"The quartet twists meticulously, almost seductively, through pop-rock songs refracted at disorienting angles. Stern himself is a provocative lyricist and an oddly endearing singer... His voice, like Scott Walker's, can quickly curve from a croon to a caterwaul... Like the best of Kayo Dot and Time of Orchids, it revels in the unexpected."
"Stern’s brand of 'pop' is eerie and dissonant, each note seeming to melt into the ether as it’s played. Dreamy, dark... haunting undertones. The fragments of pop that remain are unique and should appeal to fans of industrial, ambient and metal that is a little 'out there.'"
BV's Andrew Sacher writes, "It’s somewhere under the rock umbrella, with a hypnotic backbone, freeform fuzz guitar that sounds like if Blue Cheer ever tried to channel Ornette Coleman, and a woozy vocal performance that’s very psychedelic..."
This enigma of a band makes music that utterly perplexes and haunts. Equally sweet and sour, with shades of Scott Walker, Craig Wedren, and Ennio Morricone, the sound has been labelled "pop music for Gorguts fans."
New album Missive: Sister Ships comes out August 24th on Sleeping Giant Glossolalia. The album was recorded by Daniel Schlett at Strange Weather Studios (DIIV, The Men, Liturgy), and mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering (Animal Collective, Gang Gang Dance, Ornament).
Stern plays this Sunday at the Glove in Brooklyn, at the record release show for Sleeping Giant Glossolalia boss Michael Reisinger's band, Opening Bell.
Aug 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Glove w/ Opening Bell, Nastie Band, Vat of Acid
Sep 5 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Unnatural Ways, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, Chain Gang Grave
Photo by Sophie Leetmaa