It's an absolute wonder that James Stevenson has had any time to record this little 3-track EP let alone an album due to his constantly being on the go playing guitar for this band and that band! But after much grafting this little taster for the album is finally available. I picked up a copy this past weekend in Wales, because, just in case you didn't know, James is the guitarist for The Alarm (among a number of bands at present).
Picture belongs to M.P.O.
So, what's the EP like then? Be prepared to be surprised because it's nothing like what you are thinking it's going to be like. It's not Punk so push that thought away, it's rock music of the highest order. Don't let that scare you though because James has gone out of his way to work alongside some tidy musicians for this project - Alarm pals Mark Taylor and Craig Adams, Glen Matlock, Chris Bell and one not so tidy in Steve Norman (well the girls think he is and the boys are just jealous!), on backing vocals he has the Sexpistilettoes consisting of Maggi Ronson, Tracie Hunter and Elizabeth Westwood (Sonic Boom Boy - D'you remember that?).
'Been a Long Time' is verging on the quieter side of rock whilst the first two tracks 'Suzi's Problem' and 'Naturally Wired' have some magnificent guitar work on them. I have to say that I was pretty impressed with James' vocals on all the tracks.
It's worth grabbing hold of for a listen and then I'm not sure how long we are going to have to wait for the album which has a title - 'Everything's Getting Closer to Being Over'.
Keep your eye on James' website for further news and you can pick up the EP whilst you are over there.