The Band: Stolen Haven
Boys In The Band:-
Andy Brides – Vocals.Song Writer.
Jimmy Gardner Guitar, Backing Vocals. CoWriter.
Matt Edge – Bass
Adam Brides – Drums
Sounds Like: Oasis, The Coral, The Seahorses
Stolen Haven EP
It’s always pleasant to hear a good EP, which Stolen Haven have provided here, as they demonstrate a diverse array of songs with an acoustic number, a classic chord thrashing rock song and a heavy blues track to top it all off. The quick pace of the first song ‘Broke’ reminds you of something that Oasis perhaps would’ve done in their earlier years, with a catchy chorus and a riff to match it, the song proves to be a strong start for the EP. Stolen Haven use their influences within their songs and achieve this without ripping their influences off as they manage to keep their identity on each track. ‘Decent Shoes’ perhaps has one of the most memorable chorus’ I’ve ever heard, as it continued to roll of my tongue every time I filled the kettle (A Lot of times), the gentle strumming of the acoustic guitar has the tendency to make you think about a younger Noel Gallagher playing ‘Half the world away’.
Once again the Oasis influences are bursting out at the seams with ‘Memories’ with the hook line ‘Cut you to the waistline’. After the somewhat mellow introduction, the drums come kicking in and all inhibitions are lost as the song burst into life, hinting toward one of Oasis’ earlier songs ‘Columbia’. One thing that sets this song apart from Oasis is the vocals tower over them, as they’re not as brash as Liam’s, they’re actually soulful and well delivered. The bluesy number ‘Unhappy Restless Soul’ see’s the EP off, with a heavy, spiralling riff you’d expect to hear off Jack White. Stolen Haven show that they’re capable of stepping out their comfort stone, and try something that isn’t really expected after the previous three tracks.
Overall the EP is something that Stolen Haven should be proud about, as they’ve demonstrated that they’re capable of conjuring up a strong batch of songs, and they’re not your generic ten a penny band that struggle to create anything decent. Gladly the boys have more ideas in the pipeline, and it shouldn’t be long until the next load are ready to be released. Make sure you go to their soundcloud to hear the rest of their EP!
Words by Alex Wise – @al4563
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