The Oversight – Far From Gone

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   The Oversight hails from Boston and through the release of a couple of singles has been gaining quite a bit of attention it seems. They now release debut EP Far From Gone and having been quite captivated by its accomplished sound and skilled mesh of alternative rock and pop punk, it is not too hard to see why people are drawn to the band.

The band consists of vocalist/bassist Lucas Edwards, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Watanabe, lead guitarist Maggie Fraser, and drummer Josh Parra, a group of students at Berklee College of Music. Taking inspirations from the likes of Mayday Parade, You Me At Six, Go Radio, Angels & Airwaves, Brand New, The Wonder Years, and Paradise Fears into their compositions, The Oversight has had references to bands such as The Gaslight Anthem and Pierce The Veil, another influence, cast over them. A pair of singles earlier in the year in the shape of When 5 AM Turns and Far From Gone made potent teasers and attention grabbing lures to the new EP. Its quintet of tracks, which includes those two songs, carries on the strong emergence of the band, all soaked in a promise and craft which suggests bright horizons ahead for the Massachusetts quartet.

The track Collective starts things off, the relatively short song an introduction to the emotional intent of the release. With a spoken narrative over a melodic weave which increases in intensity and passion, it is a decent start to the DIGITIAL theoversight_farfromgone_cover_finalencounter if not fully convincing. That reservation is soon lost with the entry of Black & White. A lone guitar and the potent voice of Edwards make the first coaxing before the song opens out with bold rhythms and a wash of melodic enterprise which lures in even closer attention. The track does not explode in action at any point but ebbs and flows in energy and intensity with a skilled touch. It continues to stroll engagingly, providing a firmer rock invention entwined with an infectious pop punk relish which never breaks free of its rein but tempts throughout the highly enjoyable song.

The following Love Is A Fiction similarly makes a low key entrance, a guitar stroking ears with a jangling persuasion as keys add their respectful reflection to the growing presence of the track. Vocally Edwards again impresses, strongly backed by the tones of Watanabe, whilst the imaginative weave of melodies and understated hooks make for a compelling enticement. As its predecessor, the song does not exactly light a flame in ears or passions but certainly has them enthralled by its intelligent design and skilful presentation, increasingly more so as it grows and impresses the more you share time with its open qualities.

When 5 AM Turns soon shows why it made a great impression with its release earlier in the year. Once more there is a slow coaxing to start things off, something the band seems to like employing, before the track erupts into an exciting stomp of crisp and muscular rhythms against stirring riffs and melodically sculpted hooks. That alone wakes up a real appetite for the encounter, a hunger enthused further by the sweep of strings which add provocative texture and adventure to the proposition. There is an invention to the song too which, less open on its predecessors, just lifts ears and satisfaction up in its persuasive arms.

The title track brings the release to a close, and yes it makes a gentle first beckoning before a rhythmic teasing leads into a blaze of raw riffs and a melody fuelled maze of enterprise. Featuring guest vocals from AJ Perdomo of The Dangerous Summer, the track virtually dances on ears; it’s at times skittish gait and thrust of passionate intensity adding to the drama and lure of the song. Though not quite matching the previous track, it shows more of the strengths of the band in songwriting and their undeniable potential to help ensure a healthy anticipation of their adventures ahead is left behind.

For pop punk with a fresh rock and emotional instinct, The Oversight is a band to watch and their first offering something worthy of spending plenty of time with. There will be good times ahead with the band you suspect.

The self-released Far From Gone EP is available now @ http://www.theoversight.bandcamp.com/

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7.5/10

RingMaster 22/07/2014

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Avastera:The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long

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On the eve of making a big splash across the globe with the release of their debut The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long EP, to emulate its success in homeland Australian earlier in the year, Avastera is set to be a noisy whisper of the lips of a great many. This is a band which defies pigeon holing such the eclectic flavours and styles veining the exciting sounds created within striking and compelling songs. The music is not arguably unique, the spices making up the aural recipes openly familiar but no one else is brewing up the same kind of stirring encounters as the band.

Starting out in the early weeks of this year, the Perth quintet has made a major impression in a very short time. From recording and releasing the EP to great acclaim and success in Australian a few months back, the band has shared stages with the likes of Silverstein and The Getaway Plan whilst lighting up a festival as a chosen headline act alongside Mayday Parade, The Pretty Reckless, The Wonder Years, A Skylit Drive, The Maine, Forever The Sickest Kids and Marinas Trench. Press attention has also been keen and led to the band featuring on cover CDs for Blunt and Big Cheese magazines. Produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Yellowcard, The Dangerous Summer). The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long is set to grab the world by the scruff of the neck and make a very persuasive argument for the band, as though as stated it may not be the most ground breaking or even original release it is without doubt one which is very enjoyable.

