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24 Hour Security

by Nick Stuart & the Federales

Driving pop/rock with a country edge
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walk Away
4:04 $0.99
2. Call It A Day
3:15 $0.99
3. Waterfront
4:48 $0.99
4. Rain
3:37 $0.99
5. Hard Heart
4:17 $0.99
6. Giulia's Leaving
3:26 $0.99
7. Beauty
3:33 $0.99
8. Dead Of Night
4:03 $0.99
9. Maybe Next Time
4:10 $0.99
10. Message To You
4:02 $0.99
11. Drink
4:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
'Rootsy guitar led rock with Nick Stuart's yearning soulful voice at the forefront'.

'Nick Stuart and the Federales may sound like the latest installment of a Saturday morning at the movies western, and the website does little to identify our heroes but it is in fact the name of a guitar band, the kind you hope never rides away into the sunset. Ultimately, it doesn't really matter who Nick Stuart or the Federales are because what counts is the music and that needs no explanation. As the full force of Walk Away hits you begin to welcome back the kind of intelligent, melodic, energetic guitar driven rock that used to come with college as a prefix. College rock was a badge of honour, worn by the beaten army of great musicians who were critically lauded and never paid a fraction of what they were worth.

Four boys from Athens changed all that and suddenly rock'n'roll with more upstairs than just big hair and a ton of lacquer was all the rage, while that paved the way for bands like Nick Stuart and the Federales , the clever ones never tried to repeat what had been done so well. And 24 HOUR SECURITY scores heavily on the originality front, it may have its roots in the late 1970s, early 80s, but its heart and soul are here today.

Hard Heart makes an unhurried but definite impact, there's bounce and drive with an absence of over the top theatrics. The catalyst for all that is good about 24 HOUR SECURITY is undoubtedly the voice of Nick Stuart, on the delicate Giulia's Leaving, Beauty As A Weapon and Maybe Next Time it has a yearning soulful ache that lifts all three. Those three songs, in fact the whole album is the same, are beautifully crafted and written but somehow without the depth of Stuart's voice you feel a vital dimension would be missing.

Throughout its 11 tracks 24 HOUR SECURITY proves itself to be a cut above, but Nick Stuart and the Federales show they know the value of a good old-fashioned catchy rock'n'roll tune. In the context of the album as a whole, Message To You is practically commercial.'




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Phil Edwards

East Sussex goes West. Stories of lost loves & lessons learnt.
East Sussex goes West.

I know very little about this band, and the initial impressions are that they're from the dusty plains of some deserted town in northern Mexico or maybe Austin, Texas, but I have a feeling they're more likely to be from East Sussex. Don't get me wrong this isn't a Tex/Mex album; it's just that the songs evoke stories of lost loves, lessons learnt and the anticipation of what bad things are coming around the next corner; whilst also putting the world to right over a tequila or two.

Nick Stuart, for it is he, fronts up this rocking band. The Federales are the security guys who pertain to be 'bad guys', but really they're the 'good guys' that we all want and need, but who no-one actually likes; Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns. They're the local mercenaries who take sides within the scenario that is unfolding. And that’s to their credit. Providing there's a local cause they'll fight it, so long as it pays well.

Whilst the production on this album cannot be considered as lush, it's definitely at the right level. Overall this album is 'amateurish' in its production values, but this is a good thing. It adds to the ambience and the overall feel of the record. It sounds like its been recorded in a dungeon, but without all the attendant shenanighans that may be undertaken whilst bands are there. Its production costs were probably paid for by a whip round by the musicians, but this definitely adds to its values.

The songs range from hard rocking band opener 'Walk Away' to the more sensitive and beautiful 'Guila's Leaving', which simply features Nick and an acoustic guitar. Stuart has a very distinctive voice that struggles to get to the high notes, but this is to his credit.

