The Stammer | Photo By Lauren Barrett
Hear two new songs from gloom-rockers The Stammer; catch them at The Fire
The songs “The Storm” and “Kate & Chris” stand in sharp contrast to each other, but both show off the sonic capabilities of the band. Originally the recording project of vocalist Brian Brotman, the band has evolved into a three-piece, and these two new songs shine with personality.
“The Storm” opens with a dense rhythm section that rivals Joy Division: a chugging bassline is layered on top of dancy krautrock drums. Later, electric guitar splits through the minamalistic mix with quick jabs, like the off-beat technique of Television. Brotman’s soothing voice spins a tale of doom in the Western world inspired by the events of Hurricane Sandy.
B-side “Kate and Chris” is a gentle narrative of two strangers that meet after hours at a bar. It pads along in 5/4, filled with bleary-eyed hope that one has when they look in the mirror after a bad night’s sleep. Beach-combing guitar chords ring out while the bass weaves a path through.