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Now Hear This: The Stools | R U Saved?

The Detroit trio's debut offers a hard-hitting collision of blues, punk & garage-rock.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The Motor City does it again, folks! From the birthplace of some of the most significant sounds of the past 60-odd years, The Stools are certainly no exception to Detroit’s musical legacy.

The trio’s self-professed Nuggets vs. Killed By Death sound is back in full effect on R U Saved?, which could be considered the first proper Stools full length after a slew of EPs and singles. Whether you’re just hearing ’em for the first time or have been tuned in through past releases on Drunken Sailor, Goodbye Boozy, Third Man and Big Neck, The Stools are at the top of their game here in 2023.

On R U Saved?, they dish up 12 songs over the course of 23 minutes in a blaze of bluesy punk damage born from a steady diet of The Stooges, Negative Approach and The Gories — with a dash of that far-gone Memphis sound in the mix. Simply put, The Stools are a fine-tuned unit here — and R U Saved? is chock full of replay value. Crank the volume and make the most of this outstanding album from a raw, unpretentious, and industrious Detroit trio.”