Akron rock band Stems premieres new song ‘Werewolves’ from upcoming album

September 25, 2018

Akron rock band Stems premieres new song ‘Werewolves’ from upcoming album

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Stems has taken its time on its new full-length album.

The Akron band has spent last few years casually working on the project. It’s the product of hours of jamming together in a garage.

“It’s usually just us sitting around playing,” said bassist Michael Voris. “Somebody adds another layer and eventually some people start singing. Mostly it’s just us reacting to each other and what the other person plays.”

The band is preparing to release “Your Sullen Ways Are Getting Boring” on Sept. 27, but is sharing a sneak peek with its song “Werewolves” on cleveland.com today. Check it out below.

Stems has been rocking around Northeast Ohio venues for six years. It’s released two EPs: 2013′s “Stems” and 2015′s “Identity Believer.”

Stems’ newest project is the first to include guitarist Joel McAdams in the writing process. McAdams joined Stems shortly before “Identity Believer” was recorded, replacing a past guitarist who moved.

Stems has a strong string of original releases, but the band originally formed as a Buddy Holly tribute. Singer-guitarist Justin Seeker put together a band to do a show at a skate ramp in Kent, decided to ditch the Buddy Holly thing, and has stuck with original music since.

Stems’ indie sound incorporates new-wave and surf-rock elements, but Voris said the band can be hard to pin down.

“We get compared to everybody. We played ‘Feet In The Fire’ for friends, and one friend said it sounded like Neil Diamond, while the other friend said its sounded like the CBGB era of Blondie and Television.”

Stems Bandcamp describes its sound as a cross between “Joy Division if they liked to drink beer and have a good time” and “Talking Heads right after being broken up with.”

“I think we all just love getting together and writing music, and being surprised at what it ends up sounding like,” said Voris.

Stems’ new album will be released with a show at Akron’s Lock 4 at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27, with fellow local acts Red Rose Panic and Actual Form. The concert is free and open to the public, and copies of “Your Sullen Ways Are Getting Boring” will be available for purchase. Read more about the show.

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