The Stevens might have the sort of name that is easy to forget but we think you might like their music. You certainly will if you like brash and melodic power pop. The Melbourne band make the kind of fuzzy lo-fi pop that isn’t as straightforward as it initially seems. It’s twists and turns recall Bob Mould or early Teenage Fanclub.
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The Stevens don't exactly do anything to force their way into your listening ear. First up that name is redolent of the late 80's indie-pop fixation for mundanity (The Would Be Goods, The Colgates, the Can't-Think-of-a-Names). Secondly they've called their album 'Good'. Good. It is good.
But the time they've spent not thinking of good names has been used fruitfully in composing 18 (count them) slabs of super sunshine pop fun. They pack a lot of chords into these songs too so if we're talking of an average of 12 chords per song times the 18 songs on offer we are talking 216 chords overall. They use these chords wisely too - 'King Hit' is a perfect example of where it all comes together. It sort of reminds me of Bob Mould x the Lemonheads x the Chills x Game Theory. You know when the guitar chords are eerie? That. Even before that moment I'd been impressed by the opening tracks super spun melodies.
There's an irregular heart to these songs that recalls old timers such as the Verlaines and the 3D's but you'll also want a listen if you are impressed by the recent all over the 90s indie rock of Happyness.
I say: "Prime cuts of lo-fi pop songs that swerve in and out of kilter and are seemingly played sideways". Also: Pavement but perhaps you knew that? In any case check it.
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