out Friday, August 4
Link to release:
2.) Come On*
3.) The Bedazzler*
6.) Figure You Out
8.) Already Know
* – Key tracks
All Songs FCC Clean
Steve Mack: Vocals (That Petrol Emotion)
Ben London: Guitar, BV (Alcohol Funnycar, Sanford Arms)
John Randolph: Guitar (The Cops)
Rob Dent: Drums (Jackie On Acid, Sanford Arms)
Pete Everett: Bass (Tuffy, The Mellors)
“STAG is pure guitar pop pleasure.”
– The Big Takeover
“The second EP from this band comprised of longtime Seattle musicians is another well-crafted set of crunchy power reminiscent of The Who and Cheap Trick.”
“STAG’s ‘The Bedazzler’ is my early favorite for single of the year! It’s glam rock for the 20-teens, with heavy guitar, pounding drums, and sing-along vocals, tailor made for driving with the windows cranked down and the music cranked up.”
— Evan Davies, WFMU
“There will always be a place in my heart for for energetically played power pop and STAG deliver the crunchy-sweet guitar hooks and melodic-but-gutsy-vocals right.”
— The SunBreak
STAG has a riff-centered sound that’s both nostalgic and contemporaneous; equal parts romantic angst and sexual tension; vibrantly commercial yet comfortably in the red.
Most of their new eight song Midtown Sizzler was recorded with John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Hold Steady, Kurt Vile) at Water Studios in Hoboken, NJ. As Mr. Agnello says, “They contacted me and I checked out their music and I loved it! They have all these wonderful influences of music I love. They write great melodies and they know hooks. It’s a pleasure working with strong characters with strong opinions who are also open to outside ideas.”
Two songs (pre-single “The Bedazzler” and “Runner”) were recorded with Jack Endino at Soundhouse in Seattle, and mixed by Martin Feveyear on Vashon Island.
Cover photo by Meryl Meisler from her book Purgatory & Paradise SASSY ’70s Suburbia & The City. Official release date is Friday August 4th. All songs written by Ben London, and performed by STAG.