People be freaking about the new Ribbon Stage album Hit with the Most [KLP283/PRNL45] - - - in Olymp, Washington, N.Y., N.Y. and as far away as Glasgow, Scotland. That city's premiere phonograph record emporium, Monorail Music, is praising Hit with the Most to the highest heavens in their latest newsletter, in anticipation of it's October 21 release. Scribe (and fan) Stephen Pastel proclaims Ribbon Stage "Your new favorite band" and adds:
"Sometimes it’s easy to feel that all the great records of a certain type are behind us...this is exactly what Ribbon Stage are all about. Following up on their glorious My Favourite Shrine ep, they spread their winning magic thickly across 11 tracks cut at 45rpm for max loudness and verve.
"The front cover homages Shop Assistants – Will Anything Happen. This is a big indicator of where they’re coming from – overdriven guitar, drum thump and lazily melodic vocals. The vocals are a total statement – like Jim Reid, they understand that if you’ve got the tunes there’s no big hurry. Their tunes and attitude are spot on – gorgeous chord changes mapping out bright lines between 1960s garage punk, Dave Conway-era My Bloody Valentine and more recent things like Vivian Girls.
"Ribbon Stage feels alive to the moment – just being brilliant with all sides covered. They’re a timely reminder that amateur pop is always in the shadows ready to leap out and win our hearts. The International Pop Underground is on the rise."