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Stereotyperider: Songs in the Keys of F & USongs in the Keys of F & U (2009)
Suburban Home Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: BryneBryne
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Before Suburban Home Records was the go-to label for alt-country awesomeness, they were a small operation with a roster largely comprised of either pop-punk or post-hardcore acts that very few people seemed to care about. One of those bands that fits the latter genre like a glove is Stereotyperider,.


Before Suburban Home Records was the go-to label for alt-country awesomeness, they were a small operation with a roster largely comprised of either pop-punk or post-hardcore acts that very few people seemed to care about. One of those bands that fits the latter genre like a glove is Stereotyperider, and while many of their peers and labelmates gave up the ghost a long time ago, the Phoenix-area act has graced us with their new record and first in five years, Songs in the Keys of F & U. Silly title aside, it's a solid effort that shows this brand of rock, obsolete as it may seem, will never really go out of style.

More often than not, Stereotyperider derive their aggression from heavy, layered guitars that pummel the eardrums in a way few bands of this ilk are capable of doing. The absolutely huge "Did You Hear What I Meant?", the riff-happy "I'm Not Sayin'" and the slightly more melodic "Useless Point" are all prime examples of this. This record is no one-trick pony when it comes to guitar work, however; the riffing that anchors "We Are Dinosaurs" is positively discordant in nature, while the rapid soloing employed in "Twon Song" is nothing short of impressive. The guys even break out some dual soloing and utilize some incredibly high notes in "Annoy Me" with solid results.

Songs in the Keys of F & U ain't all hot lixxx and face-melting solos, though. Things get downright poppy on the aforementioned "Useless Point" as well as "Luck," the latter a song that sounds like a long lost alternative rock radio hit circa 1993. Same goes for the tight, driving "Don't Want to Know," a tune with impressive work from the rhythm section, especially those busy-without-being-distracting drum fills.

The most glaring issue that holds this record back from being great is the production. All of the instruments sound pretty clear, but the vocals are far too low in the mix. When the guitars are this big and loud, the vocals need to be higher in the mix to compensate for that; instead, they're relegated to the background and at times are near-impossible to decipher. Even layering the vocals, which the band does in tracks like "Dive In," "Luck" and "Useless Point" doesn't seem to help enough.

That's small potatoes, though. Songs in the Keys of F & U hits much more than it misses, and is worth a listen for anyone looking for a fresh twist on the old Quicksand/Samiam/Seaweed-centric sound.

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Blackjaw_x (March 16, 2009)

Am I the only one who gets a Small Brown Bike vibe from this album? Not much, just a bit. Either way, it's great.

hayman (March 15, 2009)

I've listened to this a couple of times now and it's a good album. Some really good guitar work going on. Good times.

bytheslice (March 14, 2009)

One of the members was in Mandingo, who were a pretty solid 90's pop punk band from Arizona. I actually just found their "Badtouchbecca" 10" at a store today.

I never really got into Stereotypewriter. I always thought they were ok, but not memorable. I'm wondering how this album will be.

skolarx (March 13, 2009)

for whatever reason it just popped into my head, Adam's Alcholics

spoon_of_grimbo (March 13, 2009)

i'm really liking the stream so far, but does the actual album have that wierd crackling sound in certain parts or is that just a dodgy stream?

skolarx (March 13, 2009)

for whatever reason i can't remember (or find online anywhere for that matter) what band these guys were in before 'typerider.

from what i heard of this album when it was streaming, they have really uped their game in the past few years. it sounds incredible

the_other_scott (March 13, 2009)

been a long time since i've seen these guys, but they were pretty fun last time around.

cheers to them, the gamits, and the fairlanes!

xote (March 13, 2009)

What a weird label.

I actually like the album title.

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