SO WHO ARE THE STUMBLE ?... Reviews of the album below
If you've seen us before then you will know that we are all about live rapturous Chicago style rhythm & blues. If you are new to the band, then allow me to explain....
The Stumble are a six piece band based in and around Preston in the North-West and what you get is a classic valve driven back line driven with shuffle and roll. Influences range from B.B. King, Freddy King, Muddy Waters, Maceo Parker, The Allman Brother's Band, Booker T, King Curtis etc. Basically, if music has that screwed down ambient live feel expressed by some of these guys, then it'll get on our turntable.
Our debut album '˜The World is Tough' came out in 2006 via cdbaby and received rave reviews throughout the UK blues communities and further afield.We have been doing a serious schedule of UK appearances since then, with sell out gigs at blues clubs, independent venues and some great festival appearances across the country and in Ireland.
The second album '˜The Houngan' released November 2008, paints a more diverse musical canvas than the previous album. This was recorded and mixed at Restrike Studios in Manchester during July 08 predominantly live onto tape to capture the warmth and ambience of the band's live performance. 'Houngan' is an attempt at a more polished studio album, but one in which the band's live edge and the warmth and ambience of a valve back line was assured.
The album is designed to be as diverse, in terms of tones and tempos, as possible. We wanted the listener to understand our influences, yet hopefully appreciate that the sound and style of the numbers are our own.The tracks roll and rumble, but the colour which the soloists add to the melting pot really makes this album rich. You wonâ€™t have to turn up your bass booster on your stereo to get a thump out of some of these songs, just turn up the volume and it will be like the band are right there in the room with you.
GO HAVE A LISTEN NOW AND SEE WHAT YOU THINK...
WWW.BLUESINTHENORTHWEST.COM REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2008
'...The Stumble were justifiably one of the UK's top rated bands and go from strength to strength and their recent release 'Houngan' will help keep the momentum going - a great release and my choice as UK CD of the year.'
Pete Evans of Hookers Blues Club
CD REVIEW FOR BLUES IN BRITAIN DEC 2008
Star Jam Music STU 475986-4
Houngan is the eagerly awaited follow-up to The Stumble's previous, highly acclaimed album, The World Is Tough. It comprises 13 tracks, 11 of which are written by the band, with drummer Boyd Tonner contributing solely or jointly to ten of them.
The album opens with the bouncing Elmore-James-style shuffle, 'A Lie', followed by the fast-moving 'Bus Stop' and the Latin-rhythmed 'Heart Stopped Working'. The slower-paced 'Flesh And Bone' is embellished by a lovely guitar solo from Colin Black, while the superb title track boasts an insistent boogie beat and features a cracking sax solo from Simon Anthony. The upbeat rocker 'Maudie' and the universally loved 'Nobody's Business' showcase Paul Melville's magnificent vocal prowess, while 'Your Love For Me' demonstrates Jonny Spencer's mastery of slide guitar and the high calibre of Boyd on drums and Dave Heath on bass guitar.
'Georgia Sun' sets a rattling pace before the excellent medium-paced shuffle 'Kind O' Girl' settles the tempo down and sees Simon on baritone sax while Colin delivers a marvellous harp solo. 'Headshot' raises the pace again with Jonny on lead guitar and 'Sugar Don't Taste So Sweet' combines a predominantly Latin-rhythm with a driving middle eight before Howlin' Wolf' 'Meet Me At The Bottom' brings the wonderful concoction to a vibrant climax.
The Stumble is now rightly recognised throughout the UK as a band of the highest quality and this excellent album underlines the validity of that appraisal definitely one for the collection. Rating: 9
ALBUM REVIEW OF 'HOUNGAN' by Philippe Le Guennec Nov 2008
Apres le tres remarquÃ© cd "the world is tough" paru en 2006 qui pour un premier album avait remarquÃ© l'attention par leur maturitÃ©, le sextet originaire de Preston (dans le nord ouest de l'Angleterre) rÃ©cidive avec "Hougan" tout aussi gÃ©nial , pas une minute d'ennuie tout au long des treize morceaux (51 mns) Ã§Ã commence fort avec "it's a lie" "bus stop" tres rythm n blues, le suberbe "Georgia Sun" jouÃ© en acoustique, deux reprises seulement "nobody's business" au feeling incroyable dans la voix de Paul Melville , la guitare de Colin Black & le sax magique de Simon Anthony& l'incontournable "Meet me at the bottom" d'Howlin' Wolf.Le second guitariste Johnny Spencer s'en donne aussi Ã coeur joie sur "Headshot, "your love for me"... pour conclure c'est un excellent album de British Blues,Rythm N Blues ou Colin Black fait des prouesses Ã la "slide guitar" bien rappeuse. En un mot SUPERBE, ou la finesse & le feeling sont toujours au rendez vous, encore un excellent groupe Ã dÃ©couvrir.Published in Bluesandco France