On 'Rain' he strains and strains, and still doesn't quite get there, but it's an impressive tune. 'Maybe next time' outlines his desire for the next relationship to move onto a new level. Forever the optimist ? Nothing wrong with that, but he knows smoking and drinking ain't gonna help. "Maybe next time it won't be insane" he cries.
This song continues to suck you in until you feel his pain. 'Beauty as a weapon' is a lovely heart warming song that outlines the way some ladies use their attributes to engage others. Having been there myself it struck a chord. And Spanish guitar always adds a certain romantic feel to songs. Its worked for Joe Ely, so why shouldn't it work for Stuart ?

I like albums where you can anticipate when the guitar solo (rocking or cute) is about to kick in. It allows time to strike an air guitar pose. This is one of those albums; its fabulous. Buy it.

Don Chisholm at Moray Firth Radio Scotland

I love Call It A Day. It's one of the best songs I've heard this year so far - it has a real feel good / summer sound.

The album came through my door on Saturday morning & I hadn't intended playing anything from it until Sunday 26th. However, by the time Sunday came around I had listened to it 3 times, and as you know I played Call It A Day on the show. I stand by what I said about it, but the crazy thing is it's not even my favourite track, which is Walk Away. Although it's less commercial, it really rocks!

Peter Pleyte AltCountry.NL

Ober: een tequila!!
Bijna zet het openingsnummer van 24 Hour Security van Nick Stuart & the Federales, uitgebracht door Chainstore Records, uw recensent op het verkeerde been. Het is een behoorlijk stevig rocknummer met een strakke gitaarsolo dat niet direct de idee laat postvatten hier met een americana-album te maken te hebben. De nummers die volgen blijken echter wel degelijk aan dit criterium te voldoen. Stuart blijkt in staat fraaie songs te schrijven vol melancholie waarin verloren liefdes, afscheid nemen, hoop, verlangen en spijt voortdurend terugkomen. Rain is hier een mooi voorbeeld van, waarbij zijn wat hoge en hese stem associaties oproept met Colin Blunstone. Heel poëtisch klinkt Giulia’s Leaving; het enige nummer dat Stuart solo speelt op een acoustische gitaar. Beauty is vileiner; over vrouwen die hun schoonheid kunnen gebruiken om van alles gedaan te krijgen. Misschien is Maybe Next Time wel het mooist; de pijn is bijna voelbaar…Now I sleep alone tonight… close to the emptiness beside. Van deze band is weinig bekend, zelfs niet waar ze vandaan komen. Waarschijnlijk betreft het hun debuut-cd. Ook hun eigen site geeft verder weinig informatie. Maar in het gezelschap van deze heren is het geen straf je 24 uur per dag te laten bewaken. Ze gaan in het afsluitende Drink zelfs mee naar de kroeg en laten daar horen voor een vette blues hun hand niet om te draaien. Ober: een tequila!!


Prima album!
Nick Stuart (vocals, guitars, harmonica) en zijn Federales bestaande uit Garry Castleman (gt, lap steel), Tony Kenyon (drums, percussie) en Pete Murray (bass) komen niet zoals je verwacht na het beluisteren van hun debuutalbum "24 Hours Century" uit Austin Texas maar uit East Sussex (Engeland) en dat alleen is al een prestatie. Blijkbaar vertrouwen de jongens erop dat hun album voor boekdelen spreekt want zij zijn bijzonder karig met info. Op Cd Baby en zelfs op hun eigen site vind je het hoogst nodige terug. Nooit gehoord van een presskit, jongens? Maar bon, wat niet is kan nog komen. Het openingsnummer "Walk Away" is gelukkig een vullertje want de overige songs gaan wel degelijk richting / Americana. Frontman Nick Stuart, die wat moeite heeft om de hoge noten te halen in de song "Rain", is verantwoordelijk voor een negental songs en brengt met het akoestische "Giulia's Leaving", het rijkelijk met mondharmonica overgoten "Call It a Day", het op lap steel drijvend "Waterfront", de Pilipili songs "Heard Heart" en "Maybe Next Time" het bewijs dat hij uit het betere singer / songwritershout gesneden is. Het resultaat wordt alleen nog meer in de verf gezet met het rockende "Message To You" en de jongens kunnen dan ook tevreden terugzien op "24 Hours Century " en hoe kan je dat beter doen dan met een stevige "Drink". Prima album! (SWA)