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The Faith Stealers
"You can easily imagine Gary Sear putting on his Parka, jumping on his Lambretta and riding home to watch back-to-back screenings of Quadrophenia. Gary, lead singer and guitarist with the Faith Stealers, obviously loves the music of the mods and one imagines that every song has a special memory for him. Gary and his band are a popular attraction at the Black Horse but they had to be patient as several regulars wanted to watch the end of a rugby match. The wait was well worth it for music lovers who were soon singing along and tapping their feet to the Stealers' lively tunes. The quartet kicked off with the Small Faces' classic Whatcha Gonna Do About It and Gary could have been Steve Marriott as the band pounded out the rocking smash. The Faith Stealers are particularly good at Small Faces' material so it was delightful that they included so many of their songs, from ballads like All Or Nothing (complete with audience participation) to later material like Tin Soldier, Here Come The Nice, Sha-La-La-La-Lee and Itchycoo Park. Gary is an excellent vocalist and his other real love is Seventies' mod band the Jam. The Stealers worked their way through the hits of Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckley, including That's Entertainment, A Town Called Malice, Down In The Tube Station At Midnight and the Beatle-ish Start. Gary gets solid support from bass player Ray Bayley and drummer Martin Franklin and there was an extra treat for Black Horse punters. The Stealers' guest keyboard player for the night was Steve Oakman, a member of sixties' pop legends the Bruvvers. Steve, son of Pete Oakman (who wrote Joe Brown's A Picture Of You), is a highly-skilled musician, which he demonstated throughout the evening. His keyboard playing on A Whiter Shade Of Pale and the Who's Won't Get Fooled Again was magnificent. This highly talented quartet are one of the best bands on the pub circuit and they have a large repertoire of songs. At the Horse they got the audience on their feet for Spencer Davis Group classics Keep On Running and Gimme Some Loving; while the last song was that great party track Gloria, recorded by Van Morrison when he was in Sixties' Irish band Them. It's a real humdinger. Other artists covered by the Stealers included the Yardbirds, Searchers, Troggs, Del Shannon and several Kinks' numbers. The Faith Stealers featured also with great gusto the all-time mod anthem My Generation, along with other Who classics like I Can't Explain, Substitute and I'm A Boy. A great night's entertainment. Don't miss the Stealers the next time they motor into your area." Colin Fenn, DJ, journalist, Tue 24th Nov 09
Fan-tastic The Farmers Boy, St Albans on Sat 22nd Aug 09 "What a night at the Farmers Boy. The Faith Stealers were playing, and playing their hearts out with such numbers as "Tommy" and "We won't get fooled again" going down a storm with their broad based fans (young and older alike). The Farmers Boy is not a big venue and was packed, even in the "new garden" but with a decent barbeque and a very good bar it makes a quality place to go! I think Gary was pleased with the fun evening and judging on other people's comments etc. It would be good to have "the Faith Stealers" back again soon? Hopefully it won't be quite so hot next time, temperature wise, but you can't stop this band naturally being HOT." Den. Denis, Sun 23rd Aug 09 Reply from The Faith Stealers: Many thanks Den!
As good as it gets The Boot, St Albans on Sun 2nd Aug 09 "I last saw this sublime mod covers band on a wet Sunday afternoon in November 08 at The Boot and was blown away by the then Faith Stealers. Ok, new bass player, new keys, and drummer out, and a Dep guy for the gig with only Gary Sear fronting being the same member... mmmm surely not! But when you have none other than drumming legend Dave Morgan as your heartbeat locked in tight with excellent new Bassist / backing vox Ray Bayley, and new keys man / backing vox Nigel Goulding who has stepped into talented Richie Stevens shoes and wears them very well, coupled with man on fire Gary Sear, trust me you are in for a musical treat unmatched I'd say this side of the 60's! Gary Sear had just arrived fresh from Clarence Park after airing his phenomenal songwriting prowess at 'Music In The Parks', along with cool sideburn black rayban walking metronome Dave Morgan. After meeting up with Ray & Nigel they swiftly set up and the gig was underway with no nonsense or excuses. Hard to explain unless you are present, Gary Sear almost makes you think it is Ray Davies, Stevie Marriott, Paul Weller, Roger Daltrey, Morrissey, Lennon, McCartney to name a few - his voice is so versatile and he is dead clever on that lead guitar too! The band run from song to song with ease and mastery with only Sear's "This is from 1964" and a narrative about the song or band interrupting the sweet sounds of the now in full flow Faith Stealers. This band are the very best at what they do. I have no doubt of that. "We're a mod covers band, so don't ask for Van Morrison!" says Gary Sear. Thanks chaps, you made my weekend!" To the next time, Dene Rosewarn Dene Rosewarn, Tue 4th Aug 09 Reply from The Faith Stealers: Cheers Dene,many thanks! See you at the next one!
"What a night! The Faith Stealers were playing, and playing their hearts out with such numbers as "Tommy" and "We won't get fooled again" going down a storm with their broad based fans (young and older alike)"
"What a great gig, they don't come better than this. Shut your eyes and you could believe that it was really the Who playing as they finished the first set, the whole place was in an uproar of appreciation. They covered many bands very well and this is the first time I have seen them with a keyboard player, I hope he is a permanent addition as it all worked so well."