Phoenix Calling – Forget Your Ghosts

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You may have been recently caught up in the growing buzz around UK rockers Phoenix Calling through the release of the singles Everybody Knows and just recently Wasted. It has been attention brewing up for the Cambridgeshire quintet for a while now thanks to their live performances and the Waves EP of early 2014, and sure to gain new acceleration with the release of the band’s debut album Forget Your Ghosts. A collection of seriously accomplished and captivating melodic rock encounters, the album provides evidence of a band with the talent and potential to make a major mark on the UK rock scene, and itself give it a healthy impressive nudge to start widespread awareness off.

Formed in 2012, the Peterborough band draw on inspirations from the likes of Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox, and Fightstar to colour their instinctively infectious sound. With a musicianship as flavoursome as their music, Phoenix Calling able too potently play over fifteen different instruments as a collective unit, the band as mentioned released a pair of eagerly received singles earlier this year, tasters for the album which have alone sparked a fresh and broader appetite for the band’s presence. The first of the two songs alone received airplay on nearly 80 stations across the globe. This has been complimented before and since by a live presence which is just as eagerly praised and supported, the likes of The First, We Are Fiction, Tu Amore, White Clouds and Gunfire, and Under the Influence amongst many sharing stages with Phoenix Calling whilst the band itself has also headlined the main stage at Peterborough’s Willow Festival and played the BBC Introducing Stage at Cambridge Rock Fest. Now it is the turn of Forget Your Ghosts to stir up a fuss, something it will surely do with its thick and open qualities.

The album opens with Ab Initio, and proof that if you are going to make the opening track an instrumental intro it works so much better if it makes some kind of call to arms that lures ears and imagination into eager readiness for the upcoming adventure. That is exactly what Phoenix Calling achieve, guitars alone a tangy seducing which has appetite and intrigue hungry for the appearance of the following Hold Onto Glory which emerges from the sonic wind of the opener. The same flavoured hooks and grooves instantly again come into play as do warm melodies which welcome the vocal prowess of Steve Chapman backed by the also strong tones of guitarist Dom Greenwood. The latter and Martyn Hilliam are just as swift in unveiling fiery tendrils of sonic enterprise and raw riffery within the rhythmically striking encounter too, it all uniting in one strongly enticing and richly satisfying start to the album.

PC-FYG-artwork   Traces steps up next and the thumping beats of drummer Benedict Greenwood straight away mark the song, sinew swung swings and precise timing strong bait within a quickly growing emotive atmosphere. Vocals and guitars spin a colourful incitement to the awakening exploit whilst an emerging dark bassline from Jason Howard lays magnetic shadows in the sonic and melodic blaze skilfully conjured by the band. As its predecessor, there arguably are few real surprises within the song but its freshness and creative vitality brings a gripping persuasion which again floods Awakening, another short potent piece which really is the introduction to the excellent Bring The Roof Down. With an epic feel to its climate and an intimacy to its quieter reflections, the song is a tangle of keenly striding beats, flowing melodies, and spicy hooks, all switching and uniting across the anthemic and dramatic cry of the track.

Hitting a new plateau for the album, it is emulated by the two recent singles which come next, starting with Wasted Life. As the last song there is a skilled and attention grabbing mix of contrasting textures combining for an infectious slice of pop rock, rhythms the aggressive bait within a cloak of harmonic and sonic adventure. Group roars and emotively honed expression only add to the lure of the song, a mix similarly seeded but differently explored in the outstanding Everybody Knows. As contagious as it is melodically raucous, the song ignites ears and emotions with consummate ease with rich flames of impassioned and enthralling enterprise built on technical tenacity.

Both the rhythmically pungent Other Side and the virulently infectious We Were Young keep ears excited and a highly pleasing inventiveness coming; the second of the two especially dramatic in sound and imagination whilst their successor Angel provides a more subdued but emotionally fiery presence. With intensely firm beats and a melancholic bass tone, there is still that emotional energy which almost rumbles within the fiery croon of the song. Mellower it might be but in impact the track is as potent as any on Forget Your Ghosts.

     Still We Wait installs itself as a favourite next with its muscular and rugged landscape of rhythms, and an energy which stokes feet and emotions into action within moments. The most imposing and robust track on the album it does not sell the listener short on rich melodies and spicy imagination either, arguably emerging as the most rounded and potent song on the release.

