Everybody Looks Famous – Fiction

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Last year British pop rock quintet Everybody Looks Famous sparked attention and a keen appetite for their vibrant and catchy sound with the Earth EP. It was an offering of accomplished and increasingly pleasing sounds; a release which might not have set ears ablaze but revealed a real sense of promise suggesting bigger and bolder things ahead. Now the band return with new single Fiction, a track which has seen the band in the time between releases realise some of that potential in songwriting and music to create their most striking and potent offering yet. Fair to say it is maybe still not quite the game changer for the band but they are certainly and enjoyably heading in the right direction.

artworks-_RingMaster Review   Hailing from Tamworth Everybody Looks Famous emerged in 2010 and soon made a potent impression live and subsequently through their first EP, I Break My Own Rules with its release two years later. 2013 debut album Fuel To Fire was even more effective in raising support and fans to the quintet’s sound, as too their live exploits which has seen them share stages with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Royal Republic, Scouting For Girls, and Canterbury over time. The Earth EP was another potent step forward but there is a sense of a new creative chapter being opened by Fiction.

The single opens on an inviting canter of choppy riffs, the bass equally as magnetic in its darker stroll framed by jabbing beats. Quickly there is catchiness at work but also a more organic and unfussy air compared to the previously energetic but more expectations feeding sound of earlier songs. This raw approach brings a distinct tone though, not originality worrying as such but certainly breeding a fresh character and impact that continues as the melodic prowess of vocalist Lex joins the increasingly persuasive affair.

Already having proven themselves more than capable of writing infection loaded temptations, it is no surprise that the song rustles up a catchy tenacity that sparks the appetite and retains its potency as it becomes entwined by the inventive twists moulding the song. From the ska kissed bass to the resourceful rhythms and climatic air of the guitars, Fiction continues to blossom, growing into a thoroughly captivating slice of pop rock.

There is still some way to go before Everybody Looks Famous find their real uniqueness but Fiction offers evidence that the band is on the march to it whilst stepping further away from the crowd with each release. We look forward to their next step of progress with a real sense of anticipation.

Fiction is out now via Go Faster Records.

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Pete RingMaster 16/11/2015

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Spark The Sail – Sapphire Deep

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There has generally always been a strong underground scene spreading out in Bristol but right now the British city seems to be at a new high in excitement and potency. There is a vast horde of artists catching ears and attention with, for us, bands like The St. Pierre Snake Invasion, who just released their exceptional debut album, Jesuits, Left Side Brain, and the currently quiet Mind Museum leading the way. To that list we can now add rock popsters Spark The Sail, a quintet releasing a debut EP that simply leaves ears and pleasure aflame.

The Sapphire Deep EP is a rousing romp of pop ‘n’ roll, a feel good contagion built on open craft and fresh imagination. Every one of its five songs has the body and emotions leaping, the appetite for its boisterous beauty greedier by the second, with the psyche lost in its web of virulent catchiness. To local fans this is no surprise and now the UK and further afield can wake up to magnetic rock music as virulent as it comes.

Spark The Sail initially began as the duo of vocalist Jodie Davies and vocalist/acoustic guitarist Ryan Moore. Then as 2013 called it a day, the band had grown to a quintet with the addition of electric guitarist Robbie Rowe, bassist James Killackey, and drummer Mitchel Lucas. Honing their unity and sound, the band subsequently hit the live scene and were soon adding the sharing of stages with the likes of The Hoosiers, Dub Pistols, and Tinie Tempah to their quickly expanding CV. Successful appearances at The Isle Of Wight Festival this year and a host of other shows across the south of England has only added to their reputation and fan base; both now set to explode as Sapphire Deep unveils its rich revelry.

Spark The Sail Cover Artwork_RingMaster Review     The band’s inspirations include bands such as Panic! At The Disco, The Skints, and Paramore; fair to say open influences in varying degrees from the first track onwards though equally there is an energy in the songwriting and melodies which has a feel of Irish bands The Radioactive Grandma/ K.N.O.T.S. As opener Sapphire reveals, it is potent flavouring to something, if not unique to Spark The Sail quite yet, easily allowing them to standout as something highly promising and special. The song opens on a melancholic piano cast melody, around it the atmosphere hazy and slightly distorted. Energy brews simultaneously, erupting in a stroll of punchy rhythms and coaxing riffs led by the excellent dual vocal persuasion of Davies and Moore. Alone their voices entice but together enthral and ignite ears as easily as the weave of acoustic and electrified enterprise aligning to their creative theatre. Like a gem, the song has a host of faces to its adventure, each having a moment to shine and tempt before the song concludes on another boisterous roar of pop devilry.

