The Stabs – Dead Wood

A couple of months ago I blogged about Melbourne band The Stabs, and how I thought their song “No Hoper” rocked.

I picked up their latest album, Dead Wood, at Red Eye Records on the weekend. Red Eye is the sort of awesome music store I used to go to. Their selection of Australian music made it the natural place for me to find this album, and they didn’t disappoint.

Back to Dead Wood: it delivers. There’s probably not another song as furious as “No Hoper” – which you can hear and download from my music Box widget on the right-hand side of my blog page, there – but there’s lots of swagger.

It’s raw. It’s punk, it’s droning stoner garage-rock, but with the odd clear snare drum or piano bit that grabs your attention. And the bass is so dirty and heavy.

You can catch The Stabs around Oz in the next few weeks, including Sydney on 23-April.