Phlying Saucer “Pancakes” EP
A neat find here is The Phlying Saucer, a young band with a sound that’s akin to Weezer and Foo Fighters. Lead by singer Phil McDonald, he’s joined by Lydell Valdriz (drums), Evan Brass (bass) and Chris Miranda (guitar). The band came together when they all realized that they had a shared love of modern power pop. “Breaking Down” has a crisp guitar lead and catchy melody. “One Red Light” offers those rambunctious riffs and fast tempo, very similar to Bowling For Soup. Each of the tracks on this EP shine brightly, and should find a place on your play list.
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Stag “Paper Crown” EP
Veteran Seattle musicians Ben London, Pete Everett, Rob Dent, Lincoln Barr and singer Steve Mack formed Stag last year and its sound effortlessly combined classic Who guitar stylings with a modern rock flair. Their sophomore EP “Paper Crown” is produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) and it sounds great. A perfect example of a rock band that makes great musicianship sound like casual fun. The title track has it all, an unvarnished beat and riff party with a solid melody. Likewise, “Love Her Records” pulsing beat and earnest lyrics describing a music snob is just infectious. It’s one of the best tunes I’ve heard this year. I wish this was more than four tracks – don’t miss this excellent EP.