The following Never The Moment keeps ears and enjoyment flying, the opening bait of rhythms from Lucas setting the template of the song with its anthemic shuffle soon joined by smiling melodies and hooks. Again the vocals transfix and bewitch, side by side or hand in hand a thrilling colour to a track again twisting and turning with perpetual imagination. The glorious encounter leaves rich hooks in ears and memory, its character a lingering friend but as Outlook shows next, that also applies to each song. Like its predecessor, the swinging slice of fun has meaty rock ‘n’ roll at its core and spicy pop melody in its heart, both wrapped in a swirling folk pop scent for a riveting and lively drama with a good whiff of Fall out Boy to it.

   Trust Me is next and with elegant melodies as its first caress, swiftly has the imagination floating away with its atmospheric and emotive air. A relatively more restrained and intensive affair than the first trio of tracks, it still weaves a rosy hug of vocals, harmonies, and expressive melodies around a firmer lure of rhythmic bait.

The release is brought to an energetic and tenacious end by Pieces, another easy to get physically and mentally involved in proposal bouncing round with creative enthusiasm and melodic flirtation. The track sums up the whole of the EP in its closing dance of passion and sound to light up any day and shadow.

Spark The Sail is now firmly installed as not only one or our favourite Bristol exports but of our pop /rock joys. Mark our words; this band is going places if Sapphire Deep is the sign of things to come.

The Sapphire Deep EP is released November 6th through all stores.

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Pete RingMaster 06/11/2015

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Everybody Looks Famous – Earth

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As the potent creative climate and vivacious breath of the Earth EP pleases ears and catches the imagination, UK pop rock band Everybody Looks Famous offer plenty to justify the growing buzz around them. This is a band soaked in potential and though the EP maybe does not realise that promise as rigorously as you feel it could have it certainly makes for a fine and enjoyable slice of melodic rock.

Hailing from Tamworth, the quintet of Lex (vocals), Tom (guitar, vocals, synth), Joe (guitar, vocals), Grace (keys, Synth), and Phil (drums) formed in 2010 and made their first potent impression with their debut EP, I Break My Own Rules two years later. Signing with Go Faster Records that same year and releasing the single Spotlights, Everybody Looks Famous began drawing a more nationwide bred attention which debut album Fuel To Fire in the August of 2013 certainly did with its feisty and appealing collection of pop rock with essences of melodic punk infused offerings. With their stock live also gaining a strong reputation, the band sharing stages with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Scouting For Girls, and Canterbury, the band now release the crowd funded Earth EP, another sizeable statement of intent and craft from the impressively emerging band.

Echo starts things off and immediately a melodic elegance seeps from the guitars and the enchanting vocals of Lex, the combination ELF EP Cover Artswiftly courted by a thick vibrant punctuation of rhythms and evocative keys. It is an enthralling start which expands its lure whilst infusing a punchy stride of beats and raw guitar stabs, a magnetic proposition which smoulders and tempts voraciously though it never explodes as thoughts and expectations assume. It is like the EP in that respect, the release and songs never quite igniting into a crescendo or confrontational fire but persistently coaxing and feeding the imagination and emotions.

The undeniably riveting start though is quickly rivalled by The Wanderer, another song merging reflective emotive tenderness with raucous rapaciousness for thoroughly engaging results. With additional vocals from the guys alongside the striking tones of Lex, her voice impressive with every syllable and thick harmony, as well as sonic invention aligned to poetic keys, the song further reveals the accomplished intent and imaginative songwriting and sound of the band in strong if not dramatic style.

The absorbing enticement continues with the rhythmically driven Hiding Places, the drums a commanding lead into another embracing weaves of persuasive melodies and warm vocals. More rock ballad than the previous songs, it still has a bounce and shy swagger to its heart which hugs the ears as the guitars sculpt a web of sonic almost progressive descriptive hues to colour the track’s highly expressive canvas. It does not have the weight and hold of its predecessors it is fair to say but easily shows another string to the imaginative bow of the band to keep attention and appetite keen.

The release ends with the melodically pungent ballad These Days, a song which across its emotive body has a rhythmic weight from the first moment which strikes firmly and a passionate growth of energy which brings exciting flames to the song. It is a fine finish to a highly enjoyable release, not one which will leave mouths wide open and thoughts bowled over but undoubtedly one to reaffirm and spread further the promise and already exciting premise of Everybody Looks Famous.

