Twenty years after their debut ‘Word Gets Around’ and six #1 albums later, Stereophonics have just released their new album ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ on October 27th on Parlophone Records.
Their tenth studio album, ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ follows ‘Keep The Village Alive’ which went straight to #1 when it was released in 2015 – their sixth chart-topper after ‘Performance and Cocktails’ (1999), ‘Just Enough Education To Perform’ (2001) ‘You Gotta Go There To Come Back’ (2003), ‘Language. Sex. Violence. Other?’ (2005) and ‘Pull The Pin’ (2007).
Stereophonics consists of founding members Kelly Jones (vocals/guitar) and Richard Jones (bass) along with Adam Zindani (guitar) and Jamie Morrison (drums). Long-term keyboardist Tony Kirkham joins the band for live shows.
Kelly said of the songwriting process that he began to write “big, anthemic songs that are rallying against those anxious feelings that have flooded through cities. Every song offers a sense of release,” he says. “Even when there’s nostalgia, fear or anxiety, they’re still all offering hope and room to manoeuvre.”
The first single ‘All In One Night’ represents the band’s affection for the melancholy. Set to a consistent mid-paced rhythm which evokes a nocturnal motorway drive, it finds the narrator’s life taking a dramatic turn as night brightens to day. Influenced by the Sebastian Schipper film ‘Victoria’, it’s a song that had an unusual genesis – Kelly started it when the band had an unscheduled day’s stay in China before he finished it back home in London. Even the atmospheric call of the chorus was fortuitous, being an adaptation of a vocal exercise he was using.
‘Scream Above The Sounds’ was primarily recorded in the band’s HQ in west London with a further session at RAK Studios. Created with the help of regular collaborator Jim Lowe, it’s an album in which creative sonic touches add to the band’s emphasis on songwriting and melody.
Review : I remember being 15 and Stereophonics being one of my favorite bands…and they’re still going! They are not taking any risks with the new album but I love the nostalgia about it and it is what Stereophonics does best : a mix of classic rock tunes with some beautiful ballads all of this with the amazing voice of Kelly Jones – who still looks as young as when I was 15! My personal favorite is ‘Chances are’ , a very efficient rock tune. Another highlight is “Before Anyone Knew Our Name” – a track about friendship and loss written as a tribute to Stereophonics’ original Drummer Stuart Cable, who left the band in 2003 and died in 2010. A very powerful song enhanced by the repeated lyric “I miss you, man.” Overall a very solid album who will please their fans. 4 stars.
Don’t miss the band who will be playing at l’Olympia on January 26th – Buy tickets : here
The ‘Scream Above The Sounds’ tracklisting is:
‘Caught By The Wind’
‘Taking A Tumble’
‘What’s All The Fuss About?’
‘All In One Night’
‘Before Anyone Knew Our Name’
‘Would You Believe?’
‘Cryin’ In Your Beer’
‘Boy On A Bike’
Bonus tracks on the deluxe edition:
12. ‘Never Going Down’ (live at RAK Studios)
13. ‘Drive A Thousand Miles’ (‘Graffiti…’ sessions)
14. ‘Breaking Dawn’ (written for ‘Twilight’)
15. ‘All In One Night’ (unplugged)
16. ‘Caught By The Wind’ (unplugged)