Avastera cleverly and seamlessly infuse strong essences of alternative rock, melodic post-hardcore, and metal into a pop punk core avastera_coverleading to engaging and appealing songs with plenty of passion, energy, and invention. The music is certainly distinct to the band if at times familiar from the multi-flavoured essences employed but without question the EP is a continually intriguing and pleasing encounter right through to its very end from the opening treat Hear Me Out. The track alone tells you all you need to know about the band and their imaginative intent. The song is an immediate compulsive encounter of forceful rhythms and pop punk urgency completed by sturdy riffs and angular sonic guitar invention which offers an Avenged Sevenfold like heat to the melodic coaxing. The guitar work of Chris Crole and Chris Hanssen is exceptional whilst the rhythms of bassist Dave Thoomes and drummer Jamie Savage are unrelenting in strength and inventive composure. It is clear to hear that the band has a musicianship equalling their imagination which undoubtedly allows the songs to fuse so many potent flavours into an immense creation of their own, with vocalist Mike Lang the striking and impressive pinnacle to spear the songs forth.

It is a mighty start followed up just as strongly by As The Tables Turn and December Sun. The first of the two is veined by wonderful bright keys amongst the muscular riffs and thumping rhythms to start the diversity which marks the release. With extra metalcore tendencies and symphonic caresses to captivate, the track is magnificent and the best on the release. As it plays one band comes to mind, The Urgency though they do not arguably have the same palate of sound which Avastera work from or the Atreyu like muscle which the Australians also infuse. The second is a slower emotive wash of passion and thoughtful ambition further unveiling the expanse to the sound of the band.

Next up This Beautiful Nightmare continues the dynamic start though the song is a close mix of the previous two songs without finding their heights, but with the persistently skilled guitar enterprise and perpetually evolving landscape of the song it is a more than welcome companion. As the song and the following pair dance with the ear and thoughts the feeling that the band will soon emerge with a unique guitar sound, like the aforementioned Avenged Sevenfold has, is rife such the distinct style of the band. Highways From Home is another to match the earlier songs and an energetic partner to the senses which one would assume is a crowd favourite whilst Ms. Conception is another to engage fully without lighting the same fires as elsewhere. All the tracks reveal a band which is as powerful in sound as it is in constructing the canvasses their play works with, the songs unmistakably finely crafted and composed. Add the accomplished artistry of each member and you have a release which only catches the imagination.

Completed by a fine acoustic version of December Sun, one can only recommend The Clocks Have Ticked Too Long and Avastera to all melodic rock fans especially those of groups previously mentioned and others like All Time Low, Mayday Parade, and A Day To Remember. The Aussies are coming feel free to enjoy.

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RingMaster 01/12/2012

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Interview with Stay Ok!

January 16th sees the release of the debut EP from fast rising Irish rock band Stay Okay! Bursting with well crafted melodies, eager hooks, and an infectious rock energy Time To Grow shows a band on the rise as they spread beyond their already enthusiastic homeland. We had the pleasure to talk to and find out about Stay Ok! and their exciting new release.

Hi and thanks for talking to The Ringmaster Review.

Thank you!

Firstly could you introduce the band members and tell us where and when you met and how Stay Ok! began?

Well there are four of us in the band: Timmy sings, Irtiza plays guitar, Alan plays bass and Kev plays drums. We all met in school just through some mutual friends and stuff, except for Irtiza. We had already started the band before we knew him, and after what seemed to be a hopeless search for a decent guitarist we were lucky enough to have a friend introduce us to him!

What were the inspirations that led you to have that need to make music?

I think it began as just a normal hobby kinda thing I guess. Playing music is a lot of fun so that’s obviously why we all started, but when it came around to us writing music to release and have people other than us to hear it became more of an outlet for us to express ourselves through.

You come from Dublin where there seems to be a vibrant music scene with some great bands emerging, is that the reality?

The scenes pretty good alright! Lately there’s been a good few bands branching out and touring the UK and even moving on to the rest of Europe too which is awesome to see. The standard is set pretty high here so it shouldn’t be long before a lot more local bands start making a name for themselves I’m sure.

