Stray from the path

Stray From The Path: Download Festival – photo review

I am one of those people who likes to think that they are fairly up to date with the music scene.  I attend numerous festivals and gigs, I am always on the hunt for new bands to love and as an ageing punk I am certainly open to almost any kind of rock music.

Having attended last weeks Download Festival one thing that became apparent to me is that I know diddly squat about the hardcore scene in the USA.  This is something I intend to put right, starting with the long list of U.S. based hardcore and metal core bands bands that I introduced myself to last weekend.

Another of those bands was the brilliant Stray From The Path.  The four piece band out of Long Island New York already have no less than seven albums under their belt and the eighth is due out on August 14.  Like most of the best punk bands Stray From The Path feature the classic punk band lineup.  Guitar, Bass, Drums and vocal.  Their sound is also fairly standard, driving guitars over a thumping bass and rolling drums.  Drew Yorks vocal helps to add a layer of complexity and variety to the overall sound.

As you would expect the bands performance is intense and energetic and the band connect with the enthusiastic crowd right from the beginning of their eight track set.  I have to say that the one thing I would change about download would to be to give the acts on the smaller stage a longer set.  Most bands only had 25 – 30 minutes and when you discover a band like Stray From The Path that is nowhere near long enough.  A 45 minute set would mean fewer change overs and therefore more time enjoying music.

Stray From The Path are well worth checking out if. like me, you are not already familiar with their music.

Stray From The Path are on the Internet here, on Facebook and they tweet as @strayfromdapath

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About The Sound of Summer

Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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