I think the most telling detail about this band – before even listening to their music – is the band interests listed on their facebook page: “Riding bikes, kickball and straight chillin’.” This describes a lot of kids during the summer. You’re bored, you’re too broke to do much, and when you just want to have a good time you call up all of your friends and figure out anything to do. Steiner Street’s brand of pop-punk embodies what summer is all about (for those fortunate enough to still get summers off): enjoying yourself.
“I Should Have Never Had a Birthday” is exactly what an opener should be. It’s a preview of what you’re about to jump into, which in this case means a pool of good ol’ fashioned gang vocals, some chugging melodic guitars and a worn snare head by the time two and a half minutes are up. Then “Fish In a Barrel” manages to speed things up even more with a tinge of 90’s goodness and some of the band’s better riffs.
Some people will enjoy Time & Temperature. Namely those who enjoy music not solely because it’s incredibly technical, but because it makes them smile. Standout tracks like “Make It Count”, “Frost”, and “Quite Literally the Drink That Killed Him” are all lyrically so non-exclusive that anyone could relate on some level. Others won’t even give this album a try because they find the genre to be completely worn out by cliche topics and lyrics. Cheesy things like “Well I’m still bitter but I’m getting by/And I know what I want when I see it” (“Hey Prew”). But I’ll be damned if that line doesn’t come from the most instantly singable track.
I can easily picture these guys touring with some contemporaries their own age – bands like The Hotel Year or Streetlight Fire. In fact, if that tour can become a reality I’ll gladly pack into a hot, sweaty bar with a bunch of strangers, you know, like in summers past. You can check out their music here: http://thirdtimeluckyrekords.bandcamp.com/album/time-temperature
RIYL: Man Overboard, Saves The Day, Title Fight
1. I Should Have Never Had a Birthday
2. Fish In a Barrel
4. Make It Count
6. Run Ourselves Ragged
7. Hey Prew
8. Quite Literally the Drink That Killed Him
Portland, Maine based troupe Steiner Street evoke the good old days of pop-punk with catchy hooks, upbeat riffs, and an all around sense of good times destined to not only get you two stepping, but bring an overwhelming urge to jump on stage and sing along with them.
For fans of Title Fight, Saves the Day, and Daggermouth, Steiner Street manages to keep things new and interesting, while creating grooves that listeners can easily latch on to and rock along with. Their debut album, “Time & Temperature,” produced by John Zebley, brings together aggressive rhythms with the perfect amount of vocal harmonies and slowed passages that keeps you grooving, but allows nostalgic memories of classic pop punk days with subtle riffs & chants reflecting today’s youth.
Steiner Street has shared the stage with many of the genre’s current heavyweights, including; Man Overboard, Sparks the Rescue, Kurt Baker Band, The Toasters, Transit, A Loss for Words, Such Gold, Handguns, and The Swellers. The group plans to play regionally supporting the albums release leading up to an extended tour in Summer 2012.
Steiner Street Time & Temperatour Dates
Jul 01 Club Texas Auburn, ME
Jul 06 3065 Live Wareham, MA
Jul 07 Antrim Teen Center Antrim, NH
Jul 08 Masonic Temple Altoona, PA
Jul 10 House Show Bloomington, IN
Jul 11 Be Here Now Muncie, IN
Jul 12 Pats On The Flats Cleveland, OH
Jul 13 High Octane Romeo, MI
Jul 14 The Hive Kitchener, Ontario
Jul 16 Avant Garde Ottawa, Ontario
Jul 17 Monkey House Winooski, VT