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The acrimony bells ring in Continental Lovers’ subversively sweet punk-rock ‘Wedding Song’

The UK’s trashiest punk-rock purveyors, Continental Lovers, dialled back on the scuzz in their latest subversively archetypal single, Wedding Song.

The change in direction has lost none of the impassioned volition that Continental Lovers have become renowned for since their relatively recent debut that has sent ricochets of raucous hype through the rock scene. Heartbreak never sounded so viscerally adoring. Nor has the recoil from love-hate whiplash resonated with such realism. Tom Petty would be proud.

The accordant ring of the guitars, contributed by Graham Jones (Haircut 100, Boys Wonder, Glen Matlock, is sweeter than any coil of silver or gold that can decorate your finger. Which is probably a good thing given the playfully machiavellian lyrical admission of theft of said symbolic token.

With producer Phil Booth (Sleaford Mods, Desperate Journalists, Hip Priests), elevating the single from the brashy punk-rock panache that Continental Lovers fans have been clamouring over since the fourpiece outfit started their ascent from the underground with euphonic organ tones, Wedding Song is the breakup song you never knew you needed.

Joe Maddox Said:

“Wedding Song is about quickly falling out of love with somebody and resenting their existence but still feeling that sense of loss and grief when a relationship ends. I guess we’ve all been there; it’s a cathartic process! I rarely write songs about real life, and this is no exception. I just wanted to write a bitter breakup song.”

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Review by Amelia Vandergast

The Spirit Of Violence Release Melodically Rich Track “Black Golden Body”

The Spirit of Violence are an Albany based rock band with a character and sound that is authentic and rich in harmonic and melodic texture. Their music is not like any of the typical rock out there. It has a very strong character and is musically intriguing in such a way even reminiscent of the music by Queen. Their latest release “Black Golden Body” has a harmonic and melodic drive that takes the listener on a whole journey through a variety of tonalities and chord functions. This sense of symphonic texture which keeps evolving and developing throughout the song make s it interesting from start to finish even for those who might not be into rock. It simply has good musical value and is enjoyable to listen to.

Apart from these drastic changes in harmonies the music is also characterised by tuneful vocal melodies and memorable guitar riffs that push the music forward even more. With piano arpeggiations highlighting specific harmonic changes and electrifying virtuosic guitar solos the music offers a little bit less than 3 minutes of pure energy and drive, leaving the listener wanting more. Check it out and you’ll see how unique this sound truly is.

Sarah Marie Bugeja