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"JANUARY REVIEWS 2013 - by Andy, Paul, Mike, Jared, Callum and Brett."

Following up well received April single 'Swan', Emperor The Stag are back with their first EP - five songs of solid indie rock demonstrating that they are a band who have really found their sound. The distinct, low register vocal of Nick Webb sits comfortably over a backdrop of guitar and rhythm section that calls to mind noughties indie tropes.

The watchword for the EP is production, with every strum, tap and lyric captured clearly and allowing the listener to fully appreaciate each track without ditracting fuzz, overbearing reverb or other distracting stylistic choices. This is simple but effective work that lets the the music speak for itself. As for the songs themselves, ironically titled opener 'Farewells' collates interesting, unusual rhythms into a short running time, while longer sprawling tracks 'Red Admiral's Daughter' and 'White Car Never Comes' are more meditative and straightforward foot tapping repectively. Middle track 'LEAD' also stands out for a simple acoustic guitar line that anchors a spaced out sonic landscape - reminiscent of early Coldplay (you know, before it stopped being cool to think they were good). There's a lot here that demonstrates that Emperor The Stag will be around for a while yet, with plenty more for the band to discover about their own direction as they work on an upcoming full length. There's a lot of potential here, and we're looking forward to seeing what comes next. Review by Jared Jones - www.facebook.com/EmperorTheStag - Mudkiss fanzine


"ARTISTS ON THE UP WITH LABELLED INDEPENDENT"

We take a look at some of the top independent artists in the USA and UK in association with Labelled Independent, the new music podcast. Den Haag’s EP ‘Trials & Tributes’ (out now on digital) calls on post-punk influences such as The Cure & Joy Division with a DIY feel. On the other hand Emperor The Stag have a pristine indie sound that calls to mind some top 21st century artists. The production on their ‘Speedwell Drive’ EP is top drawer, with sings that range from the short and shifty to the sprawling and epic. Both these Brit Rock bands are well worth your time. - Skopemag


"Let Me Introduce You To… Emperor The Stag"

For fans of Elbow/Doves/The Smiths – Debut EP Speedwell Drive is out now, with a follow up on the way.

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The missing stag, the ‘Emperor’ of Exmoor may well have been unnecessarily shot and attached to a wall – but his spirit will live on and has officially been found and bottled up by alternative musicians Nick Webb (vocals, guitar) Alex Speirs (drums, vocals) Rob Baird (guitar) and Harry Whitburn (bass, vocals).

The new Emperor the Stag EP, Speedwell Drive is out now through Stop Thinking Records.

The Speedwell Drive sessions were dedicated to the concept of getting carried away. The EP was carefully threaded together in local basements, Webb’s loft room and Joel Roberts’ bedroom over a difficult summer. Towards the latter end of the process, Speirs lost his dad and one of his best mates to altitude sickness on the Inca trail (Adam Savoury, also a friend of Webb’s) within a month. The band fought on and in tribute to Adam they reworked and released a demo titled Live the Years, which raised money to support a charity founded by his parents.

In 2013, a full length release is on the cards for Emperor the Stag. - a music blog, yea?


"New alt rock from the South Coast – Emperor The Stag"

Fans of moody alternative axe bands could do a lot worse than take a look at one of the newest acts to come from the hallowed music city of Brighton.

4 piece Emperor the Stag have been on the rise since their formation last year, and with album ‘Speedwell Drive’ they are staking their claim as a badn to keep an eye on in the near future. With another album in the works, you could do a lot worse than check out their sites:

http://stopthinkingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/speedwell-drive

http://www.soundcloud.com/etsofficial

Or if you’d rather listen with your eyes, you can find the video to the epic but mellow ‘Red Admiral’s Daughter’ here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YwytnASvb4 - Trisickle magazine


"New alt rock from the South Coast – Emperor The Stag"

Fans of moody alternative axe bands could do a lot worse than take a look at one of the newest acts to come from the hallowed music city of Brighton.

