The Sonic Revolvers – Blackstar

The brand new single from Cheshire based four-piece The Sonic Revolvers, arrives at your ears with the promise of making you want to jump about and air guitar a little bit.

Whether it’s the catchy guitar riff in-between verses or the vocal strength of lead singer Darrell Tinsely, ‘Blackstar’ will have you punching the air in triumph – and here’s why. The Sonic Revolvers have created something that is guaranteed to be to everyone’s taste. ‘Blackstar’ isn’t too heavy but is rocky enough to have you jumping, foot stomping, head banging (whatever your preference) your way through every note sang and every chord played. Midway through ‘Blackstar’ the song drops to a very short bass solo, until almost instantly picking the pace back up and hitting you straight in your soul at full throttle. All of the members clearly connect and merge with little effort, and this is shown through the quality of the music they produce. If ‘Blackstar’ leaves you with anything, it’s the lyrics in your head and the urge to see them do it all on stage in front of you.

What stands out is their talent to appreciate and reciprocate modern music. Quite obviously, one of the bands influences is The Manic Street Preachers, but The Sonic Revolvers are by no means a tribute act. In fact The Sonic Revolvers seem to know exactly who they are, and the sound they want to produce. Watch this space. I most definitely will be.

Bonamalis – In The City and Charlie

It’s been a while since I last wrote for Radical’s Rising, and I’m glad to say that I’ve been sent In The City by Bonamalis.

I don’t know nothing about this other than the Oasis vibes I pick up from In The City. The acoustic intro is incredibly upbeat, a fast-paced happy tune that sounds even better when the rest of the instruments are added to the mix, followed by the vocals. The mix is solid and has a crisp sound, nothing sounds too loud over another thing. The electric and acoustic guitars mix together like a Candy Girl Daquiri made by the guys from The Exchange.

A soothing yet happy track, In The City will put anyone in a good mood, especially when you’re driving to Manchester for Krispy Kremes.

You’ve read my review on In The City, right?

Well, Bonamalis have another tune for me to listen to called Charlie. There’s an enlightening feeling to this track, starting off with a quick riff and moulding into a great mix of acoustic and electric guitars that In The City had. Charlie would seem to perform better live with it’s sing along approach. I can’t help but compare them to Oasis, the comparision in this circumstance isn’t a bad thing. The sound is fresh with it’s solid production, and intrumentally and vocally it’s pretty sweet. I hope Bonamalis continue with creating and production as their music gives vibes that they’ve got more under their sleeves.
Matt Clewley.

We Few – Everytime I Taste

There seems to be a buzz surrounding local lads We Few, and after having a listen to their second single ‘Every Time I Taste It’ I completely understand why; I haven’t been this excited when listening to new music in a while.

With a raw, almost seductive sound infused with old school rock n roll, it’s a dramatic yet engaging result. The bouncing drumming, groovy bass and gritty vocals provide a suiting build up to the explosion of a chorus. The whole track bursts with energy and intensity and just as the lyrics suggest, this song definitely gets under your skin. The guitar winds its way through the track and really gives you something to get your teeth into, which I can imagine being a right crowd pleaser live.

One special thing about We Few is that they have the assets to appeal to such a wide audience – they have a fresh and cool look with both modern and older influences shaping their sound, making it easy to see something in them that everyone will like. As of yet I haven’t had the chance to see these lads live but it’s going straight on my list of things to do as they are truly making a stand and exploding into local music – keep your eyes peeled.

Alisha