This offering from Sheffield band Rumpus - features seven varied tracks of atmospheric
unusual electro death rock.
They have managed to mix up the genres of Indie rock with a shade of electronica
and a hefty slab of death metal vocals.
This ambitious approach stands up well to scrutiny and has resulted in a few
influential eyes and ears turning their way.
Be aware, there be sharks prowling the streets of Sheffield.
The E.P. opens with ballsy guitar licks and screams from front man Danny.
The Woods is a moralistic tale for flighty girls warning them to not to stray of the path.
Come on, you just know that the cowboys in the woods are going to be far too tempting and
warrant further investigation.
The disquieting vocals really get the juices flowing and occasional sampling of owls
all help to create the dark and for boding mood. Good strong opener.
The clear falsetto vocals on Starfox change into a more recognisable indie sound as the
song turns Weezer like.
The bass player shows a sense of humour with a teasing little section that
stops and starts enticingly.
Let Me In plays with the idea of contrasting lyrical styles; gruff verses
and death metal guitars to the disturbing images suggested by the engine roar chorus.
This song stays in your head all day.
The musical shift is almost as dramatic as the first time you heard Cradle of Filth.
Though why the song opens with a peculiar poultry question I can't fathom.
Too many chickens inside the cupboard?
The next track Disconnecting Seam goes on a slick journey through time with
floating bass lines, screechy vocal then a spacey keyboard kicks in from nowhere.
An early Floyd/Genesis quality in the middle, keep you guessing as to where the song is going.
Some devastatingly good, layered vocals give the song depth and reverberate around your head.
Imagine a quarter slice of Fly agaric toadstools cut during solstice dipped in ginger
whisky and swallowed whole.
How are you starts soft and breathy accompanied by simple keyboards then takes a turn
Good, sweet and innocent do battle for supremacy with menacing maniacal guitars.
The purity is endearing and shows of Danny's wide vocal range once again.
Wickedly understated, twisted fun.
The Park rocks and crashes along with cider drenched bass lines.
Some catchy lyrics suggest lots of drunken head banging fun.
Biochemistry surprises with a mechanical beat that kind of turns round on it self,
then the vocal goes all Darkness.
It may be a pastiche or tribute but not too overdone as to grate on the nerves.
A memorable last track that will have you singing the Sheffield five pieces' praises.
Don't forget Rumpus - will return to Hull to headline at the White Room May 13
get your selves there. You won't be disappointed.
In the meantime check out the video (download from the Rumpus - website) and get
the download of Ohh Yeah from iTunes.
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American Country-rocker Ryan is back on the scene, and is being backed by a
new band of friends called The Cardinals.
Let It Ride is their new single, and - true to form for Ryan - lush elements
of both Country music and rock 'n' roll are fashionably entwined
in the most sublime manner.
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Face it - Razorlight front man Johnny Borrell is a total
star in his own right, even without the other three lads that make up this
tantalisingly talented band... especially when he's armed and potentially
infamous with his trusted acoustic guitar.
Still, the full band sound is hard to beat, and this tune
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For a good old all-round intense and wholly invigorating rock experience, then you ought to make
friends with Little Miss Machete, because when they cut you with their music, it doesn't so
much hurt as it simply stuns.
This fresh and frantic quartet is a fast-rising phenomenon in the Yorkshire
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Adorned with a picture of a blind frog, that looks a lot like a mushroom, Ver 5.1,
the new release from Blind Frog Ernie is out for public consumption this week.
Featuring a new drummer, in their ever evolving fifth reincarnation,
The Frog have gone and done themselves proud with this
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Formed in October 2004 The Raindogs comprise of vocalist and guitarist Martin Clappison
(ex King Rupert), bass guitarist Phil Ives (ex Circa 75) and drummer Dan Lydon (ex Mr Ed).
The Adventures of The Raindogs is the band's first release and having played
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Signed to the same label as Good Charlotte, this quartet is hitting the
world's airwaves hard with their sun-kissed brand of highly melodic and
supremely fashionable rock music for the masses, with John Balicanta chairing
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compete in this year's Snickers Unsigned Download Festival competition.
The final ten bands will appear in this week's issue of Kerrang and will be voted for at
Singles Reviews - Chart Review 21st March 2005 with DJ Chris Plant
In the land of eternal cabaret, Tony Christie is a God. Although never quite in the same
league as the likes of Englebert Humperdinck or Tom Jones, the singer had a brief
flowering of fame in the early 1970s going Top 10 in 1971 with murderers lament
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Sixty6 are an exciting power-pop three-piece from York who are
starting to make waves across the country and attract the interest of major label record companies.
The band confirms this potential with the release of the CD, Crash and Burn.
Music News - Showcase Your True Talent with Selador Studios
Amazing deal for local bands/artists all for just ten squid.
Newly opened, fully furnished studio, with a relaxed working atmosphere catering
for all musical genres, promise top quality recordings for knock down price.
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These Northampton boys can't do no wrong since past singles All Mapped Out and
Be My Enemy both
crashed into the Top 40.
Likewise, this single couldn't be cooler and boasts a mesmerising chorus (I've got a bag
with no air-holes, a chair with no seat...)
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More than 27 years after he was officially declared dead, Elvis Presley has made history
by claiming the 1000th British chart No 1. One Night is his 20th UK chart topper.
One Night, part of a weekly re-release campaign to mark what would
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These guys have been nothing but a huge inspiration to hordes of people over the past year,
not least because of the band's willingness to stage impromptu guerrilla gigs - wherever
and whenever they please.
Hell, they've even produced a short film
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This Leeds outfit has become very, very famous in what seems like a very, very short period of time.
The scale of hype around these guys has come to rival the hype that has surrounded
Franz Ferdinand over the past year.
In a coincidental parallel