‘CLOSER’ REVIEWS SO FAR...

By Lakisha D. Skinner  Klef Notes-

If Def Leppard, Depeche Mode, and Radiohead were chemically mixed in the most smokin music lab on the planet, you’d get a close clone of what could possibly pass in being IAMWARFACE, but IAMWARFACE is more than that still – these cats are one of the best Rock musicians I have heard in a minute.

An Electro Rock band coming out of England, IAMWARFACE consists of Matt Warneford as vocalist/songwriter, Adam Stanley on percussions, Lou Matthews on 6-strings, Mike Smith on bass, and Tom Howe mastering the DJ synths.  These Electro Rock studs are waxing the streets with their approach to music called “Rocktronica” (Eddy Temple Morris) and you would have to walk in some BIG boots to follow the musical footprints of IAMWARFACE’s newest clip “Closer.”

“Closer” is a heavy mesh-up of mystical synths, booming bass lines, sticky-fingers strings, and riffs of synths that tingle the spine.  Listen to the intro and tell me your hair does not stand on end?  Yeah, right.  Starts like a Modern Rock ballad and then at the two minutes / three seconds mark, the song progresses into this ferocious anthemic righteous Rock cut that can turn rocks to diamonds.

The song’s theme is about ending a soul-shattered romance to begin again, Warneford sings “who, who am I? / I’m just living to die / I don’t know what I’ll do / cause I used to have a soul, I just lost control, and I’ll move, move closer / yes, I’ll move, move closer to you / every day’s just like the last /  feel I’m walking on shattered glass / this romance just has to end to … begin again / so those words that  you say cut like a thousand razor blades.”   

The composition of this track is ah-mazing:  the intro synths are nothing short of monstrous – I mean, it is in your face where you can feel the sweat and see the anguish.  And when I say this song builds, do not get it twisted, it BUILDS – from a dark room crawl into a fully illuminated stage of synths and guitars and powerful drums.  Moreover, there’s something sexy about the front-man’s vocal execution – I think it is the pleasure for pain trill of his vocals and the way he leans right into the mic not sacrificing the emotion.  Then, after the second verse, the music pulls back for a subtle bridge, and then at the three minutes / twenty-two seconds mark, there is this jam-like session of guitars slashing and whining, hi-hats, and synths that electrically moves you to the outro.

I literally could not put this song down!

The only way to get any closer would be to be the skin of the artists.  I was an addict at the first note; I needed to get “closer.”

Rush, don’t move slow, to download your copy of this track NOW.  And keep an eye out for the video that is set to drop on 7/27th – it is sure to go viral!

 

By Love and Rockets-

Closer is a slow-paced-spacey-ballad-swell-of-emotion-type song that leads you on an introspective journey through warm digital landscapes, helping you feel isolated and welcomed simultaneously. I imagined seeing the silhouettes of people holding hands while watching the night sky fill up with rocketing meteors and shooting stars. If it's the end or just the beginning, who knows, but this meteor shower is certainly one of the prettiest you'll ever see.

The opening sequence of musical hits certainly haunts the bones of Sneaker Pimps (later albums) as it looks to blend human nature and digital discovery into one. The band then briefly brush up to those Illinois brooders Stabbing Westard before rocketing off on a sound that is the IAMWARFACE experience.

Closer is not a copy or a clone, it's a personal journey at the heart of it and that is reflective throughout the song. It's a moody, broody experience that soothes the ear in just the right way.

Buyer Beware: This song will most likely illicit lovemaking if your heart is even in the slightest alt-goth-like so...listen with protection.

 

By Forkster-

FORKSTER feels that "Closer" is another 'captivating & gravitating' track that is 'without a doubt' helping stamp IAMWARFACE presently as a global electronic rock budding dynamo. It brilliantly released yesterday on 'Friday the 13th' and is their 2nd new tune of 2018, following February's critically acclaimed stunner "You Don't Love Me Anymore".

