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!