Mid Reflections – Outcast – REVIEW

What comes to mind when you think of English music? I go straight to the 90’s with Oasis, Blur and Gorillaz. Some though may think of Morrissey. Others may think more recently of those who have defined modern British music – Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks. Whatever you think of, there is a helping of all of these iconic Brits on Punk-Rap act Mid Reflections’ debut EP Outcasts.

There are two things which shine through the 4-track EP. One is what made their compatriots so distinctive and it’s their embrace of their regional identity. In this case their London tone and attitude is a great departure from the American camouflage that we have become so normalised by.

The other is the range of influences here, as implied. It gives strong impressions of Ed Sheeran’s You Need Me I don’t Need You in parts due to vibrant and intricate guitar parts tied to frequent lashing lyrical exchanges. At other times, the more downtrodden parts resonate more towards a Gorillaz-edge. If the production value on this EP (which is more or less spot-on) was dialled up a few notches, there could be some comparison between Hollywood Undead.

Opening title-track Outcast is straight to the point and straight into the chorus. Like the whole of the release, you find Mid Reflections accessing serious topics by using flippant lines: “Wasn’t easy as an outcast | Didn’t want to show my face like I’m Kenny from South Park”. It means you don’t take them that seriously so it’s easier to engage with these themes. It forecasts a general song make-up of dynamically pin-point breathless rapping showing off the astounding lung capacity of Rapper Matthew Bishop, aka 2T’z. This is enforced with basic but watertight drum rhythms, moving well into chanty choruses and an array of clean and distorted guitar parts.

Elsewhere, they seem to take a swipe at The Government amongst other things on Illusions with a cockier, upbeat vibe. Bishop is at his razor sharpest on Legalise It one that fuses quite an old-school riff with a shouty chorus. No second guesses what this one is about, he leaves you in his dust but you do struggle to really catch all of what he says. Foes is the calmest of the lot and my personal favourite. The binding guitar just works with Bishop’s rap style here. The melody ducks and dives patiently, allowing Bishop to push himself technically but it’s not over the top. It drops off nicely into a borderline spoken chorus, but spoiled by a bit of a sore-thumb mid-section – that said, it’s a solid closing touch overall.

A bare-knuckled and bare-faced approach to lyric-writing and song-writing works well with it’s overall charm and audacity. We’ve seen how rap can be fused with different alternative styles over the years, this offering by Mid Reflections is a refreshing one and despite (or because of) it’s eclecticism, doesn’t smack of imitation. It’s a promising EP, one that could also be viewed as novelty though. It is a rough diamond, so there is a bit of polishing to do – particularly on the often sloppy song outros – to take it to the next level that said: [7/10]

 

Outcasts is out now via their website.

Head over to their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more info.

PVRIS Reveal Music Video For ‘Half’

From their upcoming album All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, PVRIS have dropped their newest music video for the track Half. This is their third single off of the new album; What’s Wrong and Heaven offered the first glimpses of their new offerings and their upcoming album looks set to take them to greater heights than their debut White Noise. Check out the new video and their upcoming EU tour below:

FULL EU/UK DATES BELOW

2nd November Theaterfabrik Munich

3rd November Dynamo Zurich

4th November Magazzini Generali Milan

6th November Flex Vienna

7th November Lucerna Music Bar Prague

8th November Huxleys Berlin

9th November Docks Hamburg

11th November Pumpehuset Copenhagen

12th November Fryhuset Stockholm

13th November Rockefeller Oslo

15th November Live Music Hall Cologne

16th November Den Atelier Luxembourg

17th November Tivoli Ronda Utrecht

18th November Elysee Montmartre Paris

19th November Trix Antwerp

22nd November o2 Academy Bristol

23rd November o2 Academy Birmingham

24th November The Academy Dublin

25th November Mandela Hall Belfast

27th November o2 Academy Glasgow

28th November Apollo Manchester

30th November o2 Brixton Academy London

In This Moment Release New Track ‘Roots’

With their forthcoming sixth album on the horizon, In This Moment have released another new song from Ritual. The track titled Roots is a dark track full of bitter sass and anger. The video gives off a Blair Witch vibe with the shaky camera work and setting. Check it out below:

Of the upcoming album the band had this to say:
“It’s like we’re going into the next realm, I had a conviction of feeling empowered in my life and with myself.  I always write from a personal place, and I needed to share that sense of strength.  I’ve never been afraid to hold back.  Sometimes, I can be very suggestive.  However, I wanted to show our fans that this is the most powerful side of myself and it’s without overt sexuality.  It’s that deeper serious fire inside of my heart.” – Christina Brink, vocals.
“When fans hear this, I want them to feel the music, whether they take away sadness, anger, or happiness, as a kid, I remember listening to records and putting them on repeat over and over again. I’d love for the world to listen and absorb this as a piece of work.” – Chris Howorth, lead guitar.

PVRIS Release Video For ‘What’s Wrong’

In the run up to the release of their second album All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell, alternative rockers PVRIS have released their second single What’s Wrong from the album. Pre-orders for the album available from this link. Currently on tour with Muse and Thirty Seconds To Mars, the band will head over for a Europe/UK tour later this year:
FULL EU/UK DATES BELOW

2nd November – Theaterfabrik Munich

3rd November – Dynamo Zurich

4th November – Magazzini Generali Milan

6th November – Flex Vienna

7th November – Lucerna Music Bar Prague

8th November – Huxleys Berlin

9th November – Docks Hamburg

11th November – Pumpehuset Copenhagen

12th November – Fryhuset Stockholm

13th November – Rockefeller Oslo

15th November – Live Music Hall Cologne

16th November – Den Atelier Luxembourg

17th November – Tivoli Ronda Utrecht

18th November – Elysee Montmartre Paris

19th November – Trix Antwerp

22nd November – o2 Academy Bristol

23rd November – o2 Academy Birmingham

24th November – The Academy Dublin

25th November – Mandela Hall Belfast

27th November – o2 Academy Glasgow

28th November – Apollo Manchester

30th November – o2 Brixton Academy London

*A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to The Ally Coalition in support of LGBTQ equality. Tickets available from PVRIS.com

Check out the video below:

Motionless In White Announce UK Tour

Heading out in January 2018 in support of their most recent work Graveyard Shift, Motionless In White will play 9 dates in the UK with tickets going on-sale at 10am on Friday 16th June.

Dates:

Thu 18th Jan – SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms

Fri 19th Jan – BRISTOL O2 Academy

Sat 20th Jan – LEEDS Stylus

Mon 22nd Jan – GLASGOW Garage

Tue 23rd Jan – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Riverside

Thu 25th Jan – LONDON KOKO

Fri 26th Jan – BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute

Sat 27th Jan – MANCHESTER O2 Ritz

Sun 28th Jan – NORWICH Waterfront

Tickets available from usual vendors as well as Livenation.

 

Check out their latest video Eternally Yours below:

 

Youth Killed It release new track/video ‘Molly’

Giving you a laddish feel in your alternative rock, Youth Killed It have written a song about their favourite cat in the world ‘Molly‘.

Check out their video for the song below!

You can check them out on tour this March at these dates below:

13.05 – Southampton, Hanger Farm Arts Centre
14.05 – Manchester, Satans Hollow
15.05 – Leeds, ​The Packhorse
16.05 – Leicester, The Shed
17.05 – Norwich, Epic Studios
18.05 – Birmingham, Subside