STOOR

STOOR are:
SCOTT MCKINLAY: DRUMS
STEF MURRAY: BASS & VOCALS
ROSS MATHESON: GUITAR
DAVIE YOUNGBLOOD: GUITAR
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Stereogram Recordings are delighted to announce the addition of Dundee based outfit STOOR to their ever increasing roster.

‘Witchfinder General’, their debut download single which is released on October 28th, finds them in characteristic post-punk/sci-fi mode, merging insistent riffs and melodies with dark, mysterious lyrics. The title itself comes from a Hammer Horror movie, so that should give you some idea of where they’re coming from. Echoes of bands as diverse as Pere Ubu, The Dead Kennedys and even late 90s sensations Ultrasound abound as the songs buries itself deep within your psyche.

This is what Andy Wood of IsThisMusic? had to say about it: ‘Witchfinder General’ is, on the surface, a lighter counterpoint, but still has a nervy, anxious feel to it and the lyrics and delivery seem to warn of human folly and the danger of Messiah’s: “Brothers and Sisters gather/To meet the latest hazard/Hear the word”

Formed from the fumes of the original West Port bar and distilled from earlier Dundee punk/New Wave bands, STOOR have been a presence on the Scottish music scene since the 1990s.

The nuclear core of the band (Scott Mckinlay, drums; Stef Murray, bass and vocals; Ross Matheson, guitar) fused over their love of punk, film and TV themes and the Kinks to name but three influences. Over the years other members have come and gone with the present fourth member being Davie Youngblood on guitar.

Sporadically gigging like a Time Lord on a sabbatical, STOOR have been a rare band to witness (which could be of interest to Pokemon-Go players). Recent years has seen a flurry of activity with many sightings of their musical Tardis in venues around Scotland and the North of England.

Their debut album, eponymously titled ‘STOOR’, was self-released on vinyl in 2015 to critical acclaim. Piccadilly Records in Manchester summed up its musical delights pretty accurately with this precis:
“STOOR’s self-titled LP is filled with gutsy post-punk anthems and confident instrumental wizardry. Clanging distorted guitars and chugging rhythm tracks are fittingly topped with tuneful but aggressive vocal lines. Arrhythmic passages leap out of the groove before diving straight back into the melodic assault. ‘Infect me’ shows a more restrained side, and showcases STOOR’s ability to reign it back a bit and focus on the nuts and bolts of their sound, and is further evidence of their ability to competently cover a wide variety of sounds seamlessly. This is an exciting and rousing collection, well worth the rack space for any fan of post-punk or indie.”

The album alongside CD and download/streaming versions is being reissued on the Stereogram Recordings label on October 28th 2016.

Earlier vinyl singles are also due to be re-released. STOOR continue to create diverse aural slices of middle age angst and the growing absurdities of life with a second album in the process of recording.

STOOR appear live with Brix Smith & The Extricated on Sunday 30th October 2016 and with The Memranes on Friday 27th January 2017 – both nights at Beat Generator in Dundee.

Press quotes:
“If you like your music challenging but accessible, inventive but melodic then I’d thoroughly recommend this delightful album to you. I know it’s only May but this is my album of 2015 so far and it’s going to have to be something special to topple this one from that slot.” IsThisMusic? 4.5 / 5 stars
“May well be the best record by a band you’ve never heard of this year.” Manic Pop Thrills