New York Tourists – Call

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Whether being described as Queens of The Stone Age meets Foals is a true colour to the New York Tourists sound we are still debating but it does hint at the rich flavour and textures within it, qualities ripe in the band’s new single Call.

cover_RingMaster Review    It is fair to say that the British alternative rock quartet has been garnering hefty praise in reviews and attention since the release of their debut EP, Thankyou & Goodnight late 2012, its track Chew Me Up, Spit Me Out, selected as one of BBC Introducing’s top 10 tracks of 2013. Its success helped lead New York Tourists to support slots for the likes of The Subways, The View, The Sunshine Underground, and Buzzcocks whilst also headlining the Alternative Stage at Blackburn Festival. Second EP Dead Man’s Leather was unveiled in 2014 via London based label Kittiwake Records, and more acclaim and attention flew their way as well as opportunities to play with band such as We Are Scientists, The Cribs, and Shed 7 soon after. Having begun recording their successful Kickstarter funded debut album earlier this year and playing Hogton Tower in Preston as the main support to Status Quo in front of 12,000 people, the foursome of vocalist/guitarist Gary Taylor, guitarist Carl Rutherford, bassist Adrian Mckenzie, and drummer Joe Mooney have had an exciting year, one only continuing with Call, the band whetting and inflaming the appetite for their album at the same time.

The single opens with the falsetto prowess of Taylor, his lofty tones backed by more earthbound hues, presumably also his own, as guitars cast their magnetic lure over ears and around the lively rhythmic frame of the song. With a scent of psych rock and post punk/new wave spice to its invitingly volatile climate and body, the track canters along with an engaging melodic character and busy energy around an impressive vocal tempting. Rhythmically the song reminds of fellow Brits The Sea, whilst its vocal and inventive heart offers a familiarity hard to pin down but certainly with seeds in more adventurous Brit Pop.

Leaving a certain want for more, Call is a potent tempter for the New York Tourists album whenever that comes along, and if its songs can match up to the single, more highly enjoyable times are afoot.

Call is released October 24th

Upcoming Live Dates:

30th October – Camden Barfly

13th November – Ferret, Preston

19th November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds

http://www.new-yorktourists.co.uk/    https://www.facebook.com/NEW-YORK-TOURISTS-188920262416/   https://twitter.com/newyorktourists

Pete RingMaster 23/10/2015

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Yes Sunshine – No No No

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What could be better than a high octane pop song sculpted on a punk bred guitar clang, devilishly anthemic rhythms, and a spicy dose of discord to make your toes curl? On the evidence of No No No, the new single from UK quintet Yes Sunshine not a lot. The song is a virulent stomp, an insatiable temptation which has feet as quickly alert and active as ears. There is a buzz brewing up around the Coventry hailing band and right now easy to see why thanks to No No No.

11082558_766870466741612_8200293885106745004_n     Yes Sunshine began back in the spring of 2013, Michael McCann, Mark Fazakarley, Jord Harrold, Declan McCann, and Chris Feltwell musically uniting to commemorate the passing of a close friend. They were soon hitting and enlivening the local live scene before spreading their sound and performances just as quickly across the UK and Ireland. Their first year alone saw the band playing venues such as The Dublin Castle, The Shed, and a headline show at The 100 Club as well as an appearance at Manchester’s Ethihad Stadium and two packed out shows at The Great Escape Festival. Yes Sunshine has supported the likes of with Pete Doherty, Royal Blood, Zane Lowe, Yuck, The Enemy, and The View along the way too whilst their debut single in 2014 courted the attention of BBC Radio 1, XFM, and Amazing Radio amongst many. The beginning of this year saw the successful release of the single Because of You, a fiery marker for the band which No No No has taken to another level.

