True to their name, Milwaukee’s Sugar Stems are a bit sweeter sounding than much of what one might expect from Dirtnap Records, home to some of los grillos’s more recent pop/punk favorites such as the Steve Adamyk Band, Bad Sports, and White Wires, but it’s a sweetness nicely tempered by a bitter lyrical bite. That combination, delivered with some seriously sticky melodies, makes the band’s latest, Can’t Wait, one helluva tasty confection. With bright, crystalline vocals, plenty of guitar jangle, and echoes of the Go-Go’s ringing throughout the album, Sugar Stems serve up a slice of 80s-indebted, power pop perfection.
Can’t Wait is out now via Dirtnap Records. Check it out here.