The Stops are an all-female band from Portland who like their punkrock the way Darth Vader likes his side. Dark. And listening to songs like opening track “Black & White”, “What You Don’t Know” or “Rumors”, I’m completely with them on that point.
Following last year’s demo, The Stops have now released their debut full-length, “Nameless Faces”. It comes with ten songs that are ridiculously energetic, poppy, catchy and… well, dark. These tracks are also jam-packed with tons of gang vocals and some sweet solos. Think The Wipers meet Terrible Feelings. Sounds pretty good so far? Well, it is.
Pretty much the only downside to “Nameless Faces” is that it’s over too soon. But wait, these ladies have that covered as well by recording two more songs while in the studio, which will see the light of day on an upcoming split with Daily Ritual. Something to look forward to! I should probably detract a point or two though for not playing a show in Belgium on their European tour.