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As we all know rock ‘n’ roll can be a thing of striking beauty and in the hands of some artists at certain moments in time, something which encroaches on the realms of perfection or as close as it is possible to achieve that ever evading absolute. Such is the case with This Statement Is False, the debut album of UK rockers I Plead Irony. It is a masterpiece of rock music in its numerous vibrant guises, band and release an irresistible temptation which croons, rages, frolics, and rampages within the ear across its startling collection of impressively sculpted contagion posing as songs. It is without doubt one of the most exciting and compelling albums this year, a scintillating mesh of hard, alternative, and indie rock with many more flavours swirling around its aural album of the year nomination.

The Farnborough based trio of vocalist/bassist Rauf Jordan, guitarist/backing vocalist Paul McDonald, and drummer/backing vocalist Lawrence Arnold, have a craft and maturity which roars within their first album as loudly and vibrantly as the sounds and energy they create. The three between them also create distinct sounds within the bands Ipanema, The Fins, Atomic Garden, and Welcome The Howling Tones, and probably more such the hunger to make potent and empowering sounds which burns within the threesome and fuels this outstanding release. Their debut was mixed by renowned French producer Guillaume Doussaud and takes the listener on an adventure driven ride with lyrical narratives which are as easily accessible for thoughts and emotions to relate to as the sounds wrapping them are for ear and passions. It is an irrepressible slab of fun and anthemic temptation, a ‘greatest hits’ like album in stature and infectiousness marking the entrance of one intensively impressive and potent rock band.

Now Or Never is the first track on the album to get the adrenaline coursing through the veins as its seductive blend of melodic rock and IMG_0361v3feisty intent makes an opening gambit before the passions. Eager guitars stroke the ear initially to awaken attention and once joined by the throaty snarl of the bass and the crisp punches of Arnold, the song provides an honest and striking piece of alternative rock enticement, ridden by the strong vocal tones and delivery of Jordan. It is maybe not the most spectacular start, the album reining in that treat until…well its successor, but it is a pleasing and bracing introduction.

The following Et Tu Brute makes a dramatic entrance, staggering its arrival before the delicious steely bass voice entwines its teasing tones onto the ear drawing everything into a hungry blaze of shadow clad almost sinister sonic declaration from each aspect of the song. With barbs lining the hooks of the song as sirenesque as the melodies and vocal smoothness surround them, there is no possible resistance to a tingle of lust for the striding anthem coated call of the song.

Things only go from strength to strength as both I Can’t Hear You and Honest Villain pull the passions to their feet for an emotive waltz of intensely impacting muscular beauty and punkish devilment respectively. The pair are sensational songs, the first a rising fire of emotional fervour that from an instant smouldering wash accelerates into a burning weave of passion, and the second a sturdy pop punk lilted stomp where the bass finds its most carnivorous throat yet and the guitars hooks that enslave instantly and permanently. One of the major highlights of the album, the song is a perfectly sculpted riot with all the power and bruising charm to secure full ardour in return for its contagion.

The height and strength of each individual sounding song is impossibly impressive, tracks like the virulently catchy [Insert Words Here], the compelling Timewaster (Behind The Glass) with its heart bred emotive heat, and the hot-blooded Faith Or Fear all charging thoughts and emotions with their distinctly unique yet uniformal impassioned grandeur and skilled tempting, whilst amongst them the superb Yourself Defence is the devil in disguise such its epidemically thrilling sonic bait and formidable rhythmic slavery. Riling the hungry ear instantly with the rapacious jaw of bass snarling ruggedly at its victim whilst the heavyweight jabs of Arnold intimidate with every jackhammer swipe, the track is a mercilessly enticing spike of brilliance driven deeper into the lustful affections by the emerging sonic swarm of toxic grooves and wonderfully niggling riffs. It is a brilliant mix of noise and raw melodic rock honed into a hornet strong sting of scintillating provocation and excellence, best track on the album and one of the most aggressively capturing suasions anywhere this year.

The magnetic Wrecking Ball and the voracious Sick complete the release, the final song another intensely magnificent chest beating clamour which simply leads to unbridled satisfaction and impatient appetite for more, bass and drums a threatening beast combi - The Ringmaster Review


Anyone that has spent time watching bands on the Farnborough / Aldershot scene over the past ten years will at some point surely have come across at least one member of I Plead Irony. Having made up three quarters of Atomic Garden, three fifths of The Fins and two thirds of Wiz's Ipanema, they bring plenty of experience to this new, exciting incarnation.

