The Dirty Youth – Gold Dust

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After the success of their highly acclaimed debut album Red Light Fix, The Dirty Youth have returned with a rousing stomp of a follow-up, a sophomore album to firmly establish the South Wales band as one of the dynamically refreshing and emotionally rousing bands on the British music scene. Gold Dust manages to be infectiously familiar and dramatically new simultaneously, with emphasis on the latter. It also offers a collection of angst and passion fuelled roars which impact and linger far beyond the length of the release itself. Its sound is a fiery blend of alternative/rock pop which plays like a mix of Paramore meets Fall Out Boy with healthy whispers of The Bambi Killers and My Chemical Romance. It is feisty, contagious, and sure to give the summer some irresistible anthems.

Formed in 2007, The Dirty Youth has seen an increasing arousal of support and praise since the release of their debut single Fight three years later. Already the band was earning strong and eager responses through their live presence, but the song which became an internet hit gaining over 3 million views on YouTube, was the catalyst to broader recognition. Debut album Red Light Fix which followed soon after, exploited and drove the awakening attention on in fine and persuasive style, earning potent acclaim across media and fans alike. Since then the band has toured with the likes of Korn, The Rasmus, Reckless Love, Heavens Basement, and this year Fozzy and InMe, as well as making successful appearances at the likes of Hyde Park alongside Bruce Springsteen, Getaway Rocks with Slash, and Motörhead, and Download last year.

The Dirty Youth - Gold Dust Cover Artwork   Now the band uncages their second album and Gold Dust takes little time to stir up attention and appetite with its presence. Opener I’m Not Listening To You is an instantly eager protagonist just as quickly capturing the imagination with a stabbing tirade of beats from drummer Freddie Green matched by raw strikes of guitar wrapped in expressive melodies courtesy of Matt Bond’s keys. Hitting a magnetic stride straight after, the song becomes an enticing web of riffs and melodies spread by the guitars of Luke Padfield and Bond and courted by the great throaty bass lures provided by Leon Watkins and the equally dramatic swings of Green. Within its first minute the song shows that predictability has no place in the music of The Dirty Youth, every moment adding new twists ensuring the verse chorus verse etc. passage is never the same second time around. Vocally Danni Monroe, also showing great diversity in her delivery, is a rich flame to the song, a focal point around which surrounding sounds lick to earn their rightful share of praise.

Alive comes next and similarly has ears and imagination enthralled with its vocally charged and impassioned croon. Encased in a cage of rhythmic agitation and a sweltering key bred atmosphere, the song has a more restrained embrace to its energy compared to the all-out stomp of the first, yet is just as creatively and emotionally tempestuous as keys, guitars and voice entangle to create a dramatic character.

Its successor Just Move On, explodes on a rolling temptation of again galvanic rhythms, expanding its bright and alluring adventure with a host of inescapable hooks and a melodic breeze of invigorating enterprise. Like the songs before it is a busy encounter in its own distinct way ensuring, as the album, every listen has a fresh feel to ears as more is discovered with the song’s depths.

The great electro fuzz opening to The One sets up the infectiousness of its revelry up perfectly, the song going on to dance with inescapable virulence across its lusty body as vocals and keys spin an insatiable weave of imagination backed by striking rhythmic and guitar endeavour. The track manages at times to be as predatory as it is vivaciously catchy, The Dirty Youth again showing from songwriting to presentation, no assumptions can be made as the track stalks ears with its attitude shaped invention.

Darkest Wedding opens with a darker almost gothic air to its presence, a theatrical essence reminding of MCR colliding enjoyably with the melodic and harmonic fire of the song, which in turn has a feel of Forever Still to it. Fair to say the track does not impact as potently as its predecessors on its first few showings but instead smoulders and almost burns away at thoughts to emerge as a rich tempting over time.

