AIN’T ALWAYS EASY
FOR FANS OF: Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown ■ You could be forgiven for thinking, upon hearing Stone Broken’s slick, arena-sized riffs and the swaggering rasp of singer/guitarist Rich Moss, that this lot are a foreign import. You would be bang wrong. For though they’re cut from a similar musical cloth to Black Stone Cherry and their American contemporaries, this lot are actually from the Midlands, a fact that makes you warm to them quickly, and underneath the initial Americanisms there does lie a good amount of homegrown grit. If you want bigarsed party anthems to drive to – and they’ll work equally well on the Pacific Highway as the M42 into Birmingham – there’s plenty here, but Stone Broken also get deeply personal at times, nowhere more than on Heartbeat Away, which finds Rich dealing with the subject of domestic violence. They’re already selling out venues – with an album so strong under their belts, that could just be the start.