Return of the Ceiling Stairs

Artist: The Ceiling Stairs

Title: Volcano

Released: 2012

Label: Velocity of Sound

Format: 7” vinyl (limited edition of 300)

Genre:  indie, alt rock, psyche

Some of you folks may recall that a few months ago, the Ceiling Stairs appeared on the split single EP with The Super Vacations.  Now, at long last, they have t a slab of vinyl all to themselves.  I caught wind of this release in February via the band’s Facebook page and have been anxiously waiting for its release.  I’m pleased to say it’s out now and you can order it through Velocity of Sound’s webpage (linked above).

Onto the tunes!

Side A:  A dark bass line slides us into melodic vocals.  It’s a sweet mixture of classic rock, psyche and indie with a hint of blues.  Lyrically, “The Day the Volcano Screamed Death” hints at something dark yet hopeful in a way.  It may take a few spins to sniff it out, but it’s there.  The sound here reminds me slightly of Black Mountain or some other psyche influenced cosmic force.  It’s hard to really find an accurate comparison here; this band maintains a sound of their own that made me want to keep an eye on them from the first moment I heard them.  Clocking in at just about five and a half minutes, this is a solid and strong track that packs a huge punch.

Side B:  “Where the River Narrows” is a quick and catchy track.  The guitar work here is energetic and mixes garage styles with classic elements and psyche hooks.  I like the male and female vocal harmonies on this one.  They work so well together; I would hope to see this on future tracks.  And while this track is shorter than the previous one, it is still strong and does not back down.  Yes, it may be a little easier to digest than the first one but it is still a superb example of what this band can do.

Should you buy this?  Here are two strong tracks from a band that is showing a lot of promise.  If the split single was the appetizer, this is a sizzling rack of ribs.  If you enjoyed the first 7 inch, go for this one.  You will not regret it.  And the price is not bad at all!

4.8 out of 5.


About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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