The band’s sound is a volatile weave of indie, rock, and punk honed into one rebellious pop roar, and swiftly infecting ears as No No No opens with a jangle of guitar chords before flicking the switch to an agitated, tenaciously lively stroll. The vocals are just as energised and infectious as they jump into the revelry whilst a thick juicy bassline invigorates the already rampant tempting on offer further. It is the discord soaked enterprise of the guitars which is the most compelling component in the song though, acidic noise oozing from every note whilst conjuring a pop romp to get nothing less than fully involved with. Early Strokes has been suggested as a comparison to the band’s sound, we say though add some Asylums and eighties band Fire Engines and you get a bigger hint of No No No.

People are claiming big things for Yes Sunshine and after No No No you will get little disagreement here.

No No No is out now via Mint 400 Records @ https://itun.es/gb/sC076

http://www.yes-sunshine.co.uk   https://www.facebook.com/YesSunshine

RingMaster 26/05/2015

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Tijuana Bibles – Sun Chaser

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Having already established their emerging presence and darkly dramatic form of shadowed rock ‘n’ roll through previous releases, Scottish band Tijuana Bibles has broken into new sultry climes with brand new single Sun Chaser. The song still explores the rich and tangy flavours already nurtured by the band but with a cleaner cut to its shape and a more exotic nature to its transfixing character, the result an enticement which bewitches ears and infests the psyche like a swarthy and heroic exotic escapade.

The Glasgow quartet of Tony Costello, Behn Cross, Mikey Dornan, and James Brannigan made a striking impression on the Scottish and British underground scene with the release of the Wild River EP as well as the acclaimed singles Toledo and Crucifixion. They were introductions which caught the imagination and breaths of an increasing many whilst performances at festivals like T in the Park, Wickerman, Belladrum and GoNorth, as well as supports slots for bands such as The View, Deap Valley, Alabama 3, and The Amazing Snakeheads only reinforced the impressive arrival of Tijuana Bibles. Now the band is pushing things on with Sun Chaser, a song from and an irresistible teaser to, the forthcoming Ghost Dance Movement EP.

A dirty bass tone is the first lure and treat, it almost De Staat like in its dark nature. That magnetic initial bait is straight away increased by spicy sighs of guitar and an evolving ambience which seduces with the romantic charm of smouldering climates. The vocals of Costello are similarly captivating over the unrelenting tempting of the noir clad rhythms. There is a mystery and almost sinister edge to the song but equally a flame of melodic radiance and irresistible contagion that simply binds ears and passions with sublime craft.

In certain moments the song has a feel of The Mission at their virulently compelling best and in others the absorbing drama of Echo and The Bunnymen, whilst essences of Helldorado and Benaccia also suggestively encroach on thoughts. In truth though, Tijuana Bibles has a sound which has an individuality setting it and the band apart, and now, breaching new masterful heights with the quite brilliant and rigorously thrilling Sun Chaser.

Sun Chaser is available from March 2nd

Upcoming Tijuana Bibles live dates…

MARCH/;

6 Copleand Stadium – Whitehaven

7 This Feeling – Amersham Arms – London

20 This Feeling – Broadcast Midnight show – Glasgow

21 This Feeling – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh

27 Leicester Academy 3 – Headline Show

28 This Feeling – Night and Day Cafe – Manchester

http://tijuanabibles.co.uk/   https://www.facebook.com/tijuanabiblesofficial

RingMaster 02/03/2015

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John Wean : M.A.P.

M.A.P. is the excellent new single from Scottish indie rockers John Wean, and a track to cement their status as ones to watch very closely. Since forming in 2009, the Uddingston spawn quartet has made steady progress up to the point right now where they seem ready to mesmerise the country. Writing songs about love, life and girls, the band themselves say the first couple of years were not as productive as they should have been in sound and arguably progress, though the band were never lacking enthusiasm just a direction for it maybe. After reassessing things the band ended 2010 with a successful support slot for Tom Hingley at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. Arguably this was the point where the rise in recognition and stature began for the quartet of Conor Cartwright [vocals / guitar], Stuart Anderson [guitar], Jude Smith [vocals / bass], and Simon Coakley [drums]. The past couple of years has seen by request from the promoter a return to the same venue to this time support Young Rebel Set, the band selling vastly more tickets compared to their first already impressive fan attendance, their own successful shows, as well as the release of debut single Desperate Dan (She Told Me She Was Single), all adding to the elevation of the band which the acclaimed New York Doesn’t Love You EP from earlier this year, only enhanced.

