The Rifles – None The Wiser

The Rifles

After a three year wait indie rock underdogs The Rifles have finally come up with their fourth album entitled None the Wiser. Also after their well-received previous album ‘Freedom Run’ which got an 8/10 from that marmite like magazine the NME, they want to make sure they don’t drop the standards.

If you are familiar with what they have done in the past, then you pretty much know what you’re in for, and they don’t disappoint with as they deliver exactly what you expect. The album kicks off with ‘Minute mile’ which is riddled with a catchy pop riff and that same attitude that they have always carried along with them.

The album doesn’t let up with as ‘Heebie Jeebies’ and ‘Go Lucky’ follow the same pace and angst that was introduced by the first song. ‘All I need’ is the first song that gives the ears a rest momentarily; this is because an acoustic guitar is introduced along with a harmonica. On the surface it could easily sound like your generic acoustic song especially with the song title. However the band walks the cheese tight rope and don’t slip up at any point.

‘Catch Her in the Rye’ finally picks the album back up again with a riff that bounces round like a big round bouncy ball in a bouncy castle. ‘Shoot from the lip’ has a certain Shadow Puppets feel to it with the some dark parts edging out at the corners, which would put a shiver down a killers spine. Unfortunately the album is cursed with a bad song which is ‘Electric Eccentric’, it’s uplifting feel and sound feels forced and not genuine, which never leads a good taste in the mouth.

If they lost you with ‘Electric Eccentric’ then they probably will win you back over with ‘Under and Over’, although uplifting, this time it seems real and genuine, and with an upbeat dream drum beat a guitar under it manages to be one of the highlights of the album.

Overall the album the album proves to be another good instalment by The Rifles as they continue to produce solid indie lad-rock that you can depend on.

6.5/10

Review by Alex Wise @al4563 or alex4563@hotmail.co.uk

Sisteray – EP – Unsigned Bands

Sistray

Introduction

This band is a four piece coming from Chingford, London and although they’ve only been gigging for short amount of time they’ve built up quite a fan base around there, having sold out venues such as The Camden Rock and
The Rhythm Factory , and it looks like it may branch out it even further. The band consists of lead singer and guitarist Niall Rowan, lead guitarist Daniel Connolly, drummer and brother Ryan Connolly and Bassist Michael Hanrahan. Taking their influences from the likes of The Kinks, The Who, The Rolling Stones and loads more they have quite a good sound behind them. They’ve also gained interest from Tom Clarke, Bonehead and Peter Mcleod, as well as this they are wanted around the UK, South America and South Korea. As if that wasn’t enough they’ve aslo gained airplay from TCRFM Tamworth, Croydon Radio, The Hey Mr DJ online radio show, John Forster’s daily rock podcast  and The Unsigned Music Show, not badhttps://wordsformusic.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=823&action=edit for a band who’s just started.

The EP

The EP contains three songs which are ‘You Shine’, ‘Echoes’ and ‘War on the floor’.

If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m a fan of loud drums, and I like the drums to play an integral part of the song by being loud and prominent, so when I first listened to this song, after the first few seconds I knew there was going to be a strong chance I’d like it, and I was right.  I can definitely hear hints of Oasis in there, slightly in the sound of the guitar and an essence in the vocals. I think what I like most about this song is the edginess of it and the rawness, it doesn’t seem like it’s been coated with loads of effects which is nice to hear.

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After listening to the first track, I had high hopes for the second on and it didn’t disappoint, as it stayed consistent by keeping that rawness which they get from having highly distorted  guitar and those loud drums being caned in the background. Like the first track this has a bit of a punky edge to it, which they get from the rawness of the recording of it, again it hasn’t had loads of effects thrown on top of it. For any other song I think I would pick out the fact that you can’t hear the vocals enough, but I think it really suits this sound, like The Strokes first album, Julian’s voice really suited the music they were playing.

‘War on the floor’ is probably my favorite of the EP, mainly because of the riff, it’s the catchiest one on there. Also I think the set of lyrics they have on this track are their strongest lyrics, and I also think that this is Niall’s best vocal performance on the EP. Also I think this one would be definite crowd pleaser live, all the songs would so big live but I just think that this on would sound the biggest, especially with the chorus.

It’s a band that I need to see live now, another one added to the list. They have quite a lot on their soundcloud, so it’s something that you should be listening to if you haven’t. After some good signs in their first EP, I’m really looking forward to their second EP, and what they will do next, so I’ll be keeping one eye open for them in the coming months.

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Hottaches – My my my

Intro

Hottaches are a four piece band from Manchester, and once again it’s not your typical Madchester band. Their music is Rock/alternative/funky/blues and seriously they are all of those, sometimes all in one song, especially the song I’m reviewing showcases this talent. The band consists of, Steve Thomas on Vocals, Billy Walker on guitar, Nathan Lowe on drums and Matthew Assperry bass. Their influence range from Pink Floyd to Jack White.

The Song

As riffs go, this song literally has one of the most bluesy,funkiest and catchiest riffs ever, listen to it and try to deny, honestly. When first listened to the song it reminded me of The Black Keys, because of that raw guitar and those very loud vocals behind it, and those quite anthem lyrics ‘Guess that we’re the chosen ones’. As well as The Black Keys it reminded me of the Kings of Leon Vocalist Caleb Followill, again I think it’s the harshness on the throat in the vocals that reminded me of that. As well as the riff you got a really catchy hook line of ‘My my my’, I couldn’t help but sing it, whether it was out loud in my head.

