Stone Thieves are a quartet hailing from London, with this four track EP being their latest release. A quote from the band’s Facebook page states that they are, "Doused in the great tradition of the quintessentially English take on the electrified sound of American Blues", and the music on offer here does little to challenge that assertion.
The EP opens with ‘Wheels’, which is an up-tempo rocker, beginning with some gritty guitar before the drums and vocals kick in. Vocalist Aaron Gardner has a voice suited to the whiskey-soaked blues that he and his counterparts deliver, coming across as a decent combination of Tom Petty and Neil Young.
‘Medicine Man’ is slower paced and more measured than its predecessor, with some nice touches of organ, harmonica and an all-round laid-back vibe. ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ follows in much the same vein as ‘Medicine Man’, enabling the band to showcase their undoubted musicianship and their tightness as a unit. A different, piano-led and ballad-style version of ‘Wheels’ rounds things off, allowing Gardner to give full rein to his vocal prowess.
All in all, this is a promising offering from the band and hopefully will prove to be a springboard to greater things.
CHURCH OF THE MEDICINE MAN
Review by Dave Uphill
14th February 2020
2) Medicine Man
3) Let the Good Times Roll
4) Wheels (Reprise)
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"...a promising offering from the band and hopefully will prove to be a springboard to greater things."