Both Invincible and Bury Me Next To Elvis have body and emotions fully involved, the first again maybe needing a few more listens to complete its persuasion compared to earlier songs, but with a rip-roaring essence to its rich melodic breezes and a potent drama to the keys matched by the ever tempting vocals of Monroe, the song only wins the day. The second of the two shows its thick seductive hand early before bursting into an exhilarating tango of thumping beats, seductive grooves, and enflamed melodies matched by the siren tones Monroe. The song is glorious, sheer intoxication.

The poppier enticing of Don’t Feel Right is just as endowed with rhythmic muscle and sparkling invention as anything on the album whilst the evocative roar of Who I Am provides a conflagrant wind of emotion and creative drama. Both only impress, but get outshone by the immersive depths and kicky exploits of Bedroom Karate, the song a huge bracing bluster with an intricate invention at its heart.

The closing reflective hug of Holding On has the album leaving on another energetically imposing and captivating high, its rugged balladry a final voracious kiss on ears and pleasure. As that song, Gold Dust is an illustrious and majestic offering as at ease getting its rock hands dirty as it is in powerfully seducing the listener. Certainly some tracks out-perform others but from start to finish album and The Dirty Youth leave a smile on lips and a spring in the step.

Gold Dust is available from May 11th @ http://www.thedirtyyouth.bigcartel.com/ and most online stores.

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RingMaster 11/05/2015

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Twinkle and The Sluts: Self Titled EP

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    Having had the pleasure of reviewing their previous Sluttier Than Thou EP and playing well received tracks on the Audioburger.com radio shows, it was no surprise that there was a tingle of excitement when UK punk rockers Twinkle and The Sluts recently released its self-titled successor. As the first EP, the release is a DIY treat of enterprise and attitude from the band which like the sounds inside, takes emotions back to the refreshing early days of punk.  Consisting of five stomping tracks the new release is blessed by and suffers from the same essences as their previous record and is equally as pleasing and rewarding.

Musically the band have not exactly moved forward but then with a sound which is aural contagion whilst chewing on the senses it is hardly worth mentioning. Production  like with the first EP does throw up issues from their DIY stance, making some moments feel bare and starkly raw when a little polish is needed but again back in the late seventies when this was the norm as bands broke free, we loved it. Again the collection of songs shouts out the potential of the band ahead whilst bringing a greatly satisfying riot in the now to engage in. Twinkle and The Sluts are one of the more impressive emerging rock bands in the UK, their blend of sounds which treat like a mix of X-Ray Spex, Penetration, Distillers, L7,and Juliette and The Licks, bringing them up to the side of the likes of The Bambi Killers and The Duel.

The release opens with the snappy beats and snarling bass of Renegade, its prowling predatory glancing speared by the feisty sonic381338_508381209191309_1661638130_n gazes of guitarist Alex and antagonistic vocals of Twinkle. The song never explodes into an expected fury but switches the addictive teasing with fuller bruising crescendos leading to and around the chorus. The beats of Curlz are hypnotic as they frame and drive the song whilst bassist Ash probes and snaps at the ear with simple but rich basslines, it all combining for a tasty opening to the EP. We would be lying if we denied feeling a little short changed by the production, expecting and wanting the song to bitch slap the senses at some point but being as over demanding as ever, the song still delivers big time to our satisfaction.

Drag Me To Hell follows and sets itself up as one of the best moments on the release. It is a dirty little gem of a track with a knowing swagger and Ramones like innocence which grabs the ear from its first grooved second to its last middle finger fuelled note. It is probably one of those songs which will find a different reception with different people, its repetition and corrosive cymbal smashes not for everyone but with its infectious breath and effect teased vocals makes for a compelling and pleasing encounter.

Things drop to a slow stalking with Sleaze, its rock gait and well thought out layers of instrumentation quite irresistible. Like the other songs it shows off the imagination in the songwriting and individual skills nicely giving evidence that the band has more in their locker than just punk and uncomplicated rock n roll. The track nicely sets one up to a song which was the highlight of the last EP and receives a reworking this time around. Narcissism is an exceptional song, a track which ticks all the boxes and sends limbs and passions into full frenzy. It has to be said though that the new version does not match the original which is surprising and disappointing, though it still stands as an impressive and addictive joy. It is hard to say what is missing, but there is certainly a lack of the bite and intensity which came with the Sluttier Than Thou original.

