Ward Thomas are the UK’s up and coming Country Music songstresses from Hampshire. The twins have been singing together since they were 3, in impromptu wedding performances, choral groups and down the local. They are currently wielding their guitars and their songs between here and Nashville, delighting us with their pseudo American twangs and their Stetsons.
I was lucky enough to chat with the talented duo at the beginning of July. You can read my Interview with the girls here.
I’ve been a fan since I first heard them, and I’ve been SO excited to hear their debut album, From Where We Stand.
I haven’t been obsessing about these two for ages to anyone that will listen (I have) so here’s a quick overview of Ward Thomas’s debut album and why you should love them as much as I do.
First of all, this is your summer soundtrack sorted. There is something for everyone, every mood and every place. There may even be some sneaky tear jerkers in the there for the emotional listener amongst you. Ward Thomas told me that they saw themselves as lyricists and they have certainly demonstrated this throughout their debut album. They communicate issues that they clearly feel deeply about through their music. The subjects are reflected in the music; there are some obligatory knee slappin’, Yee Haa! numbers that we expect from a Country Music/ Americana group as well as some slower, soulful tracks.
Try, as the title implies is a soul searching, reaching high number. This is embellished with the use of a gospel choir, perhaps harking back to the days of Lizzy and Catherine’s time as choir girls as wee nippers.
A Town Called Ugley, puts me in mind of a track called Hallowed Ground by KT Tunstall on her album Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon, not so much for the sound but for the message.
Caledonia has a lilting and peaceful feel. Lizzy and Catherine’s voices sway and pirouette around each other. The haunting harmonies evoke a longing for a time and place maybe just that little bit out of reach.
Push for the Stride is the perfect early morning, get-up-and-go song. Also, perfect driving song. It parts the clouds and lights up the sky and lifts the spirit, this one. I hesitate to use the word “favourite” when talking about a track on a brand new album, but this one certainly stands out from all the others on first listen.
Way Back When has a much more stereotypical twangy Country Music sound. Ward Thomas have taken this sound and made it their own with their insightful lyrics and those addictive harmonies. In the second track of the album, Ward Thomas encourage us to be mindful of those that have gone before us, taking heed of their experiences while creating our own stories to tell to future generations. I like this one. I imagine it would go down very well at a family gathering where several generations huddle around a campfire and tell each other stories. Nice.
Take That Train is another example of the beautiful harmonies created by the sisters as well as the well thought out lyrics. This song is a tale of courage, adventure and having faith in oneself. In it, the main character explains why she has to “take that train”. She wants to “put the wrong things right…can’t be afraid of that train.” The guitar solo after the bridge, (which ends prematurely in my eyes) helps to illustrate the solo journey that the woman has to take.
Whether you’re a fan of country music or not, give this album a listen. Ward Thomas so clearly love what they do, you can hear it in their voices and see it in their videos. It’s a definite must for Nashville obsessives, country music buffs and all other humans. From Where we Stand will be taking up its residency in my car as my driving soundtrack for the foreseeable future. Have a listen and buy it here.
*Pictures from http://wardthomasmusic.com/galleries/