10 for 1012: #9 – The Stowaways

By on Friday, 2nd December 2011 at 11:00 am

Cheeky London chappies the Stowaways have slowly but surely been making waves on the national scene, despite being unsigned and holding down day jobs at the same time. The band are two EPs into their recording career – first release ‘Monroe’ (listen to it on the video below) attracted some rave reviews, as well as the attention of FHM magazine; the title track apparently a perfect soundtrack to a sensual vixen prancing around in her scanties. Second EP ‘Then’ introduced a harder, more purposeful sound, the drums heavier and the vocals smoother, but still retaining the essential melodic core which makes the band who they are. This record caught the attention of 6Music’s Tom Robinson, who invited the band in for a chat, and put lead-off track ‘Stay’ on heavy rotation.


The Stowaways have the same urgency, similar jangly yet dirty guitars, the same attachment to a classic pop sensibility as early Britpop pioneers such as Menswear and Shed Seven. More recently their contemporaries are melodic guitar bands such as the Courteeners, but there is plenty of distinctive personality in their sound to set them apart from such obvious comparisons. A masterclass in what an unsigned band can achieve in a short space of time, the release of third EP ‘Here” will surely see the Stowaways pass into the wider public consciousness; 2012 should be an exciting year for them.

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