It musically stands out entirely with an enormously eerie melancholic pop-rock charm. The musicianship huge efforts provide 80's synth-wave era keyboard masterings, 'swarming and warming' riff roars, exploding low-end bass blarings, exhilarating and smashing drum rhythms along with deliciously haunting vocals that masterfully give an electrifying gloomful atmosphere that resonates among intense lyrics stating a dreadful depressive past state, where the thinking then was about life and “what’s the point in it all” approach.

I 'most certainly' feel that it is their 'best music work' to date and that is truly exciting with the rising maturity they are making in only around 2 years after establishing. And upper echelon bands do have that 'we stand alone' greatness quality, IAMWARFACE are extremely to be welcomed into that rocking ace music goodness formula. FORKSTER rating of "Closer" single = 10 out of 10.

 

By gig radar-

IAMWARFACE – Closer (Single)

More electro-rock goodness from this exciting Brighton outfit, who describe their sound as ‘dirty sex rocktronica.’ Kinky. Closer opens up with slowly building electro noise that continues under drawn-out, echoey vocals from frontman Matt Warneford, that begin “Who, who am I, I’m just living to die.” The synth noises build up under the vocals “I move closer to you” then a big burst of stabby synth sounds kick in then a more dynamic synth background builds up under more laid-back vocals. It suddenly all drops out bar a repeating synth note then explodes into a big electro-rock noise.

 

By Eclectic Music Lover-

IAMWARFACE is a London, UK-based electro-rock project formed by singer/songwriter and producer Matt Warneford in 2016. Though they’ve released only a handful of songs, they already rank high among my favorite UK bands. Their aggressive name is a fitting metaphor for their bombastic high-energy, groove-based sound – an awesome name for equally awesome music. Besides Warneford, the current line-up of band members include Lou Matthews (guitars), Tom Howe (DJ synth), Mike Smith (bass) and Adam Stanley (drums). Their sound is influenced by many peers such as Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Kasabian, Muse, Big Black Delta, Nero, Queens of the Stone Age, Tears For Fears, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Keys and MGMT – all artists & bands that I also happen to love.

IAMWARFACE released their debut single “Say My Name” in 2016, a phenomenal track that literally left me speechless the first time I heard it. In my review of the song, I likened the effect to being “hit by an atomic blast of music greatness.” I loved it so much it ended up at #14 on my Top 100 Best Songs of 2016. This past February, they released another fantastic single “You Don’t Love Me Anymore,” and today, Friday the 13th of July, they drop their latest single “Closer,” and once again, I’m completely blown away!

The track opens with a mysterious throbbing synth chord that slowly builds into a stunning and dramatic soundscape that envelops us as Warneford implores the dark lyrics:

Who, who am I?

I’m just living to die

This old night when it comes

I’ll be free of these old bones

And I don’t know what I’ll do

It’s this old dark holding me down

Cause I used to have a soul

I just lost control

And I’ll move, move closer

Yes I’ll move, move closer to you

With that, the music explodes into a maelstrom of tortured but gorgeous wailing synths, fuzzy guitars, buzz-saw bass, and thunderous percussion, punctuated by almost violently crashing cymbals that emphasize the feelings of desolation expressed in the bitter lyrics. Warneford’s passionate vocals seem filled with despair and resignation over a love affair that now lies in tatters. “Feel I’m walking on shattered glass. This romance just has to end, to reset, raise, begin again.”

My body is covered from head to toe with chills by song’s end, as I sit dumbfounded by the fierce beauty and power of this monumental track. IAMWARFACE continues to astonish with their superb skill for creating incredible high-caliber, epic-sounding music, and I can’t wait to hear more from them!

 

By Christina Angrabeit-

Great Britain has a lot to offer in terms of good music. It is worthwhile to watch once in a while, what new sound art the island has. I recently discovered an electro-rock band from England. "IAMWARFACE" is the name of the band formed by vocalist and producer Matt Warneford in London in 2016. Along with Lou Matthews (guitars), Tom Howe (synths), Mike Smith (bass) and Adam Stanley (drums) he has released a few singles so far, the last one being "You Don't Love Me Anymore" - an instant memorable one Up-tempo number that has real hit potential. On July 13, 2018, the new song "Closer" will be released. I was allowed to listen in advance. "Closer" permeates the veins right from the start and also causes a very strong gooseflesh feeling. It is a very serious song with very dark, rousing lyrics that finds its place in the spirit. Speed is not needed here, the music also captivates you. Singer Matt Warneford asks: "Who am I? I am just living to die ". Time plays a central role in this song. None of us knows how much time we really have until we die. He continues: "I just used to have a soul, I just lost control". "Closer" really touches heart and soul. Are you ready to face the serious questions of life? Unfortunately, death is still a taboo subject in today's society. The music, on the other hand, has been dealing with it for a long time and at length. We all come closer to death someday. One earlier, the other later.

