Stoner Control

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Portland’s Stoner Control are back with their first single since 2018’s Alone In The City. The trio of Charley Williams, Sam Greenspan and Michael Cathcart continue to deliver big hooks in the spirit of Superchunk and Big Star.

Stoner Control grew out of a temporary side-project to become a powerhouse trio that has been making music since 2016. Taking inspiration from the rich sonic history of the Pacific Northwest, Stoner Control fuses a high-energy pop-punk sound with the unfiltered, lo-fi aesthetic of Portland’s thriving underground indie rock scene. Lead singer and guitarist Charley Williams infuses his lyrics with an honesty that is both playful and raw, creating driving melodies that echo Built to Spill, Superchunk, and Death Cab for Cutie.

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In describing this album to a friend, I told him it sounded equal parts Big Star, Pavement and Superchunk. But after constantly spinning their sophomore effort, I started hearing other subtle influences that may or may not be intended or not.

Never Be You, one of my favorites, kind of sounds like track that Cooley would sing.It has a certain sneer to it that Cooley has mastered over the years. Local News reminds me of another Portland band, The Exploding Hearts. It has that giant hook that put The Exploding Hearts on the map before tragedy struck.

Aided by Hutch Harris, The Portland trio of Charley Williams, Sam Greenspan and Michael Cathcart deliver big hooks and an earnest energy across nine tracks for their sophomore effort. If you like rocking, then you’d be smart to check these fellas out.

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photo credit: Jason Quigley

Stoner Control are a Portland based trio comprised of Charley Williams, Sam Greenspan and Michael Cathcart. Producing their new album is none other than Hutch Harris of The Thermals. If you dig The Thermals and Superchunk, than you’d be smart to check out that tune below.

Alone in the City marks an evolution from the raw and unfiltered sound of the band’s self titled debut, a heavy and fast-paced tribute to the golden age of alternative rock. While still keeping their original DIY aesthetic, Alone in the City features a cleaner and brighter sound featuring the jangly guitars and melodic pop of classic 60s rock ‘n roll, echoing the Byrds, Big Star, and the early Who and Rolling Stones. Lyrically, the album represents a shift from the highly personal towards towards a more open ended approach to story telling, without abandoning Stoner Control’s trademark playful melancholy.

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