This is the first time I have heard of Scottish indie group Shooting Stansfield, and I regret not falling across them before. I have completely fallen in love. ‘We Know Not What We Do’ is the bands third EP release; I am secretly hoping a full length album is on their check list of things to complete next.
The EP is absolutely captivating, hypnotic and just simply beautiful. The thing that will instantly hit you is the striking voice of lead singer Stewart Douglas. His vocals are without a doubt outstanding, with the Scottish accent proudly dominating the tracks.
The first hit is ‘Blue Turns Black’, a racing alternative track with prevalent guitar riffs and a catchy chorus you can’t help but sing along to. The track has a melodious style, with a heavy bass line and textured with different musical elements and sounds. This follows with the favourite track ‘Greater Or Lesser’ another harmonious hit, with an exceptional melody. The instrumental talent is fantastic; the group have managed to combine unique folk rhythms with modern alternative flares.
Another hit from the EP is ‘Sign of the Times’, which stars ambient riffs with a wonderful slow-paced melody. The soulful emotional lyrics truly are heart wrenching, e.g. “With the lines on our face remain, as a sign of times we’ve been through. What takes to get through to you?” For me, the band has managed to grasp the key to unlock real talented music; through every track you can feel the emotions of the artist flowing free. Music to me should have a real effect on the listener, give them something they can relate to, fall in love with, and sing their hearts out too. ‘We Know Not What We Do’ holds that powerful musical effect, taking you on a whirlwind of thoughts and feelings.
Shooting Stansfield have created an epic indie alternative EP, showcasing their innovative and unique sound. Every track is an individual masterpiece, with soothing guitar riffs and catchy melodies. The band has a real melodic sound with hard-hitting riffs starring meaningful lyrics, which creates breathtaking tracks. If you enjoy the likes of Coldplay, Snow Patrol or Stereophonics I definitely recommend giving these guys a listen. Especially to hear the captivating touching vocals that you will want to listen to over and over again.
‘We Know Not What We Do’ by Shooting Stansfieldis released on 7th June.
Words by Chantelle Kelly (@ChantelleKelly3)