SO STRESSED STREAM DEBUT ALBUM VIA SPIN
THE UNLAWFUL TRADE OF GRECO-ROMAN ART RELEASED 25TH MAY ON MEREDITH GRAVES’ NEW LABEL HONOR PRESS
So Stressed‘s debut album The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art is now streaming on SPIN, who said: “Perpetually crashing drums, buzzsawing guitar, and gut-wrenchingly pained howls, combining for one of the most potent post-hardcore assaults in recent memory.”
The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art will be available on LP, CD and digital download via Honor Press, a brand new label created and directed by Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, on 25th May.
So Stressed is a Sacramento-based post-hardcore three piece comprised of Morgan Fox, Andrew Garcia and Kenneth Draper. Their mutual insistence on perfection meant it took more than two years to complete …Unlawful Trade… – fully formed songs would be thrown out completely if one member was unhappy with the final result. This meticulousness is the anxiety-ridden heartbeat of the album, twelve songs that sound like what’s happening inside your head when you wake up in the middle of the night sweating for no reason.
…Unlawful Trade… is a technically meticulous but anxiety ridden and sometimes terrifying cry which calls to mind everything from Q and Not U to No Trend and the Minutemen. At times, Fox’s lyrics bring to mind the emotional distress and social reservation seen in Wire and Wall of Voodoo.
The fact that their sound is so violent and tense as to be physically disarming is almost deceptive; the members of So Stressed are kind, conscientious and smart young men. As mentioned above, writing this album took more than two years (and recording took more than six months) due to a common habit of throwing away fully-formed songs deemed to be even slightly less than perfect. All this was done with no goal in mind – if no one wanted to release it, Fox says, “we were just going to delete it.” Honor Press could not be more pleased to offer this as their first release.
SO STRESSED THE UNLAWFUL TRADE OF GRECO-ROMAN TRACKLISTING
Merv King & The Phantoms
Nervous Around Punks
Flirting With A Cop
Covered In Hair
Needs No Chill
‘Merv King & The Phantoms’