They have thus far only released a small number of demo songs via their website, including our featured track ‘Et tu, Brute’ a full-bloodied indie rock song crammed with explosive guitar riffs, a thundering bass and powerful drums. What stands out on the first listen is the prominence of the three instruments; none are demoted to just an accompaniment or backing, they all lead and control the song at different times. 'Et tu, Brute', as the title would suggest, is about betrayal and the whole mood of the song is extremely dark. It's not just the lyrics (a favourite line: “You outstayed your welcome, your popularity plateaud”), the off-beat bass, but also the comparatively lower-pitched vocals that help to portray the required mood.
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Take a listen on their website or on their Facebook music page, as the live YouTube recording isn't able completely to get across the undeniable quality of the song. The catchy and lively '[Insert Words Here]' and 'Now or Never' will really grab your attention and ‘Faith or Fear’ is, in our opinion, the best track of the demos and it will probably have a wider appeal than the opener due in part to it's stunning chorus, but still showcases everything about the band that made 'Et tu, Brute' great.
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‘Yourself Defence’ is fast and furious, the vast experience of the band members clear to hear even if the line up and material is new. This and the added heavy metal attributes of ‘Time Waster’ will surely be highlights of their live set. They deserve a packed, sweating crowd, crammed into the venue, moshing for all they are worth whilst these are played. The last three demos available are 'Honest Villain', another favourite 'That's How I Like it' and the rock-awesomeness of 'Wrecking Ball'. - Rose Coloured


Anyone that has spent time watching bands on the Farnborough / Aldershot scene over the past ten years will at some point surely have come across at least one member of I Plead Irony. Having made up three quarters of Atomic Garden, three fifths of The Fins and two thirds of Wiz's Ipanema, they bring plenty of experience to this new, exciting incarnation.

They have thus far only released a small number of demo songs via their website, including our featured track ‘Et tu, Brute’ a full-bloodied indie rock song crammed with explosive guitar riffs, a thundering bass and powerful drums. What stands out on the first listen is the prominence of the three instruments; none are demoted to just an accompaniment or backing, they all lead and control the song at different times. 'Et tu, Brute', as the title would suggest, is about betrayal and the whole mood of the song is extremely dark. It's not just the lyrics (a favourite line: “You outstayed your welcome, your popularity plateaud”), the off-beat bass, but also the comparatively lower-pitched vocals that help to portray the required mood.
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Take a listen on their website or on their Facebook music page, as the live YouTube recording isn't able completely to get across the undeniable quality of the song. The catchy and lively '[Insert Words Here]' and 'Now or Never' will really grab your attention and ‘Faith or Fear’ is, in our opinion, the best track of the demos and it will probably have a wider appeal than the opener due in part to it's stunning chorus, but still showcases everything about the band that made 'Et tu, Brute' great.
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‘Yourself Defence’ is fast and furious, the vast experience of the band members clear to hear even if the line up and material is new. This and the added heavy metal attributes of ‘Time Waster’ will surely be highlights of their live set. They deserve a packed, sweating crowd, crammed into the venue, moshing for all they are worth whilst these are played. The last three demos available are 'Honest Villain', another favourite 'That's How I Like it' and the rock-awesomeness of 'Wrecking Ball'. - Rose Coloured


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“Accomplished band whores” – Paul Townsend (Hundred Reasons)

I Plead Irony know exactly what they are doing.

Their “explosive guitar riffs[…]thundering bass and powerful drums” (Rose Coloured) certainly speak for themselves! But what sets them apart from all the other noise is their ability to draw you in. By the end of a gig you feel like you’ve known them forever and you’ve always had their music in your head, just waiting to be released.

Based in Farnborough, Hampshire this three piece consisting of Rauf (Bass and Vocals) Lawrence (Drums) and Paul (Guitar) have seen a fair amount of action in their time. But there is no complacency. Every moment of music is delivered as if it was the first! Either live or on their debut album “This Statement Is False” mixed by renowned French producer Guillaume Doussaud. Its bursting with more angst ridden, raw edged rock with lashings of melody then you can shake your “sign of the horns” or even a stick at!

The future is I Plead Irony and it looks…totally awesome!

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