Syren City – Paradise In The Dirt

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Almost two years ago, UK rockers Syren City laid a hefty punch on attention with the Escape EP, five tracks of multi-flavoured rock ‘n’ roll which was as compelling as it was thrilling. Now the Bristol quintet returns with its successor Paradise In The Dirt and three more encounters which leave ears ringing with pleasure and an appetite for more simply greedier.

Formed in 2011, Syren City swiftly bred a sound from essences drawn across the likes of post hardcore, punk, metal and alternative rock. The 2014 Escape EP quickly showed it was a formidable and striking mix, echoing the band’s live reputation earned through festival appearances and shows with the likes of Turbowolf, The Alarm, Mallory Knox, Max Raptor, The Hell, Roam, Black Foxxes, Futures, Young Legionnaire, Attack Attack, and Blitz Kids. The release of their new proposition shows that the band’s sound has continued to expand and indulge in greater adventurous traits, increasing in magnetism with equal measure. The first in a series of EPs which have a conceptual thread and link, Paradise In The Dirt captures ears and imagination with swift deftness of enterprise and a rousing boisterousness, never relenting upon or releasing the listener until its final note has shared its mighty bait.

Syren City Cover Artwork_RingMasterReviewIt opens up with It’s Morphine Time, a song which descends on the senses like a tempestuous challenge from its first breath, but a threat just as quickly seducing ears and appetite as riffs and rhythms launch their hungry persuasion. In no times wiry grooves are entangling song and listener while anthemic vocal roars across the band find a great Beastie Boys feel to them. As it proceeds, the scent of bands such as Rage Against The Machine and Refused also colour the encounter, with frontman Simon Roach taking vocal charge as the barbarous rhythms of bassist Sam Leworthy and drummer Mat Capper badger and incite. It is a virulent infectious affair with the enterprise and fiery grooves of guitarists Ian Chadderton and Josh Mortazavi arousing, aiding and shaping the songs twists and turns as its metal/heavy rock antagonism and inescapable catchiness fuels pleasure, the song alone surely ensuring the EP’s certain success.

It is quickly backed up by its companions though, Danielle coming next and opening on a melodic caress which inspires the following vocals and flirtatious gait of the song. Little time passes before again a volcanic quality and energy erupts, its theatre creating a My Chemical Romance like attraction before things slip back into the captivating calm and the repeat of the galvanic cycle. As within its predecessor, there is a kind of tempestuousness to ideas and intensity which only adds to the riveting drama provided before 10,000 Knives steps forward to grab its share of the plaudits. Initial riffs and lures have a slight Therapy? feel before the punk heart of band and song grips and adds a Reuben meets Taking Back Sunday hue to the outstanding encounter.

All three tracks are uniquely distinct to each other but fuelled by a sound with a character all Syren City’s. The band impressed with their last release and have only made a bigger impact with Paradise In The Dirt, a release sure to be the favourite EP of 2016 for a great many.

The Paradise In The Dirt EP is out now through all stores-

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Pete RingMaster 30/06/2016

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Elessar – Reflections EP

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With a spring tour around the UK mere days away, British alternative/pop punk band Elessar set the scene and tone with their debut EP, Reflections. It offers five tracks of infectiously appetising and thoroughly enjoyable rock ‘n’ roll which might not be bursting with major originality but certainly gives the listener a fun and rousing time; a success never to be sniffed at.

Formed last year, the Gloucestershire-based Elessar soon invited attention with video/single Arrogance that May. Its line-up consists of school friends in Ricky Powell (vocals/guitar), Alex Evans (guitar/vocals), Jack Gambling (bass) and Dan James (drums), and it is fair to say that the quartet took little time to hit and earn a potent reputation on the local live scene swiftly expanding outwards from their first steps as a band. The Reflections EP is the outcome from the band working and recording last year with Romesh Dodangoda (Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Kids In Glass Houses), a release seemingly a long time in the unveiling from that first single but soon revealing the rich potential of Elessar.

art_RingMasterReviewIt opens with that first single, and straight away Arrogance has ears welcoming a sturdy wall of hungry riffs and swinging rhythms. Things relax a touch as the vocals step forward though grooves still engagingly flicker and hooks bite through the guitars as those initial rhythms continue to command attention with their tenacious and weighty persuasion.  Hitting its stride in no time, the song soon offers a contagiously rousing chorus and an enticing mix of varying intensity and eventful twists; all fine elements in the anthemic proposal that body and voice cannot resist getting involved in. It is a great start and easy to see why the track made people look up last year, and a success potently backed by the following likes of My Skin and Holding Back.

