Take a wander back through Stephen Wrench’s CV and you will find that as either a band member, performer, producer or manager he has worked with a veritable who’s who of iconic bands, not least the cream of the Southern Rock circuit. And so whilst clearly understanding the impact that you can make on a listener through the pomp and power, bravado and bombast that rock music allows, Rainbow and The Sun clearly shows that he more than understands the power of understatement too. Sometimes it isn’t about how many notes you play, sometimes its being smart enough to know the right few to work with.
It’s a deft and delicate song, one built on fairly simple but astute guitar lines, some emotively raw country fiddle and poignant lyrics. But Stephen Wrench throws in something that many artist forget about. Space. Whereas less experienced artists seem set on filling up every conceivable gap on a record, here space itself, the natural atmospherics between the notes, the pause for breath between the words, becomes an instrument in its own right.
With this song Stephen joins a timeless band of troubadours, ones who have never gone out of fashion mainly because they transcend such fleeting fads. Their purpose is communication, emotion, expression, exploration and connection with the listener and everything found between that first opening note and final fading lyric is there to serve the song not the ego. And that is the reason why this song will get him noticed by the discerning crowd he deserves, not because it says, “hey look at me” but exactly because it refuses to play such games.