James Leese

Last Bullet Announce New EP

Hard Rockers Last Bullet have been making a name for themselves since the release of their debut EP in 2010. Last Bullet have been receiving praise for their newest EP  80-69-64 since the release of the first two singles, and with it pipped for release on the 14th July there isn’t long left until fans can receive the full six track release. This EP promises to be Last Bullet’s best work and based off their single Sin that just may be true. Check out Sin below and keep your eyes peeled for Last Bullet’s release on the 14th of July.

Thousand Below Release Video For Sinking Me

Thousand Below are set to release their new record before the end of this year, and following on from their first single Tradition it would seem like this upcoming release is going to be a great listen. However, the band have now released their second single from this upcoming record Sinking Me which is accompanied by its video. Yet again Tthousand Below are showing a mass amount of potential in this track, they are definitely a band to keep an eye out for. But in the meantime check out Thousand Below’s new video for their single Sinking Me below.

Gogol Bordello Announce New Album and Release a New Single

Gogol Bordello have recently announced not only a string of European Tour dates but they have also announced their new full-length album Seekers and Finders which is pipped for release on August 25th. This album is the ninth album by the multi-cultural band, yet again it will look into the frenzied punk and rock styles Gogol Bordello are known for with a party of accordions, trumpet, marimba, guitars, drum and bass. However, alongside both of these announcements the band have released the first single off of this upcoming release. Saboteur Blues is the first look in to this album and shows the potential that this record has. Check out Gogol Bordello’s Sabotuer Blues below.

Gogol Bordello European Tour Poster

Shaman’s Harvest Release New Single

Following on from the announcement of their newest studio album Red Hands Black DeedsShaman’s Harvest have released the first single off of this upcoming record. This new single The Come Up implements this well orchestrated and juxtaposing instrumentation that houses a Motown backbeat and this classic rock and roll swagger. This single sets a great precedent for everything which is to follow on Shaman’s Harvest’s new record. Check out The Come Up below.

Carole King Announces New Live Album

Carole King is hailed as the quintessential singer-songwriter and her album Tapestry is one that is held in high esteem by many, be it fans of her music or fans of music in general. Last year Carole King recorded Tapestry, the album which gained her 15 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 and four grammys, live in Hyde Park. This year this live recreation is set for release this September, the album and DVD houses the first show that Carole King has played Tapestry in its entirety. This album will not be on to miss out on and can pre-ordered HERE. 

Carole King – Tepestry: Live At Hyde Park tracklist

  1. I Feel The Earth Move
  2. So Far Away
  3. It’s Too Late
  4. Home Again
  5. Beautiful
  6. Way Over Yonder
  7. You’ve Got A Friend
  8. Where You Lead
  9. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
  10. Smackwater Jack
  11. Tapestry
  12. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
  13. Medley Intro
  14. Goffin/King Medley: Take Good Care Of My Baby, It Might As Well Rain Until September, Go Away Little Girl, I’m Into Something Good, One Fine Day
  1. Hey Girl
  2. Chains
  3. Jazzman
  4. Up On The Roof
  5. Locomotion
  6. I Feel the Earth Move (Reprise)
  7. You’ve Got A Friend (reprise)

Faultlines Release New Single and Video

UK Melodic Hardcore band Faultlines released their newest single Breathe on the 9th June, this release was accompanied by a video. This new single and video not only allows the band to showcase their updated lineup but also show off the potential this band has moving into the future. Breathe houses this very anthemic composition that shows off the band’s new members but also shows this bright future Faultlines has. Check out the video and single for Breathe below.

You can purchase the new single HERE.

The Movielife Release New Track

The Movielife haven’t released anything since their 2003 record Forty Hour Train Back To Penn. Post this record the band had parted ways and their comeback has always been highly anticipated. This year The Movielife are giving fans exactly what they want with an album which is set for release for September this year. This new record, Cities In Search Of A Heart, is not only somewhat of a rebirth for the band instead of a comeback record but it is also a release which shows the growth in the band over the past 14 years. Leading this new record from The Movielife is the new single Mercy Is Asleep At The Wheel, a song which is said to be ‘the album’s hard-charging, thought-provoking centerpiece’ which brings the band back in top form.

Check out The Movielife’s single Mercy Is Asleep At The Wheel below.