The closing These Days provides a final creative bluster to devour happily but it is after the blast of stark and haunting sonic wind when the song comes alive, the track returning with new colour and seductive intensity to leave ears and emotions basking.

Though a few times there is some sameness between elements of different songs and the occasional familiarity to outside offerings which keeps the band nearer to the crowd then it could be, Forget Your Ghosts does everything right in providing a fascinating and increasingly pleasing proposition. It feels like this is the start of the true rise of Phoenix Calling, and the perfect place for all to climb on board.

Forget Your Ghosts is available now via The Fort Records on CD and digitally through most online stores.

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RingMaster 28/04/2015

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Phoenix Calling – Everybody Knows

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Melodically bold, tenaciously muscular, and energetically irresistible, the latest single from UK alternative rockers Phoenix Calling, whilst confirming why a keen spotlight is flaring up around them, makes a rather tasty appetiser for the band’s upcoming debut album. Everybody Knows is a blaze of craft and emotion honed into a fireball of feisty temptation. Though arguably not breaking into new pastures for melodic rock, it does what a great many of similarly sculpted songs do not do, enthrals whilst demanding attention.

Bursting out of the Cambridge/Peterborough in 2012, Phoenix Calling was soon a vibrant and increasingly eagerly followed band on the British live scene, subsequently taking on shows with the likes of The First, We Are Fiction, Tu Amore, White Clouds and Gunfire, and Under The Influence. Similarly numerous festival appearances have only enhanced their presence and reputation, especially when headlining the main stage at Willow Festival 2013 and playing the BBC Introducing stage at Cambridge Rock Fest. 2013 saw the release of the band’s first single Bring the Roof Down, a well-received proposition from fans and media alike. Its success was emulated by their January 2014 released EP Waves, a year which was also marked by Phoenix Calling being invited to play at Mallory Knox’s end of tour party.

Now ahead of as mentioned earlier their album Forget Your Ghosts, and with its equally impressing video, Everybody Knows pounces to awaken potent anticipation for the band’s everybody-knows-cd-artworkupcoming encounter. One resonating swing of drummer Matt Copeland’s stick sparks an instantly gripping web of fiery riffs and enticing rhythms, all bound in an acidic but invitingly spicy melody. The track is soon expanding its sonic prowess and infectious temptation as vocalist Steve Chapman croons with expression and energy across the melodic flames cast by Dominic Greenwood and Martyn Hilliam’s guitars. There is also a darker nature to the track, a courting shadow which lures through the bass lines of Jason Howard as they align with the increasingly anthemic beats of Copeland.

The track emotionally and musically roars with increasing intensity and adventure the deeper into its heart it goes, offering an unpredictable but easily accessible tempest of emotion and creative endeavour. There are some songs which simply seduce and hold thick attention with consummate ease and Everybody Knows is certainly one fine example.

Phoenix Calling have a host of live gigs upcoming, dates are…

Friday 6th March O2 Academy Birmingham

Saturday 14th March Proud Camden

Friday 20th March Esquire’s Bedford

Friday 27th March Voodoo Lounge Stamford

Wednesday 1st April Portland Arms Cambridge

Friday 10th April Met Lounge Peterborough

Saturday 18th April LEWKS Record Store Downham Market Acoustic gig in support of Record Store Day

http://www.phoenixcalling.com

RingMaster 07/02/2015

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We Are Fiction – One For Sorrow

WAF_Promo It is not stretching things to say there has been a fair amount of anticipation for the debut album from UK melodic hardcore band We Are Fiction, an eager appetite spawned by the band’s singles and impressive live performances.  Consisting of eleven vibrant and skilfully crafted confrontations, One For Sorrow does not let hopes down even if maybe it does not ignite as many fires in the passions as expected. It certainly expands on all the promise laid down before, spawning even greater potency for future horizons whilst unleashing a few special moments for the now.

Since forming in 2007, the Peterborough quintet has undoubtedly earned that reputation as one of the most energetic and passionate live bands to emerge over recent years, their honest and impacting mix of post and melodic hardcore raging like a new yet familiar provocateur, something which also easily applies to their album. The Destroy Everything Records released riot has a presence and intent which does not exactly surprise, especially if aware of earlier releases, but comes with a fresh and compelling intent which never relinquishes its lure on the imagination and emotions. Some songs raise a greater reaction that others but all leave a satisfaction and enjoyment which makes the album a release well worth exploring.

