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Running Stitch - EP Review: Brightside

15 Jun 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser
Auckland three-piece Running Stitch are a high-volume group of experienced musicians.

The Brightside EP is a four-song offering which has been independently produced and released. The band is Aletta Ashdown on vocals and guitar; Gavin Botica on bass and Kayne Wilkinson on drums.

Right from the first bars of the EP’s title track it sets a solid pace, over driven guitars which sound like they’re being played through warm valves with intent. Just as the listener thinks yes, this is an A A1 B B1 structure, there’s a C part at the three-minute mark, it's like an afterthought which really works.

Track two The Wait begins more gently than Brightside, but ramps up in intensity, before a coda crescendo. I totally love the multi tracking of Ashdown’s voice in the chorus, it really hooks and works.

I know comparisons are lazy journalism, but I hear a bit of Tadpole and early Fur Patrol, along with hints of Sousixie and the Banshees in this music.

Aletta Ashdown has a huge voice, especially on the closing track, Hunted. The band is playing out of their skins, Kayne Wilkinson’s snare drum cracks through the wonderful racket made by Gavin Botica on bass along with Ashdown’s guitar.

All four tracks on this EP are strong representations of the band's power and style. It's expertly recorded and produced by Adrian Ashdown and mastered by Steve Carrao of Sage Audio in Nashville.

Brightside may not be the band's debut, but it is a great addition to their catalogue.

Brightside is available on Bandcamp.



Written by Darryl Baser
 

About Running Stitch

Running Stitch is the moniker of Helensville based singer/songwriter Aletta Ashdown. Although Running Stitch’s debut EP, It’s On, was only a few months in the making, it’s the culmination of over a decade of writing and performing.

Over the years Aletta has had her fingers in a number of musical pies. In 2012 Aletta performed back-up vocal duties for pop-folk band Cold Harvest Trust lead by Canadian songwriter Andrew Cowie whose New Bones EP was recorded and mixed at Earwig Studios by Flying Nun alumni and one-time 95bFM presenter Darren McShane. It was the Earwig connection that lead to Aletta’s recent involvement in Auckland post punk new wave outfit Superturtle.

As a solo act Aletta regularly attends open mic nights around Auckland including The Portland Public House and The Claire Inn. In the past Aletta has played support slots for Tahuna Breaks and the Phil Edwards band and featured in several live to air performances on Kiwi FM, 95bFM and the now defunct Alt-TV. In 2012 Aletta was a showcased performer at the Bunker Hill Folk Review followed by a stint in the ensemble cast for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Tell Me On A Sunday featuring Carly Binding. Earlier this year Aletta performed with a bunch of other local Rodney musicians at the Muriwai Beach Waitangi Day Festival on the same bill as Tiki Taane, Warren Maxwell and Soljah.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Running Stitch

Releases

Brightside
Year: 2018
Type: EP
It's On
Year: 2014
Type: EP

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