Escobar – The Biggest Sound

Whether you wish to call the Escobar sound grunge, punk, garage rock or something else, all flavours involved in its riotous tapestry, there is no escaping that it is one glorious rock ‘n’ roll cacophony. The irrefutable proof is to be found in the French duo’s new album The Biggest Sound, a nostril flared stomp more than living up to its container’s moniker.

Hailing from Limoges, Escobar was formed in 2014 by vocalist/guitarist Remi Lucas (Weird Omen, The Anomalys) and drummer Charly “Kayo” Cailleaud (The Bushmen, Daria). With the release of debut album エスコバルin 2015 and its successor Bird Of Prey the following year, the band was met with widespread acclaim which is sure to escalate through the rousing antics of The Biggest Sound. Such its addictive melodic hook laden clamour, it is easy to expect the album to thrust Escobar into the biggest spotlights as eureka moments go off in new ears to spark a fresh tsunami of lusty attention.

It is impossible to truly pin down the Escobar sound though a fusion of The White Stripes, Nirvana, and In The Whale gives a good starting point. As opener Terrible Man alone shows, the pair create a sound distinct and unique to itself and a temptation which swiftly and greedily infests body and imagination. The first song launches at the listener with urgent riffs, their infectious coaxing the prelude to a surge of flirtatious guitar clang and rhythmic incitement. It all settles into a vivacious garage rock stroll with a Latin-esque temperament as Lucas’ magnetic voice and guitar bounce upon the rhythmic web spun by Cailleaud. As virulent for the senses as it is increasingly concussive, the track simply seduces ears and appetite whilst getting the album off to a stunning start.

That success only builds as the insatiable punk ‘n’ roll of Misbehavior devours ears, again the two protagonists creating a noise clad contagion which sparks body and spirit. As with those around it, the song makes physical involvement a given in its swift but unquenchably boisterous escapade; a perpetual trait across The Biggest Sound in evidence again within Stuck On You. Carrying a power pop infection to its earthy rock ‘n’ roll, the track maybe leaps around with less intensity than its predecessor but with equal adventure as grunge instincts fuel the guitar. It is easy to hear Nirvana bred inspirations at play within the song but equally there are moments which seem nurtured by a fondness of bands such as Rocket From The Crypt and The Vaccines as it lays down another peak in the increasingly mountainous landscape of the album.

There is no time to relax as the outstanding Paradise rampages through ears with its Powersolo meets The Dirtbombs scented bedlam and Salvation teases and tempts with its raw and boisterous rock ‘n’ roll. The first offers a great if undemanding line in melodic dexterity within its noisy canter while its successor melds pop catchiness with scorched noise in its contagious swing and both simply up the ante in a release already fixing its permanent position in the passions.

The album’s title track steps up next bringing its own voracious infection to ears and psyche. The Biggest Sound is as much a declaration of the album’s roar as its own controlled and eager suggestion for hips and vocal chords; an invitation just a little dirty and a whole lot irresistible before Big Town bounds in with a swagger soaked in sonic dexterity to drag the energies into lustful compliance all over again. Compared to some, it too has a rein on its attack, saving it for the grunge bred eruptions which urge greater zeal from song and listener alike.

The psych rock kissed minimalism of Brain Out simply seduces and manipulates straight after; Lucas in guitar and voice a puppeteer as the song sculpts pop rock in its purest form. Slim and forcibly low key its glory is matched by the contrasting creative howl of Changeover. To be fair, the song too has a fine twist in infectious restraint and inventive enterprise but still escalates into a fiery roar which sears as it seduces. Both tracks hit the spot like a rock ‘n’ roll cupid though each is slightly outshone by the throbbing saunter of Stranger In Blood. As across the whole album, Cailleaud creates a rhythmic enticement which lures eager participation and rock ‘n’ roll instincts like a siren. His net is then entangled in the sonic machination of Lucas; the pair combining to beguile and incite without reservation.

