The Stripe Stripe Fiasco
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The Stripe Stripe Fiasco

Golden, Colorado, United States | SELF

Golden, Colorado, United States | SELF
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The Stripe Stripe Fiasco @ Bender's Tavern

Denver, Colorado, USA

Denver, Colorado, USA

Jul
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The Stripe Stripe Fiasco @ Bender's Tavern

Denver, Colorado, USA

Denver, Colorado, USA

May
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The Stripe Stripe Fiasco @ Herman's Hideaway

Denver, Colorado, USA

Denver, Colorado, USA

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The four members of the Stripe Stripe Fiasco refer to what they do as "skitzRock," and that's not far off: The ten high-powered, high-impact tracks on this release are indeed sonically schizoid, not to mention rockin' throughout. Divided between the eerie, relaxed vocals of multi-instrumentalist Rachel King and the deep, post-grunge snarl of Richard Schwering, the album centers on frank introspection and subtle, almost carefree melody grounded in intentional pacing. While tracks like "Burgundy" careen into a bittersweet diatribe, "Teeth" and "At Least" pull from the drama pop of acts like Elastica and Blondie with imaginative new narratives on messy relationships and stomach butterflies. Between reflections, Schwering and King play upon each other's strengths while experimenting with bass and drums to produce a consistently hypnotic, if occasionally overwrought, compilation of melodic ambition, goth-rock inspiration and emotional frustration. - Westword


Genre definition is so overrated. Whether it be film, music, or art, it seems like everything has mated nowadays, making for an integrated fusion of a once duality or whatever. Really it just sounds pretentious. It seems like many artists in the music industry are marginalized into “pitching” their sound or concept to record labels, audiences, or promoters. I can only imagine the headache of trying to define your band’s “sound”. That’s why I am strongly encouraging Grateful Web readers to step outside of the tired genre definition game and listen one of my favorite up-and-coming bands, The Stripe Stripe Fiasco. Their sound is playful but focused; no-bullshit alternative rock ‘n’ roll. What a refreshing breath of air for the so-called “indie” genre (one of the most tired so called non-genres). There is nothing “emo” about this alternative rock band, which plays with such passion and forwardness that any attempt at comparing them to a sound or another band becomes a concession since their sound is sincerely built from so many different stratospheres of the musical universe.

The Denver-area band consists of vocalist and keyboard player Rachel King, Richard Schwering on guitar and vocals, Bobby Barbeau on bass, and Joel Monroe on drums. Together their collective contributions revive so much of what I adored about 70s punk, 60s mop-top rock, and 90s grunge. See what I mean? Who needs definition if something simply sounds great? The quartet has been performing frequently in Boulder, Denver, Golden, and beyond since 2008 but has reached a cornerstone in their career: the release of their first full-length album. “Teeth”. What is it about teeth? Everybody has a mouthful of them, but every single one is different. Kind of like everybody’s experience of love and loss; whenever you experience that it feels so personal and alienating, but really everybody’s experience with heartbreak is universally similar.

To me this is where the success in Stripe Stripe Fiasco’s “Teeth” lies. Something comforting and familiar, but like nothing you’ve really ever experienced or heard. In the ten-track LP that clocks in at just under 35 minutes I hear elements and hints of bands I’ve adored, but something about their approach makes it seem like the first time I’ve heard that seemingly familiar riff or vocalization. The strengths of each player come through with sincere communication of their separate influences along with their collective ability to listen and integrate each other’s musical inspirations. Take the opening and title track of the album; Rachel King’s opening vocals evoke the drawl of some distant bossa nova memory, before they fall into Joel Monroe’s hypnotic drum roll and Rich Schwering’s melodic lead rhythm that extinguished my former déjà vu into something completely different. This is the sonic landscape that a Stripe Stripe Fiasco song has to offer.

Some of my other favorite tracks are “Hero” which reminds me of a Velvet Underground basement tape that somebody rescued 40 years after the fact. Vocally “At Least” is memorizing. King’s vocals are enunciated with such understanding that its as if she’s unintentionally evoking a history lesson of punk music. The offbeat time signature of this two-minute twenty-second track is charming and comes off as firmly mature and focused. Schwering’s “Down” epitomizes the album’s underlying theme of different spectrums of love perfectly. His vocals are so aimed in this purpose that by the time his killer guitar solo sets in, you’ve realized how entranced he’d kept you previous.

