REVIEW | Pretty Little Enemy – Second Load

SECOND LOAD


Hailing from Somerset, Pretty Little Enemy have been quick to establish themselves as one of the brightest prospects to emerge from the south west of the country, and they’re ready to validate their status with a brand new EP – Second Load – the follow-up to their 2016 release B*tch Please!

They waste little time and go all in with Get A Grip, a frantic and pumped up opener with a sweet chorus donning some memorable lyrics. We get more of the same in their upcoming single Collide, which stands out with a brisk beat and stirring vocals.

The guitar work is the most eminent factor in Play By The Rules, with crunchy riffs littered throughout and they even make space for a concise but ripping solo in the middle for good measure. The momentum carried from the very beginning remains stable as they finish off in fiery fashion with It’s All Just A Show.

A short, to the point record that makes the most of its brief duration. Nothing complex by any means, but a wild ride nonetheless that is tonnes of fun and worth repeated listens.


The quartet have recently announced that they will be embarking on an UK tour to promote their new EP, and you can catch them at the following dates:

  • Sat 9th Sep | BRIDGWATER – Cobblestones
  • Fri 15th Sep | WREXHAM – Percy’s Bar
  • Sat 16th Sep | LITTLEHAMPTON – The Crown
  • Sat 23rd Sep | SALTASH – Livewire Event
  • Sat 7th Oct | CORNWALL – Charlie’s Bar
  • Sat 14th Oct | PLYMOUTH – Turbulence Festival
  • Fri 20th Oct | SALISBURY – Winchester Gate

 

REVIEW| Discolor Blind – Long Vivid Dream

DISCOLOR BLIND


Discolor Blind is the brainchild of Iranian native Askhan Malayeri, who has spent all his life grinding away and constantly improving himself as a credible musician. Travelling all across the world, from his home country to England and eventually settling in Montreal, Canada, the last few years have been dedicated to the creation of his first proper record by the name of Long Vivid Dream.

Teaming up with a number of talented folk, most prominently singer Alexis Nadeau, the EP has finally been completed and is all ready to hit the shelves. We were given the opportunity to examine Long Vivid Dream ahead of its release, and it left us enthused.

It opens up with the instrumental Migraine which generates a sheer atmosphere that is quite mystical and even has some hints of extraterrestrial notes in there. The established sound continues into The Life Of Lily, where Alexis’ harmonies are just excellent, but the most notable aspect is a sudden, out of nowhere change in tone where it turns heavy halfway in and intense riffs enter the fray. Just one example of the unpredictable nature of this record.

Neat synths and a cool trumpet are welcome additions to What Pain Brings, highlighted by a bouncy melody and a tremendous chorus with a subtly haunting touch. Delicate vocals raise the hairs for Black And Grey, a fitting title for the melancholy lead single which starts off slow and chilling, gradually building as it progresses. Last but not least, Poor Receipts moves at a steady pace with a few spots of escalation which makes for a decent climax.

There is such a broad blend of multiple styles and various genres that it leaves it difficult to narrow down a proper description for the music, it just does not fit into one particular tier, and that is exactly what makes this EP a fantastic one. Askhan and Alexis should be proud of what they have accomplished here, and we would be happy to see more sooner than later.

 

 

REVIEW | Joe Bone & The Dark Vibes – Goo Goo Shoom

goo goo shoom


Glasgow is absolutely abundant with bands, and all the better for it. Unfortunately, it poses a problem in that it proves to be quite difficult to stand out from the rest of the pack, but there is one such act who do not suffer from this – the oddities known as Joe Bone & The Dark Vibes.

We have been aware of this bunch for a while now and we had the utmost pleasure of witnessing them live at The Grand Ole Opry, and they were undoubtedly the most memorable of the night. Between then and now, they put out a full-length record titled Goo Goo Shoom, and it is certainly an interesting experience.

What we get to start is an utterly chilling intro in the form of a procession, amplified by the mix of piano keys and organ plus an aged recording sound that would not make it seem out of place in a silent horror film from several decades ago.

Don’t Talk To Me gives us our first showcase of frontman Joe’s harmonic stylings, where his outlandish charisma shines through the speakers. Lose It All is driven by a good bass line, after which we have Benny Lynch, a loving tribute to the Scottish boxing legend that is topped by a catchy beat and steadily builds to a grand finish.

The writing is the highlight of the maligning DWPComplications has quite the groove, and Voodoo Blood and I’m Falling have some pleasing synths and guitar chords respectively; the latter unexpectedly taking off for a rampant ending.

The kooky lyrics of The Bible According To Joe Bone may not sit well with those of a religious and/or easily offended nature, but come on – “Jesus was born from a leprechaun” – how could you not love a line like that? Following that, they close out with the low-key Never Have I Been.

On the whole, an entertaining mishmash of songs. If there was one negative, it would be that the production and general mixing could have done with a little cleanup, but then again, The Dark Vibes are a group who are all about being raw and organic, so take that as you may, and at the end of the day, this is an album that assuredly improves in quality with each subsequent listen and leaves an impact.

 

 

REVIEW | Taped Live – Seven Sounds

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Way back in January, as we exited from a show at King Tuts as part of their New Years Revolution festival, a band were jamming in the downstairs bar. Said band were the local pairing of Leo and Sal, better known as Taped Live.

While we only caught them briefly, they did enough to grab our attention, and they flew into our radar again lately with the release of their debut EP – Seven Sounds.

Thin Ice proves to be an okay start, but not much to write home about, although it does properly going when they pick up the pace with the jumpy Blind As A Bat, topped off with echoing snares.

They bring a very cool Southern rock vibe with Telephone, plus the chorus ain’t half bad, and Fit For Purpose is a catchy number in its own right.

Following the decent Pocket Full Of Sorrow we have the title track which stands as the definitive highlight of the record – courtesy of an infectious rhythm touched up with an essence of blues and led by a mixture of damn fine riffs and great drumming – after which, they bring everything to a close with the smooth and stylish What’s A Boy To Do?

While not always consistent, and perhaps asking for a shine up in production quality, the boys still do more than plenty to make Seven Sounds our money’s worth. A solid EP from a promising young duo, for sure.