“They Looked Like A Death Metal Band but were pop”
"Stop Stop Start Again - a male four piece made up of punk veterans and brave new blood - are a bit further on in their careers. Their Serge EP, though, has a smashing cover image : Monsieur Gainsbourg, waving an imperious two fingers at the camera , a huge safety pin stuck through one of his remarkable nostrils.
As a visual summation of the influences informing the five tracks , the shot couldn't be bettered. This is punky new wave with a sophisticated and merrily sleazy twist. All involved seemed to have had the time of their lives. Hopefully now they've started again , there'll be no more stops."
Hot Press Magazine (Ireland)
“Stop Stop Start Again are a Glam / punk / rock band from Belfast and you should always expect the unexpected from this band! Think the offspring of Lou and Bowie Velvets with the snarl of The Sex Pistols and PIL.
Unknown web publication
“Time To Be Proud: End Of Year Party @ Auntie Annies, Belfast, 30/12/2011 -
featuring The Sabrejets + Stop, Stop, Start Again
SSSA have evolved into a real tight unit (even the stand in drummer didn't let the side down). Fusing elements of punk, post-punk, goth and glam rock, SSSA have created a fairly unique sound and are a lot more confident on stage. Having said that, frontman Paul Rowan has never lacked confidence and he posed and pouted throughout the excellent but brief set. They only played seven songs - highlights being the bands theme song Stop, Stop, Start Again, their cover of Magazine's Shot By Both Sides (great choice), the reworking of the Stage B classic Recall (to life), and their own composition Serge Gainsbourg. The set was all too short, the crowd left wanting more (that's no bad thing), but hey, a great start to the night, and the best performance by SSSA to date. Look forward to seeing / hearing more of them this year.
NI Punk Webzine
“Stop Stop Start Again took the stage with a wad of cog-sheets taped to the monitor - a pre-cursor for a bunch of new songs to be debuted. Starting with the classic Stage B anthem 'Recall To Life', the set followed their last few track-listings with 'Serge' and 'Shot By Both Sides', before previewing some new tunes - 'SSSA' and 'Back Door Man'. Paul's silver trainers seldom left the monitor as he posed for the ranks of Warzone cameras, et al flailing his guitar and commandeering centre stage, flanked on either side by the B-staged William and Fletch. The mash-up 'No Feelings/Believe' was heralded by a shout out for Pistols fans to visit the little boy's room. The set finished with a surprise rendition of Placebo's 'Nancy Boy' which fitted in nicely to the vibe this band have created for themselves. Hinted at, albeit a bit tongue-in-cheek, I hope there will be a recording at some latter point. ”
Mully - NI Punk Website
“Next on tonight's menu is an energetic and lively performance from Stop! Stop! Start Again. It's difficult to pin point their exact genre, but rock 'n' roll seared with punk appears to be an accurate synopsis. Rigorous guitar riffs twined with the front man's energy encourage a few intrepid individuals to leave their seats and take to the floor. At times the vocals seem a little weak but admittedly they improve as the set goes on, and the band are generally well received by the on lookers. They finish up with a reputable cover of Placebo's "Nancy Boy".
Review Across THE Line
“Original Stage B bassist Colin Fletcher today struts his stuff with Stop Stop Start Again and it is they who provide the first three tracks on the CD - remarkable reworkings of the Stage B classics Lizzie Borden, Recall (To Life), and Light On The Hillside. SSSA have surpassed my expectations on these tracks giving them a modern twist and full on sound, really doing them justice.”
NI Punk Website
“A band formed in the future to honour the past”