I’m a sucker for a good solo, and I think a good solo has to catch the melody of the song, fit in nicely and sing to you through the guitar, and this solo really does that, excellent work from the guitarist Billy Walker on that. I could see this song on the end of a gig, where the crowd just give it there all to that one song.

This is just the one song, they have handful to listen to, and they aren’t all the same genre, some of them are really out there and something you wouldn’t expect after listening to that piece of music.

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TRIBES – BABY-13/04/2012 – AW

I was meant to review this album, quite a while back. When I first brought it was about a week after the release date and I sort of thought “that’s too late, the whole world has reviewed it now,I’mm way too late”. But, I think it’s got to that stage now that it doesn’t matter that it’s a bit late, no one will judge me, also it’s give me some more time to listen to it and reflect on it (probably shouldn’t do it while listening to pulp on youtube, the his n hers album thankyou to the person who suggested I should listen to it).

First Listen

When I first heard them, I wasn’t to struck by them really, I was late again the first time I saw them was on Soccer AM when they were promoting their tour and this album and ‘sappho’  was played on there and I thought “yeah that’s pretty catchy, not that good though”. After a few days, I remember the song was still stuck in my head, and when that happens you have to go back to it and listen to it, then it hit me.

Getting in to em’

After that, I was just trying to find everything that they’d done, I watched acoustic sessions, interviews and tried to listen to their whole back catalogue in about an hour, obviously that didn’t work also I found that the songs didn’t really sink in, never do really on the laptop so I brought the album too put in the car.

Like this photo because Johnny Lloyd (bloke in the middle) looks like a bit of a midget, like a little gnome/elf man.

In the car

This is where the songs really sunk in, because I left it in there for about week and it’s when you listen to an album over and over again you find the songs you love and the songs that don’t really do it for you. I found out that they were pretty good, just wish I could of got into em’ earlier because would of brought their first vinyl release ‘we were children’, which I can’t seem to find anywhere any more. The one I really took to in the car was himalaya because it went on for ages and had that dread sound to it which I really liked, and at some parts in the song I sort of felt I was on top of mountain singing it sometimes.

Overall

7.5

Right, lets rap this up got other important stuff to do. The album overall is good, wouldn’t say it’s perfect or really just good. This is because I found myself at times thinking “ahh, turn this one off”, and I’d skip it then I’d skip another song, fuck! Double skipping on an album not good really. I think when it starts getting sunny again I’ll start listening to it felt like it was a bit of a summer album with the sound of it and the riffs.  The good songs on the album are REALLY good, it’s just some of the songs on the album aren’t as good, bit flabby and I thin those songs drag it down a bit, the songs like ‘Half way home’, ‘nightdriving’,’walking in the street’.

Songs to hear

‘Sappho’

‘Himalaya’

‘We were children’

‘Alone or with friends’

 

Miles Kane – First of my kind

Miles Kane - First of my kind

Bit late I know, well only a day late but still late. Miles’ new track, which will be on his new EP that will be coming out on the April 21st, which I’m really excited about because his first album was such a s success, probably one of my favourites albums that I’ve got.

If you liked all the songs on the first album then you will like this, because it’s more of the same stuff, he’s Lennon-like vocals screaming on the track, loud, and quite horrifying at the beginning of the song, a lot like some of The Last of The Shadow Puppets Stuff. His lyrics just keep getting better, and I think that this song proves that.

When Miles first album came out, I didn’t really think it was going to be as good as it was (it stayed in my car for a good month), and now he’s following it up with this equally as strong, if not stronger song. I think we can expect good things of this EP, and expect good things off Miles for a long time, whether with or without Turner.

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Arctic Monkeys – Teddy Picker

Them, just looking cool and shit.

 

I love the Arctic Monkeys new stuff, I think it’s really different, quite experimental and just genuinely brilliant. However, you can’t beat a bit of their old material, I mean not a lot of bands have a brilliant first album *cough* Libertines, but they did. Then they followed it up with an album which is equally good I believe, Favourite Worst Nightmare is probably one of the most favourite albums, and mainly because it’s got this fucking brilliant tune on, which never fails to get me to start jumping in my car, sounds like it’s impossible, but if you really try it’s achievable, not very rewarding though.

The boys, when they were young, well they're young now, but there even younger in this photo.

When I went to see them live, this is the first song they played and right they were to play it because this song could get you up for anything for instance going to the shops, walking the dog or going to funeral, you get it now, it gets you up for literally anything. One thing Alex is just a complete master at,apart from all the other million things he’s a master at is he can come up with just simple, catchy but perfect  riffs. Showed this talent on a number of occasions, I’m not going to make out a list, if you really wanna find out, have a listen. Another brilliant things Alex is good at is writing extremely clever, witty and wordy lyrics for e.g. “Despair to the point where they provoke You to tell the fucking punchline before you have told the joke”. Again, if you wanna find out listen to some of his other songs, I’ll put the songs below so you can have a bit of a gander.

Wanna know a bit of a fact they may or may not be true, make of it what you will:

The phrase “teddy picker” refers to an arcade game where a toy crane is maneuvered by a joystick to pick out a prize such as a teddy bear.

Mmmmmmmmmmmm….. Interesting.