The album simply explodes into action with opener Mansion House, guitars and drums filling the ears with vibrant and eager riffs and rhythms. With inviting flames of melodic invention offering their persuasion the song has the listener immediately engaged and ready for the fine vocals of Phil Barker backed by the harsher tones of guitarist Marc Kucharski  who bring further passion and enterprise to proceedings. There is nothing openly ground-breaking about the song but with a great blend of raw and seductive elements uniting for an energetic expressive storm the track is an imagination stroking entrance.

The following Bright Lights provides a mellower yet still feisty encounter which is infused by infectious anthemic qualities via riffs and vocals. Once again the guitars of Kucharski and Andi Scott Shaw create a weave of skilled and inventive temptation which veins the firm if restrained attack from drummer Tom Calton and bassist Ryan Chambers. The song keeps attention tightly in the band’s hands as does next up My Dreams Are Haunted, a melodically enchanting and evocative embrace. With all of its rawer and angry essences coming within the varied vocal attack the track is an intriguing venture which is unafraid to wear its heart on its sleeve and shuffle its gait up to keep things unpredictable. Like its predecessor the song fails to maintain the high level of the starting track but still strongly persuades with an intelligent and inventive sculpting to its body.

Both Old Wounds and Sail On make a potent persuasion without igniting fires, the first a blaze of generous melodies and sonic endeavour wrapped around a sinewy core; the rich songwriting of We Are Fiction again proven to be hard to fault at any point across One For Sorrow. Its successor brings a harsher angst fuelled essence into the melodic arms of the song for another inventive and attractive confrontation which is as passionate as it is impressively crafted. Neither track, like quite a few upon the album, linger in the memory or spark off a real fire inside and that is the main or only issue with the album. In its presence it impresses and does get stronger with each encounter, but away from its touch thoughts and emotions struggle to recall what was on offer more often than not. There are exceptions though as with the next up A Thousand Places to Sleep, the opening rhythmic contagion carved by Calton and Chambers simply irresistible and easily matched by the sonic tempting conjured by the guitars. A punk fury fuels the vocals and riffs whilst the drums are a persistent and inciting provocateur. Its virulent lure lessens a little with the cleaner vocals though, as if the aggression is making space though it soon returns to prowl and snarl impressively through the outstanding track. It is one of the major highlights of the release and one which does remain in the memory past its departure.

Building on this high Tilt finds a caustic and rapacious edge to sound and presence which takes top honours on the release. There is a delicious heavy rock weight to the song which merges perfectly with the hardcore thrust of the narrative and intensity, and with a scintillating adventure to the vocals employing rap and noise rock magnetism, the track easily stands above the rest, the unexpected and startling elements a seamless and inventively convincing triumph.

The Worst Of It, the latest single from the album is another exciting incitement, its pop punk/melodic hardcore blend contagious anthemic bait mixing a kind of Blink 182, Hundred Reasons, and Mallory Knox brew which makes a very efficient invitation for band and release.

The final trio of songs starting with the highly emotive Wladyslaw continue to please ears and imagination if paling against what just came before. A drama lit melodic and sonic craft scorches the air within the blues kissed song before the stocky charm and intensity of Earth Machine and the emotionally anthemic Forget About Me take over to conclude the album. Both tracks are impressively built and textured and it is hard to lay any faults before their offerings, except that again not a great deal hooks in the memory once they take their leave. Whether that is actually a major fault is debatable as listening to One For Sorrow only makes for one richly fulfilling hour or so.

We Are Fiction is a band yet to push boundaries but as evidenced by One For Sorrow also one who have a skill and instinctiveness to worry it and more importantly make a potently imaginative and satisfying companion within whom you still sense there is much more yet to come…

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8/10

RingMaster 18/11/2013

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White Clouds And Gunfire – For All The Non Believers

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For those looking for some fresh melodic rock with pop punk overtones heading over to For All The Non Believers, the debut album from UK band White Clouds And Gunfire, would be a definite recommendation. Comprised of eight extremely well crafted and impressively presented songs from musicians which undoubtedly knows how create flavoursome melodies, the release makes a richly promising wider introduction of a band which has already been making ripples ensuring that the album’s appearance September 2nd has for a great many been eagerly awaited.

