ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
CD Review: S.T.U.N. like it rough
Evolution of Energy
Punk is not dead. It is alive and kicking on Evolution of
Energy and it's as angry as ever.
This Los Angeles band's debut album bristles with adrenaline
and the conviction of youth - Johnny Rotten and Joe Strummer
should be glad to know their revolutionary torch has been passed
on to a new generation of musical agitators.
S.T.U.N. is an acronym for Scream Toward the Uprising of Non-Conformity,
but unlike many of its punk-predecessors, the band does not
preach revolution and destruction for its own sake. Guitarist
and songwriter Neil Spies describes the music as "chaos that
creates love and unity."
The guitars are loud, the drums driving and the vocals are
spat rather than sung. But the songs are surprisingly melodic
and catchy and S.T.U.N. knows silence is the secret ingredient
in all music.
"Annihilation of the Generations" is one of the album's stand-out
tracks. Echoes of The Clash resonate throughout this memorable
The album's relentless energy winds down with the punk-ballad "We
Will Come to You," a gothic call for strength and individuality.
S.T.U.N. will be opening for Marylin Manson at Copps Coliseum
in Hamilton on Oct. 20.