Quick plays: WHITEWOODS ROCK, SYTERIA, THE NIGHTS

WHITEWOODS ROCK

Whitewoods Rock hail from Denmark and are a four piece consisting of Michael Torp (bass), Jonas Abildgaard (guitar/vocal), Mikkel S. Petersen (guitar) and Jacob Abildgaard (drums). They have a sound reminiscent of R.E.M. circa their ‘Green’ album, particularly on ‘Falling’ and the anthemic ‘Black Night’. They like to rock out too, ‘Life On The Run’ gets the old feet tapping away.

Not a bad debut album, perhaps lacking a real stand out song to grab the casual listener, however Whitewoods Rock are worth keeping an eye on in the coming months and years. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

SYTERIA Rant-O-Bot

SYTERIA Rant-O-Bot [Release 30.05.17]

Syteria were formed by Girlschool guitarist Jax Chambers and she is joined by vocalist Julia Calvo, bassist Keira Kenworthy and drummer Pablo Calvo. They released an EP last October and for this, their debut album, they used a Pledge campaign which beat its target and then some!

Syteria have a good hard rock base, with a little punk attitude thrown in for good measure. Opener ‘Revolution’ sets their musical stall out nicely, barbed lyrics, addictive guitar riffs and layered harmony vocals on the chorus that recall the mighty Sweet.

‘When I Get Out of High School’ fair gallops out of the speakers, a real dandruff remover. The lead song/single ‘I’m All Woman’ is another tune you will be humming after a just a couple of listens.

Syteria are creating a buzz and rightly so. Hard rock/punk with attitude and guitars, what’s not to like? ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

THE NIGHTS

THE NIGHTS Frontiers [Release date 04.08.17]

The Nights are a duo - vocalist Sami Hyde (who has toured as a member of the Tony Mills Band) and guitarist Ilkka Wirtanen (known for his production and co-writes with Reckless Love). They have co-written all the songs on here and it is an chock full of catchy melodic hard rock.

The Nights like to wrap their melodies in big, fat guitar riffs such as on ‘Welcome to the Show’ and ‘Nothing But Love’, which would give H.E.A.T. a run for their money. ‘Juliette’ rocks big time, Sami Hyde is a good singer and his melodic tone suits the songs down to the ground.

So many songs on here could be singles/airplay staples, none more so than ‘I Wanna Be Your Superhero’. A song that reminded me of Elliot Minor and this song could crossover to appeal to a younger audience.

It’s not all as you’d expect though with the eight minutes plus ‘Elegy (You Should be Here)’, mixing melodic rock and a dreamy midsection. Something a bit different and it works well.

Nice change to have a Frontiers release featuring some relative unknowns and not a project with name musicians.  Modern melodic rock and all the better for it. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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EMPYRE New Republic (indie)
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SPREAD EAGLE Sound Of Speed (Frontiers)

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