The album concludes with the sonic commotion of Dumb Feelings, a slice of voracious punk rock with a whiff of Iggy Pop and the psychosis of Melvins in its seriously catchy riot and finally the irresistibly nagging of Drifting. The song is majestic, its jagged body of riffs and harmonic flirtation a show stealer as it slips through a celestial climate which haunts the senses. A final twist in the creative adventure of the album, the track sublimely and inescapably leaves a longing for more which that play button instantly satisfies.

There is always something new to explore to take us away from even the best records, fresh encounters to assess, but there are a few which make it very difficult to move on from without just one more union, and another….. The Biggest Sound is one of those; a joy which still resurfaces to bring our day to an invigorating conclusion and that is maybe reason enough for all to go explore.

The Biggest Sound is out now through Dirty Water Records (USA), Adrenalin Fix Music, Beast Records, and Strychnine Production and available @  https://escobartheband.bandcamp.com/album/the-biggest-sound

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Pete RingMaster 31/10/2017

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Whitecliff – 5 Minutes / ’Till The End

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It is fair to say that British rock band Whitecliff is gaining a reputation as rich and inescapable as their drama soaked sound has proven to be, and it is safe to say that it will only increase with the release of new single Five Minutes. The two song offering is a captivating example of the band’s indie/melodic rock imagination with even bolder exploration coming in the atmospherically thick ’Till The End which accompanies the lead track. Released via 25 Hour Convenience Store, the label of The Libertines’ Gary Powell, the single has all the qualities to spark another successful year for the band to match 2015.

The first band signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store, Whitecliff first lured attention with debut single Everybody Knows, its success backed and pushed last October by the Young Lovers EP. Both releases grabbed ears with their fresh and vibrant sounds, in turn drawing potent media attention and support across terrestrial and internet radio. Live too, the band has grown from strength to strength, supporting The Libertines at one of their sold out Alexandra Palace shows and playing London’s Old Blue Last and the Notting Hill Arts Club amongst highlights so far.

art_RingMasterReviewReuniting on the new single with producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paolo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy) and for mixing Dan Grech (Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Circa Waves), both handling the previous EP too, Whitecliff need mere seconds to grip ears with 5 Minutes. Its initial guitar jangle alone has the imagination engaged whilst the subsequent thick bassline of Paul Bates and the skittish beats of Tom Taylor soon spring hips and head bobbing into action. Vocalist Olli Nagy as potently as ever exudes confidence and charm whilst guitarist Jonny Ball gives a new wave character to his flirtatious dance of pick and imagination on strings.

The track is an addictively infectious and provocatively rousing proposal easily whipping up an eager appetite for its prowess before ’Till The End sees the band slip into atmospheric waters with the resonance of bass colouring the poetic suggestiveness of guitar. As Nagy then lays his beguiling tones on the emotive canvas, a Muse/Coldplay like scent arises in sound and tone though pleasingly Whitecliff hone it into something individual to them. Almost prowling ears with its slow gait, the track is a fascinating look at another side to the band’s songwriting and invention; a new strain of variety sure to flourish across future releases.

As much as the Young Lovers EP solidly impressed, both 5 Minutes and ’Till The End outshine any previous Whitecliff endeavour. The single is a rousing and transfixing proposal across its two tracks and yes with it as evidence; it might be safe to say that 2016 is going to be another potent year for the band.

5 Minutes / ’Till The End is released April 8th via 25 Hour Convenience Store /Believe Digital through most online stores and @ http://whitecliffband.bigcartel.com/product/five-minutes-single

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Pete RingMaster 05/04/2016

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Seprona – Trap Door

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Emerging in 2014, British indie pop/rock band Seprona is proving to be one of the new breed of bands lighting up the Liverpool music scene. Certainly they are one of the eagerly talked about and recommended propositions thanks to songs like new single Trap Door. A lively melodic romancing of ears with a catchiness to take care of the physical side of persuasion, the track is a broader invitation focusing on national ears to back up the fine live reputation already earned.