Formed in 2009, the Peterborough band went through a time of line-up instability during its first eighteen months or so before finding a steady plateau to build upon late 2011. Subsequent support slots and the sharing of stages with bands such as We Are Fiction, Mallory Knox, Army Of Freshmen, Sonic Boom Six, OPM, MC Lars, and The Hype Theory have increased the stature and reputation of White Clouds & Gunfire whilst their first EP, Zero To Hero was home to acclaim from the underground through to the likes of Rocksound and Big Cheese. Now the quintet of vocalist Eveline Verdegaal, guitarists/vocalists Byron Marr and Alex Cox, bassist/vocalist Rob Woods, and drummer Lewis Fountain, stand poised to make a major impression and statement with For All The Non Believers.

From the first minute of opener Bruised Not Broken you have a full declaration of what you are getting from the band, impressively White Clouds & Gunfire Cover Artworkwritten and presented songs with a more than loud whisper of Paramore about them. There are many other names you could place before them but the American band is the loudest call for sure, though White Clouds And Gunfire does suggest that in their armoury the band has the means and invention to create something more unique ahead. Starting with evocative keys leading into a vibrant and energetic start, the song takes little time in bringing feet and senses alive, the outstanding vocals of Verdegaal backed well by other members of the band, instantly magnetic whilst the guitars of Marr and Cox paint a provocative narrative around the driving drums and roaming bass lines. Harmonies also soar throughout the track to open up strong hunger for the release and help make it a rather impressive start to the album.

Same Old Town and You Can’t Bring Me Down continue the strong beginning, the first of the pair offering a reminder of eighties band The Photos at times as it strolls melodically and energetically through the ear. Again the vocals stand out whilst the guitars flame and dance with imaginative poise to spark the appetite further whilst its successor brings a more anthemic breath to its persuasion with the rhythms of Fountain alongside the pressing intensity of Woods creating a commanding and potent cage for the rest of the band to flourish within.

The exciting riot of drums which opens up next track Poison immediately has lips licked though in some ways the full expansion of the song is underwhelming in comparison, though still another well-defined and warm romp which is as emotive and tender as it is frenetic and greedy for attention. As ever the vocals steer the ship magnificently and the drums crash through defences with skill and predaciousness but equally at this point on the album you realise there is a familiarity and similarity across the release which is louder than the individual traits of songs. It means a deep focus to truly pick out those singular attributes is often needed though in many ways not a major issue on this release  such the quality of the songs and their temptation but certainly it  might be an issue ahead. The promise bred by the album and the already open creativity and skill of the band suggests this uniqueness will organically evolve, though time as always will tell.

The best songs on the release step up side by side next starting with Pebbles. With an excellent effected start the track gains pace by the second until exploding into a full on punk pop tease with a simultaneous snarl and melodic elegance. Finding a gentler though still rowdy presence, thanks to the again crispy powerful drums, the guitars weave a sonic maze of enterprise around Verdegaal, their flames licking at the walls of the song with invention and riveting adventure. It is probably fair to say the track is again close to the songs before but it has that indefinable something which lifts it above the others and into the passions. Reflection too has that extra element setting it apart, Verdegaal simply enthralling and the guitars poetic in their melodic fire whilst the keys and the stronger and lengthier male vocal contribution are an inspired touch setting the track as the pinnacle of the album and debatably the first to truly stand out.

Dreams and Since You Were Gone complete the album with both in full control of attention and limbs. The first holds a thumping attitude and creative swagger with the bass of Woods finding a new and its finest voice on the release. The track in full stride offers an irresistible hungry stomp which leaves lungs breathless whilst its companion makes a fiery finish with gang shouts and melodic drizzles of entrancing colour which help add that ear catching element all great songs have.

