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A Stones Throw - Here To Stay

Here To Stay

Indie Rock/Shoegazer

“It’s a grunge flavoured, indie inspired, full on earworm that’s going to be living rent free in your noggin for a while”


The artist


A Stones Throw are a three piece indie band from the great north (Ramsey). Specialising in in an upbeat yet sombre tone. Imagine if Johnny Marr (The Smiths) were to play with an Arctic monkeys twang while Kurt Cobain wrote all the vocal melodies… Boom, it’s A Stones Throw


The song


‘Here To Stay’ bursts down the door with a simple but catchy progression that echoes through the first verse. The verse is full of angst and anticipation coupled with counter guitar melodies that give a definite Smiths vibe. A bright chorus kicks in with some interesting chord changes that allow the vocal melody to really flow well. This is such a well written chorus. It’s a grunge flavoured, indie inspired, full on earworm that’s going to be living rent free in your noggin for a while. The second verse is wonderfully familiar and it ushers in that great chorus we now know and love. A bridge of ooh’s and ahh’s and subdued instrumentation leave room in the mix for a great little interlude. A stripped back chorus bring us home before a dirty lick crashes you into a wall made of sweet full band chorus-y goodness. The chorus repeats twice before falling off the face of the earth and leaves you wanting another god damn single!

The verdict


Here to stay feels like a hybrid of a grunge writing style and an indie sound. This is a brilliant debut album and lays the groundwork for a great band. I’ll be watching A Stones Throw in the Villa at the end of the month supporting Voodoo Bandits, and so should you. As a footnote, the bass sound on this track is PHAT!


If you like…


If you like the melodies of the grunge era, the modern sound of arctic monkeys and the instrumentation of The Smiths then this will almost certainly be for you.





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