Initially locking themselves away in an abandoned pub on the outskirts of Liverpool city centre where they practised and honed their sound in conjunction with a prolific writing of songs, Seprona soon made their first step and subsequently mark on the local live scene. Since then they have ignited numerous venues like Sound City last May where they played with the likes of The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, and Belle & Sebastian and at festivals such as FestEVOL alongside Serpent Power and Dave McCabe & the Ramifications. Musically inspirations from the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Interpol, and Radiohead into a sound, go into their sound, spices which, going by the new single alone, nurtures an individualism which is also instantly ear friendly.

artwork_RingMaster ReviewNow in a development deal with Rooftop Records, a label owned by Parr Street Recording Studio’s Chris Taylor, which gives Seprona access to recording time as well as valuable mentoring, the band is ready to whip up more attention with Trap Door. A crystalline melody erupts around a pulse of beats first to entice ears, a coaxing soon enhanced as a brief cinematic sample emerges alongside the throbbing groan of Tom Larkin’s bass. Within another breath, the potent tones of Daniel Badger lay invitingly upon the melodic veining spreading across the song, his and fellow guitarist Sammy Issa’s poetic enterprise a gentle but potent suggestiveness for the imagination and emotions to embrace.

As boisterously mellow as it is, the song also has an infectiousness which is impossible to ignore. It is perpetual bait which is only highlighted further by the great framing rhythms of drummer Joe Grove, and with everything combined, plays its part in a weave of sound which, even as brief as the song is at under three minutes, leaves a lingering imprint.

Enthralled by the tantalising touch of Trap Door it is fair to say that we, as many more, are very much looking forward to hearing more from Seprona, something you cannot say about every embrace of sound you meet.

Trap Door is out now via Rooftop Records from iTunes and other online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 26/02/2016

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Whitecliff – Young Lovers EP

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There has been a flowing amount of praise and expectations of big things ahead for Whitecliff since the release of their first single Everybody Knows a year ago, and the Liverpool based band can expect plenty more thanks to their excellent debut EP Young Lovers. The first band signed to 25 Hour Convenience Store, the label of Gary Powell from The Libertines, Whitecliff have crafted and delivered a new exploit to which acclaim is set to be a given. Three tracks of virulent and inventive indie pop rock, the Young Lovers EP is simply a tonic for the ears and imagination.

Consisting of vocalist Olli Nagy, guitarist Jonny Ball, bassist Paul Bates, and drummer Tom Taylor, Whitecliff recorded the Young Lovers EP with producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Paolo Nutini, Badly Drawn Boy), its mixing taken care of by Dan Grech (Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Circa Waves), both also scheduled to work with the band on their first album scheduled for recording next spring. The latest release opens with its title track, and an instant blaze of warm melodies and enticing hooks tempered perfectly by a moodier bassline. The voice of Nagy is just as swiftly enticing, his tones gentle yet forceful in their expression and power to match the potent rhythmic jabs and sonic seducing masterfully and creatively at play across the song.

It is a rousing rock pop incitement to start the EP but straight away eclipsed by The Talk. From its opening tease of guitar and accompanying groove, the song is a virulent stroll which just gets more flirtatious and compelling with each vocal harmony around the potency of Nagy and every catchy twist slipping easily into ears with lingering effect. There is a feel of Black to the song and the overall songwriting of Whitecliff, in the blend of emotive passages and inescapable melodically honed hooks which just light up ears and appetite with increasing effect over every listen.

Final song Say What You Want is the same, but individual in character with its emotive croon through crystalline melodies in a creative romance of the imagination. On first listen the previous two songs outshine the third but time and plays has seen it bloom into an irresistible serenade to rival all whilst revealing more of the depth and substance to the Whitecliff sound.

As we predicted the quartet will be no strangers to acclaim over the next weeks and months but already there is the thought that we have barely tapped into their potential, even with the strength of Young Lovers so exciting times for them and us.

