Ralph previously looked at Wolverhampton Alt Folk/Rock band Under A Banner back in May when they released a single 'Some Stories' to aid the soldiers charity Help For Heroes. Since then the band have been working hard to produce their ¿Acoustic? EP and the result is a heartfelt collection of well crafted songs. All the tracks are written by Adam J Broadhurst and performed by Adam and Jonathan Price with additional percussion by Mark Stuart. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mark Stuart and Sheena Sear at M2 (Madhat) Studios in Staffordshire.
Fist track up 'The Call' has shades of The Moody Blues around the time of 'A Question Of Balance'. It's a stirring, uplifting track as it builds to a poignant end and a strong start to the EP with its call to arms.
'It's Spirit' is more folky in a Nick Drake style - a theme that continues for me throughout and proof positive of Adam's strong songwriting ability.
'Song Of The Middle Land' whilst short, is for me the strongest track on the EP with it's wistful message of times past. Final track 'Sierra Nevada' again harks back to the feel of early 70's folk influenced bands like Wishbone Ash with classically influenced guitar and lilting lyrics.
To quote Andy regarding the EP - "For the sake of all things holy and unholy we've worked really bloody hard to get this EP finished and 'out there'. These are hard times, both musically and economically, so all we ask is that you tell others about what Under A Banner are doing; it's a dark and treacherous path to the foothills, let alone the summit..."
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