Reviewed by: Phil Catley
Published: 20 October 2011
ep: open heart
Imogen Brave is a 4 piece hard rocking original band and this 5 track EP “Open Heart” is their first release.
This is a band that should not be taken lightly, with vocalist Stef Crowley standing out front and delivering the goods with a classic rock-chick attitude reminiscent of the likes of Joan Jett, Suzie Quattro, and Chrissy Amphlett. Steffi oozes power and raunchiness from the scorching opener 'Walk Away' through to the powerful 'Love is like (Open Heart)'.
“Open Heart” is an unpretentious studio quality presentation of Imogen Brave live on stage. The full sweat and energy of a live show is palpable, and the (few) overdubs are limited to harmonies and additional rhythm guitar tracks.
The passionate ballad 'Missing You Dearly' is somewhat more restrained with its acoustic guitars, yet even this song builds to a powerful crescendo and a Led Zeppelin style solo. Strangely this song seems to end a few bars earlier than expected.
'Desperate Lines, Open Doors' launches back into more familiar territory with its heavier Marshall/Les Paul backdrop and the use of pinched nodes. This is the bridge between two ballads, with 'Exit Collapses' following and providing the perfect platform for Steffi to demonstrate her wide vocal range and ability to deliver her lines with strength and personality.
These five tracks are enough to shine a light on the strengths of Imogen Brave. Punchy rhythms, powerful guitars and pouting vocals combine to deliver a blend of original rock that draws from a range of influences, yet bravely defines itself as original – Imogen Brave.