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Paramore - After Laughter (Review)

It's very rare that during an album you question your own existence and why you do what you do. Why do I put myself through such terrible music just to write about it like Ed Sheeran's ÷ or Wale's Shine. But none more so have I done that than through this album. Everything that made Paramore, successful or unique, whether you liked it or not, it's out of the window. Because they've realised tht generic pop is where the money's at, nobody listens to shitty post-punk crap anymore. In some ways you can hardly blame them, but at least be good at the genre you're delving into. I just feel that this album should have been released under some sort of different persona, so that it represesnted an evolution of the band, because how are the Paramore fans of old going to claim they're an edgy Paramore fan now?

The album opens with one of the worst tracks of the year, Hard Times, and this is the first time we get to see that they're incredibly out of their dep…

Introducing... Mothers Earth Experiment

If you've read my recent review of The Mothers Earth Experiment's self titled debut if you haven't then read it here) you'll know that I absolutely loved their debut record. Bringing 70's prog rock into a new era with an added melting pot of sounds. It was electric and it was fantastic. I loved it so much so that the day after release I went into Swordfish records and picked up a copy, 1 of 500 on splatter vinyl luckily. I had the chance to chat with the band recently about all things influence, creative problems and Record Store Day...
Question: Firstly, where does your incredibly unique name come from?
The Mothers Earth Experiment: The name came from an awareness and link to nature and the environment. We wanted it to be open enough for people to read what they wanted to in it.

Q. Who's your biggest musical influences?
TMEE:
Across the band we have such a variety of influences that it would be hard to list, safe to say it covers many genres, decades and themes.…

Catfish & The Bottlemen - The Ride (Review)

Catfish came into the fold with their incredible debut album, The Balcony, this is one of my favourite albums and that is reflected on my review. In 2016, they followed it up with The Ride. On the album artwork alone you'd think that this album is not too dissimilar to their last, and this is only backed up by the fact that the songs are still one word long, there's a song named after a girl and there's a song that's only one number. You could argue that if it isn't broke, then why try and fix it? But you could also argue that it represents a distinct lack of progression for the band. The Welsh rockers already had a smash with their debut, so how good was The Ride?

It opens with the second single, 7, a song about the impact of a long distance relationship whilst you're 7 hours behind them. Van himself even said this was based on personal experience, and the song really brings through the dark atmosphere that he would've wanted to represent, and the despera…

Introducing... No Hot Ashes

With so many sounds intertwined into one band such as raucous rock, hip-hop undertones and indie dance. It's safe to say that No Hot Ashes have carved their own sound in a very dense market. With an amazing reputation for their live shows, it's easy to see why they have amassed a strong following since the birth of the band a few years ago. Not to mention they have some catchy tunes, utilising getting drunk, politics and having a good time. I still can't get the song Goose out of my head. I had the chance to talk to the boys from Stockport about their origins, their influences and much more:

Q. Who's Your biggest musical influence?

No Hot Ashes: Collectively, Red Hot Chili Peppers have been a big influence to us all as musicians. 4 of the most incredible musicians on the planet and a band who who’s style of danceable & funky guitar music style we have tried to implement in our own music.

Q. What's your favourite gig?
NHA: Our favourite gig to date would have to be…

Stevie Parker - The Cure (Review)

Not often does a breakup album, feel so relateable and so personal and yet so understandable all at the same time. But Stevie Parker's debut album, The Cure, is so raw and so emotional that I almost feel like a fly on the wall whilst listening to this, watching the break up unfold. The bare-bones, darkness of this album is like an oxymoron to how you would perceive the album, the name (The Cure) insinuates that this is the positive side and the bright white colours of the cover represent that as well. What strikes me as I listen to this album is, how open Stevie is willing to be on the album. For example on the track Stay. Stevie is representing the desperation of a break up, the way that you leave all of your pride and beg, you just beg for them to Stay even though it's better that they leave. My personal favourite song on the album is the opener, Never Be, this sets the sombre yet eclectic tone for the album right from the outset. Yet, it shows off Stevie Parker's incre…

Introducing... The Real Cool

The Real Cool are a band from Birmingham, UK. They've developed quite the following since their formation, and I knew as soon as I heard BLINDS that this band were going to be special one day. Even though they are yet to release an album, they have already found the perfect sound for them, with brilliant synth-pop, very much like The 1975's second studio album. I was instantaneously a fan of these guys so I had to get them to feature on this series. Luckily I had the chance to talk to Tom, Jacob and Ellis about their favourite song, their unique name and what they wish they had written.
Q. The Real Cool is a very unique name, where did it come from? Tom: The name was a product of conversation. It was a late night debate, reflecting on life and life choices. We got on to the topic of how interesting it is that everyone has a different view of what is cool to wear and listen to. Then we began to question, like what is the real cool? And this band is us trying to find our real cool…

Amber Mark - 3:33am (EP Review)

Grief is one of the strongest emotions out there, for a lot of people it makes them turn in to introverts. Amber Mark has turned that on its head. After tragically losing her mother in 2013 she released the song S p a c e onto soundcloud in 2016. It is a pretty harmless thing to do, however Zane Lowe got a hold of the track and before she knew it she was in the top 50 viral charts and saw her track among the likes of Justin Bieber and Rihanna on the iTunes pages. With all of this in mind you would expect this EP to be sad, slow and tear jerking, but it's obvious that Amber that wanted to talk about this terrible scenario but still give out some good vibes throughout the record, and she does just that, perfectly.

