by Francis Andrews in New Music on Friday 31 October 2008

Part time poet, part time musician, Stewart Lupton fronts surly New York rockers The Child Ballads. Their latest release, the Cheekbone Hollows EP, is a mesmerising, at times powerful trip through Lupton’s lyrical wanderings, backed by some great songwriting. There are moments in the music reminiscent of the intensity of Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York sessions: the vocals often carry the same agonised weight to them, the sound of someone perhaps too bent on introspection and escaping into their own world. Their performances are often interspersed with readings of Lupton’s poetry, just to lighten the mood. Ahem.