The release is completed by the excellent Russian Roulette, a song which has a Siouxsie and the Banshees meets Hole feel about it. It shuffles up pace and intensity for a thrilling incursion upon the ear with expertise and with its smart hooks and skilled melodic enticements takes top honours of the release.

The Twinkle and The Sluts EP is a great piece of combat to stand toe to toe with, of course the band wins but it is great fun succumbing to their uncompromising mischief. Hopefully someone somewhere will let them loose in a full studio without trying to quell their instinctive punk independence and attitude, then watch out.

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RingMaster 30/11/2012

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The Bambi Killers: The Invisible EP

Want to meet the best punk rock band in the UK? A big claim to be laid at the feet of a band for sure but using their debut EP The Invisible as evidence, that is what Welsh band The Bambi Killers is at this point in time. With the wicked wantonness of Karn8, the sexy attitude of The Objex, the mischief of Dirt Box Disco, and the snarl of The Duel and L7, the quartet from Swansea have it all to go down in punk history. Big swinging riffs, raw energy, and vocals to send tingles where tingles have no right to be, The Bambi Killers is a riot in every sense and pleasure.

The band consists of Cluffy on vocals and rhythm guitar, guitarist Pumba and bassist Muppet with both providing backing vocals, and Bom on drums. Together they are a vibrant and action packed unit which leave nothing in the locker in their songs and we are reliably informed neither in their riotous live shows. They have the heart and essence which made the likes of Vice Squad, X-Ray Spex, Ruts, and The Adicts so important back in the day but fire it up with rock n roll which is instinctive and driven by the energy of today. Combined it makes for, certainly in the case of The Invisible EP, sounds which ignite all the passions and feed all the insatiable needs of any rock heart.

The release opens with the song of the year, Don’t Be Invisible. A confrontational taunt to the apathy of gig attendees and the no risk lone easy life attitude of people as a whole, the song is simply glorious. The song immediately erupts in suggestive riffs and growling bass lines whilst Cluffy challenges with word and intent.  Persistent and combative without delving into violence the track is a prowling devil which leaves nothing in doubt and provokes a reaction in all. The voice of Cluffy is a sultry mix of Dominique Lenore Persi (Stolen Babies) and Agnete Kjølsrud (Animal Alpha, Djerv) and sits alongside Kirst of Karn8 as the sexiest voice in UK rock. The ironic thing about the track is that those it is poking a finger at will be caught up in and aiding its anthemic might, safely from their bedrooms no doubt.

The following Get Up Get Out Get Off slams into the ear with immediate energy and enthusiasm. A more directly driven track it is a storm of feisty riffs and jabbing rhythms speared by a catchy addictive chorus and scorched guitar strikes. Like many punk classics it is simple and to the point whilst igniting the deepest satisfaction. Less intricate and varied as its predecessor, the song shows that The Bambi Killers can deliver rock n roll in any form with accomplishment and passion.

The Weight Of The Morning swaggers up next with attitude to the fore and forceful sounds to back it up. Like Spinnerette meeting Bikini Kill, the song crawls all over the senses like a lustful teenager though with more restraint than they can ever find. With an almost hypnotic lure the track is a feast of thumping beats and ear stripping riffs but when it drifts into a slow seductive aside it triggers ferocious fires and it has to be said the soaring sounds of Cluffy at this point brings a sign not only to the lips.

Hmmm moving on….. the release is completed by the outstanding Lights Out to complete a four point slab of excellence. With the urgency and melodic flavouring of early Clash or Vibrators, the song is another sing-a-long treat of style and skilled energy, and like its partners in crime another which one cannot resist desecrating with their own voice.

The Invisible EP is stunning and its creators a band set to turn UK punk rock, if not further afield, on its head. Watch out world The Bambi Killers are coming to get you.

http://thebambikillers.com/

RingMaster 04/09/2012

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