*”Don’t Lead With Your Heart” b/w “Ideas of March,” Stag (out now, Fin Records, themightystag.com): This local supergroup, featuring longtime vets like Lincoln Barr and Ben London, mine Petty and the Posies on this too-short seven-inch single. Who says straight-ahead rock and roll has no home in Seattle!? – Chris Kornelis
“Fin Records is still in it’s infancy as a label with only a few releases under their belts but they continue to offer up some of the best packaged records. The light purple vinyl is gorgeous and looks great as you pull it out of the hot pink sleeve. Stag is power-pop high energy Rock n’ Roll through and through. They go for catchy hooks and a tight crisp sound that is in large part thanks to the great production by Jack Endino (Nirvana) straight to 2” tape. The pressing is limited to 500 hand numbered copies.”
Look for the final video soon…
Some more posts about the Nirvana 20 show the other night.
Here’s one from Deano In America.
“And for the ultimate rock and roll moment the lead singer of Stag accidentally cut above his eye when swinging the microphone stand around, blood was all over his face and the floor, but he kept on playing!”
We just came across this Stag review from the Weekly Volcano of our first EP.
“New band Stag is making some serious noise in the Pacific Northwest by way of their energetic live shows. The quintet of Steve Mack (vox), Ben London (guitar/vox), Lincoln Barr (guitar), Rob Dent (drums) and Pete Nordstrom (bass) successfully break down the barriers of power pop and interject a unique hard driving rock timbre. With a dual guitar assault, the sound is rich and ample.
The band recently entered the studio to lay down four original tracks. Each track typifies the variety of genres Stag can successfully pull off. “Tiffany Rose” and “These Days” encompasses a punk vibe – think Cheap Trick meets the Pixies – whereas “Mountains of Steel” could easily fit on a Clash disc. They slow it down to a crawl on “To be Young” with melodic harmonies and gentle strumming guitars.
Great songwriting is Stag’s strong suit as they paint musical stories that can be universally interpreted.”
This video is going to be epic!!!