I always get butterflies in the pit of my stomach when I receive an invite to review an Australian rock/metal band. I don’t know what it is, but Australia just seem to absolutely crush the alternative scene. For an obvious example, metalcore titans Parkway Drive, with, not too far behind them, Northlane, In Hearts Wake, and Hellions… They’re a different scene altogether, and it’s extremely exciting. So yeah, to say I was excited to get my ears around Far Away Stables would be an understatement. Forming in Sydney Australia, back in 2012, the band have been around a fair bit, and toured with The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Offspring, Billy Talent and Jonny Craig. It’s given them a strong platform, maybe big enough to break into the United Kingdom.
I quickly established a new love for Far Away Stables. They’re a good mix of what you want in a modern rock band – catchy riffs, a vocalist who can really sing, and a solid work ethic. Hearing their new album ‘Between Rage And Serenity”, you can tell right away that it’s Far Away Stables. They come pre-loaded with an identity. The band have recently released their first single ‘Phantasm’, and it’s an absolute cracker – definitely one of my favourites. Such a strong vibe, with a mix of solid riffs and vocals that grab you instantly, drawing you in. The hook is unreal. This song will have you singing along within a few listens. The second song from ‘Far Away Stables’ that instantly grabbed my attention was ‘Crystallize’, and for pretty much the same reasons as ‘Phantasm’. It’s another very strong track and will have you involuntarily tapping your feet along to it!
Overall… an extremely strong album. I really did enjoy every minute. Reminding me of bands like PVRIS, Acres, and Sleeping With Sirens, these Aussies know what’s up! I’m definitely a new fan of Far Away Stables, and will be paying attention to what they do in the future! 10/10!
You can find Far Away Stables on Facebook.
You can pre-order ‘Between Rage And Serenity’ on iTunes.
Review : Carol Black