Spring cleaning

Seems to have been a dearth of interesting new releases in the past couple weeks. The timing’s been good given our recent overseas visitors and some late spring colds. Perhaps also a bit of fatigue and “Should I Stay or Should I Go” mentality setting in with the blog entering its third month. But at last this sweet little EP from Stutter Steps has come along to sweep out all the cobwebs and whip me back into shape. The group is led by Ben Harrison, who’s day job is performing arts curator at the Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh. Harrison channels Drella musically not so much with a direct Velvet Underground reference, but something more in line with their latter-day standard bearers. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette likens Stutter Steps to Luna, the Go-Betweens and the Feelies. Not bad comparisons but somehow I’m getting more Beat Happening. Rhythmic, slightly fuzzy guitars with clear lead riffs, simple drumming and baritoney vocals. Nice record to pick yourself up with.

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