Release Date: 02 December 2013
Format: LP Vinyl
|The Stevens A History Of Hygiene Limited Vinyl LP
Melbourne scratchy pop foursome The Stevens formed in 2011 around guitarist (and now Twerps drummer) Alex Macfarlane and NZ-born axe-slinger Travis MacDonald. The band now also includes bassist Gus Lord (Boomgates) and drummer Matt Harkin.
Chapter Music reissued the band’s 2012 self-titled EP, six insanely catchy songs that haunt your ears for much longer than the record’s 13 minute duration. ‘A History Of Hygiene’ is markedly different to the EP, a impressionist whirlwind of song fragments and frenetic anxiety-pop classics, sequenced almost without pause in a heady 24 song, 44 minute rush.
Much of the album was recorded by Eddy Current/Total Control guitarist Mikey Young (whose vast recording CV includes Chapter bands Dick Diver, Twerps and Fabulous Diamonds), and the rest handled by the band themselves. ‘A History Of Hygiene’ was mastered by MacDonald family friend Tex Houston, who has worked with the likes of The Clean, the 3Ds and The Verlaines.
First single 'Hindsight' was premiered in early October by US blog Ad Hoc, and was picked up by the likes of Pitchfork and the Guardian and played on BBC 6.
From Puberty To Success / Scared Of Other Men / Elpho Beach / Trail Of Debt / Turpins Falls / Legend In My Living Room / Challenger / Red Ribbon / The Long Vacation / Restaurant/E-Maj / Travelator / Lost And Found / Time Share Community Hall / Skeleton Vs Silicon / True Tales Of Half Time / College Theme / Hindsight / Come Outside / Blind In One Ear / Fascinator Preparations / Worse Everyday / A Forgotten Step / Limbo / Lucky Scores A Ride