Stolen Earth call it a day

Sad but not entirely unexpected news from Stolen Earth

Barry would like to say:

Thanks to everyone who has supported us over the years and I would like to wish all the band members I have worked with over the years all the best in what ever they do. Hope I will see you all again somewhere down the line. Cheers Barry.

All of us would like to thank you all for your support and we hope you continue to enjoy A Far Cry from Home.

There are limited albums available but you can still grab one of the few copies via the website.

Many Thanks People

I supported Stolen Earth from the very beginning when they evolved out what had been the final lineup of Breathing Space. Right from the beginning they were a great example of real musicians making great music completely off the mainstream radar.

I saw their very first live appearance at the 2011 Cambridge Rock Festival; a high-profile gig like that would be a baptism of fire for any band. The band went on to record their debut album “A Far Cry From Home” a powerful and atmospheric record which turned out to be one of the unexpected highlights of 2012. A year on from their first appearance they returned to the Cambridge Rock Festival in 2012 with a triumphant set that gave several higher-profile acts a serious run for their money.

In the following months, the band underwent a number of lineup changes, which ultimately saw only vocalist Heidi Widdop and drummer Barry Cassells remaining from the original band. Even then, with new members coming on board, the future looked optimistic. The video for the new song “Searchlight” unveiled a harder-edged more guitar driven sound, with some powerchord riffing from the new guitarist Martin Ledger recalling The Cult circa “Sonic Temple”.

After all that optimism, it’s rather sad to see the whole thing fall apart, but after Heidi’s announcement last week that she was leaving the band, it was difficult to see any band continuing under the Stolen Earth name. Heidi has certainly promised across multiple comments in Facebook that the material she’d written for the next Stolen Earth album will still see the light of day in some form, and I also look forward to seeing whatever projects Barry Cassells involves himself in next. He’s a great drummer and a top bloke, and I wish him all the best.

Stolen Earth at the 2012 Cambridge Rock Festival

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2 Responses to Stolen Earth call it a day

  1. Graham Meigh says:

    Such a pity. They had so much promise and produced one of my favourite albums of 2012.

  2. Tim Hall says:

    The lineup that wrote and recorded “A Far Cry From Home” no longer existed, since the people who wrote the bulk of the music had already left the band. And it’s looking as though most of Heidi’s music written for the follow-up will see the light of day under another name.