Reviews: Ricks Rebels 'Take One ' EPCD released 21st April|
Posted Apr 21, 2006 - 09:17 PM
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Ricks Rebels are a young 4 piece band from Cornwall who met up at stage school in Truro and have been writing their own brand of new rock songs and performing around the county since 2004...
While remaining true to their heavy rock influences, they have developed a pop sensibility that has been compared to the Ramones and Nirvana. Their combined influences are so diverse that their own compositions have a style that is very much their own. Any band that counts among its influences a variety of artists including those as diverse as Metallika, Captain Beefheart, The Stranglers, James Brown and the Clash, are likely to create interesting and original material.
'Take One' is their first release, really a demo made widely available through releasing it on their own independent record label, a 4 track Extended play CD with a bonus outtake from the session they recorded at Troubador studios in January 2006. The studio is situated on a derelict fish dock in Falmouth. All tracks are written by the band as a joint venture, music and lyrics composed at informal rehearsal sessions in back rooms and family conservatories.
The tracks featured include Kirsty's Mum the first self penned song from the band's early line up. It soon became an anthem at live gigs in the Falmouth area, where the lyrics are well known to their huge local following, due to the distribution and freely shared MP3 files that went around schools and colleges.
Other tracks on the EP are: Relax, Slippin' Sideways and The Way Through, all excellent examples of the band's post nihilistic style of merging the genuine and almost gifted guitar talents of young Martin Skews with simplistic and everyday lyrics that are quintessentially modern stories of our time seen through the eyes of 14-19 year olds. Every song shows how inventive song craftsmanship can be welded together by a strong and persuasive rhythm section, Ele's bass lines being evocative and stylistic in their originality and Joe Blacks drums demonstrating the eclectic mix of influences that are uniquely his.
The additional outtake "Abandon All Hope" was originally going to be held back until it was re recorded and produced for an Album, but the band insisted that this be added to the CD to give their fans more for their money. The track is an extremely evocative ballad that was described by the studio engineer as having "archetypal medieval energy". At their last pub gig the entire audience sat on the floor and swayed rhythmically along, all that was missing was waving cigarette lighters.
Maybe its the acting experience * that all 4 band members bring to the group that makes a Ricks Rebels gig a real performance. No overt choreography, no sad pop idol imagery, each members performance could well be described as underplayed, but together with the extraordinary stage presence and will to please an audience that Jordan brings to the front of the band, every Ricks Rebels Gig so far has indeed been a genuine 'performance'.
The CD Is available in all independant record shops in Falmouth.
* The band are individually involved with 6 independent theatre groups, have performed in mainstream television series such as 'Teachers' 'Dr Martin' 'Wild West' and have appeared in films such as Disney's 'King Arthur'. They continue to support local independent theatre groups such as 'Neatre' doing everything from comic sketches to Shakespeare. They continue to support local school performances and are involved with performing arts in Falmouth, Penryn, St Austell, and Truro.
The band is keen to get in touch with local art and media students who want to produce original photography and video projects around the band.
To Book the band to play live contact: Nigel (LEGINSWEKS@aol.com)
For other contacts: Rebs@ricksrecords.co.uk