 

By Gaz K-

This songs intro pulls you in like a particle within the Hadron Collider

there is no escape .In fact velocity is not needed here at all but time

is,your time and Closer will set your soul/spirit/being/ onto that path, a well guided path ,an intended journey.

From the very start it's into your bio rythms aligining itself with your heart rate

getting you into that waking hour, that almost unconscious state where all the very best music lies..

You are now feeling,experiencing the intent of Closer.

Arpeggiating synths softly gated are set upon the senses moving stealthily ,their hypnotic forces working on you, then the song builds,

the distant scream of boiling glass,the attack of the distorted synths are just kept under control by IAMWARFACE.

A glimpse of the shape of things to come.

Then we are there  "the waking hour " that bullet time moment ,the serene,the peaceful

Matt asks "Who am i? " "I'm just living to die".

Time is the question for this song .How much time do we all have?

Will we be ready to meet our maker? ,are we ready to be Closer?

He continues "I used to have a soul ,i just lost control",..hard words? but this song is lyrically dark and in that darkness lies it's full honesty.

Closer we go, the synths now distorting hard they are the backbone to the haunting vocals .

Then comes peace the sublime the eye of the storm..

The waking hour, just Matts vocals some background arrangments .

Now the intent it builds, this is the real intent of

IAMWARFACE’s Closer - brooding building menacing synths are finally let off the leash and the ground breaks around them.

Now were Closer, gravitys pulling at us,the earth has tilted ,you can actually feel it go in the song ,it's fracturing ,the drums feel like there cracking the sky.

We're now spinning and spiralling into the ultimate twisted waltz ,with deaths final difficult questions sung with heart and drive

effortlessly and perfectly by Matt..

Then it's over...done.. finished..what did i experience? A truely amazing song.. nothing more ..but is it ? 

This song really is a brand new particle, mixed to perfection ,binding itself ,slamming itself together, a master to it's own destiny

If you got pulled in too   

you have moved Closer..

 

By Sarah Cooke-

I'm definitely buying this song. This song has many dynamic types of shading. It has strong chords. The contrast is very well handled with its intensity. The music brings out a sense of grace and adventure. This song has a balanced tone and contrast scoring which makes this piece a first rate choice . The song is intense and would make a fantastic concert opener. IAMWARFACE Great band in the making.....

 

By Joanne Louise Gardner-

A few times in your life a song comes along that you know you are going to love forever, no matter how many times it’s played.

Hooked in the first few bars, it is slow and subtle.  Second by second pulling you in further, until you can’t escape and it explodes.

Heartbreaking lyrics so sad that even the guitars weep. Every band member playing their part perfectly and brought together by Matt’s hauntingly beautiful vocals.

Closer is an utter masterpiece and the track I have been searching for all my life.

 

By Kirsten Jones-

The new single by IAMWARFACE has a stripped back feel which showcases perfectly the unique quality of Matt’s vocals.  Darkly evocative and atmospheric, ‘Closer’ is a stunning track demonstrating the impressive versatility of this exceptional band.

 

By Rebecca Singer-

This is the most powerful song I’ve heard so far from Brighton-based electro rock band IAMWARFACE. Matt Warneford is in pitch-perfect voice and the controlled drama and suspense in the atmospheric instrumentation is brilliant. With a firm nod to electro rockers like Depeche Mode, even the silent spaces make sense and add a sharp edge and a new level of depth to IAMWARFACE’s music that I’ve not heard before. I was covered in goosebumps as I listened to “Closer.” IAMWARFACE has reached a new level of perfection with this fantastic gem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIRST ‘CLOSER’ REVIEW By Gaz K, The Bunker

This songs intro pulls you in like a particle within the Hadron Collider

there is no escape .In fact velocity is not needed here at all but time

is,your time and Closer will set your soul/spirit/being/ onto that path, a well guided path ,an intended journey.

