Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Stay Scared - Can't Relax
Stay Scared were a punk band from Oakland, California. They featured members of Nightstick Justice, Strung Up, Second Opinion, and Dust Ward. They were around 2009-2010, and this is their only release. I think I saw them about 4 times, and once at Burnt Ramen they covered "All This And More" by The Dead Boys. That was cool. Anyways, they don't sound anything like that. I didn't pay a huge amount of attention to the lyrics up until I re-discovered this in my room a few months ago. I like them a lot, and wonder what some of the songs are based off of.
It was recorded in kind of a strange way, and sometimes the sound pans back and forth a little. Also, in some songs you can hear weird noise and interference coming through, like in the middle of "Knifed Neck." Who knows, maybe they added it on purpose. I like the melodic edge that this band has, especially "Throatpuncher" and the solo in "Ghost Town."
Michael, the singer of Stay Scared, is now in Dust Ward. He's also a fabulous chef at a pricey restaurant in Berkeley. I have to go eat something, I'm getting too hungry from looking at the menu