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The Courier April 2002





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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 the guitar."

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