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ALBUM: Enjoy Destroy – Little Dreams

Release Date: March 17th, 2008
Label: Fire One Records
Rating: 7/10

Website: www.enjoydestroy.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/enjoydestroy

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When listening to ‘Little Dreams’, you’d find it pretty hard to believe that such talent and raw velocity would come from a band where the members are as young as under their 20’s. However, Basingstoke’s Enjoy Destroy seem to manage it with no problem at all.

Their album opener, and also first single release from the album ‘Mactier’ pretty much sums up in a nutshell what you’re to find in the core of this record; emotional vocals, energetic music, and sing-a-long lyrics and chorus hooks plentiful throughout. The closing repeated lines “I guess it’s just a matter of taste”, phasing us off into the next 10 tracks of what is ‘Little Dreams’.

As mentioned earlier, this album has plenty of catchy chorus which you want to sing, or in some cases chant along to. This is evident in tracks such as ‘Cities’ with the “Na-na-na, na-na-na”, and a similar feature in the track ‘Screamer’, with a long sustained “Yeah!” brought in at various parts in the chorus. Enjoy Destroy know how to get these songs stuck in your head, and in most cases get you playing the song again, and again.

Although for the most part of the album you’ll get the impression that Enjoy Destroy come off as sort of a younger, rawer, and arguably slightly more exciting version of Feeder at their heaviest, they also have their moments of mellowing out and taking things a little slower. The track the album takes it’s name from ‘Little Dreams’ is just one of such examples, opening the track with a slow guitar riff and soft vocals drawing you ever so closer as the song slowly builds up into a climax.

‘LBJ’ has a similar effect too, with softer and calmer sections of the song being presented before the songs blows up into an explosive chorus. It also shows a darker a much more sinister side of Enjoy Destroy than you’re likely to find in any of their catalogue to this date, with lines such as “How many kids did you kill today?” revealing something a little more macabre onto the listener’s palette.

Enjoy Destroy are young, and though they have much more to learn and develop upon, they certainly have the time and the talent to pull it off. ‘Little Dreams’ has almost everything on offer; calm sections, moments that just explode, and catchy sing-a-long hooks just to sweeten your appetite.

Written by Zach Redrup

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SINGLE: Enjoy Destroy – Little Dreams

Release Date: October 22nd, 2007
Label: Fire One Records
Rating: 7/10

Website: www.enjoydestroy.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/enjoydestroy

Enjoy Destroy profile

To coincide with their debut album release – ‘Little Dreams’ – Basingstoke’s Enjoy Destroy release their next single lifted from the record, which is of the same name.

The song builds up from a slow and quiet guitar riff of individually picked notes, up until the half-way point where the band blasts into a full force of music and energy. Although this single is good, it’s not the best the band have come up with, and may not neccesarily be a stand-out track on their album for most people. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that the song disappoints, with the force given from this song being much more entertaining and engaging than most of the offerings we get from the mainstream radio charts.

A must have for the already converted hoardes of die-hards, and a neat little introduction to the album for everyone else. A job well done.

Written by Zach Redrup

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LIVE: Reuben @ Academy 3, Manchester (24/09/2007)

Date: September 24th, 2007
Venue: Academy 3, Manchester
Support: Enjoy Destroy, Kill Kenada

Rating: 8/10

Website: www.wordsfromreuben.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/wordsfromreuben

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‘In Nothing We Trust’ is Reuben‘s most recent release and their third full-length studio album, and they’ve recently embarked on a UK tour to accompany and promote this album. On these dates, they’re accompanied by small UK support acts Enjoy Destroy and Kill Kenada. Everyone at the venue has got to have at least heard of Reuben to be here, and most are probably here just for them, and with the band having one of the most dedicated fan bases around you can assume instantly that the atmosphere and reaction from the crowd is going to be immense.

Opening support act Enjoy Destroy hit the stage to start the night’s antics. Consisting of members that look like they could all be related to one another and a frontman who sings, plays guitar AND plays the keyboard on top of that, they deliver melodic alternative rock and soften the audience for the next two upcoming acts. They’re merely just preparing slowly but surely for the experience they’ll get from second support band, Kill Kenada.

One of the more atmospheric and experimental bands we’ve seen recently, Kill Kenada open their set with a short instrumental. This band look like a group of three misfits; there’s guitarist Danny Williams, who dresses fashionably according to today’s standards, drummer Eldge who looks like he could play in a metal/hardcore band, and a make-up wearing bassist and frontman Tim Smithen – who has tattoos dotted in various areas across both arms including the likes of Gloomy Bear and characters from the video game Pac-Man. However, when a band sounds as intense as Kill Kenada do tonight it wouldn’t matter if one dressed like Darth Vader, another like an Umpa Lumpa, and another like a Womble. Their songs mainly tell of anger, rage, and self-hatred with chorus lines such as “I fucking hate myself!”, and they get the audience pumped up and ready for tonight’s headliners.

After a 30 minute interval the room fades to black, and headliners Reuben soon jump to the stage. Wearing black shirts with the letters ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ on front of them, (from the video of their recent single – ‘Deadly Lethal Ninja Assassin’), the band begin their set with ‘Suffocation Of The Soul’. As soon as Jamie Lenman begins the opening lyrics “I thought that I was full of such hope and light, and such love” the fans instantly sing the words straight back at him, and this is the way it is for the entire duration of the gig. They scream, they sing, and just throw the lyrics straight back into the band’s face, and in some occasions they even overpower Jamie‘s voice through their amplifiers.

A few songs later the band play ‘Everytime A Teenager Listens To Drum & Bass, A Rockstar Dies’, and during the drum sample opening Jamie starts doing a robot dance, “Everyone join in and do the robot dance”, and just like that over half the crowd join in with Jamie and Jon‘s techno dancing. Clearly a band who aren’t afraid to reveal their humourous side and give their fans a good laugh along with their performance.

A few songs further into the set and the band come to play recent single release ‘Deadly Lethal Ninja Assassin’, but before they even play a single note Jamie grabs a huge heavy metal guitar, but has trouble trying to plug it into his effects pedals, and rants to the crowd afterwards “This bad boy’s more trouble than it’s worth… but I look awesome!” and the entire venue sends out a chuckle, another humorous venture. The night is coming to a close, and Reuben play the last song on their set list flawlessly, ‘A Short History Of Nearly Everything’, and just like every other song on their set their fans are singing back every word like a melodic serenade.

The last screams end what came to be a fantastic night out, underdogs Reuben do it once again. When a band’s live performace is of this level and calibre, it’s a wonder why this band aren’t much bigger already. They’ve got the skill, the technique, the humour, and have certainly got the dedication in their fans.

Written by Zach Redrup

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SINGLE: Enjoy Destroy – Screamer

Release Date: October 22nd, 2007
Label: Fire One Records
Rating: 9/10

Website: www.enjoydestroy.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/enjoydestroy

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Enjoy Destroy have not long finished a UK tour supporting Reuben during late September and early October, and now they’ve got single ‘Screamer’ for us to listen to.

Exciting from the start, crunching guitar riffs open this sound perfectly and sets the right mood for what the rest of the song is. Although simple it’s very effective. Once you reach the chorus it’s clear why this song’s entitled ‘Screamer’, with an obvious sing-a-long chorus that will get stuck in your head with ease; “Don’t you dare / Don’t you dare / Don’t forget it now.” This is obvious single material.

‘Screamer’ is a monster of a song, and a good piece of alternative rock if that’s what you’re into, and probably the best thing to ever come out of Basingstoke. If you’ve not heard these guys before, there’s no point in waiting much longer and missing out.

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