Imogen Brave / Press
"...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... 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'... builds to a powerful crescendo and a Led Zeppelin style solo... 'Desperate Lines, Open Doors'... with its heavier Marshall/Les Paul backdrop and the use of pinched nodes... 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.
"Who are you and what do you do in your act? Stef – We are Adelaide rock band Imogen Brave… singer Stef Crowley, drummer Andy Cienciala, guitarist Mick McClounan and bass player Neil Pearce. Our music fuses old school rock and hard rock with modern pop elements..."
"There are few people you can instantly feel at ease with - Stef Crowley, front-woman of local rock band Imogen Brave is one of them, sitting in a local pub on a Wednesday afternoon, with me contemplating if its too early for wine, we discuss the band, and their upcoming debut EP: Open Heart. Having had their current lineup since January last year, the band has been in the making since 2005. "We all met through doing a cover-band together, I turned up to the audition and it was a room of late 30 to early 40 year olds. I wasn't expecting it, but they turned out to be these really cool, easy going guys." I was curious to know, with the diversities of gender and age between the members, how the band tackles songwriting. "Well one of the songs on the EP was written by Andy (drums) and his style is very distinct, very different from the other songs. Generally our songs are written by Mick (guitar). He tends to nut-out an entire song, bring it to the table and we'll expand it from there..."
"As far as debut E.Ps go, Open Heart from Imogen Brave is a winner! ... a very solid listening experience, and a sound that is very original. The vocals from Stef are simply perfect. More than just a hint of Gwen Stefani influence shines through, particularly on the opening track "Walk Away", while her talents truly shine on "Missing You Dearly". The rhythm section provided by Andy on drums and Neil on Bass is superb, and Mick on guitars can't be faulted. Imogen Brave appear to be a well practised and confident unit, and write tunes that would comfortably slot onto any commercial radio station. "Desperate Lines, Open Doors" is quite reminiscent of Australian alternative band Something With Numbers, while "Exit Collapses" is a little Killing Heidi. The final moment on the E.P, "Love is Like (Open Heart)" is possibly the moodiest and most frantic the E.P gets, and is the perfect way to close out this debut. After only 5 songs, I am left wanting more... And that is a good thing!"
"Characterised by the sassy pop-rock infused vocals of Stef Crowley up front, Imogen Brave are built on rock-solid foundations, with the end result being a glorious debut offering. The five track disc sees the band delve deep into their rock influenced past with commercial hard rock offerings such as the opening track “Walk Away” and the equally radio-ready “Desperate Lines, Open Doors ”... These up-tempo rock tracks are soon contrasted by the glamorous but haunting desperation of “Exit Collapses” as the band explore the more sombre side of life, whilst demonstrating the depth of talent and experience on hand. With the angelic-come- fragile, yet twisted vocal performance on a track like “Missing You Dearly” providing a solid backbone to the EP , it’s the dirtier hard hitting rock track “Love Is Like (Open Heart)” which provides the highlight in my opinion..."
"...Sounding like they have summonsed the spirit of The Runaways and combined this with the modern pop-sensibilities of Pretty Reckless, this track draws the curtains on the first Imogen Brave chapter in all its raucous rock’n’roll glory. Imogen Brave can comfortably pull their stool up and sit at the bar alongside other Australian female fronted rock bands such as Spitfire Rain and The Scarlets. “Open Heart” is the culmination of the last couple of years of hard work from Stef and the boys, and those liking a dose of attitude-filled, emotion charged rock should definitely open their hearts and give Imogen Brave a couple of minutes of their precious time..."
"...'Open Heart' is the debut EP from local rockers Imogen Brave, who will launch said CD at the Producers Bar on Sat 17 Sep with Jimmy Martin and Vanity Era in support..."
"Imogen Brave. In a nutshell they're popstar Anastacia fronting a Mötley Crüe cover band, an Australian Idol finalist fronting a police lineup of british gangstas fresh out of a Guy Ritchie film or rather like what a Top 40 pop single from 2008 would sound like mashed up with a Top 40 rock record from 1988. It's all there in the Aerosmith guitars, the chunky cock rock aggression, how the singer goes through eight octaves in five syllables and how I get the distinct impression I'm watching a Vegas act, only with a few less nipple tassles. Still all things considered, for their second ever gig (ooooh I love a fresh target!) what they certaintly DON'T lack is guts. Imogen Brave tear it up, their lead sings like she has testicles the size of bowling balls (yeeeouch! that's one bad mental image!) and all in all, I'm rather impressed!... I'm sure they've got a more than bright future ahead of them!"
"Local Adelaide band, Imogen Brave, are releasing their debut EP 'Open Heart' at a launch party held at the Producers Bar at The Old Exchange Hotel on September 17. Supporting artists Jimmy Marin and Vanity Era will also perform on the night. The 'Open Heart' EP has been a long awaited project for band members, Stef Crowley, Mick McClounan, Andy Cienciala, and Neil Pearce as well as highly anticipated by their fans and supporters. The EP will showcase Imogen Brave's signature rock meets pop sound with five tracks including crowd favourite, 'Walk Away' and teaser tracks 'Desperate Lines, Open Doors' and 'Missing You Dearly' available now to listen to on their respective Facebook and MySpace websites."