EP REVIEW: Stereo Pirates - Self Titled
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Cooper the Band
Genre: Alternative Rock
Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Black Crows, Counting Crows
The CD kicks gets off the ground nicely with “Crooked Smile” a smooth flowing intro piece that serves up slamming blues rock groove against walking bass lines, effective harmonies and soulful melody from Pertinen and company. Track 2 “Blue Eyes” keeps thing moving in the right direction with heartfelt vocal delivery from Pertinen with steady flowing rhythm guitar and hooky chorus making for an impressive acoustic ballad. Track 3 “Fall Black Man” is another impressive groove that dishes out driving rock rhythm, impressive Organ chops and accents against thought provoking lyrical content. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 amazing songs in a row. The musicianship of everyone involved is above the bar. I would classify this music as classic R&B, Americana, with brief touches of psychedelic Rock of the early 70’s. Music is reminiscent of classic Led Zeppelin, Wallflowers, Cream with brief splashes of The Rolling Stones, The Black Crows and even Counting Crows. Besides the 4 piece standard you will notice lush instrumentation with things like impressive horn section, slamming rhythm and solo guitar, well placed keyboard accents, Hammond Organ chops and lush harmonies layered everywhere. What I like the most about this band is how well they seem to groove together, testament to hundreds of hours of writing and rehearsal time no doubt. Now turning our attention over to singer Pertinen - as for his vocal abilities well – he’s amazing! His voice goes down smooth & fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with a timber that is simply infectious. I suspect some of his vocal influences are – Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) Chris Robinson (Black Crows) and even Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones). I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks indicating to me a confident vocal ability. All songs are extremely well crafted & consistent across the board. This CD from Stereo Pirates delivers 13 solid tracks all providing musical enjoyment filled with strong musical variety & diversity. The music of Stereo Pirates has everything you would expect from a world class musical production. From grooving “Painted Ladies” and “She Cut Me” to rocking “Misery” to heartfelt “All For You” and “Take Me Home” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 13 “Live Out of Time” a perfect finale statement for a CD like this.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Overall it’s fair to say this catalogue is a bit repetitive overall. It’s hard to tell one song from the next.
From start to finish “Stereo Pirates” is an amazing collection of music from these lads. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalog. The writing and playing abilities of this 5 piece is rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted, and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with good old fashioned no holds barred R&B Rock swagger. Last but not least the vocal presence of Bryan Pertinen is breathtaking, infectious and has the voice of legends. Clearly he is a premier talent within this band. Like a drug you can’t help but get sucked in by his amazing band from the Twin Cities.. Get a piece of it while you can!