Powerpopaholic Review: Phlying Saucer and Stag
Powerpopaholic blogger Aaron takes a listen to the EPs from the groups Phlying Saucer and Stag.
Phlying Saucer "Pancakes" EP
A neat find here is The Phlying Saucer, a young band with a sound that's akin to Weezer and Foo Fighters. Lead by singer Phil McDonald, he's joined by Lydell Valdriz (drums), Evan Brass (bass) and Chris Miranda (guitar). The band came together when they all realized that they had a shared love of modern power pop. "Breaking Down" has a crisp guitar lead and catchy melody. "One Red Light" offers those rambunctious riffs and fast tempo, very similar to Bowling For Soup. Each of the tracks on this EP shine brightly, and should find a place on your play list.
Aaron Kupferberg is the primary music critic for Powerpopaholic. Powerpopaholic is the premier music review blog for all artists who fit within the genre of power pop or melodic rock. The site has over 1000 reviews and over 300,000 visits by pop music fans... The site is also featured prominently in John Borack's new book "Shake Some Action: The Ultimate Power Pop Guide" and mentioned in David Bash's "International Pop Overthrow vol.11" liner notes.
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Stag "Paper Crown" EP
Veteran Seattle musicians Ben London, Pete Everett, Rob Dent, Lincoln Barr and singer Steve Mack formed Stag last year and its sound effortlessly combined classic Who guitar stylings with a modern rock flair. Their sophomore EP "Paper Crown" is produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) and it sounds great. A perfect example of a rock band that makes great musicianship sound like casual fun. The title track has it all, an unvarnished beat and riff party with a solid melody. Likewise, "Love Her Records" pulsing beat and earnest lyrics describing a music snob is just infectious. It's one of the best tunes I've heard this year. I wish this was more than four tracks - don't miss this excellent EP.
Aaron blogs at Powerpopaholic.
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