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Wooden Stares
A Story As Sad As It's Told
(self-released)
www.woodenstares.com


In a time when music is in a post frame of mind, like post-punk, post-hardcore, post-new wave and so on, Wooden Stares have added to the post hyphenated roster with post-classic rock textures which reel through their self-released debut album A Story As Sad As It's Told. Produced by the band, Dwight Chalmers, and Ryan Winkle, the rock quartet Wooden Stares from Austin, Texas shows signs of UFO-like dynamics and Montrose-enhanced stylizing. Though the members of Wooden Stares are far younger than the heyday of these hard rock icons, they demonstrate classic rock sheaths roped in contemporary vines aligned to Queens Of The Stone Age and Built To Spill.

Wooden Stares' album rejuvenates the classic rock genre and makes it relevant for present day generations openning up with serrated guitar licks enshrouding "Supposed To Shine." Wooden Stares create grumbling sonics while their rhythmic mounds gallop and even out periodically, creasing the tempo shifts. The striking sibilant flickers in the guitar scuffles are synonymous with classic rock modulations as they generate an expansive gamut crenellating the simmering drum rolls that fulminate through "I Want You To Know." The introspective lyrics display a conversational lingo that prompts an honest discussion with oneself: "I'm breaking down the walls stone by stone/ It's taking me so long/ I'm breaking down the walls, the ones you help me put up for so long."

Band members Lance Lamberth (vocals/guitars), Brad Adams (guitars), Andrew Bauman (bass), and Will Jennings (drums) seam jagged garage rock tremolos with echoey dungeon-like goth rock atmospheres and classic rock volts. Their culinary raptures also sport acoustic rock scoops like the acoustic guitar volplanes on "It's Time To Go" bolstered by schnapps-imbued vocals and spiraling guitar groans lured into funicles of wiggling bass notes and low-keyed drum loops. The leaping bass slides on "Red Metal Box" are entrenched in circling guitar frizzles and integrated with funk-rock treatments on the vocal melody cleaving a Modest Mouse ethos.

The guitar licks are heavy-toned, craggy and clustered. The speed of the tempos range from gallivanting like on "Is Anyone Left" to quasi-balladry like for "The New Slow." The bucking guitar chords are massaged and kneaded into the pulsating beats escarping steady rises and falls along the progressions. The wispy vocals on the rock ballad "It's Not Worth" swathe an Eddie Veder resonance and a Pearl Jam sonorousness, while swilling a tenderness in the acoustic guitar twines.

Wooden Stares' music is loaded with churlish guitar licks and rippling rhythms. The chord segments are cubed into scurried motions, undulating flusters, and reclining descents which wicker broad dynamics that underscore the triathlon vigor in the vocals. Wooden Stares assimilates classic rock slings with modern rock suspensions and share commonalities with bands like Pearl Jam and Queens Of The Stone Age. It's rock music that lies in the heart of today's generation.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. Supposed To Shine
2. I Want You To Know
3. Machine
4. It's Time To Go
5. Dark Circles
6. Red Metal Box
7. Is Anyone Left
8. The New Slow
9. The Way You Force Me To Be/ I Have An Idea
10. 5/6
11. It's Not Worth
12. Let It Go


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