just how rock n roll should be. As mentioned from their debut release through Nascar Records Supercharger immediately drew attention not to mention their raucous and irrepressible live shows but it was with a line-up change in 2009 that a definition and focus emerged to take the band on to another level. Their music is fuelled with attitude, a boisterous mix of rock and punk that is like The Wildhearts and DC4 in a riotous union with Eddie and The Hot Rods and The Damned with a splash of Therapy? in for good measure. Since forming they have shared stages with the likes of Wednesday 13, Sorry and the Sinatras, Bullets and Octane, and Eureka Machines, as well as Ginger “wildhearts” and friends, their sound a ready and eager fit with all styles of rock.

The EP comes with three tracks that burst with muscular combative riffs, infectious melodies and compulsive grooves all  wrapped in a middle finger punk intent that whips the senses up into a willing frenzy.  There is also an unapologetic pop punk essence that adds to the addictive sounds making each song an immediate friend and rebellious companion. The title track is the perfect example; opening up on an easy going punk vocal from Nick and the commanding beats of Denz it grabs attention from the start with incoming direct and stirring riffs. It then dips into a melodic deep breath before exploding with a chorus that reminds of the excellent UK band of the nineties Skyscraper. It is heady stuff easily matched by the other two tracks on Retox.

Postcards is a punkier slice of rock which infects with a groove that teases and taunts until compliance. The song lays a flurry of diverse and imaginative but always absorbing sidesteps as it progresses to ensure predictability never has a place near the music. With a strong flavour of Therapy? the song pulsates persistently luring one in deeper and deeper, the guitars of Nick and John winding the senses around their open and acidic riffs whilst the riffs of Nasha grumble and growl like a bass always should. The song throws in a rock solo before its pulsating corruptive end which should not work but the band make it work to make any prospective moans redundant.

Third track Hold It Down completes the release with the same quality and irresistible presence as the others. The track stalks in with menace to then flick into a pop punk gem full of urgency and eagerness. It starts off like The Vapors, turns into Rocket From The Crypt/Hagfish before bringing the Wildhearts in to rile it all up. Do not mistake all the references for the impression the songs simply slap pieces of other bands on, it is a mere series of spices that make strong songs even tastier. The track is excellent and it and the repeat button is a need that is impossible to tear one away from.

There were expectations of something good to come from Retox but it has gone way beyond the imagined great sounds. Supercharger is a band on the march and now is the time to join their ascent before they trample you under foot on the way up.

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Heavy Hearts Benefit Album

Friday April 6th sees the release of a fundraising album called Heavy Hearts featuring 21 bands and songs in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and also to help musician Lenny Thomas.

     Lenny Thomas (Sorry & The Sinatras/ex-Trashlight Vision drummer) found himself hospitalised due to a serious foot injury earlier in the year with serious complications arising due to his pre-existing diabetes. Though on the road to recovery thankfully, rising medical bills and the possibility that he may not be able to work for the foreseeable future if not worse have made life very difficult.

      Thomas has made a multitude of friends in music and life and they have come together and through contacting further friends in the music community to create this benefit album to help him and raise money for the charity.

The compilation will feature songs from the likes of The Wildhearts, Michael Monroe, Piggy D (Rob Zombie), Steve Conte & the Crazy Truth, Eureka Machines, Sorry & The Sinatras, The Loyalties, and Supercharger and many more with many of the artists donating rare or previously unreleased tracks.

For more information and to get the compilation from April 6th go to http://heavyheartsbenefit.com/

Heavy Hearts track listing:

1.The Wildhearts :City Overture.  The original version can be found on The Wildhearts 2007 self titled release.http://www.thewildhearts.com | http://www.gingerandfriends.com

2. Piggy D : 1975 
Piggy D. The bassist for Rob Zombie has a mouth. And it is a big one! http://www.blackvictorystore.com

3. Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth : The Truth Ain’t Pretty
The former New York Dolls, current Michael Monroe guitarist/singer/songwriter brings you into “his” New York on his eponymously titled debut. (Varese Sarabande Records) ”Genuine rock and roll…” – Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones Producer), “Music to instigate & soundtrack fighting, fucking, speeding, hurling abuse and waking up buck-naked in a stranger’s bathroom…” – Classic Rock Magazine (8 stars) http://www.steveconteandthecrazytruth.com

4. The Loyalties : Whole Lotta Hate (previously unreleased)
Demo mix of a previously unreleased song from the forthcoming album & book Til The Death Of Rock & Roll http://www.facebook.com/TheLoyaltiesSoho

5. Eureka Machines –: The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall
The Eureka Machines latest album Champion The Underdog was described by SPIN magazine as ‘ the sweet spot between 10cc and Green Day’. This track is taken from the Everyone Loves You EP.  http://www.eurekamachines.com/

