Video : Stag : “Don’t Lead With Your Heart”

I’m sure many people can relate to being snowed under by all sorts of activity around the holidays – not to mention the cold or flu that seems to inevitably come before, during or after.  Which is another way of saying that I’ve neglected a number of worthy musical occurrences. Some of them are too good for that situation to go uncorrected.

One of the first things I got around to spinning this month is by a Seattle-based Indie rock supergroup, Stag. With vocals by Steve Mack of That Petrol Emotion, the group’s first full-length was recorded by Jack Endino (Soundgarden, Mark Lanegan, Nirvana) and Johnny Sangster (the Posies, Mudhoney, Supersuckers). The interplay between Lincoln Barr and songwriter Ben London’s guitars is a serious ace-in-the-hole (at times it feels like either or both is channeling Brian May), although the band tends to have more of a Big Star/Teenage Fanclub/Nerves sound, with the Queen/ELO moments cropping up as emphatic fireworks.

Although there’s been a fair amount of murmuring about how Stag is unusual for not having the Seattle-associated mud and gloom in its walk, it seems to me that more and more contemporary Emerald City-based musicians are providing exceptions to that rule.

The top-notchers rounding out Stag’s tight power pop/melodic rock are Pete Everett (Tuffy/Mellors) on bass and Rob Dent (Jackie on Acid, Sanford Arms) on percussion.

The band’s official video for one of its standout tracks, “Don’t Lead With Your Heart,” made me LOL several times:

Stag’s first full-length is out now, courtesy of Fin Records.

Post by Mary Leary

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