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Album Review: The People The Poet – Paradise Closed

The People The Poet – Paradise Closed

Release date: April 1st 2016

Members: Leon Stanford – Vocals, Tyla Campbell – Guitar, Pete Mills – Bass, Lewis Rowsell – Drums

The Pontypridd rock outfit made lots of new friends at SXSW in Austin, Texas – so much so that the have been invited back again this year. In addition, they will shortly be releasing a new 6 track EP ‘ Paradise Closed’ – a follow up to their critically-acclaimed debut album The Narrator (2013).

‘Happy Being Miserable’ – an upbeat song that is the opening track for a more carefully produced and accomplished collection of songs than the band have previously released . This track is a witty,  heavily laden sarcastic track that is both fun and catchy

‘Club 27’ follows and is by contrast a blues based track and the forthcoming single to be released on 15th March. With a sound that could be likened to Bruce Springstein’ this is a strong anthem track that deserves to receive due acclaim being a stand out song that pays tribute to some of the music world’s young losses; this will definitely engage audiences and have them singing along

‘Matchday’ – this previous released single which has received an encouraging amount of airplay as well as having been used for Welsh Rugby Union coverage – reminiscent of the Killer’s Sam’s Town, with Leon Stanford duetting with occasional support singer Greta Isaac.

‘Same Heart’ – reminiscent of Kings of Leon – an undulating and rolling track with strong drum tempo, lyrically very clever and thought provoking, supported by haunting and delicate guitar riffs.

‘Needle In A Haystack’ – a track that would slip easily into a Coldplay album, another catchy track with changing tempos, it is quite simply instrumentally brilliant.

‘When The Fire Goes Out’ a memorable track with strong acoustics and leading piano. The soft tempo of this track, with delicate guitars, builds to showcase a depth to Leon’s voice that is a match for Chris Martin or Bono.

This EP is superb and showcases a variety and depth to their music and songwriting that few bands around at the moment have, and without doubt the best they have written so far. This band have produced an EP of quality that deserves serious recognition; this band have a strong future.


Written By: Lindsy Stott


Lostprophets – Brixton Academy – 4th May 2012

by Lindsy Stott

The Lostprophets proved without a doubt that they still have what it takes to fill a major venue and get everyone up singing along to songs old and new.

The six members of the band, all adorned in matching jackets and t-shirts performed an energetic 2 hour set that was both musically and visually strong – if a little heavy on the dry ice.

The musical formula was a winner; older numbers from ‘Start Something’ (2004) including Last Summer, to hits from the No1 2007 album ‘Liberation Transmission’ – Rooftops, A Town Called Hypocrisy and 4:AM Forever blended seamlessly through to songs from this year’s album release ‘Weapons’. The anthemic ‘We Bring An Arsenal’ proved that the band still deserve to be recognised as one of Britain’s best, and lead singer Ian Watkins strutted the stage with a voice as powerful as ever and supported by 5 strong and talented musicians the show was not only slick but high octane.

The energy continued from the moment the band took to the stage amidst sirens and lasers through to the encore which included the celebratory Everyday Combat, and which left the audience in no doubt at all that this enduring group from Pontypridd still have the ability and aptitude to pull off one hell of a performance.