“I am seeing spots RIGHT NOW!” Loud, agressive, metal tinged punk. Â I am really digging the juxtaposition of this pretty violent sounding rock against the very classical looking artwork. Â This is the also the first release from Honor Press – HP 001. Â Couldn’t hurt the ‘ol collection to have a 001 release on limited clear.
So Stressed initially began in Sacramento, CA as a largely improvisational noise project that included the bandâs three members (Morgan Fox, Andrew Garcia and Kenneth Draper). Over time, the lineup was refined and their sound coalesced into whatâs heard on The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art, 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, Foxâs 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. 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 mindâ if no one wanted to release it, Fox says, âwe were just going to delete it.â Honor Press could not be more pleased to offer this as our first release.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive