Stampede Road is amongst a clutter of recently formed indie folk bands on the bumpy road to the big time. The four piece set up, who formed in early 2013, are set to release a new single and accompanying B side around the month of August (date to be confirmed.)
Stampede Road, who are based in Edinburgh, claim to be aiming for a 60’s throwback; the decade which is arguably the best musical era so far. Whilst this isn’t strictly evident in their new release, the mixture of harmonica’s and crooning vocals appeal to any avid indie-folk listener. Both ‘White Rooms’ and ‘The Ghost and I’ are (you guessed it) ballads. This is typical of the genre; a gripe the band may want to address by mixing things up in the future. Despite this, their sound is well put together, and will be well received by more dedicated fans of the indie folk category. They have a Bombay Bicycle Club type sound; no band likes to be compared, but this is a complimentary likeliness.
The North of Britain is seemingly a talent filled hotspot in terms of emerging indie-folk bands. Stampede Road fit this résumé perfectly. Considering they are relatively new to the music industry, Stampede Road is another group to keep an eye on. Whilst the new singles don’t scream out in quality or creativity, the potential is most certainly there. 7/10