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Stubblemelt - 2014 Gypaetus Barbatus

ARTIST: Stubblemelt
ALBUM: Gypaetus Barbatus
LABEL: Electric Bear Productions
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Kyle Perry - lead vocals, rhythm guitar * Tom Marshall - bass, backing vocals * David Ashford - drums * Mat Giles - lead guitar, backing vocals * Amy Collins - synth, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The March * 02 Hold Me * 03 Uberloader * 04 Can't Be True * 05 Don't Know * 06 Welcome Back * 07 Last Good Few * 08 Follow The Fallen * 09 Heaven * 10 Only A Kiss * 11 Riding Waves * 12 Man Vs Venus * 13 Tears * 14 Journeyman


Here at GloryDaze I like to think we are a broad church and cover all aspects of rock. In Stubblemelt here we have a young vibrant UK Midlands rock band whose music I can best describe as a mixture of rock, prog, dance and punk, although the band prefer to label themselves as art rock. The band have been on the Midlands scene for a few years now and the release of their debut album 'Gypaetus Barbatus' which translated means 'Bearded Vulture' is the culmination of hard work and playing live to hone a sound that is on the one hand challenging but also on the other hand very accessible and demonstrates a complexity and maturity in their music befitting bands that have been around for a lot longer.

The Songs
All the songs on offer here are full band collaborations and cover a gamut of styles and genres. My initial thoughts on the album are that Stubblemelt utilise the sonics of Muse but also I can hear bands such as Wire, Joy Division and Bill Nelson`s Red Noise in the mix too, whether these are conscious or subconscious influences who knows? It would be refreshing to know that a young band have been listening to the aforementioned bands as these bands produced some great thought provoking music back in the day. Repeated listens are required to take in all this album offers as there is plenty on offer. Personal favourites of mine are 'Uberloader', 'Follow The Fallen', 'Heaven' and album closer 'Journeyman'. 'Uberloader' produces an urgent, strident rhythm with front man Kyle Perry delivering an astonishing vocal performance which gives the whole song a very eccentric vibe. 'Follow The Fallen' moves with an ebb and flow going from full on rocking to quieter almost pastoral passages, and at nearly 7 minutes in length this has the band showing off their prog credentials. 'Heaven' is a catchy, almost straight forward song but a clever arrangement lifts the song throughout, and finally 'Journeyman' gives off light and shade in equal measure producing an epic feel to round off proceedings very nicely, with time I usually find that other songs take precedent as they tend to offer up hidden charms that were maybe missed on initial listening. The rest of the album rarely dips in quality, each song on the album benefitting from elaborate and ambitious arrangements that elevates the music and the musicianship from the band is excellent throughout. The band has produced an album that is rich in texture, with a depth and quality to it which I found to be very refreshing.

In Summary
Stubblemelt are a young band who show plenty of promise and with this debut album have come up with a set of songs that do require repeated listening but present the listener with a vibrant, fresh sound so if you want to listen to something a little more 'left field' shall we say and have a penchant for the bands mentioned earlier in this review then Stubblemelt's 'Gypaetus Barbatus' is no bad place to start.

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