Cities In Search Of A Heart tracklist:

01. Ski Mask

02. Mercy Is Asleep At The Wheel

03. Ghosts In The Photographs

04. Sister Saint Monica

05. Pour Two Glasses

06. Lake Superior

07. Laugh Ourselves To Death

08. Blood Moon

09. You’re The Cure

10. Hearts

CKY – The Phoenix – Review

CKY this year are making their return after an 8-year hiatus. The band’s newest release has been highly anticipated since the confirmation that the band would press forward as a trio in May of last year. Since then the band have recorded their newest record The Phoenix and have headlined a highly successful UK tour, with nearly all dates being upgraded. This album is set to be a powerful release and a highly anticipated comeback. So without further ado let’s break down CKY’s new album The Phoenix. 

Opening up CKY’s fifth studio album is Replaceable. This track starts with this rock-centric riff that in the mix feels quite spaced out. Eventually, the track kicks into full swing, with the powerful and well-toned guitar mixing well with the bass and drums that drive the song. As this song continues it is clear to see that CKY haven’t lost their touch and with the groovy bass line that exists throughout the most of the track it is setting a great precedent for what is left to come on this come-back album. Overall Replaceable is a brilliant opener to this album, showcasing beautiful vocal moments from Chad Ginsburg and well-constructed instrumentation.

Following on from this album’s opener is a duo of tracks, the first of which is Days Of Self Destruction. This track is far grittier than the album’s opener, showcasing this powerful instrumentation that is fronted by this muddy riff that helps power the track along. As this song continues the vocals, similarly to the opener are interesting and well orchestrated. Days of Self Destruction then continues to power on through to this strong and well-designed solo that showcases Ginsburg’s playing ability in great fashion.

The second half of this duo is Unknown Enemy, which is not only the strongest cut off of this record but is also a catchy song, from the opening riff to the final few notes this song is a great listen. It has its own instinctive bop and is not only a well-constructed track but is also one that sticks in the mind all the way til the end of the album’s run time

Coming next on The Phoenix is a trio of songs. The first of which is Head For A Breakdown, a song which at first glance feels like it may be exploring a new dynamic with the acoustic guitar, however soon the rest of the band come in to create this fuller sound. This cut is in its simplest form a fun track but it is a lot more than that. As in this track, CKY explores a slightly different musical dynamic which allows for a well-orchestrated track. Head For A Breakdown is a close contender but just misses the mark, which made Unknown Enemy such a strong cut.

The second part of this trio is The Other Ones, a track which picks up the pace again and shows CKY yet again exploring more ideas, with the electronic additions this song the band are allowing for clear exploration with their music which is a nice touch. As this song continues, the band yet again showcase this groovy bass riff that powers the song along. The final part of this trio is Wiping Off The Dead which is heavier than most of what is on this album, even if that comes mainly from the slight excessiveness of the distortion rather than the actual composed riff. Wiping Off The Dead is the weakest cut off of this record due to the fact that there is far less about this track than it first appears.

As the album now starts to draw to a close, the final duo of tracks come into view. The first of which is Lies From You a track that sticks in the vocally, it is an interesting listen as it feels, despite the instrumentation being interesting and the song presenting a powerful and well-constructed riff, that the music takes a bit of a back seat so Ginsburg’s vocal abilities can take centre stage and show just how interesting and powerful his vocals can be.

The second part of this duo is the album’s closer Better Than Get Even. This track is a great closer albeit a little a the long side. However, as it goes this song does present not only some very well constructed riffs but also this groovy bass and drum lines that have existed throughout the majority of this album courtesy of Matt Deis and Jess Margera. 

Overall what CKY present here is a great album and is definetly not one to miss if you were either a fan before or even if you are new to the band. Across this album, there are stand out moments from each member of this band, whether it be in terms of vocals or instrumentation there is a lot to like on this album. However, that doesn’t mean there are downsides, as at times things do feel to run a little longer than they should but having said that the album’s biggest flaw is its length, and this is only because it leaves you wanting more [7.5/10]

Free Throw – Bear Your Mind – REVIEW

Free Throw have been making a name for themselves ever since their debut EP, however, post the release of Lavender Town and Those Days Are Gone the band have gotten a big following and have been playing live solidly with many great names like Sorority NoiseTiny Moving Parts, and Somos. The band is now ready to set out on tour in support of their new release Bear Your Mind, which released on the 26th of May, an album which has been highly anticipated since their debut full length, but without further ado let’s break down Free Throw’s sophomore record Bear Your Mind. 

