It’s a new day for a new band as LEAV/E/ARTH have announced their signing to InVogue Records. Bringing a strong mixture of alternative rock with a dash of post hardcore elements about it, the band are looking to make 2017 their year and they might be able to do that!
They’ve released a new single titled ‘The Other Side‘ which will feature on their upcoming album out April 6th. You can check out this new song below.
The Imaginary Family are a duo from Cheltenham and are very muss branching under this Experimental branch of Rock whilst dragging influences from Math and Jazz. This being said their debut EP Puppet Karaoke which was released on the 4th of January this year. But without further ado let’s break down this debut EP.
Opening up Puppet Karaoke is the track El Classico which is great introduction not only to this EP but also the band as a whole. With the very Jazz influenced instrumentation the song starts off strong and travels along at a steady pace. This is when the vocals of James Chuter cut through and add an extra element to the already interesting track. With both parts now complimenting each other nicely the track shows more of this Math Rock influence as the timings, although appearing off show the bands knowledge and ability to construct a track so cleverly. As El Classico starts to move towards it ending the duo display even more of the heavy Jazz influences that are so prevalent in this EP alomng with a bit more of this more simplistic Math Rock bridging over the top the track soon hits its end and flows in to the second song on this debut EP.
Following on from El Classico is the Counting Fingers which yet again shows the duo in a very positive light only from a vocal stand point but also from an instrumental stance also as the overtly Jazz and undertones flow through this track also but then are cleverly juxtaposed by the off timing vocal introductions which although can be disorientating show the understanding of both Genres that influence The Imaginary Family. Just after the main body of the song we get this moment of calm where the track slows down before being picked back up again and moving the track briskly to its conclusion.
Ending off this three tack debut is The Future, Again and it starts off very differently to the different tracks feeling almost like an uptempo pop track but quickly flips that image and becomes a far more slow track with these interesting and simplistic riffs as James Chuter sings and harmonises on top. However it is long until the track moves back in to this opening riff and then drops in to a more Math Rock influenced section, which not only shows the duos versatility but ability to move from one musical motif to the next. Now although this feels like the weakest track on this debut that by no means is bad as this is still a great track to listen to not only for the instrumentation present but also the vocal performance.
Overall The Imaginary Family have not only started off the year strong with Puppet Karaoke but also started off the year strong musically, especially against all the other EP’s and albums that have dropped already. Despite them needing a little bit of work there is a lot of potential and enjoyment that can be found in this EP not only through the well constructed songs but also through the interesting vocal melodies that are present on the top of each track, and if you are a fan of Jazz and Math Rock then there is definitely something in this for you. [8/10]
With a DIY ethic UK Punk Rockers Valensole are hoping to bring back the bite many say Punk Rock used to have, and for a band that only formed in the early part of 2016, their debut EP Where We Should Be is a great contender to do that. Being released in March of next year the band plan to accompany it’s release with a tour, which definitely will be worth checking out. Without further a do lets break down this EP.
Opening this debut EP is Staple Waster, a track which should be giving the band a chance to impress early and to some extent it does, not vocally but instrumentally. Through this track the band seem to be drawing from some of their influences as musicians as there is this almost early Green Day vibe presented with a more modern twist. This is a good opener for the EP but doesn’t seem to do the band justice just yet.
Don’t Follow Me is ‘punk-fuelled’ indeed and does allow the band to show what they are made of and although the instrumentation continues to be very strong, vocally Valensole still didn’t deliver. Unfortunately Don’t Follow Me is possibly the weakest track on this entire release, which is somewhat a shame as with it’s short run time there is some potential for the track to have been the punk filled song many would have been looking for, but for a few reasons this track seems to miss the mark.
Opening with a very juxtaposing guitar lead Believe comes crashing in to the foreground with it’s blistering guitars and beats, this track is good vocally and with the slight moments of screamed vocals it adds a dynamic to the band which hasn’t been shown quite yet and is quite a welcomed change from the first two tracks. Overall this track is a great calling card for the band as they move through this EP at a very fast pace.
The title track of this debut is by far the highlight of the EP, with not only the best vocal performance on the record but the track encompassing this raw energy the band are putting in to this debut. Through the fast paced guitar and blasting drums there is almost a reminiscence of Dookie in the track. Alongside this being the best track on this release, there is a chance that this could be the track to take the band to great places as it does bring some of the bite back to what Punk Rock has somewhat been missing as of recent years.
Closing off this 5 track debut is Inside Out and although it isn’t the best song on this release there is something clear about this EP; it gets stronger the further you get in to it. Inside Out is a great closer to this EP as instrumentally it is exciting and vocally it is good, especially when the band introduce more screams in to the mix. It may be the last track, but you’ll most likely be playing it multiple times before the album gets put down. Overall this track allows the band to show what they are truly made of and the potential they have for the future.
Unfortunately this debut EP narrowly misses the mark, despite it getting stronger towards the end. Although there are high moments instrumentally throughout the entire record, the vocal performances feel to be lacking. Valensole however have the possibility for a very bright future, as for those who are Punk Rock connoisseurs there is many things that can impress, and if they use this as a jumping point for the future they have the energy and passion to do it. On top of that there is a sense through this EP that the recordings may not do them justice in comparison to a live show. But, at least for now, Valensole aren’t landing these punchy tracks in the way it seems they intended.
We know that the upcoming and just starting out bands are just as important to cover than the bands who have been around for many years, that is why we have two bands who are just starting out of two different styles you should check out!
First up we have this Midlands based group called Outlines. Providing a strong riff structure for their first song released, both guitars work really well together and the vocal line provides a chill down your spine with the emphasis and emotion produced in the track. It has the taste of something that will no doubt get better and mature of the years to come and this first track is their placeholder for what to expect in the future from these guys.
Genre: Metalcore / Deathcore For Fans Of: The Ghost Inside / Thy Art Is Murder / Whitechapel
After their average release of their EP, they felt like something was missing from their whole musical piece as a whole. Now they have downtuned their guitars and brought something out of the woodwork that might be a surprise to those who are fans of the EP. This new single brings a medley of guitar riffs, powerful low screams and a few breakdowns for the easily pleased. Whilst the clean vocals waver between good and bad, this is definitely an enjoyable start and something different for the group.
Give these guys a check out on their Facebook/Bandcamp links below:
If you were upset that For Today were going to be no more, then maybe this new project from the Leitru brothers might get you excited. A more hardcore feel with this and featuring Silent Planet‘s drummer Alex Camarena and A Bullet For Pretty Boy vocalist Danon Saylor, it will definitely be something different for every member listed. Check out their first track ‘Hands Of Death‘ below!
One band that is currently claiming to be bringing the so called ‘post-hardcore revival’ (after the emo, industrial and pop-punk revivals) are Between Then And Now, and frontman/founder Jeffrey Lubin seems pretty sure they can make it happen. He explains the back story of the band, the struggles the band have had to face and whats coming up in the future all in his own words below.