The Stone Angels – Self Titled EP

We first came across The Stone Angels when researching for a piece on the debut album from fellow Brits, Brighton hailing Stone Angels in 2015. This subsequently led us to checking out for pleasure the first full-length from the Torquay in Devon trio, Spirit, Love & Higher Meanings upon its release the following year. It proved to be an ear pleasing melodic rock bred endeavour which ensured attention, reaching well beyond us, found and stayed upon the band. Now the threesome has unveiled their new self-titled EP offering up more highly enjoyable slices of their lively sound.

Described as the ‘South West’s best kept secret’, The Stone Angels consists of guitarist/vocalist Dan Nathan, bassist Nathan Hughes, and drummer Sam McIver. It is fair to say that their so called ‘anonymity ‘ has not stopped their reputation and fan base swelling through that debut album and performances at numerous well-known festivals and appearances on BBC Introducing in Devon. With a UK tour across September following their new EP, we suggest that the band will feel another increase in attention as they continue their strong emergence on the British rock scene.

The EP opens up with To The Light and immediately ears are faced with forceful but inviting riffs and firm rhythms to which spicy grooves add their lures. Electronic enticement joins the track’s threads of enterprise as it settles into a calmer stroll, a reserved moment building towards a fiercer expulsion and a quickly virulent and rousing chorus.  Providing a strong and ear grabbing start to the released, the song only increases its captivation by the minute and listen; its rock ‘n’ roll not particularly unique but oh so contagious.

The following Animal matches its predecessor in imagination and potency, unveiling its chorus early on with equal catchiness involved. With Nathan providing magnetic backing to Dan’s similarly strong lead vocals, the track infests ears and body movements with its bold classic meets hard rock stroll. The grumble of the former’s bass is just as manipulative to rock ‘n’ roll instincts as the swinging raps of McIver; it all together providing another seriously enjoyable offering.

With its acoustic entrance Fear easily entices attention, firmly gripping it with its evolving pop rock saunter. There is a main hook at its middle which just dares you to ignore it, an impossible task, while melodies and keys weave their own warm come-on to the imagination as the track establishes its infectious character and prowess.

A cover of The Human League’s Don’t You Want Me follows. As it is a song which we have always instinctively and totally disliked, it would be unfair to pass judgement but the trio do grab it with a firm hand without making it their own before closing the EP up with Set Me Free. The final song brings the release back on track with its pop catchiness and bold rock ‘n’ roll tenacity, a slight Spandau Ballet hue only adding to its robust attraction.

Thoroughly enjoyable from the off and increasingly impressing by the listen, The Stone Angels EP confirms the band as ones to keep a keen ear upon especially as their individuality maybe hinted at here blossoms ahead.

The Stone Angels EP is released August 24th.

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Pete RingMaster24/08/2018

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The Sea: New York

With their new album Rooftops due for release in May indie rock band The Sea give an advance taste with their new single New York, and what a full and vibrant teaser it is. Their first release since2009, the track is a mighty feast of big melodies and even bigger sounds that lift the emotions and send the senses reeling in a swell of warmth and energy from its upbeat heart.

The Sea consists of brothers Peter (vocals, guitar, piano) and Alex D’Chisholme (vocals, drums) and has only has one intention which is to inflame the heart with infectiously melodic tracks brought within a large and welcoming wealth of sound. New York epitomises their intent perfectly and lays great anticipation down for the forthcoming album.

The duo began in 2007 out of their garage in Newquay, their jamming sharing time with surfing. The following year saw them voted “best unsigned band in the UK” by XFM radio as well as grabbing a support slot for The Enemy at London’s Brixton Academy. 2009 saw firstly their debut single Love Love Love thrust them to stronger attention, the release selling out within two months of its January release and receiving impressive acclaim from the UK music media such as NME, Kerrang, The Fly and also becoming the single of the week in The Guardian. Released on their own Lusty Records label the pair followed it up with their further acclaimed debut album Get It Back, again off their own fiercely independent backs on Lusty in the UK and Pop Up Records in Europe. Subsequent singles Don’t You Want Me and By Myself only cemented and increased their stock as did the touring for the remainder of the year within England and Europe which included supporting Muse at their Teignmouth homecoming gigs in September and a gig at the CMJ in New York in October.

2010 saw the band work on follow up album Rooftops bringing in producer John Cornfield (Muse, Supergrass, Oasis, Razorlight) to help realise the bigger sound they were contemplating for the release.  Alongside this The Sea played four separate European festival headline slots including the Musikschutzgebiet Festival in Germany and Kuahgartn Open Air Festival Switzerland and for the latter part of the year with the recordings into their final stages played 20 gigs in seven countries in 22 days all of which sold out and ending in their triumphant UK homecoming in London. Shows continued into 2011 across Europe and N. America until a freak surfing accident that summer left Alex with a broken neck and the distinct possibility he would never play or walk again. But he is a drummer after all and within months he was back behind his kit, at full steam and engaged in Autumn tours through Europe, New York and Montreal.

New York marks their welcomed recording return with an anthemic power alongside a fine melodic finesse and sound that sets The Sea up for another successful year. The song confidently strides in on eager yet compliant guitars and rhythms, the sound a warm invitation before expanding with irresistible glorious arms of dazzling horns and grand harmonies. The result is an insatiable rousing of the senses and emotions, a song one cannot fail to be swept up to joyful heights and in to breathlessness from. New York is immense; a towering explosive creature that one just knows is as mighty live.

If New York is the indication of what Rooftops is going to treat us too roll on May, in fact let us delete April and get right too it.

RingMaster 03/04/2012

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