STIFF LOVE- Trouble 7"
Nevermind the weird phrasing: Olympia’s Stiff Love is a fuckin’ beautiful instancepunk rock incestuation. Like, if there was some kind of omniscient deity responsiblefor eating grapes, chuckin’ down lightningbolts, and ensuring that certain groups of people got into rooms together and startedup bands, they definitely would’ve had topull some strings to get the stars to align over Washington that fateful day. Sampling members from Lysol, Lowest Priority, Beta Boys, Very Mental and The Vitamens -- the first three of which are Washington-based, and all four phenomenal punk acts of their own distinct, varying flavors --, Stiff Love is the aftershock following years of rambunctious reverberations spawned by their past musical efforts. Liberating themselves from the arbitrary limitations of straight-forward punk, Stiff Love haschanneled decades’ worth of vintage garage
rock into a shameless, glittery stint of glam- like moxie, complete with a presentation worthy of posters plastered all over a bedroom wall. This four-piece has curated asound that’s distinctly their own, emanating sheer confidence and gusto through heavy-handed, toe-tap-inducing rhythms, spring-loaded guitar licks reminiscent of surf-esque sensibilities, crunchy, scuzzed-out riffage imbued with a metallic potency, and a kickass leadcapable of inciting a fuckin’ riot. “Trouble”could not have been a better follow-up tothe group’s original debut cassette of 2017,honing their once-coarse tones to an edge fit for a smiley face-embossed switchblade. Stiff Love is the exact type of band you wish you had back when you were in middle school. Because, well, maybe then youwouldn’t have turned out to be such a mess.