Album Review: A Silent Film – This Stage is Your Life EP

By on Friday, 6th July 2012 at 12:00 pm

In anticipation of next year’s sophomore release from Oxford band A Silent Film, ‘This Stage is Your Life’ is being released later this month. The EP highlights the foursome’s broad musical landscape from high spirited rocking tunes to delicate angst ridden piano ballads. Made up of Rob Stevenson (vocals/piano), Karl Bareham (guitar), Ali Hussain (bass) and Spencer Walker (drums/backing vocals), the band have recently found quite a home in America.

After charting in the U.S. alternative Top 40 with the single ‘You Will Leave a Mark’ from their debut release ‘The City That Sleeps’, the band relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, for a good portion of 2011 to work on their next album. For once, being in America pays off for this American writer. Not only have they toured relentlessly in the States and I have had the privilege of seeing them play twice, but also because their album was released here at the beginning of June.

The title track ‘This Stage is Your Life’ opens the record with a clear piano and prominent fuzzy bass that builds the song. Despite the tendency to think that piano rock bands rely too heavily on said instrument (isn’t it usually the front man playing it?), this song is nicely balanced between piano interludes and skillful guitar work.

‘Echoes Across a Bowl of Tears’ is exclusive to this EP. The first 10 seconds of this song is reminiscent of the opening strains of Radiohead’s ‘Reckoner’. But the song takes a soaring upturn before unleashing deep Tom Smith-esque vocals from Stevenson. In fact the song echoes some of the best the Editor’s offered up in their third album with driving guitar lines, great atmosphere and vivid imagery: “Are the weeds underneath your window keeping you from singing, is the lock on the back of your door keeping you from leaving, are the hands on the back of your neck keeping you from screaming, are the words that you never meant becoming echoes across a bowl of tears.” This track is available as a free download below:

‘Danny, Dakota & the Wishing Well’ rounds out the EP. This is a longer, solo piano version of the lead single from the album. Already a poignant love story, it takes on an immense quality when stripped down to the melody line and simple piano. Having just played London’s Barfly on 28 June, A Silent Film as set to capture the attention of their homeland as they have America.


‘This Stage is Your Life’, the new EP from A Silent Film, will be released on 30 July through Creative Media.

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11:51 pm
6th July 2012

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11:51 pm
6th July 2012

sorry for the misfire! ^ Great review Cheryl! Love it!

12:29 am
14th December 2012

Great review. I picked up the UK Singles EP last night at their show just because I hadn’t heard Echoes Across a Bowl of Tears. Tremendous song! They needed to include this + Snowbirds on the full album! Amazing.

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