6. Role Models: Cherry Dear
The ROLE MODELS are a power pop 4 piece based in London. This is off their 12″ vinyl FUCK YOU SEE YOU AT THE TALENT SHOW  that was released by Taken by Surprise (Germany). A new album is in the works as well as a solo EP by frontman Rich Rags (who apparently is quite handsome). Role Models on Facebook

7. Smoker & The Rollers : Cut Me Off
Smoker and the Rollers from Philadelphia play raw, ready and rough rock ‘n’ roll. The three piece line up  are Jay Smoker (bass and vox), Micheal Danger Dunn (drums and vox), and Ryan Moll (guitar).  Check out their debut self-titled release on ITunes and their follow up release in the Summer 2012. http://www.myspace.com/smokerandtherollers

8. The Black Halos : Radio!!
Rare 2001 demo from the upcoming album F.F.T.S. – 1994-2001 on Yeah Right! Records

9. Darlings Of Chelsea : Raise This Flag
Darlings of Chelsea are the amalgamation of Canada’s seediest, most guttural rock/punk masterminds. Culled from legendary mainstays including The Black Halos, Kill Cheerleader, Robin Black, Scratching Post, and more, Darlings of Chelsea are a new chapter in the book of Canadian rock n’ roll. http://www.darlingsofchelsea.net

10. Skag Barons : Come On
Dirty working class rock & roll from London Ontario. Dan Schultz – Guitar Nevada Brown – Drums Sean Farwell – Bass Kris Pageau – Guitar and Vocals http://www.skagbarons.com

11. CC Voltage : Radio Generation (previously unreleased)
Previously unreleased demo from the Spitfires bassists solo album A Touch Of Class… Just a Touch. CC Voltage on Facebook

12. Michael Monroe : Got Blood
Finnish rock’n’roll legend Michael Monroe capped off an amazing 2011 by bagging Classic Rock Magazine Album Of The year award for Sensory Overdrive, from which this track is taken. Still touring the world in support of the album, expect even bigger things from Michael in 2012!http://www.michaelmonroe.com

13. Billy Liar : Is It Me?
Billy Liar is an acoustic folk punk singer from Scotland. He has been touring the UK and Europe relentlessly for the last five years, leading him to be described as ‘the town centre wordsmith and backstreet philosopher…who has played more venues than anyone else of his generation – something most of his peers can only gawp at!’ Billy’s latest EP, It Starts Here, was produced by Acey Slade (Murderdolls/Amen/Trashlight Vision/Joan Jett). http://www.billyliarmusic.com

14.  Sorry & The Sinatras: Valencia (previously unreleased)
A brand-new, previously unreleased song from the upcoming Kings Of Shambles Street EP, coming soon on Bomber Music.http://www.facebook.com/sorryandthesinatras

15. Crazy Arm :Tribes/Animals
Crazy Arm set up camp in mid-2006. Not easy to categorise, and all the better for it, their sound is an accumulation of decades of influence and inspiration: rooted in hardcore/punk, 60s protest folk/country and classic rock n roll, combined with a grass-roots political overview that embraces anti-war, anti-fascist and pro-community activism. Tribes/Animals is taken from the 2011 album Union City Breath released by Xtra Mile, published by Bomber Music Ltd. http://crazyarm.bandcamp.com/

16. Obsessive Compulsive : Virago 
Dreams Of Death and The Death Of Dreams is one of the most exciting rock albums to emerge from the UK in a long, long time. It’s time to get obsessed – Dom Lawson http://www.obsessivecompulsiveband.com/

17. Brijitte West w/ Jesse Malin : How To Be Good
Former NY Loose front woman teams up with solo troubadour and D Generation frontman for a track from her solo debut album Brijitte West & The Desperate Hopefulshttp://www.lamf.biz

18. Supercharger : Hold It Down
‘upercharger hail from Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and feature ex members of Scottish heavyweights The Almighty and Geordie Punk-Poppers Whatever in their lineup. Their sound is a strong cocktail of big fat riffs, catchy melodies and addictive choruses which refuse to exit your head long after the last listen http://www.supercharger666.com

19. Thousand Watt Stare : Lights Out
Members of Dee Dee Ramone’s band and Unwritten Law team up for this heavy hitter. Their debut album Silver Dimes is out now.http://thousandwattstare.com/

20. Von Hertzen Brothers : 21st Century Schizoid Man
Von Hertzen Brothers had a massive year with their Stars Aligned album shooting to the top of the charts and going gold in their native Finland. They’ve generously donated their take on King Crimson’s classic for this compilation. http://www.vonhertzenbrothers.com

21. Texas Terri Bomb : Never Shut Up
Raw, rock & roll from our favourite Texan. Special guest guitar on this track by Wayne Kramer. http://www.reverbnation.com/texasterribomb |http://www.facebook.com/texasterribomb