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Stompin’ On Spiders are a three-piece hailing from in and around hte Malvern area, the foundations of the band first formed back in 2009 and since then the band have become main stays of the Worcester music scene as well as regularly venturting out of the counties boundaries, during the band’s life span they’ve previously released a couple of well received albums, whilst individual members of the band have also been seen treading the boards with the likes of Highway 5, Stripped Down Bluies and The Cowley Cowboys among others.

Blacklisted, the band’s third album sees the band expand their number and indeed, with the addition of Mark Miletech on double bass and Debbie Robinson, who adds some celtic harp on a bluesy mellow track during the album.

Now before I delve into the music itself, I must quickly mention hte packaging of the new album, the release itself found it’s way to me as a wonderfully presented credit card like USB that features the album, a video and a promo pic, all complimented by a nice looking booklet that features an introduction to the band, lyrics and song explanations, etc. The format is innovative and very welcome in my book, it’s really nice to see a band push the boundaries with presentation of an album and it activally encourages interest, as opposed to the standard CD format (or worse the dreaded MP3), so for that alone Stompin’ On Spiders should be commended.

The album itself is a little hit and miss to be honest, it opens with the mellow folky blues of Schizophrenic City, which is a decent enough opener without really grabbing you by the lapels, the combination of strummed acoustics and bluesy electric riffs works nicely, but the song never really hooks you in, then from there the band kind of jump around a little from engaging blues to mellow and meandering 60’s influenced folk.

The album features a number of tracks that do make you sit up and take notice, Blacklist Blues is a prime example, a darker, brooding number, with stomping blues riffs and pattered percussion backing perhaps the most convincing vocal on the album, whilst the likes of Cloud Seeding and the energetic and restless blues of Katie Shoot The Gun also deserve merit, whilst the instrumental jam during The Great Divide proves the band to be more than able musicians.

However the more refrained numbers, such as Angry Again and Charlie’s Smile lack a little bite, the vocals are a bit weak to carry the tune and don’t really engage the listener, whilst musically they meander without ever reaching the desired destination and the vocal restrain on the otherwise impressive album closer, Ten Thousand Miles is completely uneccesary and a little cheesy.

I think Stompin’ On Spiders have got a decent blues album in their locker somewhere and I’d like to hear them perhaps pursue the sound of the aforementioned Blacklist Blues a little more but at the moment the band frustrate, I like roots and folk as much as the next man (actually probably more) however a stripped down sound does expose any weaknesses and unfortunately a few of the track on here do just that.

Rhythm & Booze Rating 6

 

 

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ME VS HERO

WATCH ‘HANG IN’ VIDEO HERE

NEW ALBUM ‘I’M COMPLETELY FINE’ OUT NOW – iTunes /PHYSICAL

“Back with a real hunger and sting in their tail” – Rock Sound 8/10
“Exertion seeps from every pore, there’s commitment stamped all over these songs” – Kerrang!
“Infectious, fast paced and as catchy as hell” – Punktastic
“The soundtrack to the end of your summer” – OurZone 8/10
“The musical equivalent of smashing open a pinata” – F Yeah Pop Punk
“Me Vs Hero come out swinging with their fists raised” – AlreadyHeard 4.5/5
Following a long-awaited return to the live circuit supported by friends ROAM last month, pop punks Me Vs Hero are pleased to share the video for ‘Hang In’ – the latest track taken from their new album ‘I’m Completely Fine’.

Watch and share the ‘Hang In’ video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeoFLxN5520

Filmed on location in Blackpool, the video sees front man Sam Thompson and guitarist Bobby Pook in reflective mode as they take in the local sights and characters and reminisce on the experiences that have influenced the honesty at the core of their latest release.

“This songs means a lot to us” explains Thompson of the new track “It’s literally about hanging in there when times get bad. At one point when we wrote this record there was a three month period where I was homeless. I had three big bags for all my stuff and had no idea where I was sleeping most nights. The song is an accurate depiction of his life at that point. It’s something that, if you go through, you will make sure never happens again.”

Now, coming out of the other side with glowing reviews for I’m Completely Fine and their September headline shows with ROAM, the band are overwhelmed with the response to the new record.

For anyone feeling burnt out this week, it all just goes to show; hang in, it’s times like this you need…

Further UK Live Dates TBC
Buy I’m Completely Fine now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/MVHICF
Physical at Banquet Records: http://banquetrecords.com/HIR001

Me Vs Hero are:
Samuel James Thompson – Vocals
Michael Booth – Bass
Bobby Pook – Guitar
Grant Berry – Guitar
Simon Smith – Drums

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FOX AND THE LAW

“Track of the week” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Heavy, rhythmic and loud” – The Blues Magazine
“Punk rebellion mixed with bluesy guitars…this could well be the album you’ve been waiting for” – Blues Matters
“Pure rock and roll with liquid TNT in their veins” – Do206
“A garage rock album through and through. Raw and jagged in all the right places” – AltSounds

“An uninhibited barrage of hard rock” – Drunkenwerewolf
“A garage rock riot packed with youthful energy” – Glasswerk

Seattle Garage Blues Quartet Stream ‘Stoned To Death’ Album In Full

UK Release 1st November via Failure By Design Records

Following a whistle-stop tour of the UK last month plying their searing garage blues across the country, Seattle quartet Fox and the Law continue their attack on our shores with an advance stream of their third album ‘Stoned To Death’ today – the stream premiered with Brooklyn Vegan yesterday in the US.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user7886762/sets/stoned-to-death/s-m4mnp

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The album has already drawn praise from Classic Rock (who picked lead single ‘Cheap Talk’ as their track of the week), The Blues MagazineBlues Matters and a host of online blogs heralding their retro-rock as a refreshing and meaty slab of riffs for fans of Royal Blood, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys and Led Zepellin.

