Hello Lazarus – Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter

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You know you are onto something special when a release makes an impressive first statement in its initial persuasion upon the ear and then just gets better and more potent with each subsequent encounter. Such is the case with Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter, the new EP from UK alternative rock band Hello Lazarus. The first of three EPs scheduled for the year, the four track triumph is a scintillating and gloriously expressive ignition for the passions and the declaration of a band destined to stretch the lines for and reshape British melodic rock on this evidence.

From Bristol, the trio of Adam Hooper, Luke Taylor, and Sean Shirwan-Begie, creates songs which breed punk pop infectiousness from within a deep reservoir of finely sculpted melodic rock. The resulting sound is one which can wrap tender emotive arms or more hungry urgently driven confrontation around the ear and from the proof of the EP alone, has the imagination and power to bring a consistently enthralling and provocative experience with a diversity of unique rewards from across every second of their expansive ideas. Equally grabbing attention with their live show which has seen the band alongside the likes of The Xcerts, Tellison, Flood of Red, Tubelord, and Vessels, Hello Lazarus brings a fresh presence and creativity to the ear. Their Scylla Records released as mentioned first of three scheduled EPs, is the initial step of a massively suggestive promise of greater things for the band ahead. One which provokes the notion of a nationwide awareness waking up to the band from if not to this Jake Robbins (Natives, Sharks) produced release, somewhere along the line of the subsequent unveilings if they are anything like Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter.

The EP opens up with new video single When In Rome, a song which boldly barges through the ear with a muscular bass snarl and ImageProxycrisp rhythms from within a gently abrasing rash of sharp guitar lashes. Once the excellent vocals step up with their expressive narrative things settle into a slightly restrained air with voice, harmonies, and the ever provocative bass sharing attention whilst the guitars and drums frame their potency. The wholly infectious chorus is excellent its contagion not borne from obvious and easy hooks but pure passion and invention, and instantly recruits the listener into its emotive charge and catchy stroll. Arguably there is nothing which alone makes a lingering capture of passion and memory, no richly barbed hook or element which stands out, but the song is just a whole of immensely seductive and deeply penetrating elements with a mutual depth of quality and excellence combining for that impacting and long lasting temptation. It is a striking and emotively inciting song which by itself gives all the reasons why the band is causing a stir.

The following Get An Axe brings sterner sinews into play from the intimidating drums and again deliciously grumpy basslines, for another insatiable melodic escapade of near virulent contagion and energy soaking enterprise. With a stronger punk lilt than its predecessor, the track is an incendiary recruitment drive for heart borne melodic expression and eager air igniting energy, all moulded and bred through thoughtfully crafted and imaginatively enhanced ingenuity. The song leaves breathlessness behind, it’s again hard to ignore or refuse lure to join its cause exploiting and feeding on the now full greed devouring the release and its enslaving rewards.

Stallions is a gentler temptress, the instantly consuming breeze of harmonies and cascading sonic elegance offering a warm hand whilst the bass adds its own shadows to temper the blaze of light elsewhere. It is a crystalline glow within the release, its shimmering sonic kisses outshining the prowling bass and senses tripping drums strikes yet never dousing the fire of the darker elements and the threatening to escape brew of feisty intensity. The track shows the range and invention of band and songwriting, as does in its individual way the closing I Am No Explorer. It is another emotively sculpted piece of beauty with corners of darkness adding their haunting temptation. It is a stunning song, and though maybe not the top personal favourite upon the EP it is undoubtedly the most involved and involving treat.

Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter is an excellent instigator of the passions as well as thoughts and emotions, a release which suggests Hello Lazarus can be as essential as the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, and Lower Than Atlantis, and even Biffy Clyro.

http://hellolazarus.com/

9/10

RingMaster 28/04/2013

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History Of The Trade: One Arm’s Length

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Serving as an introduction to, taster of, and inducement to find out more about the creators of its vibrant sounds, the new single from  UK indie rock band History Of The Trade is a real treat. Taken from their recently released Silver Screens EP, One Arm’s Length is a song to capture the imagination and passions with its infectious and enticing melodic rock sounds. Even if it does not instil the urge to go search out more from the band, the song is a mesmeric shimmering to while those warm summer nights to.

Formed in 2010, the London and Kent based History Of The Trade has logged an impressive list of moments on their musical CV, the sharing of stages with the likes of Feeder, Florence And The Machine, Tellison, and Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, as well as strong radio airplay, and critical media acclaim just some of the things to fill up its lines. Their debut release drew good attention whilst its successor Silver Screens has taken things to another level of awareness and response. One senses the band is poised to make a breakthrough and with songs like One Arm’s Length it feels a done deal.

The song is an intricate and intelligent weave of melodic pop grandeur and emotive expression brought with vibrancy and a breath which is expansive and intimate. From the moment the song graces the ear there is so much to lean towards and enjoy. The guitars of Sam Furness and Oli Cameron open up with crystalline melodic play which instantly captivates and are soon joined by the energetic yet restrained beats of drummer Laurence Parsons and the emotive bass lines of Christian Baverstock. Already one is hooked but it is the mesmeric vocals and harmonies they deliver which takes the song to deeper and higher places. Furness leads the way but it is a group contribution which enhances the song and gives it an almost  sirenesque pull in the passions.

The song has an eighties lilt which reminds of band such as Orange Juice and The Bluebells, their skill with melodies and warm sounds united in impressive craft with that of History Of The Trade. At times the song feels like it wants to explode into a storm of energy yet remains overall restrained allowing its heated crescendos and their climatic builds to fire up the senses and desire to go hear more.

If One Arm’s Length does it for you than the Silver Screens EP will only add to the pleasure. Both can be found at the History Of The Trade profile http://historyofthetrade.bandcamp.com/ with the single a free download and the EP a name your own price offer, it really is a no brainer.

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RingMaster 15/08/2012

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