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*AM STEREO
CANíT
GENTLEMENíS RECORDING

*AM Stereo claim to be the "Purveyors of Bostonís Finest Disaster Rock since 1998." Whatever that means or refers to, they are indeed one of the cityís few purveyors of a genre that was once called college rock ó a style exemplified in the í80s and early í90s by the Replacements and Superchunk. Although that sound has, for now, more or less gone the way of the buffalo, the four guys in *AM Stereo carry on the tradition proudly. On Canít, picking up where they left off on their first full-length, 2002ís Suffocation Town, they wear their early alt-rock influences on their sleeves. But at a time during which most í80s-pilferers are copping ideas from new wave bands, the Dinosaur Jr. riffs here sound fresh. And regardless of influence, all three singer-songwriters ó guitarists Brooke Fletcher and Jeff Ahearn and bassist Steve Crotty take turns as frontman ó know how to pen a good tune. Big power chords give way to untamed guitar leads; desperation and sincerity give way to sarcasm and self-depreciation; and like any good "disaster rock" band, *AM Stereo always sound as though they could fall apart at any moment. They never do.

*AM Stereo + ReducerS | Middle East upstairs, 472 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Oct 8 | 617.864.EAST.

BY WILL SPITZ


Issue Date: October 7 - 13, 2005
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