Monday, March 5, 2012
This is Book's Music Reviews Sourpatch's Stagger and Fade
Biting indie rock with those nice touches of pop and punk (and perhaps bubble gum pop?) mixing and playing with one another as if it’s a jungle gym: that’s the sound that Sourpatch provide on their album Stagger and Fade (HHBTM).
The band alternate between female and male vocals, and by doing so it allows listeners to hear the different qualities not only amongst each singer, but also in the songwriting department. The songs are observations of ones world in their immediate vicinity, as well as their outlook on one another and the rest of the world, done in a way that is exciting to hear, and is probably more powerful to see and hear live. Musically, they keep things rough, rugged, and raw, and while you may just hear the immediacy of these songs, listen real good and you’ll hear a few nice quirks in how they play. It’s not just a band trying to play punk-flavored punk just for the hell of it, nor are they trying to be lofty or prog rock about it. It’s the kind of album that is sure to become a staple of many “best of” year end lists because of how blunt it is to hear. Honest and genuine, makes me wish more bands and albums were like this. Thank you, Sourpatch.