Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters – Bad Habit

Gaining an increasing reputation and support for their hard rock nurtured sound, South Wales hailing Beth Blade & The Beautiful Disasters raise the ante with the release of debut album Bad Habit. It offers a lively and tenacious roar, already drawing comparisons to artists such as Halestorm, Joan Jett, and Heart, which swiftly has the body and appetite eagerly involved in its instinctive rock ‘n’ roll.

From Cardiff, Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters have quickly recruited and built upon an eager and loyal local following since emerging. The time since has seen them stomping across the UK with their own tours and with the likes of Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, The Dead Daisies) as well as sharing stages with others such as Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson of Black Star Riders. Recorded with Nick Brine (Thunder, The Darkness, Bruce Springsteen) at the legendary Rockfield studios and Leeders Vale, and mastered by Pete Maher (The Rolling Stones), the crowd funded Bad Habit is a hefty poke at bigger national attention with success an easy to assume expectation.

Opener Hell Yeah swiftly has ears grabbed, its opening lure of riffs accompanied by the moody tone of the bass; instinctive attention inviting by them well before the fiery flames springing from Chris Gould’s guitar ignite with classic rock spicing. As rhythm guitarist Beth Blade brings just as tasty riffs into play, her vocals command even greater focus while giving richer strength to the song. Like a mix of Suzi Quatro and Cherie Currie, she stands bold with a tenacity matched in the infectious sound hollering around her.

It is a great start quickly matched by the album’s title track; a slice of foot stomping, chest beating heavy rock led by the swinging beats of drummer Sam Brain. Its forceful attitude is epitomised by the brooding tone of Nicko Goodwin’s bass, its menace tempered skilfully by the wiry melodic tendrils of guitar similarly coming at ears with a touch of discontent. Its rousing qualities are swift incitement to physical and vocal participation before Beautiful Disease offers its own potent blend of catchiness and predacious threat. Muscle and melody unite across the menacing prowl of a song which shows the band as adept at creating more composed and moody proposals as they are at flying at the jugular in spirit rousing charges.

Down And Dirty lives up to its name next, its bluesy grooves tonic for hips as rhythms and riffs surround the increasingly impressing tones of Blade with their grungy antagonism while Poster Girl For Pain reveals another aspect to the Blade’s songwriting and the band’s sound with its power driven balladry and emotive intensity. It is a slowly burning encounter compared to the hungry exploits of its predecessors but a temptation becoming more potent and irresistible with every passing minute and listen.

The heart bred snarl of This Bitch Bites fuels both vocals and music, Blade a spiky treat within the track’s quarrelsome nature. Again attitude soaks every strain of sound and intent escaping the excellent song, its defiance and combative contagion equally lining successor Hell In High Heels though its blues rock inflamed body has a ‘lighter’ and more keenly catchy nature which might not impress as addictively as the antics of the previous track but leaves pleasure in another lofty place soon reinforced by the classic rock ‘n’ roll nurtured romp of If You’re Ready To Rock. Carrying no real surprises, the song lacks the spark of its companions for personal tastes yet easily keeps enjoyment and feet firmly involved.

The album is brought to an end by firstly the heated beauty of Angel With A Dirty Face, Blade sharing a croon as magnetic and captivating as her rebel rousing deliveries elsewhere, melodies simmering and boiling up with equal elegance, and lastly through the ballsy, swagger loaded rock ‘n’ roll of Legends Never Die. It encapsulates all the galvanic and creatively vociferous qualities of the Beth Blade and The Beautiful Disasters sound and indeed Bad Habit itself in its bones, leaving instincts aroused and a hunger for more leading fingers keenly back to the start button.

Beth Blade and The Beautiful Disasters might not be the most unique proposition around right now in sound but for a fiercely enjoyable and raucous holler easy to get off on, they set a mighty example.

Bad Habit is out now @ https://bethbladeandthebeautifuldisasters.com/store

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Pete RingMaster 23/05/2017

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Plastique – Lips

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Earlier this year, after a time taken out to reflect on their direction and sound, alternative-electro trio Plastique uncaged the Quake single, a growl of electro rock revealing the new attitude fuelled exploration the band was turning to. Now the band confirm the potency of their new creative adventure with Lips, a track taking the snarl and intensity of its predecessor to an even more intimidating and thrilling place. The song is a rousing roar for ears and soul, a wicked manipulator of feet and hips, and further evidence that Plastique have opened up a vat of inspiration and creative voracity to impress and inspire.

Plastique_ Lips cover_RingMaster Review     As mentioned, the London based threesome of vocalist Anelise Kunz, guitarist Fabio Couto, and DJ/producer Gabriel Ralls decided to pull back on their productivity to reassess their direction and the next step for the band. It is not that Plastique were floundering but assumedly like everyone, there comes a time when batteries and maybe more so the passion for and challenge of doing things need to be re-ignited and it appears that was the same for the band at this point. Quake showed it was a wise and potent move, Lips instant confirmation too that the move was the spark needed to take the band to the next level in sound, invention, and in breaking into the strongest spotlights.

From its first breath Lips is a grouchy grizzle of intensity and electric rapacity, keys and guitars a fierce sizzle with a contagious strength and persuasion to match. The thickly alluring voice of Kunz quickly spins its web of mellow, melodic, and antagonistic potency too; her delivery weaving a Cato van Dyck of My Baby meets Suzi Quatro presence, the former’s band also an essence to compare to within the song at times, even though the delta blues funk of the Dutch band and Plastique’s raucous imagination are of different colour.

The fiery air and emotion of band and song continues to boldly boil and tempt as it rumbles and grumbles within ears, the compelling tenacity of the songwriting and the hungry appetite of the sounds its spawns, a ferociously thrilling furnace of electro punk/rock.

Quake was impressive but Lips out flames it with sheer power. Roll on a new album is our last thought and that no one should hang about for that though but go grab this treat now.

Lips is released 13th November @ https://plastique.bandcamp.com/album/lips-single

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Pete RingMaster 13/11/2015

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