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Tuesday 31 October 2017

Scream Above The Sounds: Stereophonics Return This Week With Set Of 'Big Anthemic Songs'

Twenty years after their debut (Word Gets Around) and six No.1 albums later, Stereophonics are set to release their new album Scream Above The Sounds, this week.
Stereophonics (c) Andrew Whitton 2017

Frontman Kelly Jones 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. 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.

Kelly believes his childhood plays a big part in the every day tales that he is able to capture in song and turn into complete three minute short stories. 

"I was the youngest and was raised on other people's stories." 

"When my dad was playing the pubs, I was always sat with old blokes, hearing stories.
"When I started to write songs, I was tuning in to all these stories. I'd see or hear something and think, 'that's a song!'" 

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.

Stereophonics new album 'Scream Above The Sounds' is released on 3rd November 2017. To pre-order CLICK HERE. They play The Brighton Centre on Thursday 27th February 2018

by: Mike Cobley

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