From the very start it's into your bio rythms aligining itself with your heart rate

getting you into that waking hour, that almost unconscious state where all the very best music lies..

You are now feeling,experiencing the intent of Closer.

Arpeggiating synths softly gated are set upon the senses moving stealthily ,their hypnotic forces working on you, then the song builds,

the distant scream of boiling glass,the attack of the distorted synths are just kept under control by IAMWARFACE.

A glimpse of the shape of things to come.

Then we are there  "the waking hour " that bullet time moment ,the serene,the peaceful

Matt asks "Who am i? " "I'm just living to die".

Time is the question for this song .How much time do we all have?

Will we be ready to meet our maker? ,are we ready to be Closer?

He continues "I used to have a soul ,i just lost control",..hard words? but this song is lyrically dark and in that darkness lies it's full honesty.

Closer we go, the synths now distorting hard they are the backbone to the haunting vocals .

Then comes peace the sublime the eye of the storm..

The waking hour, just Matts vocals some background arrangments .

Now the intent it builds, this is the real intent of

IAMWARFACE’s Closer - brooding building menacing synths are finally let off the leash and the ground breaks around them.

Now were Closer, gravitys pulling at us,the earth has tilted ,you can actually feel it go in the song ,it's fracturing ,the drums feel like there cracking the sky.

We're now spinning and spiralling into the ultimate twisted waltz ,with deaths final difficult questions sung with heart and drive

effortlessly and perfectly by Matt..

Then it's over...done.. finished..what did i experience? A truely amazing song.. nothing more ..but is it ? 

This song really is a brand new particle, mixed to perfection ,binding itself ,slamming itself together, a master to it's own destiny

If you got pulled in too   

you have moved Closer..

GIG REVIEW by Alice Matthews.

The UV makeup is back. After a triumphant show at Twickenham’s Cabbage Patch, (IAM)WARFACE topped the bill at Camden’s iconic Fiddler’s Elbow.

Support came in the form of Dead Days and Kingbreaker. The latter made a particularly strong impression with their fierce female lead singer, and both groups succeeded in getting the crowd ready for some ‘rocktronica’.

The venue was packed full of trusty Numanoids and Warfarians, with an impressively large number of people in the crowd sporting (IAM)WARFACE merch.

Before they took to the stage, (IAM)WARFACE were as friendly and approachable as ever. The five piece started their set with ‘To Die For’ – which has been recorded for BBC Introducing


Thanks to a combination of compelling makeup and impressive presence, it was impossible to draw your eyes from the stage. Matt Warneford (vocals) and Lou Matthews (guitar) have an infectious rapport, you just want to get up and join them.

Matt led the group through an energetic set, hardly pausing for breath. The popular ‘Say My Name’ was well received, as was ‘You Don’t Love Me Anymore’.


A particular highlight of the evening was ‘Atomic White Gold’ which  resonated well in the intimate venue setting.

‘Closer’ was up next, and the atmosphere was noticeably different. This single is slightly slower than the others, with more of a punk rock style. It’s a winner.

The set drew to a close with ‘Vampire’ and ‘Red Queen’, and then the final song was ‘Trigons’. Matt commanded the crowd to mosh to the chant-like drum beat, and we were more than willing to oblige.

Compared to last month’s show, (IAM)WARFACE were even more engaging. The improved sound set up certainly helped, but perhaps the band are simply growing in confidence. Having such a dedicated fan base must be encouraging, as is playing in a group with friends. Keep your eyes peeled for the next show…