The first of the two shares a more melodically tempting lead into its proposition though again bass and drums unite to create a formidable spine and thumping drive for what becomes an increasingly fiery encounter unafraid to ebb and flow in attack and raw energy. Holding Back, in comparison to the almost imposing drama of the previous track, unveils a pop catchy character to its vivacious dance with ears and imagination. Hooks and melodies leap and lure like flames in the track’s robust fire, licking at the senses rather than burning them but asking and earning attention with every enjoyable twist and turn.

On the surface a casual listen finds a similarity between the songs on the EP, but deserved focus provides the window to some stylish and emotively fired individuality. Empty Frames is a song though which needs no extra effort to see its uniqueness; punchy beats and a brooding bassline the lure into inflamed melodic enterprise and spirit arousing energy accentuated by a subsequent drop into minimalistic moments of vocal caresses within an evocative ambience.

Goodwill completes the EP with its strong and captivating presence, though it does not have the same kind of effect on personal tastes or the same level of creative drama as its predecessors even in a certainly dynamic body. All the same, the song is a fine end to a release which suggests that Elessar warrants real attention, certainly if bands such as Taking Back Sunday, You Me At Six, and Lower Than Atlantis ring your bell.

The self-released Reflections EP is out on CD and Digital Download April 22nd via iTunes and other stores.

Elessar Spring Tour:

 27.04 – Manchester, Factory

28.04 – York, Fulford Arms

29.04 – Newcastle, Space Bar

30.04 – Leeds, Eiger Studios

01.05 – Stoke, Underground

02.05 – London, Nambucca

05.05 – Cheltenham, 2 Pigs

06.05 – Cardiff, Undertone

07.05 – Truro, Charlies Bar

08.05 – Exeter, Cavern

09.05 – Birmingham, The Rainbow

10.05 – Bristol – The Louisiana

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Pete RingMaster 22/10/2016

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Safe, So Simple – Too Close To Closure

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Hailing from Arizona and increasingly inviting ears with their mix of easycore/pop punk energy and tenacity, Safe, So Simple is ready to take big steps into stronger attention with the release of new EP, Too Close To Closure. It offers five bold and lively tracks rich in swinging melodies and boisterous energy but also carry a volatility which adds a great shade of unpredictability to a sound unafraid to openly wear its inspirations. In short it is an attention grabbing proposal from a band many feel is heading towards big things.

Hailing from Benson, Safe, So Simple weave essences of bands such as Chunk! No, Captain Chunk, These Hearts, A Day to Remember, Blink- 182, Taking Back Sunday, and New Found Glory into their feisty sound. They are spices, as suggested earlier, which are easy to pick out but only add to something which, if not yet majorly unique, is certainly a potent lure on ears as shown by the band’s previous releases and now Too Close To Closure.

The Cameron Mizell (Sleeping with Sirens, Hands Like Houses) and Matt Good (of From First to Last) produced EP opens with the short and fiery Within Reach, a track which picks and jabs at the senses as the band creates a raw and bracing introduction. It awakens ears and imagination with its brief tenure before Ghost In My Backseat whips up body and spirit with its frenetic but composed revelry. Featuring Joe Candelaria, the song is a swift stirring built on the bruising rhythms of drummer Derek Ausseresses and a rapacious bassline from Benny Garcia and further shaped by the wiry and at times ferocious hooks and grooves of guitarists Josh Striffolino and Derrick Fenn. For those influences previously mentioned, there is also a touch of Hagfish meets CIV to the song, a scent only aided by the great blend of vocals from across the band which equally drive the song.

art_RingMasterReviewTeeth Like Sharks is a matching collision of flavoursome and varied textures to its predecessor, one casting an arguably even more virulent line in melodic and harmonic enterprise. The busyness of songs in voice and sound bring that enjoyable unpredictability which gives Safe, So Simple something a little different to other like sounding propositions, the band’s new single/video vibrant evidence of its potency.

The aggressive bounce of Welp, Better Luck Next Year is next, band and song creating a tempestuous incitement for body and appetite which again crafts a great mix of concussive and seductive resourcefulness to grip the imagination as firmly as its wilful sounds grabs ears.

Closing with the inescapably infectious Do Or Do Not, There Is No Try and another roar of pop and hardcore punk involvement that challenges as pleasingly as it captivates with an unbridled catchiness, Too Close To Closure is an encounter which simply grows with every listen, only blossoming further in presence and its persuasion of thoughts and appetite over time.

