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"For the Brave and Troubled album review"

“...it is a very enjoyable record...there’s craft here, articulate and often humorous lyrics, great playing and superb execution and, in chief songwriter Steven K Driver, a chameleon like vocalist. The songs themselves are essentially folk songs, but filtered through post-rock, country and psychedelia and with “Carnivale” even a possible Grandaddy influence...” - Americana UK Magazine


"For the Brave and Troubled album review"

“...it is a very enjoyable record...there’s craft here, articulate and often humorous lyrics, great playing and superb execution and, in chief songwriter Steven K Driver, a chameleon like vocalist. The songs themselves are essentially folk songs, but filtered through post-rock, country and psychedelia and with “Carnivale” even a possible Grandaddy influence...” - Americana UK Magazine


"Broken Records"

Not ones to stand still The Agency are back with a brand new double A-Side single, not six months since their superb debut For the Brave and Troubled was released to glowing reviews. "She" seems like a natural progression from that debut album, with its distinctive lyrics and subtle strumming that evoke a strange Lynchian world, made more so by some nice Julie Cruise style backing vocals. "The Temple" on the other hand is a total departure, harking back to the 80s, it is surprisingly upbeat and more akin to Echo and The Bunnymen than their usual US influenced folly. .. - Crackle Feedback


"Broken Records"

Not ones to stand still The Agency are back with a brand new double A-Side single, not six months since their superb debut For the Brave and Troubled was released to glowing reviews. "She" seems like a natural progression from that debut album, with its distinctive lyrics and subtle strumming that evoke a strange Lynchian world, made more so by some nice Julie Cruise style backing vocals. "The Temple" on the other hand is a total departure, harking back to the 80s, it is surprisingly upbeat and more akin to Echo and The Bunnymen than their usual US influenced folly. .. - Crackle Feedback


"She/The Temple Review"

The Agency She / The Temple (Solarbear) Newcastle band, The Agency, have really come up trumps with this double A-Side. ‘She’ marries the spirit of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang’ to the moodiness of Chris Isaak; while ‘The Temple’ is dripping with the gothic drama of Nick Cave – and that’s a combo that I won’t be kicking out of bed any time soon. (Note: The band are playing Heartattack & Vine, Lime Street, Newcastle, on Saturday 27 April in a gig which we imagine will be all kinds of excellent.) Released 29 April - Crack Magazine


"She/The Temple Review"

The Agency She / The Temple (Solarbear) Newcastle band, The Agency, have really come up trumps with this double A-Side. ‘She’ marries the spirit of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang’ to the moodiness of Chris Isaak; while ‘The Temple’ is dripping with the gothic drama of Nick Cave – and that’s a combo that I won’t be kicking out of bed any time soon. (Note: The band are playing Heartattack & Vine, Lime Street, Newcastle, on Saturday 27 April in a gig which we imagine will be all kinds of excellent.) Released 29 April - Crack Magazine


"The Agency... - She/The Temple"

From what we've heard, it's been a long road for North Easterners The Agency... to get to the point where they're on the verge of putting out this double A-side single, and they have every right to be proud of their achievement. Both tracks here aren't the work of a handful of people who've learnt to play instruments having a pop at writing some songs of their own. This feels like genuine talent at work. Telltale signs are all too obvious: the spaciousness, the unhurried delivery, keeping the pace low and brooding where needed and not being tempted to overdo it; the lyrics, they sound like the work of an imaginative brain, not your usual Beginner's Guide To Rhyming Words nonsense; the musicianship; solid but not workmanlike; highly competent but not overcooked.

There's a moodiness to both songs. 'She' is quite cinematic, almost like Tindersticks caught in a Western movie. It's telling that they put the slower song first. It is (slightly) better, but less experienced bands may have opted for the higher tempo, thinking this will attract more interest. It's the spooky, misty, evocative 'She' that grabs the attention most. When, on 'The Temple', they up the pace, it's to suit the song, not to please the public. This track is another dark tale, on a similar wavelength to say, Grinderman. The guitars are sharpened and raw, the drums allowed to flow more freely. If they can get more material out this year there's a good chance of gaining some momentum, and cult stardom seems well within their grasp. - The Sound of Confusion


"The Agency... - She/The Temple"

From what we've heard, it's been a long road for North Easterners The Agency... to get to the point where they're on the verge of putting out this double A-side single, and they have every right to be proud of their achievement. Both tracks here aren't the work of a handful of people who've learnt to play instruments having a pop at writing some songs of their own. This feels like genuine talent at work. Telltale signs are all too obvious: the spaciousness, the unhurried delivery, keeping the pace low and brooding where needed and not being tempted to overdo it; the lyrics, they sound like the work of an imaginative brain, not your usual Beginner's Guide To Rhyming Words nonsense; the musicianship; solid but not workmanlike; highly competent but not overcooked.

There's a moodiness to both songs. 'She' is quite cinematic, almost like Tindersticks caught in a Western movie. It's telling that they put the slower song first. It is (slightly) better, but less experienced bands may have opted for the higher tempo, thinking this will attract more interest. It's the spooky, misty, evocative 'She' that grabs the attention most. When, on 'The Temple', they up the pace, it's to suit the song, not to please the public. This track is another dark tale, on a similar wavelength to say, Grinderman. The guitars are sharpened and raw, the drums allowed to flow more freely. If they can get more material out this year there's a good chance of gaining some momentum, and cult stardom seems well within their grasp. - The Sound of Confusion


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