EP Review : LIGAMENTS – Ligaments ( Eat Pizza EP )
Self release [Release Date 16/02/2015]
So often when putting a new CD in the stereo I am greeted by mediocre, uninteresting and unexciting music. Not today though. Ligaments have produced an upbeat, uplifting punk EP which leaves you feeling good.
Ligaments ( Eat Pizza EP ) is a four track slice of good old fashioned punk rock played with ability and enthusiasm, special mention to the fantastic drumming of Zel Kaute, a new member. Ligaments are a trio from London with a passion for pizza (the CD is decorated as a pizza)
Frequently bands advertise their music as punk when it is most definitely verging on the pop, Ligaments however do deliver on their promise. Opener, ’Precinct 13’, is fast and furious from the off, intricate drumming rhythms and slightly off vocals make for a great listen.
‘4th’, and ‘Turn To Acid’ follow, again great tracks which have you bouncing along, ‘Turn To Acid’ being slightly slower. Last track, ‘In The Black Lodge’ is my favourite track, a bouncy, catchy number.
Ligaments provide the bassline for the tracks with a double bass which must be good to see live, that and the free pizza they occasionally provide!
Review by CJ
EP Review : DIGITS – Footprints & Embers
Self release (Release Date 02/02/2015)
Footprints and Embers is the second release by the Newcastle quartet. Containing four tracks the EP is being released after a difficult year for the band, many injuries are listed including the retirement of the previous drummer due to wrist problems.
Opening with ‘Embers’ the music twists and turns, sometimes slow and brooding and at others fast and shouty. Vocalist Chris Bradley doesn’t have the strongest of voices but his vocal style suits the music, at times he almost sounds out of tune, which I enjoy.
Next up we have ‘Dysphoria’, unfortunately this is very similar to ‘Embers’, only the counter on the stereo telling me the track had changed. ‘Parachutes’ is up next with an explosive start which quickly merges into the previous tracks.
Finishing with ‘Eros’, a quieter Morrissey sounding track which meanders along for just over four minutes.
Billed as appealing to fans of Reuben, Hundred Reasons and Deftones, not one for me.
Review by CJ
EP Review: DEATH KINDLY WAITS FOR ME – Wire//Iron//Blood
Self release (Release Date 02/03/2015)
Wire//Iron//Blood is the debut EP from newly formed band Death Kindly Waits For Me. Containing just three tracks this is a small taster of what the band can do. The band claim influences from Thursday, Finch and Taking Back Sunday and play post hardcore with passion.
‘Cutting Room Floor’ is the opener and in my opinion the best track, a bit catchier than the following songs, performed with enthusiasm and energy. Adam Fitch, the vocalist, has a distinctive voice, to be honest at first listen I thought it was a woman singing.
Track two has a very fast delivery to begin with then everything slows down and becomes a bit repetitive and reflective. Closer ‘Decade of War’ is up next, a punchier track which clocks up an impressive five minutes and ends with a chanted chorus.
A good start, usually I would encourage bands to clock up a lot more experience before releasing a CD but DKWFM have actually produced a very professional sounding EP.
Review by CJ
A NEW TOMORROW – Back To Life (EP) www.anewtomorrowband.com
This is the band’s second EP and they are located in London, although the two founding members Alessio Garavello (vocals/guitars – ex-Power Quest) and Andrea Lonardi (bass/vocals) hail from Italy.
They have a good little EP on their hands and a song like ‘Back To Life’ with its neat guitar riff and big drum sound reminded me of Gun. ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ keeps the rock sound going and it has a good chorus. They can do a decent acoustic tune, ‘Leaving All Behind’ shows another side to the band. Worth keeping an ear and eye on based on this EP. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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