You Stole My baby is the latest single from Coventry rock band The Institutes. The song follows a similar pattern to their previous single, All I need, however YSMB adds a harmonica to give a 70s classic rock/southern rock vibe to the song that fits nicely. The harmonica drones through setting a strong atmosphere for the song which is quickly complimented by Andrew Ferris' vocals. The melancholic vocals are full and give off a very hard-rock-esque style in their delivery being slightly coarse, Ferris' vocals are a particular highlight of not just this song but The Institutes as a whole, being melancholic but powerful - feeling like something that wouldn't be out of place in a 90's post-grunge band, however do not think The Institutes are a 90s revival band. While clearly having many influences the band are very unique and Ferris vocal work is a huge part of making that.
YSMB sounds professional and has excellent production. The band are clearly impressive musicians, knowing exactly when to or when not to play - a rule that Andy Lowe follows particularly well as for example when the harmonica is wailing at the beginning of the song Lowe plays a
What sells this song so well is Andy Hall's guitar solo that picks up the pace with Ferris screaming "come into me". This makes YSMB a more interesting listen with the sudden change up of tone and pace, especially in the drumming which feels fast paced and aggressive in a way that will psych up any listener; YSMB feeling heavier than anything else I've heard from The Institutes before.
The Institutes have delivered again with another impressive and memorable single, YSMB is catchy and a little more daring then All I need and for that it makes it a huge step up from what was already great in the first place. Incredible work from one of Coventry's best.
By Daniel A. Clarke