Between The Stars
Loud & Proud
When vocalist Lacey Sturm left Flyleaf in 2012 this ‘radio friendly’ US rock band was in desperate need of a new frontwoman. About the same time a band called Vedera called it a day leaving vocalist Kristen May in need of a new project. "We had a common hardship" says Kristen, "And once we began making music it felt like home". And this album is a testament to just how well this combination has gelled. It’s packed with songs, with that hard rock element evident throughout, yet We Were Animals which acts as a prelude to the more upbeat Animals, the first single from the album. The band excels in repetitive guitar phrases, stabbing chords and light licks but what it lacks in sonic depth is compensated by good melodies and a freshness of delivery that seems very up to date. Not a world stopper perhaps but a very enjoyable excursion into a seemingly less demanding space. It’s a short album by today’s standards but interesting and enjoyable throughout.