Stolen Haven – Stolen Haven EP

Stolen Haven

The Band: Stolen Haven

Hometown: Manchester

Boys In The Band:-

Andy Brides – Vocals.Song Writer.
Jimmy Gardner Guitar, Backing Vocals. CoWriter.
Matt Edge – Bass
Adam Brides – Drums

Sounds Like: Oasis, The Coral, The Seahorses

Stolen Haven EP

It’s always pleasant to hear a good EP, which Stolen Haven have provided here, as they demonstrate a diverse array of songs with an acoustic number, a classic chord thrashing rock song and a heavy blues track to top it all off. The quick pace of the first song ‘Broke’ reminds you of something that Oasis perhaps would’ve done in their earlier years, with a catchy chorus and a riff to match it, the song proves to be a strong start for the EP. Stolen Haven use their influences within their songs and achieve this without ripping their influences off as they manage to keep their identity on each track. ‘Decent Shoes’ perhaps has one of the most memorable chorus’ I’ve ever heard, as it continued to roll of my tongue every time I filled the kettle (A Lot of times), the gentle strumming of the acoustic guitar has the tendency to make you think about a younger Noel Gallagher playing ‘Half the world away’.

Stolen Haven 2

Once again the Oasis influences are bursting out at the seams with ‘Memories’ with the hook line ‘Cut you to the waistline’.  After the somewhat mellow introduction, the drums come kicking in and all inhibitions are lost as the song burst into life, hinting toward one of Oasis’ earlier songs ‘Columbia’. One thing that sets this song apart from Oasis is the vocals tower over them, as they’re not as brash as Liam’s, they’re actually soulful and well delivered. The bluesy number ‘Unhappy Restless Soul’ see’s the EP off, with a heavy, spiralling riff you’d expect to hear off Jack White. Stolen Haven show that they’re capable of stepping out their comfort stone, and try something that isn’t really expected after the previous three tracks.

Overall the EP is something that Stolen Haven should be proud about, as they’ve demonstrated that they’re capable of conjuring up a strong batch of songs, and they’re not your generic ten a penny band that struggle to create anything decent. Gladly the boys have more ideas in the pipeline, and it shouldn’t be long until the next load are ready to be released. Make sure you go to their soundcloud to hear the rest of their EP!

Words by Alex Wise – @al4563





Upcoming Dates:

The Queens, Tyldesley Manchester, UK
Ravenstonedale Festival 2013 Cumbria, UK
Festival Marquee 2013 Leigh, UK

Noel Gallagher at Kerrang! Radio


Sorry about the photos, Iphones aren’t best to take photos!

I was extremely lucky yesterday as I got the chance to see Noel play live at Kerrang! Radio at an intimate gig. There was literally only about 40 people there and I was one of them. I’m a roadie there so I got to sit in the back where he was before he played! At one point there was only about 8 people in that room and me and him were two of those people, I felt very privileged. When I saw him, he was just on his phone and seem to have this godlike genius glow to him, and he was just effortlessly cool, even though he did look shattered. It’s a day I will never ever forget, just being in the same rooms as him.


The Gig

His set was very heavy on Oasis songs, which I preferred because I haven’t seen him play some Oasis songs live. Off his new solo album he played, AKA…What a life and If I had a gun, I think that was it haha. But he played the old favorite It’s good to be free along with Supersonic, Half the world away, Don’t look back in anger and Wonderwall.

He also played ‘D’yer wanna be a spaceman?’ which was brilliant because he said before he played it ‘ I’ve only played this one 8 times live’, so I felt very privileged, and it was class, everyone was singing and it reminded how much of great song it is.

He went on for about 40 mins, which was longer than I expected because it was only a radio station gig.



There was one heckle and it was the most obvious, I’m all for heckles only if they’re funny and haven’t been shouted millions of times. The heckle was ‘Where’s Liam?’, when it got shouted out I thought ‘F**k me? Nothing better than that?’. Noel took it well and replied with ‘I don’t know, he’s probably at home. He’s got a shot load of money…for doing very little’, which obviously got a round of applause and a couple of laughs.

I wanted to shout out something, but I didn’t want get in trouble and lose my very important job, probably one of the best jobs I could ever have. So I thought I’d leave it.

Unfortunately I didn’t get anything but I don’t mind, seeing him live was amazing. Also I wasn’t able to record any videos :/, which I would’ve loved to have done.

That’s the post for today, please comment, even if it is on my terrible photography.

The Chief’s new tracks!

Before I start, just wanna say that this one of the coolest photos I’ve seen.

Right, Noel Gallagher, two new tunes, what we reckon?

Have a listen first…

You know what you’re going to get with Noel Gallagher songs, catchy chorus’ (I’m already singing one of em’), simple chord changes, nice slow pace, and these two songs don’t step out of that boundary. I don’t think it matters though because they’re good like that, they’re simply brilliant as I once heard them called. I think now Noel’s a bit older, he’s doing more love songs, obviously they’re not soppy and full of cliche’s but you know they’re about love and being with someone, and he’s doing it the right way by not entertaining the idea of ‘soppyness’.

I think they’re two beautiful songs, sung by a beautiful man, with beautiful hair and cool glasses. Chop them down by saying they’re simple, easy, boring, but I really like em’.

Keep going chief.