Wakefield based singer/songwriter Dan Hayes AKA jamiesaysmile follows up his brilliant DayThree EP with this great self-released record. As with his previous EP, Grand Authentic Stage has a great alt pop feel to it as can be heard on the opening title track, which has a nice sedate intro before going into some driving riffs. Hide For Miles is a more melodic tune that features some fantastic vocals and lyrics while Keep Her Focus seems to follow a similar format before reaching a crescendo. Although the opening three tracks are full band tracks it’s the two acoustic songs that finish the EP that really stand out as they help to portray the excellent solo shows that Hayes puts on. These acoustic versions are also full of raw emotion and really emphasised what a great EP Grand Authentic Stage really is.
You can get the EP here.