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The Stay Lows: Red Budget EP

Here at BRO, a lot of local bands send us their albums to review. Some of them (the lucky ones) get a post the very next day. Others (the poor unlucky bastards) get tucked away, collecting dust for days, weeks, and gasp, even months. Whether its because it wasn’t our style or we didn’t have the room to write a post for them at the time, for some reason or another they just never got the write up they deserved.
Well the other day I came across one of these forgotten treasures that just needs to be talked about regardless of how current it is, or isn’t. The recently rediscovered gem I’m referring to is The Stay Lows’ Red Budget EP — truly a personal BRO diamond in the ruff.
Mostly instrumental, The Stay Lows have a sound that fits good with just about everything. It is study music, car stereo music, jogging music. It has the feel that, if your life was The Truman Show, this one would be prevalent on your life soundtrack.
At first glance, or first listen rather, the songs on The Red Budget EP sound like B-sides from the latest Explosions in the Sky record. If your not familiar with them, Explosions in the Sky did the movie score for the high school football film Friday Night Lights. The Stay Lows are a tad less threating. That’s not to say they can’t rock with the best of ’em, it just means their music isn’t raging with testosterone. They’re just as loud, but not as noisy. It’s music that could go well with bone crushing football tackles, but sounds just as good playing in the background of a high school chess match or model UN meeting.
The Stay Lows are not, however, an all instrumental band. In addition to playing guitar, Jim Schiffert also sings vocals on a handful of songs. His vocals are so delicate, so Ben Gibbard-like, that they never quite get louder than the softest whisper. Combine that aspect of the band with fellow band mate Rick Wright’s cello, and its no wonder why The Stay Lows have a sound that could appeal to both the jock and geek in all of us.
So the album isn’t new, and the band doesn’t have any local gigs lined up at the moment — though they recently rocked Mohawk Place — but they are a band with Buffalo roots that you should seriously check out. You never know when they’ll be back. There’s always time to jump on the bandwagon. And just think, by the time they do add some more Buffalo gigs to their lineup, you’ll be ready and waiting to rock out. As the saying goes, better late than never.
The Stay Lows have a few dates opening up for Built To Spill and you can listen to some of their songs here or here.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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