Image Credit: Andy Voakes

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GARY NUMAN SUPPORT

Well, it came and went. Seems like a lifetime away. But what a weekend we had. After a 4 hour drive, we arrived at The Welly in Hull to begin soundchecking and as we walked into the main hall, I clocked Mr Numan doing his Meet and Greets to various fans. To say I was a tad nervous is an understatement. But, After a few minutes, Gary came over and introduced himself and immediately I felt at ease in his company. He is an incredibly humble and down-to-earth guy! Not at all what you'd expect of a man of his Calibre. So time went by and we had mere minutes to go before playing our set so I had a few glugs of red wine (which always seems to help my voice) and we walked onstage to around 600 people. We launched into To Die For, which gave me goosebumps as it normally does. I noticed the crowd were kind of static but completely transfixed as we ploughed our way through our set. Now, normally I would be worried that we were going down like a lead balloon, but numanoids are not normally known for going apeshit at gigs. They like to take it all in and watch proceedings. We got rapturous applause after most of the songs. This was good enough for me. I left the stage happy as punch. We then watched Gary's band rock the house. What a spectacle indeed. Amazing performance and sound design. I was simply blown away. After then mingling with the band backstage, I decided to go to bed. Mission accomplished. 

The next evening, we arrived in Leamington Spa Assembly for our next performance. After seeing the size of the venue, I gulped! Nerves and excitement took over. I decided to spend a good hour in our dressing room, warming up my vocals and putting on makeup. Also a few slugs of red wine. Then it was time to play our biggest gig yet. And what a show it was. Again the crowd were  relatively static and heads were nodding and people cheered us on. It was amazing. The sound was mind-blowing in this place. Imagine feeling completely emotional but yet focussed and confident. We left the stage feeling sublime. Best gig we've ever played. It would seem the numanoids loved us. And what a pleasure it was to play for them. Then watched Gary's band play again and it was even better than last night. Also as before, he invited his daughter Persia up onstage to sing with him on his new single My Name Is Ruin. Shivers were sent down my spine. It's not often you see a band of this calibre but they were outstanding. Afterwards, I got to talk to Gary for a good 45 minutes about all things from rock-stardom to Tourette's, Aspergers and autism. I'm always worried how I come across when chatting away, due to my inability to read people in most situations due to possible Aspergers and Autism (as I've been told I have by many people). And constant worry about my Tourette's. Maybe, who knows, I've always been a bit odd so maybe it's just that?. But yet again, Gary and his amazing family put me completely at ease with myself and were great company. Not to mention the amazing company of my band, Mike, Louis, Tom and Adam, our manager and fellow singer/songwriter Hannah Clive and our driver and roadie Dean Rose. 

This has been one of my favourite weekends in recent memory and I hope at some point in the future we will be asked back to play more shows with him. 

Until then, We will continue to make more music and play more shows around the UK.  

Much love and peace,

 

Matt Warface

xxx

 

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INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN

Ok, our Indiegogo campaign for our new music video is now up and running. So far we are at 23% and we have 24 days to go so please please show you support and help us to get this project made. There are various rewards for how much you pledge and I'm sure you'll see it's well worth it. 

Heres the link... 

http://igg.me/at/kX-BYN0Z9-U/x/16150368

Lots of cool things happening this year so keep updated on all our social media platforms and the website.  

Anyway, peace and love to you all. 

❤❤❤

(IAM)WARFACE

IAMWARFACE ON TOUR

So, we are now on day 4 of our tour and what a tour it has been! We have been consistently smashing it and gaining new fans. One comment we had was that we are a natural successor to Kaiser Chiefs. Very cool indeed. Such such fun. And I'm absolutely chuffed and so proud of my band. These guys are legendary. Well, we're now onwards to Swindon tonight. Can't wait. We'll keep updating our social media with photos and videos. Until then, stay cool people.

Lots of love.

matt. x

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PROUD CAMDEN

Well, last night we played at Proud Galleries in Camden. It's was the first gig with our new bass player Mike. And awesomely, it's totally transformed our live sound. I had shivers as we launched into To Die For. Amazing. Everyone who came to see us were also awesome. Without you guys we are nothing. Thank you for letting us entertain you once again. Next month we will be doing our first tour around the south of England. Check our website for details and to also buy tickets. I simply can't wait, it's gonna be amazing. Come and join us. 

On that note, I wish all you lovely people a great weekend.  

Peace. 

Matt. x

 

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GIGS BOOKED, TOUR CONFIRMED AND MUSIC VIDEO START DATE.

