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Stuyvesant, Shmyvesant (Sugarblast Music)
CD Reviews: December 18, 2014

12/18/14



Stuyvesant, Shmyvesant (Sugarblast Music)

These guys couldn’t be peaking at a better time, and not just because indie rock has become more eye-rollingly pretentious than any given 15 minutes of House Hunters. I hesitate to lump them in with power-popppers; these New Joisey kids have more street in their pinkies than Dashboard could cobble together in a lifetime. Their sound is pure upscale garage, like Goo Goo Dolls duking it out with Trail of Dead in a dark alley — it’s like they want to be chick magnets (“3 AM,” “Hell Bent For Heather”) but with some of Redd Kross’s cred (“Baby Bear”) and Pavement’s dystopian indie-ness (“Important”). Oh, what am I doing — the bottom line is that this sounds like a record, not a weird-instrument quirk-athon or a bunch of sniveling rich kids trying to justify the Vans on their feet. It’s grungy, yet full of hooky riffs and choruses; they obviously tried to wring every bit of coolness out of the precious studio hours they could afford. People should really demand that stuff out of a rock band. A Eric W. Saeger





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