A BAND from Powys have released the third single from their debut album – with the song written about a Mid Wales smallholding and featuring a powerful performance from a local choir.

‘Caer Bryn’ is the third single from Shop Front Heroes and their debut album ‘SuperPowers’. The song features a cameo from Rhayader Male Voice Choir who visited the famed Rockfield Studios in Monmouth last February to help the band add a different layer to the track.

Caer Bryn is especially poignant for Llandrindod Wells-born frontman Stevie Yeomans; the song draws its name from a smallholding his family owned in Powys in the 1980s. And the choir’s impressive voices added a touch of poignancy as the house is located near Rhayader.


County Times:  Shop Front Heroes singer Stevie Yeomans and rhythm guitarist Tom Jaques outside Abbey Road Studios. Shop Front Heroes singer Stevie Yeomans and rhythm guitarist Tom Jaques outside Abbey Road Studios. (Image: Shop Front Heroes)

“Our new single ‘Caer Bryn’ is absolutely flying out of speakers, all over the world,” said Shop Front Heroes on their Facebook page.

“Spotify numbers are looking great and we have the wind in our sails. Numbers update to follow. In the meantime, get it playing right here.”

The emotionally charged song is available to stream and download now, including on Spotify, Amazon Music and iTunes.

Caer Bryn was released on October 13, with video dropping released last week.

The band, whose members hail from Powys and Shropshire, added: “Recorded at Rockfield Studios, the song features Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir and some exceptional string playing from Jim Willis and Louis Robinson.

“Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.”

The band consists of Knighton-raised and now Knucklas resident Yeomans, who is lead vocalist and also plays piano, bass player Alex Middleton (from Shropshire), drummer Matt Whitehouse (from Knighton) and guitarists Tom Jaques (who lives in Old Radnor) and Jake Owen (also from Knighton), with string support provided by Jim Willis and Louis Robinson.

Shop Front Heroes described the collaboration with the choir as “special”.

“Caer Bryn was the name of a smallholding in Mid Wales that is no longer in existence,” said a Rhayader Male Voice Choir spokesman previously.

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“The song celebrates the feelings of hiraeth inspired by memories of the area’s past. The music certainly matched the tranquil beauty of Mid Wales.

“The whole experience was a wonderful and exciting adventure into the world of rock music and professional recording. The band provided the choir with the usual warm Welsh hospitality and encouraged our transition into their world.

“The choir were honoured to be asked to be part of such an exciting venture for Shop Front Heroes and we wish them all the very best in their future.

“It was a pleasure to be a small part of recording your debut album at such an iconic venue.”