Ok, stuff is starting to hot up again. We now have several gigs booked with more to come, and now I'm proud to announce we are booked on a tour for November. Hopefully this will give people that haven't been able to attend our previous shows due to travel distance can actually now come and see us. It'd be lovely to have you all there to party with us.   

Also, we are in the process of making a new music video. I can't say anything about it just yet, rest assured it's going to blow everyone's mind. I simply can't wait.  

Theres a lot more happening behind the scenes that I will announce when it's more appropriate.  

Until then, be safe, stay cool and have fun.  

Matt.  

Xxx

INTO THE WILD

Well, that went pretty amazingly! We rocked up to the stage at 3.30pm and set up our equipment. After a small line check, I nodded at the other guys and started the first track "Fight!!!". Alex began pounding on his drums and Lou angrily strummed his gnarly guitar. Then Matt's synths kicked in and all hell was let loose. The shouts of "FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!!!!" were greeted with raised fists and stamping boots. 

We then proceeded straight into "Say My Name". Matt's synths and Lou's dirty guitar growled loudly as the intro kicked in followed by Alex's stomping beats. The crowd joined in at the chorus whilst going mental throughout the mid section. This was an absolute highlight.

Then, we changed pace with "Fear The Future". The slow groove steadily climbing to the electronic middle eight section Which whipped up a frenzy. 

Next up was "Golden Army" which starts with a bell like chime and settles into a funk bass beat. This really got the floor dancing. Another awesome experience to play this to an audience.  

Lastly, we played "Trigons". This is basically an instrumental piece with an almost dubby Electro Reggae feel. The song is 7 minutes long so as I was prouncing around the stage, Lou let rip with a wall of noise that swam around the beat like a mad fish whilst Alex's drums thundered to a crescendo. At this point, I manoeuvred myself between Lou's legs and carried him on my shoulders for the last few minutes, which seemed like hours. My legs were buckling and I was swaying dangerously as he was shredding like a demon. Luckily all was well and the song ended with Lou managing to climb down. 

All in all a great experience to play the new material live for the first time.  

My neck is also fucked.  

ROLL ON NEXT YEAR!!!!!  

 

Iamwarface xxx

NU BIO

 

(IAM)WARFACE is an Electro Rock band formed in Brighton in 2015. The name is a metaphor for their own style of bombastic high-energy music. (IAM)WARFACE has taken the pop route, but keeps it dangerous with a fusion of 80’s style vocals, abstract guitars, moody layered synth riffs and pounding drum beats. (IAM)WARFACE have been influenced by many peers such as Big Black Delta, Nero, Eminem, Queens of the Stone Age, Tears For Fears, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Keys and MGMT. They are currently putting the finishing touches to the debut album ATOMIC WHITE GOLD which is due to be released in the summer.

DOWN TIME (Calm before the Storm)

I've decided to take the week off from writing music or doing art, my brain is fried. Got intense rehearsals ahead to get ready for Into the Wild festival on 11th July. Tickets available at www.intothewildfestival.co.uk. Can't wait. It's gonna be a mad one. Then after that, it's all about releasing my debut single and video, the latter which is incredibly messed up and dark. It looks fucking awesome. Can't wait for everyone to finally see it. Until then, Stay safe, stay connected.  

Peace out

Warface xxx❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 

FEAR THE FUTURE LYRICS

FEAR THE FUTURE

It's all in the news 

The act is done

They’ve got us all and alone

Praise the lord

Cheat us all

Its televised

Another fear

 

Its all i hear

It gives me the creeps

 

I fear the Future

Wont you take me with ya

Aw come on come on now

I fear the Future

Wont you take me with ya

Aw come on come on now

 

High five

Where are we now

Cheap seats the end of the world

And free lies

The Bubblegum shit

Closes eyes dreams of England 

 

Its all i hear

It gives me the creeps

 

I fear the Future

Wont you take me with ya

Aw come on come on now

I fear the Future

Wont you take me with ya

Aw come on come on now

 

It's so wrong so wrong

I wonder why 

If Id last the night

Our eyes are sad songs

So gone so gone

For all the rights 

For all the wrongs