Friday, July 31, 2015

The Stammer - Days In Between

July 31 is a busy day for indie releases this year, and several have really caught my ears.  I will cover each of them today and over the next couple of days, so keep checking back for updates.

Philadelphia's The Stammer is a band that should be on your list of American indie rock bands to follow.  Trust me on this.  The quality songwriting and adept and sincere performances will win you over.  And that is even before we mention the generosity of Brian, Zach and Gavin in temporarily offering new LP Days In Between as a free download.  The album consists of eleven songs covering the spectrum from noisy post-punk to Springsteen-style indie rock to Smiths-influenced jangle to Antipodean folk rock.  The confident percussion sets the stage, the guitars shimmer, sparkle and chug, the talk-sing vocals paint the pictures, and at the end you know that this album is a special slice of music.

The three songs streamed below display the breadth of the songs on Days In Between.  "Hey Joan" is a sad song with an upbeat melody, and has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it.  The title track has a jangling California country-rock vibe.  The lovely "Kate & Chris" compares favorably to your favorite songs from The Go-Betweens, and is one that causes me to hover near the repeat button.

You can stream the entire album at the Soundcloud and Bandcamp links below.  Note that the album is a "name your price" download at Bandcamp, but the band advises me that the deal won't last forever, so act accordingly.  And giving the band a few bucks for this wonderful album would be most excellent.


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