Stampede is among a growing number of bands I have dubbed the Renewed Wave of British Heavy Metal. The band’s first and last studio album was 1983’s Hurricane Town, but May 9th will mark the release of their long, long awaited follow up, A Sudden Impulse.
In 2006, Hurricane Town was re-issued sparking renewed interest in the band, and in 2009, three of the four original members agreed it was time to saddle up and start a new Stampede.
From the band’s own press release:
The regenerated interest brought about by Rock Candy Records’ reissue of ‘Hurricane Town’ in 2006, song writing partnership Reuben and Laurence Archer decided to reform the band in 2009. Together with original bassist Colin Bond, new drummer Steve Graystone and the addition of a second guitarist in the form of Chris Clowsley, the band have crafted a worthy, if not superlative, long lost follow-up to their studio debut in the opinion of label manager Derek Oliver, who describes the new material as “lean, mean tough-guy hard rock with all the soulful delivery of classic British steel led by Reuben’s instantly identifiable vocal and Laurence’s blistering plank spanking burn outs.”
Reuben strongly believes that welcoming additional elements to Stampede have only served to give a new dimension to the band, making the new material on A Sudden Impulse the most enjoyable to make yet. The skills of twenty-year-old hotshot guitarist Rob Wolverson were also brought in when Laurence suddenly became unavailable during the latter part of the recording schedule, bringing things to another level. “We could have had several existing name players fill in for Laurence at this time, but I’d known Rob for years and watched him grow into the whizz-kid that he is,“ explains Reuben. “He also has a great writing ability and I just knew he was the one for the job, and would bring a vibrancy to the project.”
Commenting on the end result, Reuben adds: “We have a harder sound now, the melodic hooks are there and I think we have a lot more edge than the first time around – especially due to our new powerhouse drummer Stevie G, and also Chris, whose strong rhythm guitar, vocal and guitar harmonies contribute enormously to the new sound. It has all resulted in making the reincarnation of Stampede an even more exciting project for us.“
The band’s sound is a classic feel good, boogie and blues, hard rocking style. Sort of UFO meets Molly Hatchett with a dose of Humble Pie and Thin Lizzy. The new album features 11 new tunes plus a couple of bonus tracks.
This week the band has released the first video from A Sudden Impulse, for the single, “Having Fun”, which was digitally released to iTunes on April 11th.