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Album Review

The Storys specialize in lush harmony and high-flying pop songs, the kind of songs that remind one of sunny summer days, falling in love, and sleeping late on Sunday. The Storys are blessed with four singer/songwriters, which gives the band — Steve Balsamo, Andy Collins, Dai Smith, Rob Thompson, Brian Thomas, and Alan Thomas — lots of versatility within the pop medium. The arrangements of songs like "Roll Like a Stone" are buoyant and full, a broad mix of acoustic and electric elements, with each instrument allowed to stand out in the mix. Incredibly, the Storys began recording the album in Thompson's kitchen before moving to a converted cinema, where they recorded 30 songs over the next six months; 11 of those songs were chosen for The Storys, and the album was released independently before being picked up by Warner Music in the U.K. The Storys' happy sound has deep roots in '60s and '70s pop, and the band will probably be compared to contemporary pop bands like Oasis. These comparisons, though, are just a way of placing the Storys on the pop spectrum. The Storys is a charming debut that will please anyone who still believes that one of music's most basic obligations is to make the listener feel good. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews


The Storys are fab and their album is great, so buy it!They're even better live, i met them in Spillers Records (the best record shop in the world) and they seemed like really nice guys, so good luck to them.Their album is well worth a listen to!

A wonderful sound

I heard The Storys support Elton John at the County Cricket Ground, New Road in Worcester and was really surprised by their quality. Hearing how good they were live I just had to come to the iTMS to check out the album. They have nice songs, very good voices with beautiful harmonies so give them a try.


Saw this band open for Elton John and they we absolutely fantastic!!! Each member of the band had a fantastic voice and all sing individual songs on the album. Well worth a listen.


Formed: 2003 in Swansea, Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although the Storys were from South Wales, the group’s 1960s and 1970s sunny pop sound felt like it was straight out of California, with solid songs, bright harmonies, thoughtful arrangements, and a clear sense of what it was they wanted to do. Blessed with four gifted songwriters and singers, the group formed in Swansea, Wales in 2003 and eventually settled on a lineup of Steve Balsamo (guitar, vocals), Andy Collins (bass, vocals), Rob Thompson (guitar, vocals), Brian Thomas (drums), Alan Thomas...
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