Honor Press is a new label, run by Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy. That might give you some clue to the sound of So Stressed, who thrash and scream and just generally noise-rock-punk all over the place. The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art is a debut for them as well as for the label, good start all round.
7/10 Hayley Staff review, 28 May 2015Signed to Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves’ label Honor Press, So Stressed sound pretty much exactly how you would expect from a band endorsed by the awesome front-woman: noisy, and badass. Their lengthily titled debut LP, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art - you what?, is pure angsty noise from beginning to end, and it’s nothing short of intense.
Strained vocals are married with dominating, relentless drumming, and it’s so full-on that it's difficult not to feel stressed listening to it- seemingly their intention, it’s definitely woken me up a bit despite feeling a little dejected because of it’s overt harshness. This is coming from someone who - though definitely not averse to noise and chaos - extols the virtues of sappy jangle-pop, and I was warned beforehand that it might be a bit “heavy” for me. They weren’t wrong, but it doesn’t take an expert in hardcore rock music to know that it’s certainly not shit.
Showing no boundaries, it’’s almost a liberating experience listening to So Stressed’s debut, with it’s ferocious urgency that leaves you feeling somewhat deflated by the album’s close. A mind-blowing effort, ‘The Unlawful Trade Of Greco Roman Art’ lives up to it’s name in more ways than one; angular, driven by anxiety and soaked in distortion. Not everyone will be ready for such tension, but it’s definitely worth a shot.
9/10 Joel Customer review, 20th May 2015
So Stressed are a post-hardcore, noisy band from USA signed to Perfect Pussy's frontman Meredith Graves label, Honor Press, which should give you an idea of what they sound like. This is their first full length LP, following their self-released CS 'Attracted to Open Mouths' and the album is relentless. Complex, intense and kinda depressing with chainsaw-esque guitars, pained vocals and a barrage of drums (even horns briefly appear on the track 'Covered in Hair') So Stressed really live up to their band name. A great album, but don't blame me if it makes you sad.
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