The Young Lovers EP is out now via 25 Hour Convenience Store / Believe Digital through iTunes and Amazon

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The Inkhearts – Temper Temper/Uptight

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Formed in 2010, UK rock band The Inkhearts has a mature sound which belies the ‘immaturity’ of its creator’s ages. With the quartet aged eighteen or nineteen across its line-up, the West Lancashire band casts a sonic proposition which lies somewhere between The Libertines and fellow youngsters The Jacques, whilst vocally there is a regional twang which hints of ‘county rivals’ Arctic Monkeys. It is a healthy mix finding its own individuality through, on the evidence of the band’s new single, potential flooded indie pop songs.

The union of Temper Temper/Uptight is a magnetic lure of raw textures and creative imagination which simply intrigues and excites whilst brewing up a certain appetite for more. As mentioned formed around four years ago, The Inkhearts’ seeds began at a music tuition initiative at The Engine Rooms in the band’s hometown of Skelmersdale. Meeting for the first time there, a seven piece emerged but it was with the departure of three of the founder members that the band found its natural sound and direction. Taking inspirations from the likes of The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club, and The Libertines into their writing and music, the four-piece roused up an eager following for their live performances and focus in the media through previous single Keeping Up. With its recent release, Temper Temper / Uptight is poised to spark another surge in attention and hunger, whilst suggesting rigorously that The Inkhearts is one band all should be keeping a close eye on.

Temper Temper instantly holds ears in a melodic jangle and sultry caress, the guitars of Lauren Shaw and Ryan Ward a swift expressive temptation. Equally the voice of Shaw makes an Picture 37immediate persuasion, her tones distinct and flavoursome within the spicy melodic web cast by both guitars. Framed and driven by the pungent basslines of Ben Warburton and punchy beats of Matthew Wright, the song rattles along with a confident stride and virulent infectiousness, hooks and vocals a contagious lure in the lively enterprise of feet and imagination igniting revelry.

Uptight is more subdued in comparison to its companion, yet with another tangy tease of guitar and shadowed toned bass enticing, the track is an easy going and richly satisfying proposition. It reveals more of the inventiveness within the songwriting and craft of the band and though it is lacking the spark of Temper Temper its golden harmonies and great unpredictable twists of gait and energy ensures the song nudges another wave of hunger for more.

With a single this promising and potent from a band so young that you still assume they still get Mum to do their washing, the future looks rather rosy if they carry on and evolving like this. Remember the name, The Inkhearts.

Temper Temper/Uptight is available now @ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/the-inkhearts/id792653411

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RingMaster 11/12/2014

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Bask in Feathers: Introducing Rooster Cole

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If like us you have been impressed and excited by Brighton band Black Black Hills, you might just get a tingle, again just like us, at the thought of a solo project from the band’s frontman Mark S. Aaron. When the man in question got in touch telling us about his new solo project Rooster Cole, there was an immediate intrigue and excited eagerness to find out more and once we had embraced the first two songs from this new adventure, there was little option then to share. As expected from previous exploits there is an elegance and grandeur to the sound of Rooster Cole but equally it has an intimate presence skirted by wonderfully invasive shadows. Nick Cave springs to mind as a comparison in many ways but truly the project has a uniqueness which seduces from the first note and syllable.

As mentioned Mark S. Aaron was /is the frontman to Black Black Hills, not too sure on their state of being right now to be honest, a band which has supported the likes of Twin Shadow, Maps & Atlases, and The Vaccines. Their sound also found good acclaim from the likes of Edith Bowman, Nick Grimshaw, and Huw Stephens, with their single Far From My Arms chosen by Lauren Laverne as one of her show’s MPFrees of the Day and placed on the Radio 1 playlist. Rooster Cole sees Aaron step out alone with a pair of captivating tracks as his first temptation. Still to play live as he works on further songs with a single and video planned for later this year, Aaron is already brewing up some hungry attention and it is easy to see why with the magnetic charm of his first offerings.

