Self Released (2017)
It's always a blast to discover a new band that is wielding their guitars for the forces of good. Stand Alone are from Japan and like so many other bands from that wonderful country are playing just the kind of rock and roll that my ears wants to hear.
Stand Alone are cut from the same cloth as many of the great Snuffy Smiles bands from the late 90s and early 00s. There are two singers which gives the band a dynamic vocal range that can go from sounding a bit like Screaming Fat Rat all the way down to a gruffer, more melodic delivery not unlike what you would hear in a band like Shipyards. Musically there's a mix of big crunchy power chords, energetic octaves and slower, jangling note picking.
If there's one criticism from me, it's that at four songs (with one an instrumental), this EP is too short. I want to hear so much more from this band. I'm pretty blown away by my first time hearing them and can only hope they have more songs like these that I'll get to hear in the future.
Stand Alone - Think Backward: