• new street adventure Stubborn Sons (CD, £10.50)

    label: Acid Jazz

    Just as Curtis Mayfield chronicled the social upheavals of mid 70’s America and The Jam cast a perspicacious eye over Thatcher’s Britain, New Street Adventure reflect the turbulent world we live in today. However, it’s only with stunning new album ‘Stubborn Sons’ that their unique vision has come into sharp focus. “It’s taken us a while to get here,” says singer-guitarist Nick Corbin of a journey which started back in 2007 while still a student at Birmingham University (hence the name). “But this is the next movement for New Street Adventure. There’s a new breed of fans beginning to infiltrate our shows but the originals are still there too. With this album we’ve made sure our voice remains prominent but we’ve moved with the times - it’s very exciting.” Like all the best bands, New Street Adventure have adapted to survive. While the polished sound of 2014’s Acid Jazz debut ‘No Hard Feelings’ earned rave reviews and radio support from, amongst others, 6Music’s Craig Charles and BBC London’s Robert Elms, for Corbin it signalled a fork in the road. “A lot of the songs on the first album were quite old,” he explains. “I’d written them when I still wanted to be in a big soul sound using big arrangements. I realised that to get the best out of myself - and the band - we had to do something a bit different.”

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