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Album Review

Although a Virginia based emo band, Stigma Rock Unit is not a part of the formidable Sleepytime Trio-Engine Down family. The group does a solid job of capturing the sound, all the way down to Jeremy Koren's voice. The record does suffer from too many guitar solos and too much psychadelic noodling. "Texas Hollow Road" is almost a perfect pop single, but the endless soloing adds three minutes too many (although it does add the only way to tell the song apart from the Pavement anthem "Summer Babe"). The nods to rock history are a nice touch: the album's first cut is entitled "Les Paul vs. Leo Fender," showing they are smarter than the average indie band. Unfortunately there is not enough to differentiate them from other likeminded bands with the exception of the heavy guitar emphasis, which is also the album's greatest fault. For fans of the genre, this will be a nice addition to their library, but for people unsure about emo, this will only confirm their worst fears.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Stigma Rock Unit wanted to be an emo band, yet the pulls of elaborate guitar solos and prog-ish noodling refused to let go. On their only release, Treasure Path to Soul Winning, the group had their pop sensibilities intact, offering gems in the vein of Superchunk and Boy's Life. Formed in Lynchburg, VA, in 1992, the band displayed surprising staying power. After relocating to nearby Blacksburg, VA,...
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