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August 12, 2013

Another album review is in for “Sidecars & Sideshows” and we got a whopping 5 out of 5 by Jampshere,com

We Steal Flyers are an international touring duo of songwriters, from the heart of Northumberland. Derek and Shaggy met in 2008 while they were supporting US Rocker, Adam Bomb, both were fronting different bands at the time. They decided to combine their uniqueness, talents and skills to bring the best of what they had together to create the magic that is We Steal Flyers.

We Steal Flyers toured with their debut album Our World, through UK and Europe and playing an impressive 250 shows a year. With radio support across the world and with the success of their online status they have followers and friends in many places. Between them they have written a multitude of songs, which have been recorded and released on over 10 albums, EPs and singles.

They consider no venue is too big or too small, We Steal Flyers will perform anywhere and everywhere to have their music heard. So far they have played with many famous names and artists on their adventure so far, including Roy Wood, The Quireboys, Hayseed Dixie, Miles Hunt of The Wonderstuff, Adam Bomb, Jawbone, Mark Morris of The Bluetones, Christ Helme of The Seahorses, Tom Hingley of Inspiral Carpets, Half Man Half Biscuit, Sons & Daughters, Rod Clements of Lindisfarne, Nigel Clark of Dodgy, Proud Mary and many more, on their travels. They were also proud winners of the EMA Exposure Award “Best Live Folk Act 2011″.

The new album “Sidecars & Sideshows” is a testament to the charisma, honesty, and straightforward talent of We Steal Flyers. The album is packed with fantastic songs. My absolute favorite so far being “High Times”, which I personally would have chosen as a single release. The song has a wide crossover appeal, even though it is less intimate and intensely organic than the other standouts among standouts, like “Wake Up”, “For You”, “Run”, “Something Missing,” and “Can I Be Your Rain”.

“Sidecars & Sideshows, contains all of the good things that We Steal Flyers represent, musically. There are satisfying harmonies, some great playing of acoustic instruments, and most of all, a very good selection of heartfelt melodies. Style-wise, the duo’s music could be considered New Folk, Americana, or any other acoustically roots-based category.

For me, I prefer to just put We Steal Flyers in my “favorite groups” category, and leave it at that. The production team also did a terrific job here. In this day of so many overproduced recordings, it’s nice to hear a pure, clean and almost live sounding version of the We Steal Flyers, that allows all of the joy and passion within their music to come out and rise to the top of the mix.

For you, it will be love at first listen with the We Steal Flyers. Their brand of American roots music coupled with strong songwriting is a refreshing aural tonic. Having heard the duo’s previous work; I feel that this is their most consistent set of songs. Their open and honest lyrics have been honed to an even sharper edge on this album.

The plain truth is that this is a great album. The music is no frills, but somehow terribly addictive. Get to know these guys. I mean, really, get to know them. You will fall in love with not only their music, but their vagabond souls as well. With “Sidecars & Sideshows”, We Steal Flyers have crafted an emotional cavern as deep as an abyss, for you to wallow in. Experience it!

Album Review by Noiseshaft!

July 19, 2013

We Steal Flyers – Sidecars & Sideshows review by

Year : 2013
Genre : Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Label : Independent
Origin : United Kingdom
Official site : > – here – <

We Steal Flyers is a massively acoustic duo with thorough touring experience under their belt, as the cohesive unit plays 250 shows a year, and is after an extensive US based sonic campaign as you read this review.

The music is gentle, well suited to ease your craving for orthodox country patterns and fascinations, and is resonated with true love towards the style with not many – if any – unwanted surprises to litter the crystal clear agenda. Boundaries are respected throughout, and the reoccurring relative lack of percussive instruments – there are tasteful exceptions – certainly gives an especially intimate tint to the overall listening experience. Read on to know more about this.

As noted, seldom are the times when the band utilizes explicit percussive instruments, and, whenever they do, the narrative intensity tends to grow JUST a little bit more restless in its timber and character, as is the case with track number 5 called “For You”, for example. In this particular piece, the band showcases BUT the hint of an intriguing Pink Floyd influence while remaining faithful to their country roots, and the emotional singing delivery summons Pearl Jam era Eddie Vedder. The same trend seems to be solidifying via another peak moment, “High Times” – nomen est omen, I suppose – in which the band places a clever index finger right to the pulsating intersection of post-grunge morose-ism and radio friendly soft rock delivered from heights pronounced enough to go voyeur on The Bon Jovi.

By the middle point of the release, you will be accustomed to the relatively restrained overall demeanor of the release, and your nervous system will definitely be calibrated according to the related specifications of a space cowboy, although the aforementioned Pink Floyd influence is something that remains somewhat of a beneficiary lurker amidst the consequent declarations. The album is easy (even like Sunday morning, yes) to listen to, and quite dangerless to do that with, too. It all is a matter of your current musical interest, and you virtually can not go wrong with what this band has to offer, in case your fascination equates with the gentler kind of country that is quite masterfully produced and soulfully delivered. An immediate recommendation for the devoted country aficionado, and a nice moment of lush, orthodox harmonies for everyone else.