High Down – Moving On

Suggesting they might be the ones to give the British pop punk scene an invigorating new breath, Portsmouth hailing High Down have just released their first EP. Moving On offers five slices of ear pleasing infection carrying punk rock, each bearing a sound with a spikiness which alone commands attention and further investigation.

Emerging last year, High Down made a potent mark with debut single Family & Fiends, the track recorded with producer Matt O’Grady (You Me At Six/Deaf Havana). Its impact was followed by the band playing slots at the likes of Seasick Fest, Butserfest, and Teddy Rocks Festival as well as share stages with bands such as WSTR, Roam, and Like Pacific. It is fair to say that things are beginning to stir for the quartet, a motion sure to gain momentum through Moving On.

The EP opens up with new single Life Lessons, guitars instantly luring ears with their catchy invitation. It is an infectiousness which is as instinctive in the vocal prowess of Luke Smithson and the rhythmic stroll of bassist Tim Hoolahan and drummer James Grinter who it appears has since left the band. The energy of the song is bold but with an enterprising restraint, it constantly pulling on the reins throughout but blossoming from that same reflective control. Feet and ears are soon lost to its temptation, appetite to its mix of harmonic warmth and again reserved but open irritability.

Making History backs up the fine start with its own line in melodic suggestion and rhythmic persuasion, it too keeping a hold on its boisterousness but giving enough of a rein to stir the spirit especially within another rousing chorus. The guitars of Darrell Ellis and Joe Soar weave a captivating web of sonic adventure with the former’s vocals potently backing the lead tones and expression of Luke Smithson. There are no big surprises yet each moment of accomplished endeavour increases the song’s draw, a quality just as inescapable in next up All On You. High Down has been given comparisons to artists such as Blink 182 and New Found Glory, the third track with its high kicking beats and nagging riffs a contagious example of why. There is a greater fire in its belly than in its predecessors and similarly an even more imposing catchiness that commands attention and response as smart hooks and harmonic dexterity relentlessly tempt.

The acoustic seduction of Rescue Me follows with vocals and guitar crooning knowingly with thought and emotion. The song features the guest tones of Nottinghamshire singer Christina Rotondo, her vocal beauty a striking essence in the union with the similarly impressing presence of Smithson. With a rawer edge to its gritty finale, the track grows in intensity and emotion to truly hit the spot before making way for the pinnacle of the release. The best track on offer for these ears, Against The Tide instantly winds wiry tendrils of guitar around ears, their steely touch alone a keen lure but only tightening their invitation with their niggling prowess, one matched in dexterity and persuasive trespass by the muscular swings of Grinter and the growling bass of Hoolahan. It is a dynamic and imposing yet again seriously infectious proposal to bring the highly enjoyable encounter to a fierce close.

In many ways there is nothing overly remarkable about Moving On yet every moment it shares is rich in enterprise and energy whilst being backed by a potential which suggests High Down can have a big presence on the UK if not European pop punk theatre.

Moving On is out now and available @ http://highdownuk.bigcartel.com/

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Pete RingMaster 05/09/2017

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Beaumont – Nothing

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Creating alternative rock with a nice line in pop punk to it, Beaumont is a newly emerging proposal for the British rock scene to contemplate. The beginning of May saw the Birmingham-based quintet release their debut EP, Nothing; a five-track romp of infectious energy and melodic tenacity which quite simply commands attention. That is not to say that Beaumont have come across major uniqueness in their sound yet but with strong potential fuelling its presence, it certainly is something easy to take a real shine to.

Taking their name from a character in Shakespeare’s Henry V, Beaumont is a creative union of friends mixing the melancholic heart of their lyrical exploration with the vibrant catchiness of a melody rich sound. 2015 was a busy year for the band with shows alongside the likes of Light You Up and WSTR a particular highlight to add to individual experiences seeing members touring and playing with bands such as Four Year Strong, ROAM, State Champs, and A Loss For Words over the last few years. Produced by John Mitchell (Lower Than Atlantis, You Me At Six), Nothing is the band’s introduction to a broader national spotlight, and such its vivacity alone, easy to see an invitation rewarded with new fans and keen praise.

With songs which in the words of vocalist Spencer Edmonds, “…cover a range of emotions from hatred and greed to loneliness,” adding “It’s a snapshot of how we were feeling at specific times over the last two years…” , Nothing swiftly entices and pleases with opener Cheapside. An initial melody coaxes ears before thumping beats and spicier melodies join its welcome in league with an already throatily potent bassline. Edmonds’ vocals complete the creative scenery, quickly impressing in quality and expression as he shares the melancholic angst of the song. As mentioned previously, the solemn reflection of word and voice comes bound in lively sounds around a swinging gait driven by the contagious bassline of Reece Aleksander and Mitchell Dornan’s scything beats. It is a web, with guitarists Jake Murray and Chris Inston tenacious in riffs and grooves, which refuses to be ignored as it provides a potent start to the EP soon matched by the excellent Boys & Girls.

BEAUMONT NOTHING EP COVER_RingMasterReviewThe second song makes a bolder entrance, keeping its boisterous character going as it slips into a pop punk infused stroll with nagging riffs and eagerly prowling rhythms. Edmonds again impresses as great harmonies soar around him at times, it all gaining greater energy in the track’s rousing chorus which just tops the thrilling encounter perfectly before it hands ears over to the emotively shadowed and musically vibrant Miserable. Riffs and hooks have a bite to them, backed by the rapier swings of Dornan, which accentuates and gives greater character to the melodic endeavour surrounding them. With its predecessor, the song provides the pinnacle of the EP, though the ‘step down’ is barely noticeable as Art School manages to simultaneously croon with emotive flame while whipping up a feisty physical involvement. It might lack the extra spark of adventure of the previous pair, but in no time it tempts with throbbing riffs from bass and guitar amidst the contagious nature of hooks and group vocals, and a blaze of a chorus.

The Springsteen referencing E Street brings Nothing to a strong close, it too missing that final piece of the jigsaw yet has ears and enjoyment hungry for more whilst showing fresh aspects to the songwriting and sound of Beaumont. As catchy as anything on the EP, it makes a fine end to a thoroughly engaging and satisfying first look at and listen to a band with promise and imagination which alone could see them make great strides ahead.

The Nothing EP is out now via Reclaim Music through most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 06/05/2016

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