It’s now some thirteen years since the band last released any new material, so there’s a fair bit of excitement brewing in anticipation of new album, ‘13‘ which is due for release on 27th May. Unbelievably, this new long-player heralds the thirtieth anniversary of the band!
‘Cyco Style,’ is lifted from this new album and it shows the band and Mike Muir in particular, have lost none of their edge and energy over the years!
But ARCHERS AND ARROWS are doing their level best to bring some musical credibility to the city with their latest release, ‘Self-Made Man.‘ Taken from their latest album, ‘Alone Together,’ it reflects the honesty and exuberance the likes of Hot Water Music and others of that ilk. It’s catchy and boisterous and as is their ‘norm,’ very anthemic in its delivery.
Having supported bands like The Bouncing Souls, Gaslight Anthem and Roger Miret & The Disasters, they have the experience of playing before big crowds and maybe now is the time for them to break away from their picturesque roots.
(Of course, LOUD HORIZON featured ARCHERS AND ARROWS some time ago, and here are a couple of tracks lifted from the band’s eponymous release of 2010)
It’s been quite a year for Leeds rockers, PULLED APART BY HORSES. From formation around two and a half years ago, they have grown into hard-hitting Festival head-liners and even bridged the gap between melodic hardcore and pop by being accepted on to the daytime playlist at Radio 1 of a ll stations! No mean feat, that! I can think of only Biffy Clyro before them and now Twin Atlantic that have done so in recent times.
To celebrate (and that sure looks to be just what they’re doing!) the band have released the following video in conjunction with the new single, ‘Epic Myth.‘
“Well it has been one hell of a year for us and we’re knee deep in writing now and looking forward to next year” explains guitarist James Brown. “One of the highlights was opening the main stages at Leeds/Reading this year which I don’t think we still quite believe happened.
“The video idea for ‘Epic Myth’ seemed a great way to celebrate (second album)’ Tough Love’ and the final single from it, even if we all did have the worst collective hangover ever after! Happy Christmas Everyone!”
You can order your copy from here:
Which is why I was not in the least bit surprised to read about a forthcoming 7″ vinyl ALBUM, featuring twelve bands, each supplying a track with a duration of no more than 70 seconds! Of course, THE PLIMPTONS are featured as are offshoots, GUMS! and COLIN’S GODSON – all of which have been reviewed on LOUD HORIZON in the past few months.
There are some real little gems on this one – in fact there isn’t one bad track (but even if there were, you wouldn’t have to suffer it too long would you?) but as a long-standing fan of THE MURDERBURGERS (partly because of their Lillingtons / Teenage Bottlerocket similarity) I am particularly pleased to see them here.
And of course there are going to be a few pleasant surprises in such a frenetic and packed release – for me it’s THE PARAFINNS with all the electronic blips and bleeps of ‘Backwater.‘ PULSAR take this electronic theme and twist it with a sort of Country and Western Booty Rap, which kind of sums up the whole project!
And there’s got to be a special mention for a band I’d never heard of before, despite the Glasgow links – ATOMGEVITTER. Their hardcore contribution ’4298 Thrash Attack‘ takes me back to the days when the best band in the world, Bristol’s Five Knuckle, used to grace the stages around the city in the early part of the century.
Obviously I’ve missed mentioning a few bands – no offence intended – but you can listen to them all below, and hopefully show your support for an innovative project by pre-ordering a copy of the vinyl 7″ which is available for £5, including p&p!
Can’t say fairer than that!
or, AGNOSTIC FRONT:
(A few years ago I had to choose between THE EXPLOITED and COCKSPARRER. I chose the former, despite having seen them several times previously, and never having experienced Oi’s finest. Wrong call! Though EXPLOITED were good enough, they were a bit below par to when I’d seen them previously … whereas COCKSPARRER almost tore down the Blackpool Tower itself, never mind the Empress Ballroom!)
Ah well … no decision to make this year.
Brighton has over the past decade or so, built a reputation for spawning new, innovative, quirky artrock type bands. Indeed, some of my favourite bands have their roots in the sunny environs of the South Coast town.
But where you have a more balmy, temperate climate and a fertile ground for cultivating bright new music, these conditions will also encourage the growth of a less attractive, more irritating and aggressive type – RAGWEED!
This three-piece DIY punk band seems to be a thorn among roses. There is no denying them their space – not that they need much of it with only the third of the five tracks (‘Sunshine’) hanging around for anywhere near as long as three minutes!
There is a certain quaintness (if such a word can be used relative to punk music) about the CD that arrived here at LOUD HORIZON. It seems to embrace the DIY ethos, with the sound quality somewhat distant and hazy, like it’s been recorded in someone’s kitchen. Initially, I found it to be a bit annoying, but it actually somehow seems right.
In general, the songs are like a combination of your three chord ‘cretin rock’ bands (e.g. Teenage Bottlerocket) and the more threatening noise of some generic hardcore bands. It’s all pretty fast and furious and with five songs in marginally more than eleven minutes, RAGWEED sound like a band in a hurry.
It just goes to prove that even in the field of music, where you have flowers you have weeds. But perhaps they can grow together in harmony – or even discord!
(Self-released and available, I presume through the band directly.)
(7.5 / 10)
Introducing ….. ARCHERS AND ARROWS.
(This very brief article consciously makes no obvious stereotypical references to Switzerland!)
The VIDEO page has been updated / revamped, and the PUNK / Oi! section opens with personal favourites, FIVE KNUCKLE.
This five-piece from Swindon have not been around long, but they are already garnering a fair bit of national recognition for their energetic blend of melodic, hardcore rock.
Title track ‘Eyes On Everything’ sets the stall out and shows what WHEN WORDS FAIL are all about. Strong, at times ever so slightly rasping vocals soar and dip with the tempo, which induces mood changes throughout the song’s four minutes or so. The guitars are slick and the chorus is eminently catchy. However, the frequent changes in tempo leave me a little frustrated in that no sooner do I get involved with the gang-shouts an’ all, but the pace drops leaving me hanging somewhat.
‘Over Again’ is more to my liking. Propelled by some frantic drumming, the fury of the guitars and rhythm section is incessant. This one is straight-up, balls-out rock played with an intensity to match many of the band’s peers.
However, it’s the third and final track ‘Something For Nothing’ that appeals most. Perhaps starting out like the preceding song, it soon changes into something so much more commercially accessible. The riffs are stronger and more forceful, and the vocals through the verses is tending towards (but not quite) a rap-metal / hardcore delivery, which then morphs into a melodic but still dynamic chorus with excellent backing harmonies.
For my money, this should be the lead track as it’s the one that would most likely attract some radio airplay. It’s more ‘user-friendly’ than the other two and I would imagine will appeal to a wider cross-section of listeners.
Although perhaps not offering anything particularly groundbreaking, this three-track EP would certainly point to an excellent, sweaty night out at one of their shows, and will certainly be well appreciated by fans of the likes of Funeral For A Friend and A Day To Remember et al.
(Released through all digital outlets on 12th December 2011)
St .Neotts hardcore band IMPACT feature within the New Blood section of the current ARTROCKER MAGAZINE.
Read what we wrote here.