Too Close To Closure might not be the most unique release you will come across this year but, given time, it will become a slice of punk devilry you are likely to strap on and enjoy more often than most.

The Too Close To Closure EP is released March 11th across most online stores and physically @ http://www.safesosimple.bigcartel.com/

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Pete RingMaster 11/03/2016

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Better Than Never – Homemade Hero

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Of any genre, trying to stand out from the crowd in pop punk seems to be one of the hardest feats. Trying to breed something dramatically unique in sound is something which many a great band have struggled to master. Some bands though, inspire the belief that even if their music is not majorly distinct initially, they have the potential and imagination to breach that particular plateau. Listening to the debut EP from British sextet Better Than Never that promise is certainly an open possibility. Embracing other flavours in its feisty pop punk sound, Homemade Hero offers four fresh and rousing songs that hint at something individual in the making.

Oxford bred; Better Than Never emerged in 2013 and quickly set about honing their sound and craft whilst growing into a vibrant proposition on the local live scene. Arriving at the line-up of vocalist James Harris, bassist Jake Aitman, drummer Kane McIntosh, and the three pronged guitar attack of Max Peniket, Jim Allsop, and Will Keating, who also adds backing vocals to the mix, Better Than Never entered The Ranch Production House in Southampton last year to record their first release.

BTN Homemade Hero Artwork_RingMaster ReviewWhat emerged was Homemade Hero; a tenacious quartet of songs soaked in infectious sound and swiftly grabbing attention. It makes a reserved yet firmly enticing start with Heads Shoulders Knees Bones, a song which itself makes a restrained entrance but soon erupts into a boisterous gait though the reins stay on a touch. The potent mix of Harris and Keating’s vocals soon have a say though and lead an eager canter of riffs and melodic hooks to liven up song and listener further. It is a potent if understated and over comfortable beginning, in comparison of the songs to come, to the release but one which nevertheless leaves ears keen and satisfied and the imagination hooked.

It is a success which Back Of The Line Kid seizes with a more dynamic and resourceful character. Straight away the vocals have richer expression as an alternative /indie rock essence flavours the far more unpredictable and fiery enterprise blossoming within the track. Bands like The Jacques and Asylums spring to thoughts as the track shows inventive adventure with the anthemic power of its punk side adding a Taking Back Sunday air to the excellent proposition and pinnacle of the EP.

The following Panama, which features Andrew Soares and Matt Poulton, swings and bellows with vibrant energy and fiery attitude next. The vocal blend across band and song alone is a pungent lure and more than matched by the infectious urgency and aggressive ferocity that ebbs and flows across its creative borders. Like a bridge between the characters of the first pair of songs, it leaves enamoured ears behind for the closing creative web of Dead Weight to entangle and pleasure. Again a broader flavouring is woven into the anthemic prowess of the encounter, where for the fourth time the trio of guitars create something which employs all their individual enterprise without becoming too over involved or imposing on the flowing virulence of the song.

That craft and the EP itself, is another the sign of a band with the potential to make a potent mark on the UK rock scene, especially as the undercurrent of real individuality in the release and Better Than Never’s imagination blossoms ahead.

The Homemade Hero EP is available from on February 19th via Fox Records @ http://betterthannever.bandcamp.com

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Pete RingMaster 18/02/2016

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Exploring the depths with Older Than Oceans

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Hailing from New York, Older Than Oceans is an alternative rock band which is certainly creating a name for themselves with their blend of a pop punk inspired melodic prowess and post-hardcore intensity and emotion. It is a sound which has openly evolved across the band’s releases so far and continues to blossom as the Long Island quintet work towards new exploits and another successful year. Getting in there early, we grabbed the opportunity to talk with the band…

Can you give us some background to the band and what brought you all together?

We all started playing together basically through people we were all acquainted with and the love for the type of music we all share.

Have you all been involved in other bands before and has the experiences added to what you are doing now?

Every member of Older Than Oceans has been in and out of bands growing up. We like to think we have found the perfect fit for us as a group [now].

Older Than Oceans_RingMaster ReviewWhat inspired the band name?

Nothing specifically, we all just love how the name makes you think. Once you hear the name you think about it and its meaning…Just another form of expressing creativity.

Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?

We wanted to definitely put an emphasis on our melodic aspects while maintaining a heavier instrumental sound. Diversity definitely plays a big role in our writing.

Do the same things still drive the band when it was fresh-faced or have they evolved over time?

We’ve definitely been evolving both as a band and into the Long Island scene. As you attend more and more local shows you connect with so many different people on so many levels and that in itself is all the drive we need as a band.

