Harnessing wild folk-rock energy to our distinctive Country Blues foundations – Let it Storm is a powerful statement of intent ahead of the release of our second album Trials of the Apple Isle.
Oxfordshire Music Scene Magazine Review
Following on from the beguiling introspection of ‘Shadowcast’ last spring, The Great Western Tears return with a broader canvas, a bigger sound and a full set of oilskins. The sound of raging seas and creaking beams finds shipmates Dava Waterhouse and Fern Thornton duetting tremulously but resolutely over Garry Richardson’s guitar and Kurt Hamilton’s ominous dobro: “storm clouds may gather ahead, but the rain, it won’t stop me now”. The song builds through an appropriately shanty-like refrain before Ben Heaney’s violin, Ryan Quartermain’s bass and Alex Ogg’s always fine drums usher in the full majesty of the tempest. Après les Great Western Tears, le deluge! You’ll need to lash yourself to the mast before the full force of this roaring folk-rock epic.
And just to emphasise that GWT are the complete package, the accompanying video is equally awesome. In an ingenious dream/fantasy sequence involving a laptop and a wet rope, somnambulant Dava is led through forest to a strange destiny. You’ll laugh, you’ll shed a tear, you’ll be shocked by the big reveal. It’s (sort of) the Video of the Ancient Mariner. Hear the song, watch the film but ideally do both together.
Review by Hugh Garrety – Oxfordshire Music Scene
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For all that its accompanying video climaxed with a man fighting a giant flurry shark in a field, Great Western Tears’ single was their best yet, and a pretty dark adventure to boot. A man awakes confused to find a length of sodden ship’s rope in his room, which he follows into the deep, dark woods. The soundtrack to this is a turbulent storm of country blues where singers Dava Waterhouse and Fern Thornton trade verses, sounding like Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra jamming with Shack, Ben Heaney’s malevolently swirling violin ramping up the intensity. An epic piece of music.