Mellor – Damage/ Joy


Formed in 2011, British quartet Mellor has earned some high praise and interest from fans and media alike, and there are plenty of reasons to expect things to continue and get busier around the band with the release of new EP Damage/ Joy. Four tracks which leap and bound into the imagination, the EP is a rousing slice of kinetic indie pop easy to get a healthy taste for.

The band itself calls their sound “Pop Smack”, but it can be best described as raucous Brit pop with an arsenal of twists. On the EP, it is like a galvanic stomp woven from the indie adventure of The Jackals, the punkishness of a Top Buzzer, the eighties fervour of a Purple Hearts or Secret Affair, and the transatlantic mischief of Weezer. It is a sound which has already lured potent attention through a trio of singles and a debut EP to date as well as a highly praised live presence which has seen the band share stages with bands such as The Milk, Carl Barat, and The Kooks. Now it is the turn of the Mo Hausler (Babyshambles, Everything Everything) produced Damage/ Joy to whip up fresh ears and appetites the way of Reading quartet Gary, Josh, Evert, and Sam.

The release gets straight down to it too with opener Win Me Over. Punchy rhythms and a fine clash of guitar swiftly springs a hook lined swagger which soon has hips and ears locked into it’s a seriously catchy and flirtatious stroll. Bursts of feisty energy and aggression add to the spicy drama on offer whilst its melodic infectiousness and rhythmic shuffle is not too far removed from sixties beat bands like Herman’s Hermits.

logo_RingMasterReviewIt is a gripping and eventful proposal entangling a host of flavours across the decades into its bouncing body; a treat of imagination emulated again in Dolly Daydream. A slower but no less enticing proposal which gets increasingly compelling with every minute, the song is a serenade of emotive keys and vocal prowess within rhythmic shadows and an underlying but restrained urgency. It is an energy which gets more of an escape in the riveting Going Nowhere, a track which from its delicious opening groan of bass has ears and appetite on board. Sultry caresses of guitar and melodic seducing need little time to captivate the listener either whilst fiery grooves and the ever potent vocals, as well as that persistent dark lure of rhythms, ensures enjoyment is full to the rim.

The EP closes with Schadenfreude; a rip-roaring romp of indie rock ‘n’ roll with again a breeding in each of the past five decades via various strains of galvanic sound. If reading all the references to times and flavours past triggers thoughts that the band may have missed their time in musical history, be rest assured that Mellor, certainly going by Damage/Joy, is very much a band of the now and one of those with the potential to eventually steer the adventure of the British indie rock ‘n’ pop scene.

Damage/Joy is available from 11th March 2016 via iTunes and other stores.

Upcoming Live Dates:

Saturday 12th March – Oakford Social Club – Reading (READING EP RELEASE SHOW)

Friday 25th March – The Railway – Winchester

Friday 8th April – Sebright Arms – London

Pete RingMaster 10/03/2016

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The Robbie Boyd Band – Spring Generation EP

The Robbie Boyd Band has followed up the success of their acclaimed debut EP with another release to spark emotions and pleasure the heart. The Spring Generation EP continues the feel good “funky folk” sounds of the band through four more impressive and easily enjoyable slices of melodic pop/folk creativity. It is a release which inspires warmth within the heart, it makes no demands but simply ignites the heightened rush of pleasure the band tries and succeeds in instilling through their music.

The previous Autumn’s Flown EP brought plenty of enthused attention upon the band though there was a brewing loud whisper about them before even it was unveiled through the first single I Won’t Let You Go. Subsequent singles from the EP only enhanced their presence which Spring Generation can only elevate further. Interest from the likes of Graham Norton, Paul O’Grady, Dave Gorman across the airwaves went alongside successful support slots with bands such as The Kooks, Delays, and Johnny Flynn, again their shows swelling positive and enthused responses, as did their ventures into Europe and many festival performances.

