Anyone who has tuned into the
weekender over the past couple of weeks will have been treated
to one of the best local tracks we've come across in a long time.
Groovy People by Stuart Blance.
Sounding somewhat like Cornershop
in one of their more conventional guitar moments, this is the
sort of three minute wonder that should easily slot into the evening
schedules at Radio One and on any Indie fans stereo.
Yet amazingly, it appears only
as one of two bonus tracks on Stuart's debut album Utopia released
on his own Resemblance label.
"It's a bonus track because
the album is about the acoustic stuff, which is what I normally
do,"said Stuart this week.
"I got a couple of session
guys at Clearwater studios to help me on a couple of tracks I
wanted to do with a band, Groovy People and Coming on up, and
they turned out really well so I decided to stick them on the
end of the record.
"The reaction has been really
good though. It's great because Groovy People was actually written
in the car when I was on the way to Glasgow with a friend Shuggy
Quinn. We didn't have any instruments, we just made it up as we
drove along and then, when we got the chance, worked it out on
Now Stuart is hoping to put a
band together to work on some similar stuff, although as he says
this is hardly a Dylan-goes-electric, Road to Damascus style conversion.
"I have been doing acoustic
stuff mostly because its just me, there is no band, so I go out
and play on my own,"he explained.
"But a few of the songs I
do are really suited to the elctric stuff, because I am influenced
by people such as The Kinks and The Stones. It is just a matter
of putting a band together, which I hope to do now."
Until he does that, treat yourself
to the album, both for these two electric tracks and 11 more intense
acoustic performances, all of which showcase Stuart as a writer
and performer of talent."
Review by Roddy Isles, Rocktalk
- The Courier