The two songs marking Rooster Cole’s emergence are More Than You and The Waiting Place, two sultry evocative persuasions which simply entrance the imagination as potently as the ears. More Than You moves into view on a breeze of jangling guitars and a broody bass tone, all gentle and restrained in their gait but rich in their expressive hues. Once the distinctive tones of Aaron open up the narrative’s croon a thicker emotive embrace cradles thoughts immersing the listener into a smouldering climate of heat and incitingly suggestive seduction. The song is still tempered in its urgency yet has a sway and swing which makes feet submissive but once the epic voice of sound and vocals in their varied delivery clasp the chorus, new incendiary heights and tempting depths are opened up. The song is simply glorious, its broad shoulder of sound expansive yet intimately caressing with lyrical and vocal enterprise. With keys bringing further colour rich flavour to the song it alone sparks a hunger to keep Rooster Cole under close attention.

The Waiting Place is a slower bewitchment, a piano led walk through resourceful scenery of discord kissed melodies, percussive kisses, and the noble come sombre yet emotionally incendiary vocals of Aaron. The song is covered by a red skied emotive climate, its potent vivacity a tempering lure to the shadows unfolding within the irresistible tale. There is an essence of Helldorado and Saint Agnes to the track at times and of the Dennis Hopper Choppers too, but all mere comparative spices in the ingenious design of Rooster Cole.

Though not official releases the two songs are available from Rooster Cole as free downloads from https://soundcloud.com/roostercole, an offering it is easy to loudly recommend all treat themselves to. Using the pair as inspiration, the suggestion that Rooster Cole will be a name on the lips of the country and in the ears of a legion of feather enthusiasts on a future horizon is unavoidable. https://www.facebook.com/roostercolemusic

RingMaster 26/03/2014

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Dumb – Two Bottles Video

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    UK melodic noise makers Dumb is earning a fine and eager reputation for their vivacious and energetically contagious sound, something the new video and song Two Bottles sparks another keen ardour for with its expressive and emotive freshness. The second track on their recently released AA single Supersonic Love Toy/Two Bottles through One Beat Records, it makes another potent and earthy persuasion to the thrilling emergence of this Birmingham band.

    Filmed by James Woods at Viceroy Shoots, the Two Bottles video like the song itself is a relaxed party of freedom and losing inhibitions. It provides an almost fly on the wall like narrative to scenes around the central core of the band as they play the song in an informal manner. Visually too there is a clarity and at times starkness in colour, tone, and scenery which lays suggestions of making adventures from little stimuli and uninspiring climates. The video provides fine seeds and potent imagery for the imagination to interpret and dance with whilst the song provides a weave of melodic jangles and provocative rhythms from its opening seconds which equally flirts with thoughts and emotions, not forgetting inspiring feet to add their keen shuffle to the experience.

   Dumb has already fired up appetites for their sound though the release of debut single Dive and the following Retina as well as their acclaimed live performances which has seen them sharing stages with the likes of The Charlatans, The Vaccines, New Order, Darlia, Skaters, LSA, Superfood, Baby Strange, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs and many more. Recorded with producer Cam Blackwood (Darlia, London Grammar, George Ezra), Super Sonic Love Toy/Two Bottles takes the band’s presence and stature up another level with the new video an additional impressively magnetic enticement into the world of Dumb.

   Musically the band combines inspiration from Pixies and Built To Spill into their own indie/noise alchemy, one with an elevated distinctive twang to its breath and expansive depths to its passionate sonic sculpture. The other song on the single release also has a video already released to match its thrilling sound; Super Sonic Love Toy making an engagingly and evocatively expressive temptation on ears and imagination matched by the monochrome air and beauty of the video merging the band at play, work, and scenic stalking. Whereas plenty of videos just place a band in a set to play out the latest track, both videos and Two Bottles especially, leads the listener into an honest world of lyrical and emotional intent.

    Dumb is a band on a feisty march with Two Bottles its latest irresistible invitation. It is easy to imagine that very few will be unaware of the band over future horizons but as the new video suggests, why wait for it to happen when the gateway to fun and adventure is there already. So we suggest heading over to the band’s website at http://www.werdumb.com to immerse into both songs and videos and catch Dumb on the start of their certain ascent.

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RingMaster 17/03/2014

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