The Mourning Stool

Sterile Jets

The Mourning Stool
Performed By Sterile Jets
Album UPC 845121075410
CD Baby Track ID TR0000873503
Label Yesca Rock
Released 2014-10-21
BPM 116
Rated 0
ISRC QMEU31406098
Year 2014
Spotify Plays 5
Writer Sterile Jets
Pub Co Yesca Rock
Composer Sterile Jets
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - California - LA


Liquor Store, the Second Album from Sterile Jets, Takes Extreme Rock In Exciting New Directions


"[This band was] started to fulfill an artistic interpretation of music. Sterile Jets definitely do not care what you think; they will rock you one way or another." - rscott, UCLA Radio

"Music for maniacs. Sterile Jet's blend of stoner groove and harsh noise re-introduces some much needed adventure into punk rock." - J. Simpson, The Drainage

Sterile Jets are intent on confronting the tortured dynamic of modern America with unflinching honesty and an exceptional mash up of rhythm, noise and melody. They draw on elements that include post rock, stoner punk, art punk and old school heavy metal and add a dollop of lyrical inspiration from Beat writers like William S. Burroughs and LA's own Charles Bukowski. Their primal brand of caterwauling is impossible to put into conventional words, although the band often describes their unsettling sound as Sonic Youth coupling with the Velvet Underground to produce an unruly Black Flag baby. "That sentence oversimplifies things," says lead guitarist and singer Robert "Bly" Moore. "We have a lot of different influences, but we make something which is uniquely ours. Our music is original, aggressive and eclectic. When you see us live, you'll realize it's also very, very loud."

The band's debut, Barlights at 2AM, was a fairly straightforward explosion of feral energy. Bly and group founder, singer and bass player William "B.ILL" Partnoff wrote the songs, then brought them to rehearsals to be fleshed out. The asymmetrical arrangements of "Dirty Spearmint" and "Driving Flames: A Conversation About the Kingdom of Fire" hinted at the direction the band would take on Liquor Store.

"(The new) Songs begin with us free form jamming in our studio," Bly explains. "We start with a riff or drum beat from (our drummer) Bean and see where the moment takes us. We have lyrics B. ILL and I have written lying around the studio, and we sift through them and try them out with the riffs we're jamming on. We record our jam sessions. After listening back to them, we start arranging them into songs. The free form, in-the-moment element, leads to more interesting riffs and songs."

The songs on Liquor Store evolved over a ten-month period. Then the band headed into the studio with producer Robert Ortiz for three days of intense recording, with Ortiz using the studio as another instrument to help the band step outside of their comfort zone. The album opens with "...To The Bars." Bean's rolling doom rock beats, B. ILL's skewed bass line and Bly's distorted metal meets surf guitar support a screaming vocal by B. ILL that blends equal parts of apathy and anger. "It's pretty dark and miserable," Bly says, "so we solve that by going... to the bars!" The title of "Alt Rock is a Coma" is a bit misleading; it's a classic arena rock song full of thumping bass, monster power chords, extended jazz/metal guitar excursions and heart attack inducing kick drum accents.

Sonic Youth meets William Burroughs on "The Algebra Of Need," an anti-love song with a cynical lyric delivered by Bly in a despondent sing/talk tone. A surprisingly melodic lead guitar line darts in and out of a tidal wave of grinding noise and sizzling cymbals. "Olly Olly Oxen Free" is a brisk pop/punk tune with Bean's nervous backbeat and B. ILL's galloping bass sending Bly's guitar into a frenzy of distorted ecstasy. The epic sludge rock assault of "Blaq Germ" plays out with eight minutes of feedback, melodic noise, guitar shredding solos and distortion, recorded using old fashion Bullet mics to augment the distorted, reverb soaked sound.

The album name is an acknowledgement that we all like hanging out in bars," Bly says. "We all enjoy a drink or seven and frequent bars and liquor stores. That's also why drinking is a common theme in our songs."

Sterile Jets came together in Long Beach, CA in 2009. After the break-up of B. ILL's San Francisco band, Dynamic Ribbon Device, he moved south, intent on putting together a group that would satisfy his artistic needs. After auditioning a number of musicians, he connected with drummer Matthew Bean in 2010. In 2012, the duo placed a Craig's List ad for a guitar playing vocalist and found Bly, who had just moved to Long Beach from Indianapolis. The band went through many vocalists in its formative years, but just before recording their first album, Barlights at 2AM, they decided that they were perfect as a trio with Bly and B.ILL splitting the vocal duties.

The current incarnation of the band has been gigging in Southern California for two years, focusing on the Long Beach and Orange County areas, but with the release of Liquor Store, they're ready to take their music to concert halls and dive bars nationwide. Be on the lookout! The thunderous roar you hear cutting through the cacophony of the city's nighttime clamor just may be may be the music of the Sterile Jets.

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