So Stressed will be playing a handful of really neat shows on the left side of the country to celebrate the start of allergy season. All of the shows will be with Wreck & Reference and Hollow Sunshine.
The shows will probably range anywhere from really great to extremely wonderful.
So Stressed just had some shirts made and they are absolutely for sale. If you’re into obnoxious music and/or shirts that have leathery dudes on them, this is just the thing for you.
They’re printed on one hundred percent cotton Gildan shirts and they’re available in a ton of different colors. They cost $14.20 including shipping.
This is a video of So Stressed playing music on a fake radio show in San Francisco, California on October 26th, 2013 which you can hear in its entirety here.
Check out this insane radio show that So Stressed played on in San Francisco in October. They played some songs and spent most of the time being obnoxious and weird and rude. The few songs that the radio hosts played have been edited out because they were dumb.
This new So Stressed song is off the chain.
-MUSIC PICK OF THE WEEK-
Attracted To Open Mouths
The term uncategorizable gets used a lot these days, mostly in terms of desperately trying to delineate what particular styles and sounds a band is going for. This is especially the case with Sacramento’s So Stressed, whose 2012 album Attracted To Open Mouths runs the sonic gambit with a malicious glee that’s invigorating. Is this hardcore? Punk? Emo? Noise? math-rock? Who cares. What matters is that it’s blistering, energetic, and mired in fuzz-out dissonance.
So Stressed - Attracted to Open Mouths (Sacramento, California)
What It Sounds Like: DNA, Swans, The Locust, Pissed Jeans
I took the review because the description was This band is fucking good. Super noisy and weird, reminiscent of equal parts DNA, Swans, and Pissed Jeans. Their sound is extreme, clouting you over the head with repetitive riffs and feedback. With a strange affinity for catchiness that catches you off guard, they have tendencies of grunge and indie wrapped inside brutal noise rock with crushing sections of straight drone.
The vocals on this thing are faint echoes that remind you of possibly drowning in a cave while being impaled by a stalagmite that was meant for you specifically. There is mainly oppression in the strains, but the melodicism hints, but do not be fooled—the melodic element is a foil, and this is never so evident when the softer passages (which almost become post-rock in their execution) turn into circus-like bridges that only leave you confused, rather than reassured.
This band is doing things that I approve of, largely because they are doing what few bands, which seems to be rare, thus rendering my previous assertion almost null and void. Regardless, it is something I can get behind. The lead guitar shares the same space as the vocalist, with echoes painted in an attempt to convince there is a world meant to comfort and make you feel at home were you to enter.
But if you should enter in from the wrong side (as in the track “Hairstyles”, for instance) you had better prepare yourself for a barrage of weirdness and insanity. I am reminded almost instantly of Glenn Branca during these passages, or perhaps even Frank Zappa. After the aforementioned track, there is a song that gets about as aggressive as any early grindcore song I’ve ever heard, and it fucking slays.
It is an interesting time for punk rock and all its forms, and I’d encourage you to pay attention if you are a fan at all of punk rock or especially the troublesome history of it. There are bands doing things that call to mind some of the essential evolutions of punk rock, and the band So Stressed is getting in on the crazed, blindingly noisy action, and it is so crucial.
Overall Rating: 7/10
- Will Alarie
Will Alarie is a Bostoner (Bostonian? Bostonite?) who also writes things that aren’t music reviews. He is in a wheelchair and has been punk rock since you were in elementary school.
So Stressed is playing some really neat shows this month with Planning For Burial and Wreck And Reference in northern California. These are going to be two very fun evenings. If you’re in the area, stop by and say, “Hello.” Enjoy a cold beverage or even a hot one if that’s you’re thing. I’m not going to judge. I just want you to enjoy yourself.
This is a video of the band So Stressed performing part of a song on July twenty-sixth, 2013 in Davis, California.