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"stratocruiser rocks..."

"automatically pleasing, hard rocking power pop." -

"review of suburban contemporary"

"Killer! kickass-hard rocking-melodic-top notch-simply awesome stuff!" - Jay Anderson

"Suburban Contemporary review"

OK, wait a minute. Did I stumble across one of my old Cheap Trick records? You'd think so listening to Stratocruiser's debut, "Suburban Contemporary." This group of talented North Carolina musicians has put out an 11-tune recording that I swear sounds like Rick Nielsen on guitar and Robin Zander behind the mike.
It's one sweet-sounding disc that will satisfy pop enthusiasts longing for jangling guitars and strong melodies. If you miss that, "Suburban Contemporary" is your pick - Go Triad magazine

"another subcon review"

"... There is nothing trendy about the music at all, it is simply solid and well crafted pop. there's a sad pub out there that needs this band." - Giant Robot Magazine

"Suburban Contemporary Review"

Suburban Contemporary

The boys from North Carolina take a healthy leap forward on their second album, Suburban Contemporary, a disc filled with weighty garage pop that's equal parts Smithereens and Shazam. Lead vocalist Clay Howard sings with guts and passion, as well as a little bit of soul when the occasion calls for it, and the songwriting team of Howard and Mike Nicholson (of Sparklefest fame) click like Astaire and Rogers (well, a ballsier Astaire and Rogers, anyway) on several of these tracks. Standouts include the album opener "#28" with its Raideresque melody line, the soulful "Top Of The Morning," the raw raver "Copyshop Girl," and the light, jazzy "Stinson Beach." The album's closer, "J'aime Suis Mouvais," is one of the heaviest tunes you'll ever hear on a "pop" album.

The best song on Suburban Contemporary is "Blue Sparkle Daydream," which is well described by its title; dreamy, warm and pretty, with a chorus for the ages. The band is ably supported by some heavyweight friends, like Shazam main-man Hans Rotenberry, who lends some cool guitar licks to "Top Of The Morning," Jane Francis of Velvet, whose backgrounds on "J'aime Suis Mouvais" are kinda sexy, and the ubiquitous Robbie Rist, who assists with too many things to mention. The only downside of Suburban Contemporary is its rather muddy sound quality, but its songs are able to shine brightly nonetheless, and that's what's most important.
-DAVID BASH - Amplifier Magazine


2002- stratocruiser s/t
2004- copyshop girl ep
2004- suburban contemporary(USA)ZiP records San Francisco
2005- smell of success 7" ( released May 17.) permaculture records
2005-suburban contemporary (Japan)wizzard-in-vinyl records ( July release)

"copyshop girl", "crystalized" and "jaime suis mouvais"," from our cd, Suburban Contemporary are all receiving college airplay as well as being in regular rotaion on, which streams to an audience of over 50,000 listeners. "Blue Sparkle Daydream has topped playlists in Austria, and Chile, of all places...


Feeling a bit camera shy


Nicholson & Howard are veterans of revered bands such as Bullwinkel Gandhi (whose 1996 release Kung Pow! was voted #71 in a list of the top 100 power pop albums of all time in a Swedish magazine article), The Doleful Lions, Barely White, Diggin' Taters, Bangers -n- Mash and more.
Stratocruiser's new release, suburban contemporary, was released at the end of the year 2004. Recorded with many friends, including Hans Rotenberry of the Shazam and Robbie Rist- formerly known as Cousin Oliver of the Brady Bunch...