Scout Killers – Deception

Being a band we have had a close ear on for a handful of years now, we can suggest that the Scout Killers sound has now all grown up as it fuels one sizeable treat in the shape of their new EP. Deception offers four tracks of infectious alternative rock with a snarl in their heart and imagination in their nature. It is easily the UK quintet’s most striking and accomplished proposal yet and the moment far bigger spotlights could wake up to their presence.

Previous single Rip Me Apart hinted at a coming of age of their sound last year but now is shown to have been just another step in the growth bursting out within Deception. Since emerging in 2009, Scout Killers has become an established and eagerly supported presence within the British underground scene. Nudging attention with their debut EP We Cage The Storm and making a stronger impact with their self-titled first album, the Bath based outfit has increasingly blossomed in creativity and reputation as a live proposition, sharing stages with the likes of Fearless Vampire Killers, The Computers, F.O.E.S, and No Devotion among many, and through further releases like the Stand Your Ground EP of 2014 and the previously mentioned impressive single.

Deception takes things to a whole new ball park on all levels, the release quickly gripping ears and stirring the imagination with opener Freak Show. A lone guitar melody winds itself around ears first, soon being joined by the rousing tones of vocalist Scott Cox and the imposing yet inviting beats of Chris Phillips. There is instant muscle in the rising sound of the song, tension in its vocal and sonic drama, all bound in an infectiousness which fuels the attack of the forceful web of sound. The dark hues of Tom Graham-Hibbs’ bass are a throbbing grounding to the fiery textures cast by guitarists Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez, the union of the five a theatre of craft and imagination.

The seriously impressing start is followed by the mellower air of Keep Telling Me Lies though it too has a tempestuous edge with gives bite to its riffs and emotion. Bouncy rhythms temper the melancholic hue of melodies, bass and vocals bringing their individual shadows to the plaintive voice of the song. A Pearl Jam meets Alter Bridge washes over ears though as its predecessor, the track emerges as something distinct to Scout Killers, an individuality which has also come alive more dramatically with the EP.

Let It All Go hits the plateau of the opener, melodies and rhythms coming together for a suggestive start which soon becomes a more imposing proposal as Cox’s vocals once more grip attention with some superb backing from others within the band. A slice of meaty rock ‘n’ roll with a controlled attack which adds to its weight, the song truly hits the spot before You Have It All brings things to an equally heady conclusion. The final track flirts with ears initially, a guitar teasing and coaxing before being quickly joined by the rapier swings of Phillips and the growling bait of Graham-Hibbs’ bass. As catchy as it is an intensive roar, the song twists and turns with a resourceful fluidity and craft, leaving on a senses scorching stomp of a finale which demands a swift dive back into the EP’s depths.

Like many others, we have has a soft spot for Scout Killers though after Deception it has just become a touch lustier, the EP a wake-up call for national attention and beyond.

The Deception EP is out across most online stores July 7th

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Scout Killers – Rip Me Apart

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Keen anticipation raised for a new Scout Killers offering has always been met with something bigger and bolder than the last rewarding adventure, and so it continues with new single Rip Me Apart. The track is a blaze of festering emotion and sonic intrigue, an impassioned alternative rock bred roar woven into a sound becoming decidedly unique to the UK band with every release. Ahead of a UK tour this April, the single is also a hint that 2016 is going to be a potent year for the Bath based quintet.

Formed in 2009, Scout Killers drew on the inspirations of bands such as Rage Against The Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers as they honed their sound. Fair to say, those spices have been a diminishing flavour to the band’s music and within Rip Me Apart non-existent. From a successful self-titled EP in 2013, Scout Killers has only impressed and drawn greater acclaim as their sound has grown across subsequent singles and the impressive We Cage the Storm EP released late 2014. It has now found a new maturity within the band’s new single; found a depth and power which refuses to be ignored.

The song opens on an electronic shimmer, a low key but potent coaxing which brightens and thickens as the ever impressing voice of Scott Cox moves in on ears. The beats of Chris Phillips present a sturdier enticement whilst guitarists Julien Morrez and Beau Stevens weave a web of reserved but evocative melodies to link it all. In a little stretch of time, a crescendo of energy and emotion builds and erupts, catching passionately alight as Cox roars in kind before settling down again to breed a similar cycle. With the bass of Josh Ellis a roaming shadow in the tapestry adding more provocative texture, ears and imagination find themselves inescapably gripped by the song’s disturbed melancholic soul.

Even as the beguiling lure of vocals steer the bare emotion of the song, it becomes more volatile in sound and heart but still continues to ebb and flow with emotional waves aligned to varying bursts of intensity. The track is as fascinating as it is thickly pleasing, and though we would like to say the Scout Killer sound has come of age, it is easy to feel that there are still more exciting things and avenues to be explored by the band in their music and imagination.

Rip Me Apart will be released on March 28th to be followed by a UK Tour starting April 3rd.

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Scout Killers – Stand Your Ground EP


With each release, UK alternative rock band Scout Killers seems to discover another layer to their songwriting and sound which is as intriguing as it is enticing and new EP Stand Your Ground is no exception. At times dramatically intense and often sonically fiery, the release is another flavoursome proposition from the emerging band. It is again fuelled by the striking potential the band always shows and which may be taking time to be fully realised, but has so far equipped each encounter with a fascinating and highly enjoyable adventure.

Formed in the latter parts of 2009, the Bath and Bristol hailing Scout Killers has consistently grabbed attention and praise since the release of We Cage the Storm EP and especially the greedily devoured single from it, The Waves. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of Rage Against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the band’s growing sound merges emotion drenched atmospherics with imposing textures and melodic virulence. It provided an enthralling presence to the band’s well-received self-titled debut and its acclaimed lead song No Reason last year. Now the quintet show further potent strides with Stand Your Ground, five tracks of raw and incendiary emotion entwined in a weave of creative and intricate endeavour.

