Every so often you come across a band whose passion and simple joy in the act of creation render criticism of their technical deficiencies moot, whose internal coherence drives them forward as one. Stonethief’s performance was summed up by the moment when singer and bass player began to pogo and their feet hit the stage at different times. With dreams of waking up as Difford and Tilbrook, they try too hard and are found wanting in every department, failing to understand that a band is an entity. Mind Of A Lion, the threepiece that followed, showed them the way. I hope Stonethief were paying attention.

The Hope, 26 February 2014
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Pete Langman

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