Genre Alternative-Rock

Sounds like Dishwalla, Fuel, Train

The Good Strong Production Value, Vibe 

The Bad Repetitive Songs

The Ugly Nothing to Report

The Band 5 out of 5

The Music 4 out of 5

The Songs 4 out of 5

The Vibe 4 out of 5

The Production 3 out of 5

The Verdict 4 out of 5




The Artist I recently checked out the latest self-titled CD from Minneapolis-Saint Paul's own The Stereo Pirates. 


The band Line-up includes Bryan Pertinen (Vocals), Bryan Rubbelke (Keys), Mark Thoreen (Bass), Jon Wefel (Guitar) and Jeremy Krueth (Drums). I would say they possess above average to advanced alternative rock playing and singing abilities, and above average songwriting. You will find a musical personality that is rich with hooky and marketable rock that sticks with you long after the CD is over. Timing is spot on within this genera and musical grooves. Pertinan can hold his own on vocals, but more importantly he delivers many vocal performances that are highly entertaining and captivating. The strongest aspect of the production is the polished crystal clean sound quality and the amazing musical vibe you get from Stereo Pirates. The music possesses straight forward modern Alternative Rock and could even be classified as Pop-Rock or Rock. All in all great music to get your head wrapped around. Songs will remind you of classic Fuel, Collective Soul, Dishwalla and even Train. The songs Simply put - deep music with thought provoking lyrical content and a classic indie-college rock vibe. I kept waiting for a weak song to come down the pike - I eventually gave up on that. The vibe Overall very upbeat, progressive, with amazing stories that possess incredible highs and lows. The CD has its shares of truthful moments. Simply put  - very much like life itself this CD personifies life experience, with music that are 100% honest and pure. There is no attempt to sugarcoat the truth. The production is professional grade from start to finish. There's not many songs you can listen to time and time again. Production quality is Industry Standard. The good Crystal clear recording quality. Solid production value. Entertaining music and rock solid songs. The bad CD tends to be a bit repetitive. The whole CD sounds like once very long song. The ugly Nothing to report.  


The verdict Stereo Pirates has everything: good chops, entertaining songs, heart felt vocals and music that covers allot of bases Rock, Alternative Rock to even Power Pop or straight-up Rock. The Bottom Line WARNING - Listening to this music will open you eyes to the possibilities of what could be - in the world of Stereo Piracy.


Markus Druery

Indieshark Music Critic





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