How easy was it to spread outside to the rest of Ireland with your sounds?

It was pretty easy actually. We made some really great friends in bands in different places around Ireland so we were all able to help each other out with shows which let us reach out to new people. It’s definitely easier to do these things when you’ve got people helping you out!

January 16th sees the release of your debut EP Time To Grow. Does it feels like the accumulation of the past 2 years in that it is an introduction of this is us and this is what we can do as well as being a starting point for a new venture for the band?

We definitely see it as an introduction to who we want to be as a band, and hopefully that comes across in it! I mean it is just the starting point for us, so from here on in everything we do will hopefully progress more and more… and hopefully sound better too.

Please give some insight into the creation and recording of the EP.

As much as we wanted a killer sound quality and be able to take our time recording it we just didn’t have the money at all! But we were lucky enough to come across a reasonably priced studio with an awesome producer.

Did you go into the studio with the finished sound already in your heads or did it evolve during the process?

Since we were sticking to a pretty limited budget we had to make sure we were as prepared as we could be before going in to the studio! So we didn’t have much time in there to change much, but having the input of a producer listening to the songs with fresh ears helped us put the finishing touches.

How do you write songs? As a band or it is mainly an individual input?

The songs on Time To Grow were mainly written by Kev and Timmy. Kev would record the music at home and send it on to Timmy to put lyrics too and then we’d play them over and over like a million times as a band to finish them off. Now we kinda write more as a band though in the few songs we’ve been working on since.

What inspires the songwriting?

Timmy really just writes from experience. I think that the most important thing is that the songs we write are relatable. That’s when Timmy put pen to paper when it comes to growing up, friendships and family.

I am assuming you have a fair repertoire of tracks now how did you choose the four that make up Time To Grow?

To be honest we didn’t have that much tracks to choose from in the first place! And whatever other songs we did have sucked so it was literally just those four songs that were really worth recording. We really just wrote the four new songs that made up Time to Grow. They came at a really good period in our time as a band.

Towards the Finishline’ is our favourite track here can you give some background to the song?

Glad ya like it! We love playing this live. The crowd really seem to get into it! It’s one of those songs that is easy to listen to. The message is clear behind we feel. Nothing is impossible, sure look at where we are now. Bit of positivity for ya there!

Getting back to Dublin, do you think coming from there has shaped your sound in any way?

I wouldn’t say it has that much. Like we kind of tried to make the effort to not sound like anyone else from the Dublin scene so we’d stand out more, whether that worked or not I don’t know though! Because it’s such a small place, we have had to work harder to try and impress the listeners.

You are planning dates for a tour of the UK to promote the EP, any news on that?

We’re working so so hard on that at the minute. Right now the plan is to get over for a bunch of shows in the summer. Also if anyone reading this wants to help us make this happen, get in touch.

What can UK audiences expect from a Stay Ok! gig?

Expect us to try charm you into liking us with our Irishness and funny accents… But really we’d play our hearts out. First impressions mean a lot especially with new bands, so every time we’re playing somewhere new we really don’t hold anything bank.

If just one big thing comes from the EP and tour what would you hope for?

We’re not really expecting anything that big to come from the EP to be honest. All we want is for people to listen and maybe get a friend to listen too. That is the most important thing to us right now! We just want people to listen to what we have to say because what it really comes down to is the passion we have in our songs.

What are your current personal listening pleasures?

The Dangerous Summer and Deaf Havana are favourites for most of us at the minute. But as individuals we kinda have a crazy mix, it’s a common thing to go straight from a Taylor Swift song to an Asking Alexandria track if one of our iPods is on shuffle…

Big thanks for sharing your time and about the band with us.  Can we get you to leave with firstly any words for your existing and sure to be new UK fans?

Thank you for wanting to talk to us in the first place! Pleeeeeeeease keep listening and please keep spreading the word about us and introducing people to our music. That’s literally the only thing that makes playing shows for us possible and it’s so cool that people do it! Also come talk to us on Facebook and all those other sites too, we’re nice!

And any dark secrets about each other we should be told about?

Alan is bald and has to wear a wig until he gets a hair transplant.

 

https://www.facebook.com/stayokay

Check out the Time To Grow EP @ http://www.stayokay.bandcamp.com/

Read the EP review@ https://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/stay-okay-time-to-grow-ep/

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