Review // The Stomping Academy, The Canteen

The Swedish 10-piece reached out to any broken hearts in the Stokes Croft audience

The Stomping Academy

A 10-piece collective from Sweden, The Stomping Academy burst back on to the Bristol scene with an emotive and energetic show at the beating heart of Stokes Croft, The Canteen. Armed with beaming brass, persuasive percussion, obscure organs, groovy guitars and all the other necessities, The Stomping Academy ramble through catchy, old tunes and thoughtful Americana.

Showcasing material from their latest EP Alison Epilogue, a six track breakup album recorded deep in the heart of the Swedish woods where the silence is as significant as the tone and where all sorrows reconcile. The result of such emotive natural exposure is a low-key Americana record with depthy themes of heartache, but a glimmering ray of hope. The vulnerability of the record creates a sound-clash of energetic and connective music, reaching out to squeeze the hand of the audience member experiencing a similar aching pain.

 a sound-clash of energetic and connective music, reaching out to squeeze the hand of the audience member experiencing a similar aching pain

Starting life as an indie rock-quartet in the sleepy town of Borås, Sweden, The Stomping Academy has grown in sound and pace with the musicians and instruments that subsequently have joined the orchestra. Armed to the teeth with shiny guitars, a huge rhythm section, classy strings and possibly the best brass in the world, nothing is far out of reach. From big band pop to old school soul – the Academy pick the best pieces out of the best music and make it their own.

The Stomping Academy

With an uplifting and positive energy, the band gently coaxed a chattering audience into a contented silence as they worked their way through their EP material and cheekily tipped their hats to a southern country Americana using dreamy guitar riffs and melancholy vocals. An aching ode to the lonely hearts of the world, The Academy strummed, hummed and blew us into a greater sense of wellbeing, accentuated by the dim lighting at The Canteen and the soft smell of craft beer bubbling through the pipes. A muted atmosphere heightened by an electric buzz, the band encourage a kind of exploration of one’s own heartbreak through the medium of their upbeat music.

Highly encouraged if (when) they make a round trip back to the city. A must see.

thestompingacademy.com // soundcloud.com/thestompingacademy // words by Molly Chinner // photography by Petter Trens

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