Opening up this sophomore record is Open Window, which is this slow and gentle track which allows for an interesting opening. The main thing I drag from this track is the gentle yet emotive vocal melodies which lay atop of the simple guitar part before the ultimate fuller sound which ends this track. It is in that moment that Free Throw show everything that people loved from the last record, the full band sound alongside the shouted vocals truly make this track a near perfect opener

Following this opener is a duo of tracks which starts with Rinse, Repeat a song which allows the band to show their musical prowess as these blasting drums that open the track are soon accompanied by this energetic Riff which really adds to the tracks opens no before the vocals come through which not only portray the bands ability in writing great vocal melodies but also these well-constructed harmonies which make the main vocals all that more prominent. The second half of this duo is Randy, I Am The Liquor, the first single off Bear Your Mind. It’s in this track that the band really show off their ability to make a cohesive track that explores different dynamics well whilst all being within a 3 minute run time.

Following this first single is a trio of tracks which start with Weight On My Chest, this is a track in which the lyrics truly add to the overall experience of the track as Cory Castro sings gently about not being able to sleep and having a weight on your chest that you can’t remove. It is in this honest yet powerful vocal presentation that the song finds its feet as despite the instrumentation being interesting both in terms of construction but also dynamics the songs weight is truly brought by the vocals. Following on in this trio is Hope Shot a track in which the instrumentation is subtle, simple. The plucked guitar that exists throughout the majority of the track emotion matches the lyricism on this song before we get this slow but worthwhile build that explodes into some form of realization lyrically but is also this well constructed and powerful instrumental moment that feels almost Shoegazy/Alt. Rock.

Ending off this trio of tracks is Weak Tables which is this well-constructed track which feels like it could have been ripped straight off their last record with the guitar tones and vocal presentation being very reminiscent of some of the best cuts off of Those Days Are Gone. Weak Tables is a big juxtaposition to its name as it is possibly the strongest track on this release, with the instrumentation being tight and interesting and allows the vocals to power on top of the track. Alongside this, the lyrical content of Weak Tables is interesting as the words are beautifully crafted and allow for some really beautiful moments from the tracks offset.

Coming next on this sophomore record by Free Throw is a duo of tracks starting off with Andy and I, Uh… a song whose opening feels very different to the rest of the record, however as soon as the main body fo the song kicks in the sound is more recognizable. Despite this, Andy and I, Uh… is a fun song which is full of dynamic changes and well constructed vocal melodies. It is also in this song that the band address the album’s title which allows this song to somewhat act, even if indirectly, as the title track. Accompanying this track is Cal Ripkin Jr. Johnson. Unfortunately, at this point, nothing in this track comes as surprise, even though this song is a strong cut off of the record the Free Throw don’t bring anything new to the table during this number. However, this song does still showcase the band in a positive light as the dynamic changes are still impressive as the song transfers from these subtle muted moments to a full and powerful ensemble moment, still making this track a joy to listen to.

Following on from this duo is what is possibly the weakest song on the record, not due to the instrumentation which is yet again well orchestrated and interesting but due to the vocal presentation that exists on this song. Dead Reckoning as a track displays these soft vocals but add in these far more screamed moments which although adding to the message of the song, unfortunately, drag this particular track down.

As the album starts to draw to a close the final duo of tracks come into view. Better Have Burn Heal is the first of these songs and it is a great throwback as it feels very reminiscent of Slam With the Best or Jam like the Rest off of their EP Lavender Town. However, the band add in these extra moments of interesting instrumentation before they change the dynamics of the song which only add to the overall feel of the track. This track is the closest contender for the strongest cut off this record as the overall presentation of this song in terms of both instrumentation and vocals is second to none.

Following on in this duo is the album’s closer Victory Road which is this somber and slow cut which not only encompasses the messages that Free Throw bring forward time and again across this record but it also shows the bands ability to write a song that can solely exist of slower instrumentation which allows for the vocals to take the forefront and have the instrumentation simply support the song whilst also adding to the feel and presentation of the track. It is again in this track that Cory Castro’s vocals are simple yet effective, partly due to the lyricism on this song but also for the impressive vocal melody.

Overall this new record from Free Throw isnt one to let pass you by, as yet again this band are putting an album out which is not impressive instrumentally but it also a wonder vocally from start to finish. The band’s mix of soft and harsh vocals add to their ability in mixing different musical dynamics that they present time and again on Bear Your Mind. This album isn’t perfect but it feels pretty close, this similar to Remo Drive’s record this year is perfect for any fan of emo music, however, there is something about this record that puts it just above that record. Free Throw defintely get nothing but net with Bear Your Mind. [9/10]

Garin Fitter – Miss Me? – REVIEW

Garin Fitter is a singer-songwriter from Cardiff who has been creating music since late 2014, this year he released his debut album Miss Me? an album which tells a story of transformation, and with his acoustic pop style it promises to be a great album. But without further ado let’s break down Garin Fitter’s Miss Me?