The EP’s title track is first to seduce ears, the song blooming from a moody sonic drone with a gentle but fiery wash of keys and melodic guitar intricacies. It is a smouldering temptation, a slow coaxing of energy which swiftly welcomes the excellent expressive tones of vocalist Scott Cox. Its restrained gait is also the fuse to a building intensity and drama in the song, the guitars of Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez spinning an emotive web around the melancholic basslines of Josh Ellis and firm beats of drummer Chris Phillips. In many ways the song is wrapped in a tempest of emotion, dark shadows through the vocals and pensive invention of the song superbly conflicting with the radiance of keys and reserved yet potent melodies.

It is a powerful and increasingly persuasive start followed by The Rains. Entering on choppy and wiry riffs, the song makes a gripping persuasion which expands into another fevered blaze of EP Artworksonic and emotional angst coloured with engaging enterprise. It plays like a flame, flickering drama a rich hue to the senses licking intensity and blazing crescendos lining the track. It does lack the additional spark to match its predecessor but leaves ears and thoughts fully contented before making way for the sultry croon of Time and Again. It also is missing something to match up to those before it but with an open elegance to its melodic and emotional exploration, the song is a warm and vibrant caress on the senses.

Honey drifts evocatively around the listener next, the song another gentle serenade but with thick boned rhythms and a provocative taste to its alluring melodies it is soon mesmerising and igniting the imagination. As with the opener, the song is unafraid to erupt with raw and feisty expulsions of energy and causticity which seamlessly emerge from and fall back into gentle and melancholically lit radiance. The track grips from start to finish, boiling up as it heads towards its finale then passing over its theatre of emotion and energy to the closing Cease and Resist. The best track on the EP, it is a turbulent incitement from the first hungry riffs and weighty beat offered, a sonic tenacity matching the aggressive tone and impact of the outstanding track. Loaded with a grunge and raw predation, the storm of attitude and musical voracity with blues oiled fire is a dramatic and uncompromising roar and the EP’s pinnacle.

Scout Killers continue to impress as they grow and though the band has not found the massive triumph their potential suggests is inside, they are undoubtedly heading in the right direction, the evidence all there in Stand Your Ground.

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Scout Killers – No Reason

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Following up impressive single The Wave, alternative indie rock band Scout Killers have produced another slice of thickly emotive temptation with new single No Reason. Complete with video, the release is a smoking gun of a song, a track which basks in the success of its hazy persuasion and blues soaked captivation, its breath visibly enriching the air with pride from the contagion it has caused.

Consisting of the current line-up of vocalist Scott Cox, guitarists Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez, drummer Chris Phillips, and bassist Pierre Frankie Lee Muslimani, the South West based UK band first found a grip on the attention and acclaim of the media and fans with the EP We Cage the Storm, the release which bears the new track. A successful tour across the UK only enhanced their reputation with The Waves bringing even greater potency to their stock, and now with No Reason the sense that the band is about to trigger something major for themselves is hard to dismiss.

Opening with a rasp of guitar and brewing sonic beckoning the song expels a big breath before striding into a tempered yet eager stroll with the vocals of Cox seizing every syllable and intent of his lyrics with an earnest purpose and expressive lure, whilst around him the guitars of Stevens and Morrez flame with acidic and magnetic heat. The soulful blues licking of the ear ignites the senses for a keen welcome to the increasingly compelling vocals and equally enriched melodic temptation. The rhythms of Phillips and Muslimani guide the song with at times an understated air though both have a clear stance within the track, but also certainly the basslines bring shadows which add depth and caution to the fire burning around them.

No Reason is a thrilling track with a riveting video as a companion, more importantly it enforces the declaration that Scout Killers is a band to watch and has a very promising horizon ahead of them.


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Scout Killers – The Waves

Formed in late 2009 UK band Scout Killers has gathered and inspired a growing strong acclaim and interest in their expressive blend of alternative rock and indie sounds. Last year saw the release of the well received EP We Cage the Storm as well as a successful tour across the UK. The band started 2012 by signing with independent label Like Records followed by the release of their new single The Waves, a song which marks the band as one full of impressive promise.

Consisting of vocalist Scott Cox, guitarists Beau Stevens and Julien Morrez, drummer Chris Phillips, and new bassist Pierre Frankie Lee Muslimani from Falling in Difference who replaced the departing Toby Robertson, Scout Killers are working on and recording their debut album and if the single is any indication it should be a very intriguing and imaginative release.

The Waves is an emotive and expressive song which envelopes the senses from its opening notes.  Slowly brewing through percussion and guitar it raises its head to shower the ear with sunspots of melody and tingling ambience. The excellent vocals of Cox offer a heart given rawness to the smooth atmosphere surrounding them to add an excellent companion coarse tint. This blend consumes with a warmth and passion which is as deep as the lyrical intent they wrap. The guitars of Stevens and Morrez lick like melodic flames at the emotions whilst the bass of Muslimani as shown from his work in Falling in Difference adds a deep mood and depth to the track.

Driven by the restrained yet gripping rhythms of Phillips, the song is an impassioned piece of music and songwriting which plays like a mix of Pearl Jam, Doves, and Alice In Chains. It also shows the band evolving impressively from their excellent EP of last year in to a band with deeper maturity and imagination in all aspects which makes their album upon its future release an essential investigation.

Powerful and fresh The Waves is one of the more inspiring songs to appear in recent months and Scout Killers a band who should have a big say in the future of UK indie music ahead.

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