Since your early days, how would you say your sound has evolved?

Well our first EP I, Undefined definitely had a more post-hardcore, experimental side to it where as our newer EP It’s Not Me, It’s You, shows a more mature melodic sound.

Has it been more of an organic movement of sound or more the band deliberately wanting to try new things?

We are the type of people to take things as they come. As the band evolves and the people within it evolve, naturally the sound changes and you move forward with progression.

Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?

We all share a common core of favorite artists, including Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember, and Taking Back Sunday, that really influence our writing as band.

Is there a particular process to the songwriting which generally guides the writing of songs?older than oceans art_RingMaster Review

We generally like to write out our instrumentals and then move on to vocals when we have a song to work with. Everything comes together from there.

Where do inspirations to the lyrical side of your songs more often than not spring from?

Different experiences in all our lives are explained through these songs. Some happy, some sad, but hey that’s life.

Give us some background to your latest release, It’s Not Me, It’s You, and some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs.

It’s Not Me, It’s You to put it generally, is about a toxic relationship you may have with anyone where they may be taking advantage of you or doing wrong by you and you finally say that’s enough and stick up for yourself. A lot of different topics come into play with this EP but that would probably be the main one.

Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record

We have gone in to start recording in both situations. A lot of the time the studio is the perfect place to make the final touches on your songs. We usually like to have every song pretty much ready to go by the time we step into the studio.

Tell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?

We love to hold an emphasis on having fun on stage. We love to throw free merch off into the crowd, keep everyone incorporated into the show, and just have a great time. Ha-ha recently this past Christmas we even had our friend dressed up as Santa come out on stage and throw gifts out to the audience!

Older Than Oceans logo_RingMaster ReviewIt is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods? Are there the opportunities to make a mark if the drive is there for new bands?

In our world today it’s almost all about social networking and your live performances. We plan to master both and continue to write great music in the future.

Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add or reveal for the readers?

We appreciate everyone that took the time to read this. We plan to release some new stuff very soon so stay tuned!!

 

Learn more about and get in touch with Older Than Oceans @ https://www.facebook.com/OlderThanOceans/

and their releases @ https://olderthanoceans.bandcamp.com/

Pete RingMaster

The RingMaster Review 09/02/2016

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Burn Down Rydell – Drowning

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After the rousing persuasion of previous single Fight, UK rockers Burn Down Rydell reveal more of their potent and dramatic sound with the impassioned Drowning. Also taken from the band’ current EP Try Silence, and again featuring Fred Mascherino from Taking Back Sunday/ Terrible Things, the band’s new single is an emotionally aflame roar that just grabs attention and reinforces the suggestion that Burn Down Rydell has the potential to be one of the big impacters on the British rock scene in the future.

The Wolverhampton quartet of vocalist/guitarist Andy Zmiko, bassist Iain Hodges, guitarist Paul Connop, and drummer Charlie Cooper has earned numerous radio sessions in recent times with Fight, a song declared by Amazing Radio as one of the “top tracks of 2014” and becoming Kerrang! Radio’s Single of The Week in March. As mentioned it also features Mascherino, a union which came about after Zmiko, being a big fan of the former’s work in both Taking Back Sunday and Terrible Things, contacted and sent over demos to the man to see if he would like to play on the tracks. Ideas and creative twists were blossomed and sent back and forth that night alone, everything eventually developing into additional rich flavour to the bold and fluid enterprise of EP and indeed Drowning.

A gentle, melancholic caress of keys first emerges, its shadows breeding jagged riffs and soon after the instantly strong and evocative tones of Zmiko. Dark but inviting rhythms add to the imposing theatre of the emotion and intensity soaking lyrics and voice whilst the guitars emulate that resourcefulness with their own gripping sonic enterprise. Whereas its predecessor was an energy sapping proposal of a song, the just as compelling Drowning is fiercer emotively and in some ways a more physically forceful proposition.

The single only confirms the thought that Burn Down Rydell is a band with a big future ahead of them, especially if they can evolve an already heavily enticing and eventful sound to greater uniqueness and adventure.

Drowning is out now.

RingMaster 24/08/2015

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If I Die Today – Cursed

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There is a torment in the heart of the new album from Italian post-hardcore band If I Die Today, and a tempestuous air which lives up to any ideas inspired by the name Cursed. There is also an invasive and at times punishing darkness and emotional trespass coursing through the veins of the encounter but equally an imagination loaded, gripping enterprise which ensures it easily stands out against any other similarly sculpted and bred offerings. Cursed is destined not to be for everyone, and will frighten many off with its searing intensity and emotion  but there is no escaping that it announces If I Die Today as one of the more fascinating incitements in the post and hardcore scene.

