Lay Siege – Obolus
(S-a-N PR )
When does an EP become a mini album ? Answers on a postcard please. This debut release from Northampton based Lay Siege is billed as a 6 track mini album and it is a heavy affair. Over the course of the six tracks featured you are treated to heavy riffs pounding bass and vocals provided by Konrad Barrick are straight from the Max Cavalera school of rock.
Sepultura are quite a good reference point for the band’ s sound with a touch of Machine Head thrown into the mix. However, the thing the band appears to lack is the ability to write a memorable tune, after listening to all tracks I was hard pressed to recall anything of note, nothing jumps out to grab the listener. The closest you get is on the last track ‘Solitary Confinement’ which does have its moments, but again they don’t stick with you.
A fair album then, but not a great one that would encourage repeated plays.
My Favourite Runner Up – Thoughts,Feelings, Actions
Pop punksters, My Favourite Runner Up, have been doing the rounds now for the last six years. Their melodic punk sound has seen them touring extensively and picking up various support slots including one for Cerys Matthews which seems like a strange pairing.
This is the band’s latest EP and contains 4 tracks which are quality pop punk in the style of New Found Glory and Lost Prophets, or for those a bit older, Hundred Reasons. The tracks are well written, short, sharp melodic ditties, nothing deep and meaningful here, but fun none the less.
The best of the tracks on offer are opener ‘Let It Ride’ which has a catchy underlying riff throughout and ‘Our Time Now’ which jogs along nicely.
If you are looking for 20 minutes of music to make you smile then ‘Thoughts, Feelings, Actions’ fits the bill, just don’t expect it to change the world.
Louise Quinn and Kid Loco – Oh Jackie
This release by Glaswegian singer/ songwriter Louise Quinn is part of a year of projects by Creative Scotland and she has teamed up with Parisian DJ and producer Kid Loco for this EP. As well as the collaborative title track, there is also a remix by indie jazz legend Bill Wells and a cover version of ‘Exactly Like You’, a 1930’s Broadway number.
Unfortunately, as with most art projects of this nature, it comes across as very self-indulgent, recorded for the artists and to hell with everyone else. Laid back and lo-fi are the best way to describe the results, the best the EP has to offer is the title track ‘Oh Jackie’ that features a dual vocal delivery by Louise and ‘Kid’ which is of slight interest, but my mind wandered very quickly after that.
One for the diehards I think.
The Spins – Never Let It Go
If I was a betting man, I would have said that The Spins were from Liverpool direction and were influenced by Cast or Ocean Colour Scene on the strength of this one track single, but how wrong could I be. The band are actually Italian, led by drummer Alessia Mattalia who has worked with Jeff Beck, most noticeably on his Grammy award winning track ‘Hammerhead’.
This new release is an excellent slice of sunny, guitar led indie rock and as I said Cast were the first reference point that popped into my head. The info that came with this release doesn’t state if this is a stand-alone single or a taster for further releases, but either way it’s well worth a spin.
Autopsy Boys – Rich Kids Playground
( Crackhouse Recordings)
This is a new single lifted from Autopsy Boys’ latest album ‘Def Elements’. The band fuse punk with 80’s style electronica, strange bedfellows, and the results are not totally convincing.
There are two tracks featured here, the title track ‘Rich Kids Playground’ which leans more in the straight forward punk direction, whilst the other ‘ Negative 8’ contains the afore mentioned 80’s keyboards, which to me are unnecessary and out of place.
They have been described in the past as ‘ disco for psychopaths’, maybe if you’re a bit mad it all makes sense ?
Black Page Turns – Riot Graves
This is the second single release from Black Page Turns in 2012. The band’s aim is to release 12 tracks in 2012 with the first two featured on’ Things That Make Us Hate EP’ which received critical acclaim, including three and a half stars from myself.
This second release is more Foo’s inspired rock with the two tracks ‘Riot Graves’ and ‘The Beginning’ being worth a listen. For me ‘ Things ….’ was a better release though and it will be interesting to see if they can raise the quality again on the next two tracks.
In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 24 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.
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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)
Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)
THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)
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