Since their 2010 formation they’ve become known as the go-to band in the Emerald City for a raucous, beer-soaked party. With the UK release of their third LP Stoned To Death on the horizon on 1st November via Failure By Design Records, they’re intent on bringing that party to British audiences.

Founder Guy Keltner (guitar, vocals) has worked with Dan O’Neil (drums), Patrick Dougherty (bass), and Peter Williams (guitar) to fulfil his vision of what a rock and roll act should be: heavy, rhythmic, and loud. They’ve had their fair share of scrapes too, with Keltner contracting the disease scarlet fever whilst recording their debut album leaving him with little other choice than to call the LP – you guessed it – Scarlet Fever.

Strong influences include T Rex, The Stooges and Stevie Ray Vaughan and the band have recorded albums with Martin Feveyear (Mudhoney, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse) and Graig Markel (Band of Horses, Nada Surf) who is the man at the production helm on Stoned To Death.

Further UK Dates TBC

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Diagrams announces new album
Chromatics released 19th January 2015 on Full Time Hobby
New single ‘Phantom Power’ premieres with Stereogum
Stream ‘Phantom Power’ here


When songwriter and producer Sam Genders last donned his Diagrams hat, captive listeners found themselves truly stunned by the Streatham Hill artist’s imaginative and inventive arrangements that made up 2012’s debut album Black Light. Having now upped sticks from his London lodgings and settled in Sheffield with a new lease of life and wife, fresh pastures and friendships are what form the heart of Diagrams’ brand new album Chromatics.

“Relationships are a constant thread. In all their frustrating, exciting, mundane, beautiful, wonderful, sexy, scary glory,” reveals Genders of the album’s themes. “And there’s lots of hope in the songs. They shouldn’t be taken too literally mind you… in my head Chromatics is life in Technicolor; with all its ups and downs.”

Whilst Black Light fizzed with electronic effects, synth-bass, programmed beats and low-key funk grooves that brought about comparisons to the leftfield pop of Arthur Russell, Metronomy, Steve Mason and Hot Chip, it’s without doubt that Genders’ next offering falls closer to home comforts and marks the next step in Genders’ renaissance. Take lead track Phantom Power’; it’s the track which truly sums up what it’s like to find yourself forever reassessing. “It’s about feeling like you’re losing a grip on your sanity at one moment, then feeling inspired and up for anything the next. Or frustration with yourself yet believing that it’s possible to sort yourself out,” explains Genders.

Stream the first track Phantom Power now: https://soundcloud.com/fulltimehobby/diagrams-phantom-power/s-NMNji

Live dates –

21st January 2015, The Lexington, London (headline) – tickets on sale now: www.kililive.com/artists/diagrams

 

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The Mercy Alliance is a Washington DC based band led by talented singer-songwriter Joe Rathbone, whose latest album, Some Kind Of Beautiful Story, sees him collaborate with producer Thomas Johansen, along with drummer Steve Bowmen (ex Counting Crows) and bassist Brad Jones among others to create an emotive take on rootsy indie rock.

The album opens with a beautiful ode to Joe’s native Washington (called aptly enough Washington) that instantly showcases a dreamy melodic indie sound complete with shimmering guitars and woozy harmony enriched vocals, hinting at a 60’s psychedelic influence that again rears its head on the follow-up, Angel Of Mercy which again washes over  the listener with layers of swirling guitar and keyboard, whilst Joe’s delicately refrained vocals seduce the listener further into the hypnotic sound of The Mercy Alliance.

All For The Love Of You changes direction slightly with fuzzy driven guitars replacing the aforementioned sedated swirls, bringing in a shoegaze influence that’s compounded with the synth undercurrent and chugging bassline. Whilst both This Is How They Know and I Can’t Do It, are both different again with Joe’s melodic vocals being joined by strings and twinkling keyboards further peppering his glorious vision, with the latter majestically swelling to a near orchestral finish.

Libertine is perhaps the most aggressive track on here, with Joe delivering a raw, gritty baritone, whilst the band kick up a storm of stomping beats and stabbing guitars, proving that The Mercy Alliance are equally adapt at traditional indie rock fodder as they are creating trance like epics.

Some Kind Of Beautiful Story is a varied, compelling and contagious album that covers a wide range of melodic indie from a hypnotic songwriter very much on the top of his game, if you’re looking for an inventive take on an otherwise stale sound, I highly recommend the mesmeric sounds of The Mercy Alliance

Rhythm & Booze Rating 8

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