Stereoshifter is a rock duo from Denver, heavily influenced by indie rock in the 90’s as teens, and influenced by bands such as Dinosaur Jr., The Pixies and Superdrag. The two-man collective consists of vocalist, guitarist and bassist Josh and timekeeper Peter who plays the drums. Stereoshifter who write about the usual daily grind, love, the future, regret, and politics, among other things, have just released a new EP titled “Dumb Luck” and are also dropping a new single in January. Okay, the year isn’t quite over yet, but I think I have heard one of the better new alternative rock releases of 2016. I just love the simplicity of guitars, bass, drums and vocals on this EP.
Stereoshifter take everything good about rock and roll and filters it down into its purest form, which in tracks like the EP opener “Someday”, which is wrapped inside plenty of guitar sludge, loud, banging drums and a strong melody.
“Friend” is an infectious, jangly rock tune that sets the pace for what’s to come – more catchy, hook-laden, melody-ridden rock n’ roll. I’m tired of everyone saying rock is back. It hasn’t gone anywhere, it’s just that the mainstream decided not to force feed it to us anymore. So you need to go and find your own.
And if you look hard enough you may stumble onto Stereoshifter and a song like “Nothing Left To Give”. The guitars are loud, and the lyrics actually mean something.
Simply put, this EP is astonishingly good in its production and depth. Stereoshifter are also great songwriters. Their ability to craft songs and lyrics of such a high caliber is stunning, and on “Dumb Luck” it shines all over.
“Goodbye” is a great example of how they blend a sharp melody with a pumping beat and smooth chord progressions. “Streetwalker”, on the other hand, is laced with emotion and vigor of an unparalleled magnitude, forging ringing guitars, propulsive drums and compelling vocals.
All-round, the songs are top notch and heartfelt. The kind you can embrace wholeheartedly, with melodies that will make it hard not to sing along with. The electric crunch and the addictive melodies will hook you from the first listen.
You’ll be almost hypnotized as Stereoshifter burns through their tunes with equally powerful and catchy performances. If you’ve missed fuzzed-out guitar rock sounds, and bittersweet melodies, this duo delivers a unique blend of modern rock, vintage riffs and grungy undertones that will awaken your nostalgic tendencies.
So if you’re looking for a genuine rock band, that won’t give you hype, a bunch of bullshit gimmicks, or glossed up garbage; a band who you can tell just wanted to play music they really love playing, music they might even love listening to themselves, then Stereoshifter fits that identikit perfectly.