The Wild Stares: Obsidian

One of the unsung indie rock heroes of the eighties and nineties, LA-through-Boston band, The Wild Stares return with their first album in 28 years, and the result will certainly satisfy those who admire their earlier work.

The Wild Stares created three albums between 1985 and 1992, and a few other releases on labels such as Ace of Hearts, What’s so Funny About, Hell Yeah, Transparency, Birth Records, Good Noise, Propeller Product and more, and they were frequently moving between the US and Europe where the shared stages with My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain and Poison Girls among others.

Their original lineup of founders Justin Burrill (guitar, vocals) and Steve Gregororpoulos (vocals, guitar), together with bassist Fran Miller who joined soon after the band's formation, is still present, while the new album also features bass by Steve Reed of Lethal Weapon, and Kyle C. Kyle (The Motels) on drums who passed away in 2015.

New song, Obsidian, is a gritty cut which recalls the rawer early days of the Paisley Underground movement mingled with additional volumes of psychedelic noise rock dirt. The track represents the vibrancy found in the entirety of the just released Automatic Writing Machine, as the band indulges in a low-key, yet, sharp and revered comeback.

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