If I Die Today emerged in Mondovì in 2007 and by the early months of the following year had released their self-titled debut album through Wynona Records. The release enabled the quintet to tour their homeland and share stages with numerous bands, that success reinforced by the You Are Alone EP in 2009, again unveiled to strong and positive reactions. It was the same with second album Liars the following year, its potent presence luring greater attention and acclaim cross Europe, the band following it with shows across Italy, Hungary, France, and the UK as well as playing alongside artists such as Sum 41, Offspring, No Use For A Name, Simple Plan, Face To Face, Taking Back Sunday at Bologna’s Independent Days Festival. The band’s workload and reputation continued to grow as 2012 saw the release of the Postcards From The Abyss EP and If I Die Today playing with bands like Every Time I Die, Good Riddance, and H2O as well as going on a tour taking in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and venues back home. Since then more venues and countries have been scorched by the band’s sound, before and after the recording of Cursed last year, which with its worldwide release through Sliptrick Records sets a new chapter in the rise of If I Die Today.

image1_RingMaster Review     It’s opening handful of seconds are an inviting temptation but in no time Jesus becomes a searing sonic wind blowing over thickly jabbing rhythms and coming loaded with spicy hook lined enterprise from the guitars. Vocalist Marco Fresia roars just as swiftly and intensely in the tempest whilst the caustic breath and heart of the track is perfectly tempered by the magnetic lure of the throaty bassline from Morgan Ferrua and the controlled rhythmic dance cast by drummer Davide Gallo. There is no escape from the sheer energy and emotional turmoil of the song though or its flesh scarring sound with its virulent onslaught as gripping as it is intimidating.

In the sheer wind tunnel like delivery of the song there are essences of bands like Kabul Golf Club, KEN mode, and Statues in its creative adventure and tenacity, a potent mix continuing in Adams which is another instant arousal of attention and appetite with thumping bold beats and bracing vocals. Settling down a touch once established, though still a bruising confrontation, the guitars of Antonio Aresu and Michele Testa spin a web of raw aggression and intricate sonic seducing whilst the bass creates another deliciously alluring and individual line of bait. As its predecessor, the song is an epidemic of punishing and invigorating incitement, pure abrasive adventure to get your teeth into and drool over before it fluidly flows into Lucifer and its own exhausting tempest of scarring emotion and increasingly volatile and creative ferocity.

Through Patrick and Elisabeth, band and album continues to wither flesh and create emotional tension but again with plenty of fresh twists and adventure to their canvases. The first of the enthralling pair comes in a hostility lit slow shuffle with numerous expulsions of energy and vocal angst but also tendrils of flirtatious grooves and addiction breeding rhythms. There is no compromising with an If I Die Today proposal and no chance of being subjected to anything mundane or predictable as shown by this and its successor. Elisabeth maybe offers less uniqueness within the album than other tracks but it too is ripe with seriously enticing slithers and caresses of sonic ingenuity and melodic seducing, all resulting in less than two minutes of exciting violation.

Faustus borders on barbarous with its bestial weight of sound and energy but counters it with a tapestry of punkish hooks and twisted sonic imagination that simply whips the passions into a maelstrom of lust whilst The Ancient Mariner prowls the psyche and taunts ears with its fusion of noise rock and punk in stormy hardcore antagonism. Both tracks are glorious, adding their full thrilling and inventive weight to the unrelenting persuasion of the album.

An even fiercer punk venom courses through Vincent, the song openly revealing the inspirations of the band with its Every Time I Die meets Converge like onslaught. There is plenty more in the depths and brutish body of the song of course, lots to get greedy over before the album’s title track gives Cursed a whole new climate to explore. The band is tagged as post-hardcore but the closer is the one song which perfectly fits that billing, the rest a wonderful bedlam of styles and flavours. With a blackened and frosty air to its invasive ambience over hauntingly cold scenery, the track is an inhospitable drift through a dark and emotionally tortuous landscape compellingly bringing the album to a highly provocative and startling end.

Instantly gripping, Cursed only gets more powerful, persuasive, and emotionally penetrating with very listen. It certainly lingers and leaves scars in its wake too, but only to please and make demanding reasons to go back into its merciless majesty. If I Die Today is one of the truly exciting bands in the post and neat hardcore scene, Cursed shows exactly why.

Cursed is out now through Sliptrick Records.

RingMaster 12/08/2015

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