Amongst the broad oeuvre of bloke and his guitar songwriter types, the UK is crying out for someone with a bit more substance. Forget your Ed Sheerans and James Morrisons, where are the real forces of musical dynamism that once called legions of fans to their cause in the midst of the Britpop glory days – those chaps with a bit more substance to them?
Well, Leeds lad Rupert Stroud feels like a resolute move back in the right direction. There’s airs of a Noel Gallagher or Richard Ashcroft to his world-worn vocals and the menace-tinged edge that characterise the title track single to new album Chasing The Night. Stroud’s songwriting is neatly compact, sleekly efficient but with a rousing heart to it that recalls Coldplay in their darker, more low-slung moments.
Just like the brooding, noir-like video that accompanies Chasing The Night, Rupert Stroud’s music breathes professionalism and the air of a consummate talent. This is one night that we’ll certainly keep chasing...
Chasing The Night is released on the 21st May.