The Quebec-formed quartet emerge with a cavernous swoon on its debut full-length, Logic Will Break Your Heart. The sound is Manchester-via-Montreal, the attitude: detached New York new wave-cum-mascara-streaked melodrama. The Stills engage in jangly '80s melodic interchange, well seated between and separated from the '70s grandstand bombast and the '90s violent wallowing.
Along with the aforementioned, The Stills at times recall the Cure, perhaps in a cursory way even Coldplay, with the group's swooping chug and chime. Lead singer Tim Fletcher's tenor is an affected rapturous sway.
Within standout tracks such as "Lola Stars and Stripes," "Animals & Insects" and "Still in Love Song" the band plays out post-9-11 paranoia and the grappling of emotion and reason hinted at by the album's title. The entire album is a bittersweet confection of spirited disconnection to a dreamy post-wave pop backing.
The Stills may not fully outshine the group's influences, but there's certainly a steadily beating heart to admire.
The Stills play Smith's Olde Bar Fri., Dec. 19. $8.
*Christ, Lord sorry
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
All 80s movies want you...
Their show with Chris, Lord about 3 years at the Unicorn was the best.