Thursday, 5 April 2018

A REVIEW OF 'POLICE' FROM RASCALTON - 05/04/2018


RASCALTON - Photo credit to Cameron James Brisbane
From left to right - Mark, Jack, Steven & Steven
Rising up from a garage-born project between friends, RASCALTON have quickly gone from playing the basements of Glasgow’s flourishing Punk / Garage scene to selling out shows all around their home country of Scotland and touring Europe with Benjamin Booker.
Following the release of their debut single ‘This Is It,’ Jack Wyles (lead vocalist & rhythm guitarist), Steven Long (lead guitarist & backing vocalist), Mark Buchanan (bassist & backing vocalist) and Greig Taylor (drummer) have, with the help of releases which followed that – ‘Lust,’ ‘Alone,’ ‘Told You So’ and their latest single ‘Police’ made their ‘no-nonsense aggro punk sound’ well and truly known.
Having already announced support slots for IDLES, Cabbage and Marmozets as well as numerous festival appearances and the release of their debut EP this year, it is clear that Rascalton are in for one hell of a 2018.
Last month properly kick started their year as they presented their latest offering. When talking of the release, the Glaswegian quartet’s frontman, Jack Wyles said “Police is a trip down to the park Saturday night when all the wee bams come out to play. A story of white lies to your mother and blurry scraps because of tonic wine,” This itself is clearly summarised with the line ‘White lies, black eyes.’
The boys of the band have not at all held back with this track.
There is no time taken before the vocals of Wyles blare through with his opening line of ‘Look at me, look at me, I’m getting sick of it,’ followed almost immediately by the rest of the four-piece joining him in a rather brash nature.
Although all their tracks fit into the ‘no-nonsense aggro punk sound,’ this track provides some difference to the others and allows us to know what kind of sound we can expect from the upcoming EP of which it shall feature on.
Definitively explosive is the best way I can think to describe this track due to it coming through in small and separated yet somewhat forceful bursts, particularly during it’s verses. If I had to compare it to another of their songs I would definitely say, instrumentally and through its vocal style - it is most like their first single, ‘This Is It.’
 The chorus brings a just as powerful but less broken up styling through which they showcase their slightly more harmonious side and they have managed to get the instrumentals and vocals to a place of considerable complementation which is something which has left myself in a state of desperately looking forward to their next release whether a single or their debut EP to see what else it is that they can produce.
While awaiting their next track/s – and possibly following them, you can catch the boys of Rascalton at the following dates:

APRIL:
4th April – The Tunnels, Aberdeen – w/ Cabbage
5th April – The Mash House, Edinburgh – w/ Cabbage
7th April – The Victorian Suite, Greenock
12th April – Greenroom: The Academy, Dublin – w/ Marmozets
13th April – Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast w/ Marmozets
20th April – Wide Days, Edinburgh

MAY:
4th May – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
5th May – Handmade Festival, Leicester
5th May – Live at Leeds Festival, Leeds
6th May – Hit The North Festival, Newcastle
6th – Stag & Dagger 2018, Glasgow
8th May – Jimmy’s, Manchester
9th May – BBC Introducing – Purple Turtle, Reading
10th May – The Horn, St Albans
11th May – The Sugarmill, Stoke
12th May – The New Adelphi Club, Hull
14th May – CafĂ© Totem, Sheffield
15th May – The Lock Tavern, London
17th to 19th May – Great Escape Festival, Brighton

JUNE:
13th June – The Tunnels, Aberdeen – w/ IDLES
29th June – The Sussex Arms, Tunbridge Wells
30th June – Heartbreakers, Southampton

AUGUST:
3rd to 6th August – 110 Above Festival – Oopall Hall Farm, Leicestershire
18th to 19th August – Hardwick Live Festival – Hardwick Hall, Dumfries
30th August to 1st September – Electric Field Festival – Drumlaing Castle & Country Estate, Dumfires


Written by Sophie.


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