And by the way, Schwering and Barbeau’s guitar work does not sound like a punk or indie band, it comes off to me as jazzy and playful, occasionally the vein of Trent Reznor’s most experimental instrumentals while touching on musical themes further beyond that. The duality between male (Schwering) and female (King) vocalists comes off so effectively that it takes the duet concept on an album-wide scale head-on; evoking both gendered sides of a heart-wrenched lover’s lament. “Diary” in particular has this charming quality displayed most directly. The album’s closing track “Things You Can Use” hits home as lightly humorous with hyperbolic references of “salting exposed flesh” and “using a wrench to tighten a nut” hitting home that most love involves inflamed emotions and over exaggerated tensions. Exposing it with a tight instrumental outro ends the album on a note to be proud of, truly a hybrid of too many sensibilities to explain.

Do yourself a favor and step outside of the genre explanation game. Free yourself of tired comparisons and listen to something new. Stripe Stripe Fiasco will undoubtedly continue to grow and build a larger following with these ten strong tracks as their fresh foundation. Check them out on MySpace and listen to much of the new album. Be sure to support them live as they continue to grow as I’ve seen over the past four years. The new album will find an audience with many different kinds of listeners, so long as they are willing to abandon the notion of definition, replaced by complex musicianship and sincere style. “Teeth” is available for download off of their official website through the CD Baby link. Please continue to support live music by attending their shows and purchasing their new album. - The Grateful Web


To put The Stripe Stripe Fiasco into one particular genre of music is nearly impossible. I’ve listened to their new album Teeth several times all the way through and I have yet to figure out what genre or sub genre I would stick them in. Maybe that’s what makes them so unique; they have the ability to simply sound like The Stripe Stripe Fiasco. Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Richard Schwering, Rachel King, Joel Monroe, and Bobby Barbeau have come together to create an indie masterpiece that is not only very listenable but very enjoyable. If I had to pick a few bands to compare them to I would have to say Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Poe, maybe even The Breeders but in all actuality they stand on their own with their own blend of rock music.

Trading lead vocal duties between Richard and Rachel gives each song something very unique that is missing from many bands these days. With each song there are many layers of voices that don’t follow the usual protocol in backing vocals giving each song two paths to follow. The musicianship is just as unique, never over powering yet completely energizing and relaxing all in the same. One good example of this is the song “Saphyre.” It starts with the hypnotic words “don’t you wanna be set on fire?” leading into a mysterious and powerful arrangement that will leave your head spinning.

The title track “Teeth” is another tune that draws you in with the seemingly subliminal melody leading you into the unknown. One thing about this band is its ability to draw you in and keep you at full attention the entire time. I can just imagine their live performances are just as mesmerizing as their recordings are. With songs that question relationships to the energetic musicianship from each member, these songs will stick in your head for many days and you will want to relive your first listen of The Stripe Stripe Fiasco over and over again. So whether you’d like to categorize this band as rock, alternative, new wave or any of the other genres of music the mainstream has created to confuse fans of music, you will not only enjoy this band immensely but you will for certain become a lifelong fan anxiously awaiting to see what they create next.

Rating: 4/5 Stars! - Indie Music Reviewer


The Stripe Stripe Fiasco reveals a unique sound in this four-song EP, one they, themselves, have dubbed “skitzRock.” The band fuses elements from multiple sub-genres of Rock; from Punk to Indie to Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Vocalists, Joan Jett look-alike, Rachel King, and band mate, Richard Schwering both possess a slightly off-key, retro quality in their singing; one that can work well, such as in “Solid,” but also quickly becomes obnoxious as it does in the poorly chosen opening track, “Paranoia.”

Vocal quality is debatable, but lack of appeal in their singing can undoubtedly be made up for in the band’s handling of instruments. They shine in “Castle in a Tree,” incorporating simple-yet-pleasing piano playing with impressive guitar solos.

The Stripe Stripe Fiasco is just getting started in TSSF, but they're certainly a band to keep an eye on.



MySpace.com/StripeStripeFiasco - Colorado Music Buzz


Discography

TSSF E.P.
The Stripe Stripe Fiasco E.P.
Straight Up Smut

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Bio

Introducing skitzRock, the new genre defying and defining music from The Stripe Stripe Fiasco. Inspired by the anything goes rock and roll attitude of The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol, their music blends psychedelic guitar riffs with their signature Hard Rock/Metal sound. Each song they create crosses genres and exhibits an innovative style that isn’t easily categorized. This artistic freedom allows them to craft their music based upon immediate notion and feelings, the most pervasive being the many colors of love. Hailing form the Denver Metro Area, The Stripe Stripe Fiasco is comprised of musicians Richard Schwering (Songwriter\Guitar\Vocals), Rachel King (Songwriter\Piano\Vocals), Bobby Barbeau (Bassist) and Joel Monroe (Drums). The band is coming off the release of their second E.P. “TSSF,” featuring the fan favorite songs “Castle In a Tree” and “Solid,” and is striving to cultivate it’s ever growing fan base.