So far 2012 is shaping up to be a good year for UK punk rock. With SHARKS poised to be even bigger news both sides of the pond off the back of the mature songwriting and 90’s Britrock influence of ‘No Gods’ and Apologies, I Have None’s stunning ‘London’ which has astounded fans and critics alike with its emotional grit and anthemic laments of love and life in the nation’s capital. It would be wise to remember that, like every other country in the world, there are a slew of amazing bands currently slogging round each city’s live music scene and Stay Free are no exception.
Taking their cues from the aggressive roar of Hot Water Music, the heart on sleeve songwriting chops of The Menzingers and the solid, Melodic rock of the aforementioned SHARKS, the EP kicks off with ‘Dambusters’ where frontman Chris Coleshaw’s rugged vocals cut through the dense, distorted guitars and solid drums and drive home the lyrics of friendship and youthful nostalgia towards the songs gang chant led ending. The beauty of Stay Free’s sound is found in the layers of melody and songwriting that take ‘Black to Grey’ from just straightforward bluster and shows the promise of what this band will become. Tracks like ‘War’ and ‘Heathens’ shine with layered backing vocals and dissonant beauty respectively while the EP’s last track, the stunning anti-war requiem of ‘Black to Grey’ burns with a lyrical maturity that radiates with honesty and will leave the listener double checking that the Stay Frees are definitely an unsigned band.
With so many bands out there struggling in bottom of the bill shows at shitbox venues the world over its heart-warming to see the passion of a band like Stay free being captured and spilling out of the speakers. It will leave you eagerly awaiting more from this promising young band.
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