The release of “For the Brave and Troubled” and ‘The Agency…’s’ live shows in 2012 have already won the band local, national and international acclaim, courting generous and favourable describing the record as..
“…rather fabulous. The Agency… are a Newcastle based band, trading, nominally in folk/rock, but such a label is a tad reductive in this case. They have the kind of listen-to-me intensity that Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds manage to conjure up…and the instrumentation is exemplary throughout. Incredibly rich, and with plenty of sweet melodies to boot, this is like setting down with your favourite bar of quality dark chocolate.” Crack Magazine.
The lead track from their forthcoming album has also been winning rave reviews through blogs such as the Sound of Confusion..
“…this feels totally natural and unforced. I guess some bands just have an understanding of what will make them sound amazing, and I guess The Agency… are one such band.”
“…it is a very enjoyable record…there’s craft here, articulate and often humorous lyrics, great playing and superb execution and, in chief songwriter Steven K Driver, a chameleon like vocalist. The songs themselves are essentially folk songs, but filtered through post-rock, country and psychedelia and with “Carnivale” even a possible Grandad- dy influence…”
At the beginning of 2013 the positive reception continued with Adam Millard of Cracklefeedback awarding the album 8/10 and going on to say..
“For The Brave And Troubled. The music is almost universally slow paced, considered and beautifully structured, the lyrics transpose fanciful imagery onto a bleak canvas of realism.”
She/The Temple was released on 29 April 2013 and was named single of the month in the Crack Magazine. There were also positive reviews in the likes of NARC Magazine and influential blogs such as Sound of Confusion.
The band were also asked to offer their thoughts for Cracklefeedback’s Broken Record feature, which was a real honour for them. Off the back of all this, The Agency… were one of the first groups to be named as HMV Newcastle’s ‘Band of the Week’
The Agency… have also been playing festival and event gigs in the run up to Summer including Sunderland Sound- scape and were privileged to open the Cluny stage at NARCFest 2013.
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