EP REVIEW: The Iron Horses — Stop to Start

Friday, May 27, 2016

For a band that formed in 2015, The Iron Horses have already established a distinct sound all of their own.  The guys have been busy bringing their brand of rock n’ roll to every bar in Sydney, and in the process getting enough money together to fund their debut EP, Stop to Start.  Recorded by Ryan Miller at Housefox Studios in Sydney and produced by ex-Thirsty Merc guitarist, Sean Carey, it looks set to make 2016 a big year for the band.

Stop to Start kicks off with killer single, Any Other Way.  It’s a great choice of single and a cracking way to get things rocking and rolling on their debut.  You can hear a little of The Kooks shining through, with its upbeat tempo layered with catchy vocal harmonies and impressive guitar solos.  It’s easy to imagine this song getting pubs around the country pumping hard on a Friday night!

Marching On is driven by hard-hitting drumming throughout, complemented by tight guitar riffs.  It’s clear one of the band’s strengths is hooking you in via impressive, captivating intros and Marching On is no exception.  Skyfall (a personal favourite) instantly sounds like a sunny afternoon on the coast with friends and beers.  Its jangly guitars and rolling drums provide a fun change from faster tempos of their other songs.  And of course, all good things must come to an end, with Still Waiting rounding out this solid EP.  It features a fast, powerful intro that builds into a memorable chorus that once again shows off the band’s excellent group vocals.  

Brit-pop influences are scattered throughout Stop to Start, but when they feature the likes of Oasis, The Libertines, and Jake Bugg, this can only be an awesome thing.  I frequently found myself imagining how well these tracks would translate into energetic live performances; so catching these guys live is a must! The Iron Horses have already achieved great things during their short existence, and when they’re writing music seemingly born for the radio, it’s just a matter of time before bigger and better things come their way!

Written by Rowan MacDonald

Catch The Iron Horses Stop and Start EP launch, June 3rd at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory.