The Flapper Birmingham 17th May 2014.
Good things are always worth waiting for and with ‘Gypaetus Barbatus’ having finally arrived after being eighteen months in loving creation, the wait has certainly been worth it.
Stubblemelt’s planned album launch has pretty much been a weekend long event, with The Flapper in Birmingham being host for both of the two consecutive nights. Tonight’s event see’s Stubblemelt’s support coming in the guise of Chris Thompson, Brothers Of Caedmon and The Two ‘n’ Eights, so a lot to look forward to for sure!
With a perfectly sunny Saturday having already created the mood to relax, kick back and enjoy some good music, acoustic act Chris Thompson was a great choice to start this evening off. With his fresh sounding acoustic style, Chris’s six song set included a few sparkling gems such as ‘Susie (Out Of Range)’ and ‘Someday’ and both of these can be found over on Chris’s SoundCloud page.
Next up tonight and ready to get The Flapper grooving were the Redditch based band, Brothers Of Caedmon. Without any doubt at all, there is a strong folk rock influence in their music and the slick banjo picking fingers of Chris Slater really does give The Brothers Of Caedmon a niche of their own. Their set tonight gave us a great chance to hear many of their original tracks which also included their newly released video for ‘Run Away Train’, which you can get a peek at over on their website.
Another change in musical direction tonight was brought about for our enjoyment by the charismatic Two ‘n’ Eights, who really do stand their ground when it comes to making that indie vibe happen. You gotta love the personality of this band and their music and clearly many did, as the audience didn’t hesitate in putting down their beer and start dancing. A top set from the Two ‘n’ Eights and a band to make a point of seeing first chance you get.
Our headliners for this evening, Stubblemelt, are a band that I’ve greatly admired for quite some time now, as they have always managed to creatively combined their many influences with their own original individuality and boy, do Stubblemelt own their sound with true passion. I first came across them back in 2011 when their EP ‘The Search’ blew me away and you can check out my review from back then here.
As original and as inspiring as I’d previously thought Stubblemelt to be back then, the new album ‘Gypaetus Barbatus’ takes them one step further down the path of sheer genius. This album shows how their songwriting ability has grown full to brimming, with an abundance of striking detail that has more twists and grooves to it than the mind can anticipate, and one thing for sure – this album is born to fly!
With this being their second night of the weekend long celebration of the album’s release, Stubblemelt were on top notch form and raring to go – not even the savage heat on stage was going to hold them back.
This performance was the first time I’d seen Amy Collins at the synth and what a perfect match she is for this band as my oh my, she is one seriously talented young lady!
Set list tonight included: 1. The March 2. Hold Me 3. Uberloader 4. Can’t Be True 5. Don’t Know 6. Welcome Back 7. Last Good Few 8. Follow The Fallen 9. Heaven 10. Only A Kiss 11. Riding Waves 12. Man Vs Venus 13. Tears 14. Journeyman. Encore was: 1. Evil Insane and 2. See Your Lovers.
I have to say that Stubblemelt seem stronger and sound greater than ever and ‘Gypaetus Barbatus’ is one amazing album you simply have to own. The band have created something quite special here and with my newly purchased copy of said CD clasped tightly in my little paws, I am sure I am going to be listening to this for quite some time to come!
Words and Photography by Sue Wardle.