M.A.P. is taken from that release and continues the impressive presence of band and sound. Produced and mixed by Ewan Davies [producer of the debuts from Arctic Monkeys, Darkness and Editors], the single is an immediately pulsating proposition from the stirring bass tease and rapping drums beats. Its instantaneous engagement though is soon expanded by soon to join in sharp guitar melodic strokes which just sizzle with heated elegance. The song is perfectly chiselled offering a crystalline radiance to its warm caresses and sharp lyrical design which is openly infectious and wonderfully enterprising.

Standing for ‘Morning After Pill’, M.A.P. is in the words of the band “a tongue-in-cheek hymn to the conflicting thoughts that can swamp the brain in the moment of realization that all has not gone as planned!” It certainly holds a mischief whilst finding a place to incite thoughts, with the music as skilfully shaped as the words and also laced with a light almost whimsical whisper to its captivating persuasion.

If John Wean is yet to appear on your horizon then M.A.P. is the perfect introduction. With a flavoursome breath which combines  the likes of Letters, Prince Edward Island, and The View, John Wean are about to leave a very appetizing taste in the mouth of UK indie music.

http://www.wearejohnwean.com/

RingMaster 26/10/2012

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Sound Of Guns: Antarctica/Killing Moon

Following up their acclaimed and impressive album Angels & Enemies released this past March UK alternative rockers Sound Of Guns release new single taken from it, the powerfully lunged and anthemic Antarctica. With an air of grandeur and an immense sound to justify it, the single is pure heart food, an impassioned feast of emotive power and energy.

Produced by Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Ocean Colour Scene) at The Distillery in Bath, the single heats up the atmosphere from June 18th through Distiller Records and is already feeling eager attention with the track having been used as the leading song on Sky Sport’s 2012 Champions League coverage. It is no surprise that it was chosen, the enveloping and epic sound of the song as well as the anthem fuelled heart within its frame the perfect soundtrack for any passionate and consuming endeavour.

Within seconds of the opening chimes and majestic symphonic sounds the song lifts the heart to heights most songs have never imagined whilst offering an infectious melodic caress, inciteful rhythms, and the expected excellent vocals from Andy Metcalfe. The track feels like an old friend, its sturdy arms and powerful energy the lift and invitation to push oneself whether physically or emotionally. Like the best songs of this character it leaves one breathless but fully enthused, its impressive songwriting and outstanding realisation an incendiary for and to ignite emotions.

Antarctica is accompanied by a cover version of the Distiller Records classic Killing Moon, and to be honest there was a groan when it came to attention here. Some songs should not be touched their original greatness impossible to emulate and can only be scarred, Killing Moon is such a song.

Well Sound of Guns never read the script and went and produced a version which is truly magnificent. No, it does not match the original nothing could but it comes pretty close and as all covers should be treated they have interpreted the song with their own unique version and not merely copied as most covers seem to do. The track like an early morning mist envelopes the ear with a graceful and emotive atmosphere vocally and musically, Metcalfe finding a similar touching emotion to that of Ian McCulloch. Throughout its first half the song teases with a suggestion it will ignite into something larger but it continues to tenderly weave around the ear as the band light little fires of melodic sparks around the vocals. It is haunting and dare one say finds a more intrusive breath than the original. When the song does expand its musical arms the band simply intensifies the already irresistible enchantment. It really is an excellent version and puts the doubters, yes holding hands up, in their place.

As the band make the UK their playground with a tour with The View throughout the month and into July and festival appearances ahead, Sound Of Guns are at the point where they will surely soon be the name on all indie rock fans lips, Antarctica another mighty step on route.

http://www.soundofguns.com

RingMaster 15/06/2012

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