This Buzz For You: The Ready Stance

Bands that sound like The Gaslight Anthem or The Hold Steady, that American indie rock sound, whether they be from New Jersey or Brooklyn, are not really hard to come by these days. And with a crowded field, it takes something a bit extra to not sound like just another indie rock band.

If you take only a cursory listen to Damndest, the debut release from the Cincinnati band The Ready Stance, you may be tempted to toss it in the pile of "same as it ever was." But going through the album, you realize that the weight of Damndest lies in its lyrical content coupled with guitar riffs that hit their stride and instrumental work that becomes more complex and layered. The marrying of well-crafted lyrical stories and complex instrumental layer is perhaps best exhibited on "Steamship Moselle," the band's take on an historical 1831 maritime explosion and an ill-fated minister and his (miraculously) dry Bible. These aren't just song to bang your head to, if you're into that kind of thing.

There is plenty that makes The Ready Stance's debut album rock--you don't have to listen far into tracks like the album's opener, "Rancho Christo" or "Wrecking Ball," the first single, to hear how well the guitars of Wes Pence and Chase Johnston and Eric Moreton's drumming, or how, on "Little Carmel" Randy Cheek's bass drives the song, would lend to a live show that shouldn't be missed.

Damndest represents earnest American rock grounded in thoughtful, critical lyrics that make you think about what you're rocking out to. And that is well worth the listen.

You can find out more about The Ready Stance at their site: http://readystance.com/

Damndest is available now.

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