(photography: Leanne Bolger)
THE STEALS: STATIC KINGDOM
With Powerful song-writing, big guitars, achingly detailed production and hauntingly melodic vocals, THE STEALS are passionately driven to create mysterious, soul-cleansing, heart-breaking, life-affirming music.
Following their 2006 critically acclaimed EP ‘Floodlights’ and an intense creative sabbatical, ‘THE STEALS’ latest Album ‘Static Kingdom’ on Faun Records, sees Singer and long- standing member Jayn Hanna return with a new line up, rekindling a musical union with Guitarist and co-producer Mark Peters of ‘Engineers’ notoriety ( Echo/ K Scope Label) , Drummer Chris Smith and 2nd Guitarist Daniel Land from Manchester Shoegazer’s Daniel Land and The Modern Painters.
The Album was largely completed between the Landscapes of Hebden Bridge and a San Francisco studio.
Words: Jack Martin
“Mysterious, haunting, heart-breaking and life-affirming, listening to northern English band The Steals is like hearing something for the first time which you just know, instinctively, is going to become a part of your life for years to come….. This is a breathtakingly brilliant album” ….(Phil McMullen) ….TERRASCOPE
“Static Kingdom is an astonishing record” ….[SIDEWAYS THROUGH SOUND]
“Heavenly, Wild, Lonliness on CD” …BLOOM
“Static Kingdom” is a beautiful album, informed by folky notions that reminisce of travellers and pre-showgazed innocence, washed in electric instruments, equally swirling in echoes”….. [MANCHESTER MUSIC]
From the epic shoegaze of the gloriously accumulating ‘Hope’ to the tribal-like drums of ‘Stay In Silence’ and mild gothic notes of ‘Borderlines’, the album isn’t afraid to sway between sounds and blur the edges of their folk compositions with touches of other alternative styles. ….. [WEARS THE TROUSERS]
“There is an undisguised dimention in film music- therefore, pay close attention to this and the next chapters”[Atalho de sons]
“part Gothic, part psych-folk, and part drifting lullabye. Headphones and this will either blow your mind or put you to sleep (in a good way), you decide”……[SLOWCOUSTIC]
“The Steals are the very epitomy of 21st Century folk gone electric…. Hanna’s exceptionally long hair makes her look like a modern damsel in distress as she calls out across the airwaves – exceptional stuff indeed”