Closest Romantic & Side Effects by Exowaves 

New bands are always exciting as you never know what to expect, and Exowaves are treating us with 2 brand new tracks ‘Closest Romantic’ and ‘Side Effects’ to get our teeth into. They describe themselves as futuristic rock n roll, an interesting concept, but one that still works just as well as old school rock n roll nevertheless, and with these two tracks they prove that instantly.
‘Closest Romantic’ from the outset shows that Exowaves are a versatile and multifaceted bunch of lads. The touching lyrics and slower pace make a dreamy combination that I’m sure will touch the hearts of many. For one of their first tracks to be so exposed is a bold move, especially upon reflection of their rock n roll image, but one that was certainly worth making and has paid off without a doubt.
‘Side Effects’ completely contrasts this, kicking it up a notch and unleashing five and a half minutes of hypnotic rock n roll. The intro is gripping and almost tense, luring you into the powerful and brilliant combination of the gritty bass, the haunting riff, the attentive drumming and the consuming vocals that all work so effortlessly together – it’s an impressive result. The addition of the speaking at the end really rounds off the track nicely and adds that extra something which leaves you slightly buzzing even after the song has finished. 
Keep an eye out for Exowaves as the lads have got a few local gigs lined up and are definitely going places – they are full to the brim with potential and style and have the capability to shake things up.

Alisha 

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Introducing Exowaves

An introduction to a brand new band – Exowaves. A lad rock band fitted for the rough and ready scene of indie, rock and roll.
There sound is predicted by their look; black leather jackets, shades, pursed lips and downturned heads. The BRMC, Kasabian and Oasis influences run through Exowaves veins and it creates this purifying, newfound volume for the music scene. 

The first venture out of their local city, Stoke on Trent was to Manchester into the urban village – Printworks. The set was full of excitement, intense choruses, and thunderous melodies. The heat and tension on stage sweated into the audience, which they fed back a positive expression from the applauses and there fixated postures, it was all eyes on Exowaves when they were playing. 

Their debut single is Closest Romantic, from the name you expect some emotions and your right you definitely do. There’s delicate riffs from Si and Adam, menacing beats from Asa and the chilled out attitude from Zak. 

There is no lack of variety or intelligence.

Lucee 

Circus Junkie Rebels @ The Zoo in Manchester.

It was only the second Untamed night for Cherry Valentine Promotions at The Zoo in Manchester, and I don’t mean an actually zoo. It was a quiet night but full with dedicated rock and metal fans. The venue was just a couple steps away from Manchester Uni which is suitable for students, students took most of the crowd up.

It was a late start as there were sound difficulties but local lads Circus Junkie Rebels were still raring to go with energy to blow the roof off on a Wednesday evening. It’s nice to see a confident attitude on stage but not in a cocky arrogant way. Since October, which was the last time I saw them have grown maturely in sound and music.

It was hard not to enjoy with the crashing guitar riffs and abrasive rhythm, there was either a nodding head or a foot tapping by everyone in the venue. When the crowd start to gather front guy Dani fed his ego and released his inner actor and Amercian twang but still with the British classic rock melodies. Stick to your Guns stood out for me with the electric riffs, screaming operatic vocal, thundering beats and the lyrics are simple yet brilliantly catchy. I think Venombase should discuss giving the drummer a mic, try them four part harmonies, he never stopped singing.

Excellent set for a Wednesday night guys.

Lucee

The Red Man Festival Kidderminster

It was JM Music Promotions first ever outdoor 2 day festival at The Red Man in Kidderminster. Despite not getting down on the first day I heard some good things about it and saw some fun photos, the bands were class and the sun was out. Sunday the bands were class but the sun wasn’t out. It still didn’t stop the festival; JM Music moved it inside. It was an elegant pub/venue which filled up over time, I turned up just past 6pm and the atmosphere was ecstatic, I walked in too James getting his groove on the DJ and booth and the bands warming up – this is what Sunday evenings are about; good music!

The first band I saw was Swallows, a duo female fronted band. They stripped the set back to acoustic which still flourished their musically talents. One to the important things about been in a band is the image, Swallows have a great image for their music, especially their stage presence, for a young band their confidence was something they should never loose, no matter what. On Facebook their genre is rock, in the stripped back set I couldn’t see the rock genre I saw more of a pop influence, especially with the Amy Winehouse and Jamie T covers. A talented young up and coming unsigned band to look out for. https://www.facebook.com/SwallowsMusic/info?tab=page_info

A band Radicals Rising have been following for a while now but never really seen was Brownhills (Walsall) based indie, rock, three piece, Casual Agenda. It’s that comfy lad-rock sound, lads from shitty towns that can write catchy chorus, not shy of a guitar pedal and write melodies with Gallagher-est attitudes. Peter the frontman loves it, and who wouldn’t love playing quality tunes, the bubbly yet cool arrogance makes Casual Agenda a band you definitely need to check out live and online. https://soundcloud.com/casualagenda

Stand back Ryan Evans and his band hit the stage, the sound is far too powerful for a little pub in Kidderminster, but we all start somewhere. As he kicked the set off with a soulful ‘oooh’ we all knew we were in for a treat. With the new 1950s slick haircut the image of the band has gone more mature than ever to fit the mature melodies. Ryan even does the ‘Van Mcann hair shake’ when songs kick in. The audience interaction wasn’t hard when the audience were loving the band and the anthem sounding melody were irresistible. Keeping the beat together was BB, the energy was electrifying as well as mesmerising to watch, you could even see the reflection of him though the fish eye mirrors on the wall. I’d recommend Ryan and his band to anyone in the music scene and out; https://www.facebook.com/RyanEvansOfficial?pnref=story

One of the liveliest bands I have seen to this day is Pleasure House, they sure took the boring deco in The Red Man and created it into a party. The hypnotic melody of Blow My Mind caught everyone’s attention to start. The indie pop techniques sure are played with confidence, I tried not too blink during the set just in case I missed something extraordinary. The Tainted Love cover was class. The re-arrangement and creativity payed off to make it their unique guitar pop groove.  A feel good band https://www.facebook.com/phukmusic?fref=ts

I missed The Strike unfortunately but here’s a facebook link to look at https://www.facebook.com/TheStrikeUK?fref=ts

After drinking all day and the gig being nearly 2 hours behind, Regale were still standing and ready to finish the Red Man Festival off. As always the set was full of bouncy beats and raw riffs. When you listen to the lyrics of the many songs Regale have wrote you can tell there have been some broken hearts and awesome nights out. As Lee the keyboardist says “Regale are like the sweet after a curry”, well if you had the Red Man special Jamaican jerk chicken curry I suppose Regale are the sweet. Pulse the new tune, I am loving, the riffs were something out of the box for Regale’s normal sound and it was a little bit more on the heavier side and touching the indie rock genre. The creativity never stops for these lads, what is next? https://www.facebook.com/AllHailRegale?fref=ts

Let’s hope another event happens again like this with JM music!

Lucee