Opening Miss Me? is Hey Mary. A song which starts with this simple yet well orchestrated instrumentation, the acoustic guitar sits well on top of the track with the subsequent instruments supporting the acoustic guitar and vocals. Soon Garin Fitter’s vocals come in to the track which add another layer to this opening number, the well delivered and constructed vocal melodies are well accompanied by the subtle yet effective vocal harmonies that are present on the song. As the song progresses the track takes a brief moment to show some dynamic change in which the track breaks down to a singular guitar and vocals which is a nice touch. Overall Hey Mary is a great opening track which opens up Miss Me? well.

Coming next from this album is a duo of tracks which starts with King Of The Jungle, similarly to this albums opener the track has this simple yet effective instrumentation which is powered along by the acoustic guitar and Garin’s vocal melodies. Whilst having the same instrumental make-up as the track before the song feels inherently different which is something that seems to come more with acoustic albums in which each track can be completely different. The second half of this duo is What Do You Do? a track which not only shows a shift in terms of dynamics but also presents a time signature change, both of these aspects are welcomed to the track and well executed not only through the far simpler orchestration but also through the simple yet careful vocal presentation.

The shortest cut off this album comes in the form of Far from This Town which boils down to Garin Fitter and an acoustic guitar. Far from This Town allows for a clear look at Garin’s vocals as they are the prominent feature of this cut, as the vocals and harmonies power on top of the track. Despite a well choreographed guitar part it feels lack luster in comparison to the fuller sound which exists on the tracks before.

Following from this fully acoustic cut is a trio of tracks which show a lot of dynamic difference. Starting off this trio is Dreaming Of Neverland, a song which has this slow and interesting guitar part which drags the song along this slow journey whilst Garin sings gently atop the track. This song similarly to Far from This Town is a simple acoustic cut however in comparison to the track which comes before the picked pattern adds to the track and allows for a far more interesting listen as the number continues.

The middle partition of this trio is Smile, a song which has a brisk tempo and instrumentation which feels closer to a soundtrack with the piano and drums driving the song whilst the vocals simply lay on top of what is an interesting track instrumentally. However, the vocals which sit on top of the track do fully tie the piece together as the elongated vocal notes add not only to the songs overall make-up but also atmosphere. The final part of this trio is Drained, this track despite the fuller sound is a little bit underwhelming. Despite the well orchestrated instrumentation the track seems to be missing something that is present on the tracks which come before on the record.

As Miss Me? starts to draw towards it close there is another duo of tracks. Sometimes Things Don’t Quite Work Out the Way You Thought They Would is the first of this duo and is unfortunately reminiscent of this track as despite well constructed vocal melodies, clever lyrics and moments of strong instrumentation there are moments where things start to feel a little messy and less cohesive as the could be. Despite this being the weakest cut off of the record it is in no way a bad track as it still does have positives.

The latter of of this duo is Quicksand which is the strongest cut track on the record as the instrumentation that carries the song is interesting and truly adds an extra layer to the overall make-up of the song, alongside this the vocals that are present on the song are not only well orchestrated but show a great amount of range. Quicksand also exhibits Garin Fitter’s ability to write what is a very cohesive and catchy track.

Rounding off this album by Garin Fitter is Portobello Road. This track is a great closer to this album due to it’s ability to encompass all the dynamics which are present from start to finish on this record. However it also allows for a few new ideas to be played with. Whether it be the gang vocals or the solo thast ends of the track Garin Fitter is still presenting new ideas even as the song draws to its close. Overall Portobello Road is a a strong track and rivals Quicksand for being the strongest cut on this record, as yet again the strength in not only vocals but also instrumentation is clearly present on this number.

Overall this album Miss Me? is a worthwhile listen, whether it be simply because you are in need of a new acoustic album or if you just want a great album to stick on front to back. Despite a few moments where the instrumentation is,  for lack of a better term, ‘samey’ this album by Garin Fitter is a well written and orchestrated album which not only is ripe with well organised vocal performances but is also loaded with strong instrumentation. However knowing  and taking in to account that this is his debut album it bodes well for what is to come. [7/10]