There is no question about the direction of Quitting Time, just a fun ride down rural America's big carpet slide. Some guitars, bass, drums, a trailer full of harmonies, and the unused plethora of verse filling the sky as exhaust. This is a very massive composition. A far reaching creative effort, mechanically duck shooting specific genres, with "home on leave sniper like proficiency". There is one significant quality of Half Stack that needs to be acknowledged, these sounds are unprocessed, like the band is right there playing this tape as a set. A very real feeling that seeing Half Stack play live would be pretty much what you get on these recordings. Although going to a show takes tops because this group would be fun to watch. After many listens then deliberations on comparing Half Stack, one album sticks in these thoughts. Maybe it's a western state thing, but Up On The Sun comes to mind. Both well polished turquoise stones of superb quality, with thirty five years of silver filigree in between.
Do not miss out on this cassette release by the Spring, Texas label, Under The Counter Tapes. Fifty copies to start, now down to eight. There is a vinyl version on the label Processional Cross from Oakland (also hometown of Half Stack). The tape is the format used for this description and of course it arrived with lots of pins to accessorize your apparel. Go to the label's bandcamp page to see some fun videos too.
Under the Counter Tapes - bandcamp - facebook
Half Stack - bandcamp - facebook