Throughout their career the band have continuously released classic albums and their ninth album, ‘Keep The Village Alive’, is no exception.
This 10 track record, written and produced by Kelly Jones, follows the acclaimed 2013 platinum release, ‘Graffiti On The Train’, which sold over 300,000 copies in the UK. Since winning a Brit Award in 1998 for Best New Group Stereophonics have developed a sound that is like few others.
Their achievements are many. They are the 8th group to achieve 5 consecutive UK number 1 albums in a list that includes the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Genesis, Oasis, Blur and U2. They’ve enjoyed 11 top 10 singles including the number 1 single ‘Dakota’. Their hits collection, ‘Decade In The Sun’, sold 1.2 million copies in the UK while they sold over 150,000 tickets on their last 16 date UK arena tour.
Recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels and at their own Stylus Studios ‘Keep The Village Alive’ is the sound of a band in their prime. First single and opening track ‘C’est La Vie’ is an explosive burst of whip smart rock.
Further singles include ‘I Wanna Get Lost With You’ and ‘White Lies’ both of which have been compared to the band’s finest singles by those lucky enough to have already heard them.
One of the album’s best songs is ‘Sunny’. “That started as 3 songs in one. It goes off on that guitar solo thing at the end. I guess there’s a bit of Fleetwood Mac in there at the end, ‘The Chain’, and things like that,” Kelly says.
Throughout their career, Stereophonics have always been about family. There’s a strong emotional pull at the heart of their best work. You can feel that bond throughout this new disc.