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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


Interview: The Maine – Brighton, Concorde 2 – 17th April 2013

Screen Shot 2014-04-19 at 22.17.34We caught up with Kennedy, Pat and Jared from The Maine before they supported Deaf Havana at Brighton’s Concorde 2 on April 17th 2014.

Check out the video below


Interviewed by: Samantha Stott

Recorded by: Lindsy Stott


Live Review: The People The Poet, Brighton, Concorde 2, 17th April 2014

The People The Poet-34The People The Poet, formed in 2008 under the name Tiger Please and renamed in 2012, showed themselves to be yet another strong and extremely accomplished emergence from South Wales. Yet to be a group widely known by masses, this tour, which has seen them supporting Deaf Havana, should ensure a rapid growth in their popularity and deserved recognition.

The People The Poet are extremely good at what they do, delivering powerful folk-rock anthems combined with undeniable Welsh charm, and they will be a sure hit at the festivals they are lined up to play this summer.

Their first album The Narrator which took 3 years to make is an intriguing venture made up of a collection of songs based on stories trusted to the band by fans – each track a poignant moment in time or journey of someone’s life. The lyrics combined with brilliant instrumentals capture the emotions and the result is well crafted, delivering easy listening folk pop-rock with meaning.

However, a live performance of this band is a must to appreciate fully the talents of these Welsh rockers. They bring to the stage a mass of energy led by the superb vocals of Leon Stanford that carry a deep indie-rock vibe, which combine perfectly with the delicate harmonies delivered by the diminutive ‘guest’ singer Greta Isaac.

The People The Poet command the stage from the first note with strong drum rhythms of Lewis Rowsel, accomplished guitar and bass, and anthemic sing along choruses that draw in the audience with ease  from the outset.
Sing, Take, Being Human and Stabilisers stand out  – big songs, with good melodies and catchy choruses that showcase their undoubted talents.

The People The Poet deserve the praise and recognition for their outstanding début album The Narrator that everyone needs to hear but if the opportunity arises for you to see them live at one of the many venues across the UK this summer then I would recommend you do – you will not be disappointed!

The Narrator by The People The Poet was released 4th November.

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Check out our photos from the show

Written By: Lindsy Stott

Photography by: Samantha Stott