For All The Non Believers is a thrilling and extremely satisfying album from a band which has a massive future awaiting them if they want to seize it. Admittedly it lacks that killer song which lingers and shapes your heart and as mentioned the band still has not that distinctive presence to ensure they stay in thoughts away from view, but White Clouds & Gunfire write and create songs which you cannot dismiss such their passion, imagination, and expertise, and that can take them a long way. Watch this space is our suggestion…

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8.5/10

RingMaster 31/08/2013

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White Clouds & Gunfire release new video!‏

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HOTLY TIPPED MELODIC ROCK CREW WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE RELEASE NEW VIDEO SINGLE!
Up and coming Punk pop five-some ‘White Clouds & Gunfire’ are braced to stake their claim as one of the break through acts of the year with the release of their brand new video single ‘Poison’, out 22nd July. The single is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘For All The Non Believers’, which drops this September.
White Clouds & Gunfire are rapidly making new friends and fans throughout the UK for their engaging amalgamation of Punk Pop which combines unbridled energy with copious monstrous hooks. The band’s debut album, ‘For All The Non Believers’ is packed with eight slabs of alluring spirited melodic rock and includes the spanking new single ‘Poison’.
Hailing from Peterborough and originally formed in 2009, the first eighteen months of the band’s life was hampered by changes in personnel. However, all of this shifted by the end of 2011, as the band solidified and soon began to prosper. Now with a steady ship consisting of Eveline Verdegaal on vocals, Rob Woods and Lewis Fountain respectively handling the bass and drums, Bryon Marr on guitar and new boy Alex Cox on second guitar, the five-some have started to make their mark. Support slots with everyone from We Are Fiction, Mallory Knox, Army Of Freshmen, Sonic Boom Six, OPM, MC Lars and The Hype Theory have followed, along with the release of their debut EP ‘Zero To Hero’, which was recorded at Regal House Studios (home to Deaf Havana and Young Guns). The record garnered extensive national praise and the likes of Rocksound and Big Cheese both handed the band widespread acclaim and support.
WC&GF are now poised for national exposure with the release of their new single ‘Poison’, taken from their stunning debut album ‘For All The Non Believers’. ‘Poison’ perfectly illustrates the band’s deft ability to dish up a delectable slice of modern rock marinated with killer hooks, ideally complimented by Marr and Cox’s layered guitar riffs. The energetic rocksters are also touring throughout the summer in support of the record and are primed to break by the end of 2013!
++ WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘POISON’ CAN BE VIEWED NOW AT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHty_6ZQaug ++
 
 

WHITE CLOUDS & GUNFIRE New ‘For All The Non Believers’, out Monday 2nd Sept‏

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RISING HIGH OCTANE ROCK CREW UNLEASH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM AND PREPARE FOR UK TOURING!
 
White Clouds & Gunfire are rapidly making new friends and fans throughout the UK for their engaging amalgamation of Punk Pop which combines unbridled energy with copious monstrous hooks. The band’s debut album, ‘For All The Non Believers’ is packed with eight slabs of alluring spirited melodic rock and it’s poised to propel the Brit-rockers to the vanguard of the UK scene.
 
Hailing from Peterborough and originally formed in 2009, the first eighteen months of the band’s life was hampered by changes in personnel. However, all of this shifted by the end of 2011, as the band solidified and soon began to prosper. Now with a steady ship consisting of Eveline Verdegaal on vocals, Rob Woods and Lewis Fountain respectively handling the bass and drums, Bryon Marr on guitar and new boy Alex Cox on second guitar, the fivesome have started to make their mark. Support slots with everyone from We Are Fiction, Mallory Knox, Army Of Freshmen, Sonic Boom Six, OPM, MC Lars and The Hype Theory, have followed along with the release of their debut EP ‘Zero To Hero’, which was recorded at Regal House Studios (home to Deaf Havana and Young Guns). The record garnered extensive national praise and the likes of Rocksound and Big Cheese both handed the band widespread acclaim and support.
WC&GF are now braced to stake a claim with their explosive debut album ‘For All The Non Believers’, and it’s a true gem. Eveline Verdegaal’s vocals soar into orbit from the get-go, as opener ‘Bruised Not Broken’ takes flight. ‘You Can’t Bring Me Down’ picks the pace and delivers a beast of a refrain aided by Lewis Fountain’s stout drumming and Rob Wood’s chucky bass work. The forthcoming video single ‘Poison’ is next up, and illustrates the band’s deft ability to dish up a perfect slice of modern rock marinated with killer hooks, ideally complimented by Marr’s and Cox’s layered guitar riffs. The quintet then brings proceedings down a notch with the blissful ‘Reflection’ before attacking your aural senses again with the buoyant energy of ‘Dreams’ and the brisk beatings of the closer ‘Since You Were Gone’. The energetic rocksters are touring throughout the summer in support of the album and are primed to break by the end of 2013!
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