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REVIEW | United Fruit: Eternal Return

For the better part of the last decade, alternative rock quartet United Fruit have been edging their way up the ladder whilst growing into one of the finest bands in all of the Glaswegian local scene.

Their talents have been proven time and time again with a tight discography made up of several EPs and a great album titled Fault Lines, and they have been able to showcase their talents through the means of many exciting shows – whether within the confines of their hometown’s many small-scale venues, or hitting the larger stages of T In The Park and SXSW – as well as considerable amounts of airplay.

We have been hooked ever since we first discovered them ourselves in 2014 and they were quick to become one of our favourite Scottish acts, so it would be quite an understatement to say we were awfully happy when they announced the release of a new full-length record – Eternal Return.

Any concerns going in that the band would possibly be unable to live up to their previous work were gone in a flash as they kicked off with Ghost Inside Your Head, and we could not have asked for a more thrilling opener that gets the listener furiously fired up, and that ignited momentum seamlessly carries over into the very jaunty Open Your Eyes.

Polished riffs, energetic melodies and enjoyable lyrics are all accounted for in the brand new material including When The Sun Beats Down, Golden Days and Cog In The Wheel.

How Long is relatively straight forward in style but the broad chorus and backing drum beat make this one stand out, and that leads into Sorrow which is fueled by strong emotion, and the poignant writing is brought to life beautifully courtesy of frontman Iskandar’s passionate vocal performance.

The catchy Nightmare, Recovery keeps the proceedings going, and the pace is only further picked up with the rampant Nothing To Feel.

Taste I Can’t Give Up is certainly a very different approach from the band, but the result is a much welcome one, with an in-your-face rhythm that is fiercely addicting, and finally Cause & Effect ends the album similarly to how it began – in a dynamic, high-octane fashion.

There is no better way to describe Eternal Return than simply flawless, as United Fruit have provided us with a spectacular and immensely entertaining musical marathon with virtually nothing negative of note.

The group have only gotten better with age and the sooner the industry is smart enough to allow these guys to achieve the breakthrough they have worked so hard for, the better.


 

 

REVIEW | The Twistettes: Jilt The Jive

On Saturday 5th March, we were in attendance for the now legendary Yellowlands show which took place at the prestigious Barrowland Ballroom, and safe to say it will go down as one of the greatest local gigs we have ever attended.

A big part of that was the immense line-up – Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, The Girobabies, Jamie & Shoony, Have Mercy Las Vegas and the subject of today’s review – The Twistettes.

We had never witnessed or even had the privilege of listening to the duo of Jo and Nicky prior to this show, but after their cracking opening set, we instantly fell in love with their music, and when we learned they were putting out a new album titled Jilt The Jive, courtesy of Traffic Cone Records, we got hyped, and that said hype paid off.

What makes this record as entertaining as it is? Not only the addictive classic alternative punk sound right out of the late 70s/early 80s, but the great combination of rugged bass lines and crashing drums. Every single track on this album is a short, to the point, in your face catchy number riding on a non-stop wave of momentum.

On The Radio is an enjoyable chunky track, and The Line gives us serious Led Zeppelin vibes during the chorus. Meanwhile, Suck It, Fake It is highlighted by some provocative lyrics that is just one example of the solid writing throughout, Turn It Up features a combustible energy, and last but not least Is This It serves as an electrifying climax.

A 24 minute blitz that excited us just as much as the first time we saw this pair live on stage. It is pretty hard to think of another record as of late that has made us want to stick on our dancing shoes and boogie on down as much as Jilt The Jive.

REVIEW | One Last Run: Unbreakable

It was over a year ago that we were introduced to a band by the name of One Last Run, a hard rock troupe hailing from Manchester, and were requested to check out and review their, at the time, brand new self-titled debut EP. In short, we enjoyed it, gave it our blessing and were made fans.

Since then, it has been pretty impressive to witness how quickly the band have grown and flourished over the last year or so, and it has all come to a head with the impending release of their first full-length album – Unbreakable.

Going back, their debut EP accomplished exactly what it meant to do – provide us with a showcase of the group’s talents and give us a taste of their potential with the promise of even better material to come.

Now with Unbreakable, they had the tough challenge of proving their worth and realising their potential, and that they sure did, while giving us what is certainly one of the best British records of 2016 so far.

They waste no time and dive straight into the title track, and from the start it is abundantly clear two of the band’s major strengths – firstly, frontwoman Becky is a commanding powerhouse on the mic, and secondly the guitar work is devilishly good; not to mention the presence of an unforgettable chorus, a trend which continues into the likes of the riff-heavy Reckless, as well as the massive Rise Or Fall.

There is also a selection of slower yet still great numbers including Tell Me, All You Need To Know and Run & Hide, the latter in which we just sucked in by the passion and how it only builds as it progresses.

Elsewhere there is Casanova, another notable highlight with sheer horsepower driving behind it, and the Creatures Of The Night opens with the coolest of bass intros. And finally, they close out what has been a rollercoaster of an album with a fantastic acoustic piece titled Given Up, featuring special guest Mike Kingswood of Glamour Of The Kill fame, and he gets the job done nicely.

We had solid expectations for Unbreakable and it would be an understatement to say that One Last Run have triumphed, and as stated before, there is little doubt this will go down as one of the most noteworthy UK records of 2016, and considering the immense range of high-quality albums that we have been treated to already in the last few months, that is saying an awful lot.


 

Unbreakable is released on Friday 6th May and will be available on most digital outlets.

REVIEW | My Cruel Goro: Stuff

Last year, we discovered Italian-Icelandic trio My Cruel Goro, and they earned themselves an International Record Of The Year nomination with a superb self-titled debut EP. And guess what? They are back with their sophomore release – Stuff.

From the get go with It’s Fake, they deliver their brand of deliciously grimy alternative punk that would have been right at home back in the 90’s, and it continues into Lost E, a high tempo, foot-tapping track chock full of gritty riffs.

Great lyrics are the defining factor of Black Trash Dog; likewise with Loverdose, where the guitars continue to shine in slick style. And soon, they cap off with an exciting bass-driven climax in the form of I’m Not From This World.

REVIEW | James Holt: Sanguine On The Rocks

Our attention is immediately devoted courtesy of the bombastic The Mirror, and it only gets better from there, with examples including the eponymous number which continues to display James’ tremendously eloquent vocal capabilities, and the catchy and sleek Tears Aren’t Enoughwhere underlying elements of psych rock are showcased.

Meanwhile, Contemplations features cracking guitar work, and the melancholy And Then I Awoke enamors with potent writing.

James has done more than enough to prove that he is talented, as he provides us with one of the most outstanding solo efforts we have had the pleasure of listening to in recent memory.