The first single from Spring Generation, When I Believe was released at the end of August and immediately triggered a keen anticipation which the new release easily satisfies. Arguably the single which sets off the EP is the least impressive of the songs on offer though by that we mean a keen and lively summer breeze upon the senses. Openly catchy with great harmonies and stirring keys from Adam Fletcher alongside the expressive and distinctive vocals of Boyd, the song strolls with confidence and charm to certainly captivate the imagination even if it only sparked inside rather than lit fires. It is an enjoyable piece of folk pop which the rest of the release simply steps on from.

The title track is a true treasure, a track which highlights why Boyd and the band is garnering such praise. It starts off gently with just guitar and voice, a folk kiss upon the ear but it is not long before the song begins its hypnotic hold with the beats of Huw Beynon a living pulse within the song. Into its stride with the violin of Mared Evans and the mandolin of Russel Smith leaving blazes of melodic elegance across the warm skies of the song, it unveils an anthemic like energy and heart which is irresistible. The vocal combination is superb around Boyd, the harmonies across the whole band a sizzling texture within the equally invigorating sound and the perfect companion and foil to the tones of Boyd. It is by far the best song on the EP and possibly the best to date from the band.

The Lead is a lean, vibrant, and magnetic acoustic song, the guitars of Boyd and Smith alongside the percussion teases of Mike Newman and emotive bass of Simon Fitzpatrick, a heated yet soothing rub. There is a sure Simon and Garfunkel breath to the song whilst the closer Unlock The Key is a gentle caress with Boyd and guitar a heartfelt cell of emotion shining within the gentle acoustic light of sound.

Spring Generation is a treat of well crafted melodies and pop soaked hooks but also intelligent and mature songwriting. It gives all the proof to why there is such a buzz surrounding The Robbie Boyd Band and a defined step in their evolution to an even greater presence in British music.

RingMaster 12/10/2012

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The Robbie Boyd Band: Autumn’s Flown

There has been quite a buzz building around The Robbie Boyd Band before debut single I Won’t Let You Go which was unveiled in April and certainly after. Now with debut EP Autumn’s Flown released June 4th the expectation is interest and acclaim will become an accelerated energy around them, especially with the impressive and irresistible quality within the new release.

Playing what they call “feel good funky folk” the band has grabbed attention in their mere two years having received attention and airplay with the likes of Graham Norton on BBC2, Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music as well as sharing stages with bands like The Kooks, Razorlight, and The Delays. With over 370,000 views on their official YouTube channel it is fair to say the band is beyond a secret with a continually growing interest upon them, something the EP will again only inspire to greater heights.

The first thing Autumn’s Flown shows apart from its collection of great tunes is that Boyd is an instinctive songwriter with an easy and strong understanding of melodies and harmonies. He utilises their strengths in a defined and creative way to ensure total captivation and the fullest pleasure within his songs. His distinctive voice adds another firmly lure for the ear and as the EP plays through its five slices of impressive music their self termed description proves more than accurate.

The opening Angel actually did not grab the ear as much as latter songs initially though it is a grower and with time becomes as essential as the other vibrant offerings. With a mild energy and warm life the song takes the senses on a scenic melodic stroll with the keys of Adam Fletcher and stirring rhythms of Huw Beynon eager guides.

Debut single I Won’t Let You Go comes next and is an absorbing blend of harmonies and string enchantment from Boyd, Russel Smith, and Simon Fitzpatrick. With a chorus as catching as any virus the song blissfully excites and dances within the ear. With added pleasures from the backing vocals and violin of Mared Evans to add extra romance and shine the song is openly infectious.

New single Orion’s Belt is the biggest jewel of the release, a majestic blaze of melodic ingenuity and harmonious craft. From its emotive opening and passion fuelled breath the song slowly expands into an exceptional piece of folk pop. Veined with a velvet caress and a dazzling jazz energy the track is immense and destined for mass favouritism. Again the vocals of Evans supporting Boyd are wonderful, their combination as key a factor as the melodies and stirring heart of the song.

Completed by the delightful Never Never Land and a radio edit of I Won’t Let You Go, the EP is pure pleasure and surely a stepping stone to major recognition for the band. With irresistible melodies, imaginative invention, and magical sirenesque sounds Autumn’s Flown is a must for all lovers of melodic pop with real heart.

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