The Earth EP is available June 16th @ http://www.everybodylooksfamous.com/

7.5/10

RingMaster 15/06/2014

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Fuzzy Logic Baby – Glow In The Dark EP

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We suspect that like us Fuzzy Logic Baby is an undiscovered thrill for a great many but with the release of their simply brilliant new EP Glow In The Dark, that surely will change and very soon. The five track thought and passion provoking dance of invention and imagination is with ease one of the most vibrant and exciting releases this year, one that challenges and deviously ignites mind and soul whilst leaving the body exhausted from an impossible to resist temptation to participate in its mighty call.

Combining more flavours than a Michelin starred chef, the London quartet conjure sounds that work on every level leaving an intense temptation which seduces and does naughty things to primal urges. Formed in 2007 from according to their bio, a chance meeting, Fuzzy Logic Baby have developed and honed an innovative brew which is best described as hip hop and grime meets ska and reggae before flirting with punk and rock, or an easier way to imagine is they are like the insatiable hybrid of The Specials and Misty In Roots meeting Dizraeli & The Small Gods and Lazy Habits with The Karma Party whispering in their ears. It is a unique and compelling union of ideas and sounds that sets the band as one of the best emerging talents in the UK, if not anywhere.

Consisting of vocalist Darwood Grace (former member of Poetry collective 3+1 and film maker with the movie It’s A Lot released in cinemas in July), guitarist Jack Hearne, bassist Nicodemus Leo, and drummer James Thackery, the Hackney hailing Fuzzy Logic Baby have left a trail of fired up loyalty through their live performances which has seen them ignite venues around the capital and across the UK as well as sharing stages with the likes of Tinie Tempah, Katy B, Random Impulse, Mikill Pane, Wretch 32, and Professor Green. 2011 saw their impressive debut release, the GoodTimesDotCometh EP an acclaimed and well devoured by the media introduction.  Glow In The Dark is another animal, taking all their promise to new levels of hungry imagination and intrigue and presented with a fluency and skill that makes it all look so very easy.

The release opens with its biggest triumph, though every song and minute of the release walks the heights vertigo sufferers would sweat over. Howling Wolves is pure lyrical and musical alchemy, rhythms, notes, and syllables cast into a spellbinding romp that persuades feet, voice, and emotions to rush to its call with rabid lust, just like a fourteen year old boy to an abandoned copy of Knave (I think that is the name of one of those types of books…). From its first second tempting rhythms are coaxing out total attention as the vocals with a narrative that is impossibly absorbing feed their awakening. The vocals of Grace are outstanding in all forms of delivery and just as impressively backed up by others in the band, though no clarity to whom is found in info accompanying the release. A mischievous stroll that switches gait with every energetic swaggering step, the song is as delicious and richly flavoursome as Cornish ice cream, the mix of funk pressed ska and indie sculpted rock just one glorious aspect.

The following Gangsta In Da AM sidles in with a blaze of trumpet from Gary Annells and guitar teasing before expelling a flame of melodic energy to spark another canter of rhythmic suasion and seductive vitality. There is a Bang Data like sultriness to the reggae tinted amble whilst the vocals again unveil a lyrical tale that captures the imagination as unerringly as the colour soaked sounds. It is like its predecessor a track which has little trouble in leaving thoughts and emotions ablaze but when it kicks out with a punk bred confrontation evolving into a smouldering melodic hue of vocals and stinging guitar play nearing its end, the track is a beacon of excellence and invention. It is a stunning song that with its previous companion alone makes the release an impossibly important addition to the musical year.

There is no let-up though as firstly the current single March On brings another distinct and absorbing landscape to traverse closely followed by the outstanding title track. The first of the pair almost floats across the senses with a moody bass and shimmering melodic haze holding hands with the fine vocals of Grace. There is a firm and commanding lure to the track brought by rhythms and led by voice and bass, its dark charm wrapping a provocative almost intimidating caress around the ear. With the blaze of guitar and the subsequent carnivalesque swing adding extra sustenance to the climax, it all combines to create another unforgettable and thrilling moment in time. Its successor is a stirring mix of gentle melodies and punchy rhythms kissed by vocal harmonies and dazzling imagination that like all tracks on the EP teases and tempts further with a perpetual twist of changing ingenuity and imagination. A slow burning furnace of majesty, the song is arguably the most creative slice of scintillating composing and realisation on the release, standing high amongst nothing but startling invention and craft.

The closing No Problems is a dull and uninspiring track…oh do not be stupid there is no chance of that with Fuzzy Logic Baby on this release, the band once more sculpting a riveting course of musical and vocal juggling that spawns from numerous nefarious mischievous spices and unbridled devilry. It concludes a quite dazzling piece of aural imagining that steps up to challenge any release anywhere as one of the finest in 2013. With a UK tour on the near horizon, Fuzzy Logic Baby is about to take country and continent by storm; watch out world after that.

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10/10

RingMaster 04/08/2013

 

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