4 piece Emperor the Stag have been on the rise since their formation last year, and with album ‘Speedwell Drive’ they are staking their claim as a badn to keep an eye on in the near future. With another album in the works, you could do a lot worse than check out their sites:

http://stopthinkingrecords.bandcamp.com/album/speedwell-drive

http://www.soundcloud.com/etsofficial

Or if you’d rather listen with your eyes, you can find the video to the epic but mellow ‘Red Admiral’s Daughter’ here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YwytnASvb4 - Trisickle magazine


"EP Review - Emperor The Stag, 'Speedwell Drive' EP- Stop Thinking Records"

Following up last year’s single 'Swan', Emperor The Stag are back with their first EP - five songs of solid indie rock from a band who have really found their sound.

The watchword for the EP is production, with every strum, tap and lyric captured clearly and allowing the listener to fully appreciate each track without distracting fuzz, overbearing reverb or other distracting stylistic choices. This is simple but effective work that lets the music speak for itself, a mix of noughties indie tropes and some very good musicianship and writing. As for the songs themselves, ironically titled opener 'Farewells' brings together some unusual rhythms into a short running time, while longer sprawling tracks 'Red Admiral's Daughter' and 'White Car Never Comes' are more meditative and straightforward foot tapping respectively. Middle track 'LEAD' also stands out for a simple acoustic guitar line that anchors a spaced out sonic landscape - reminiscent of early Coldplay (you know, before it stopped being cool to think they were good).

There's a lot here that demonstrates that Emperor The Stag will be around for a while yet, with plenty more for the band to discover about their own direction as they work on an upcoming full length. There's a lot of potential here, which bodes well for the future. - Risk and consequence


Discography

The Deceitful Doe (EP)
Swan (Single, introduced on BBC Sussex)
Speedwell Drive (EP, tracks introduced on BBC Sussex, AcousticSpectrum radio and CSRFM)

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The missing stag, the 'Emperor' of Exmoor may well have been unecessarily shot and attatched to a wall - but his spirit will live on and has officially been founded and bottled up by alternative musicians Nick Webb (vocals, guitar) Alex Speirs (drums, vocals) Rob Baird (e guitar) and Harry Whitburn (bass, vocals) in early 2011.

Speirs and Webb finally crossed musical paths (after being school friends) in their early-mid twenties. As a teenager Webb networked with his first band Fracture and shared the stage with likes of Laura Marling and White Lies. In the more mature follow up came synth lead 'capital' - suited and booted and backed by indie label Fierce Panda, it was during this period where Webb started to get recognition and was a firm favourtie on BBC 6 Music's drive home show with Steve Lamacq. Alas capital rightly became disillusioned with the ever changing gallery on the major players walls (Sony and Mercury fronting recording costs) and threw the towel in, however, not without releasing their album for free on their own label Stop Thinking Records.

Emperor The Stag soon got productive and worked with producer Joel Roberts ( Webb's former band mate) on a whole host of demos, one of which titled 'Glue' was unexpectedly introudced by BBC radio in the South. The sound was dominant with a boxed, digital delayed guitar, eery harmonised vocals and an acoustic up-strum (one review planted Elbow and the Doves as influences.) Packed gigs in and around Brighton followed . The band decided to flaunt their stuff for real and release debut single Swan (4.4.12) on iTunes which recieved yet more airplay from BBC introducing and enticed the band to plan for a fuller release.

The Speedwell Drive sessions were dedicated to the concept of getting carried away, going dangerously too far and neglecting the adovocates sensible opponent. The EP was carefully threaded together in local bassements, Webb's loft room and producer Joel Roberts' bedroom. It was written and recorded in an empty summer where Webb would rountinely swim in the sea to help numb the power of the minds doubts. A difficult month followed towards the latter end of the EP's completion. Speirs losing his dad and one of his best mates to altitude sickness on the inka trail ( Adam Savoury, also a friend of Webbs) within a month. The band fought on and in tribute to Adam they released a reworked demo titled 'live the years' which raised money to support a charity founded by his parents

To promote Speedwell drive, a DIY video of key track 'Red Admiral's Daughter' was made in the woods by guitarist Rob Baird. Once again Melita Dennet from the Beeb showed her support by introducing 'Darkest Cellar' a Flaming lips, British Sea Power esque anthem swimming in it's own wonder. In 2013, yet another full release and tour await them. The term watch this space has never been more relevant.