The EP begins with Regret, a haunting track with overtones that really represent the tone of the record. This is the first big track about her mothers death. However, what really shines here is her vocal capabilities where she perfectly ascends and descends through the no…

The Mothers Earth Experiment - The Mothers Earth Experiment (Review)

The Mothers Earth Experiment are a band, signed to Birmingham based record label, Swordfish Records. Swordfish is a fantastic little record store situated right in the heart of Birmingham. It's where I get most of my Record Store Day releases (2016 & 2017 posts right here). Within TMEE they've found a rare, unpolished gem in music. Unsigned bands with such eclectic talent and a clear career are very hard to come by in the day and age where a band can become famous without even playing a live show. Mothers Earth Experiment have rose to the level they are at by constantly touring the UK, and of course dropping excellent music. The first single from this album, Cool Down Mama, is a great track that really enhances the vocals and let's them shine through. But do not ignore the eclectic electric guitars on this track, because in parts of this track they sound so iridescently perfect you begin to wonder whether or not it is genuinely possible to have an eargasm. This is a c…

The XX - I See You (Review)

The London trio hit back with their third studio album, I See You, and it is in perfect keeping with their album cover series consisting of an X blazed over the cover. This time, however, it's reflective and that is a common theme on the album. The artists within The XX, Oliver Sim, Romy Croft and Jamie Smith are known for their incredibly well crafted beats via Jamie XX, as he's commonly recognised. And the intertwining singing voices of Oliver and Romy whom rarely harmonise but instead take turns in singing their particular sections of songs whilst also giving their hand in trade to the guitar and keyboards. Critics of the band have usually called them bland and boring but rarely do you see a trio whom are so open emotionally and aren't going to sell out for a hit.

The albums kicks in with Dangerous, a classic Jamie XX beat which slowly builds with Oliver Sim kicking straight into the chorus with his soothing voice. Then Romy takes over with her stronger, more ballad fo…

Introducing... Kovic

I've been a massive fan of Kovic ever since I heard they were going to be the support act when I saw The Hunna last year. Being the music obsessive I am, I always search out the support bands and listen to their music, Kovic were something special. Very rarely do I come away from these situations as a genuine fan of the band. Kovic have managed to find that perfect medium with a soulful singer in a band, with fantastic song writing and great live performances. I had the chance to to talk to frontman Mark Kovic about songwriting struggles, acoustic songs and the High Time label.

Q.Who's your biggest musical influence?
Mark Kovic. Ask me again in a month and it probably would have changed, but i'd say today in terms of music and songwriting, it would have to be Ryan Tedder.  Q. If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why? K. I'd probably call up Kendrick Lamar, I have a track that I've been working on that is in need for that mans talent on a mic. I'…

Kasabian - For Crying Out Loud (Review)

Fun fact: I went to the same college as Kasabian... albeit a few years after they had left but nonetheless, still quite cool that I'm from the same place as a significantly large band. Everyone I went to school with absolutely idolised them, me... I just always thought they were average. Their debut album was incredible and I'll forever love that album, but everything since that just hasn't been up to that par in my opinion. For Crying Out Loud is their sixth studio album after 2014's terribly mediocre 48:13. This album has supposedly been heavily influenced by Bowie, Nirvana, Springsteen and Claudio Ranieri. I think this is just pillow talk to create hype, although there are some essences of influencing from Leicester City's phenomenal title winning season last year.

The album opens with ill Ray (The King), it's a decent tune with Tom's melodic rock voice really opening up. And the lyrical content is about an up and coming band and people treating them as…

Introducing... Vultures

Vultures are a great, young band from Sheffield. They currently only have two songs out but within those two songs they have already proven that they have a wide array of talent, great drumming, guitar play and a unique voice to coincide with this it can only be a sure-fire way to the top for them. I recommend that you keep an eye on these guys in the future, and thankfully recently I had the chance to interview them, which is what I'm honoured to bring to you guys here:

Question. Who is your biggest musical inspiration, and why?
Vultures. Speaking for us all, I'd have to say our biggest inspiration as a collective is the music of Nick Cave, The Velvet Underground and, in more contemporary times, Arctic Monkeys. But also literature and cinema have a big influence on our stage shows and writing process. Books like: On the Road, HG Wells collection, 1984, Brave New World etc... influence us. And anything directed by David Lynch makes us tick.

Q. If you could collaborate with any a…

Harry Styles - Harry Styles (Review)

The members of One Direction have gone significantly separate ways since the band split. Zayn has gone on to have a very successful solo career so far, with his stellar debut album, Mind of Mine being one of my albums of the year last year. Two of the members have gone on to be Dads, with Liam Payne recently naming his child after university exams, and Louis Tomlinson releasing the Steve Aoki collaboration, Just Hold On, which was a fantastic house music mix with emotional lyrics. Niall is releasing terrible Ed Sheeran-esque, guitar, folk music. He has definitely started releasing the worst music since the split, and has seen the least amount of success as a result. That leaves us with Harry Styles, always widely regarded as the more hipster one, the one who I always thought looked completely out of place when he was with the boy band, especially towards the demise of One Direction. Harry Styles announced his solo album a while ago, yet no music was released up until last month when …

Introducing... We're No Heroes

As part of a new series here on KMMReviews, I will be talking to and about my favourite up and coming bands that I believe are going to make it big in the future. What better way to start this series than with one of my favourite bands out there right now. Period. Despite being unsigned We're No Heroes have captured such a wholesome and warm sound, with many elements mixed into their music such as funk. groove and indie rock. Thankfully I had the chance to chat with We're No Heroes drummer, Luke Llewellyn about all things music, live shows and future collaborations.
Q. Who is your biggest influence? Luke: We're real big fans of anything that grooves and riffs hard & deep. Particularly songs made during the golden era for groove around the 70's when all the really great funk and rock bands were in their prime. Mostly though I'd say we really influence each other the most musically as. Most of our live show and writing process is improvisational.
Q. What is a song …