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Album Review

All Summer Long was also the title of a Beach Boys album. Although Ashley Stove doesn't sound much like the Beach Boys, there is a similarity in that both records were, in the context of their time, pretty innocuous. Yes, Ashley Stove's mid-Southern punk-pop is a more glib, verbose, and ironic than the 1964 Beach Boys were, though far less innovative. Their upbeat, guitar-dominated sounds are a bit fuzzy and rough, but not too dangerous or threatening. The pop element comes through in the frequent harmonized lead vocals, as well as the occasional shades of melancholy in the melody, though these don't get anything close to bummed out. You can hear a little bit of country music from time to time, and the best song, "If You're Going Away," has something of a Brazilian pop feel to its tempo and female backup vocal. On the whole, though, it's unexceptional guitar indie pop with a slightly blunt edge, usually but not always sticking to the themes of ebbs and flows in personal relationships.

Customer Reviews

Smells like summer

I didn't buy this album here, I ordered it from Merge a few years ago. It remains a favorite. I bust it out and drive around with the dog riding shotgun, the window open, and the elbow out, especially when it is still early spring and it's still sort of cool out. It has that feeling. There are some beatiful, full of feeling lyrics. It's not the usual post punk, scratchy throat, loathsome junk. It's light and poppy, but it maintans substance. There's a lot of range too. It's certianly not formula music. Familiar, yet hard to classify.


Formed: 1992

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Raleigh, NC's indie rock quartet Ashley Stove was formed in 1992 by guitarists/vocalists Matt Brown and Ben Barwick. After playing for a short time with varying lineups, later that year the group found a permanent drummer in Billy Alphin, who also played with Buttsteak; bassist Jennifer Walker-Barwick (formerly of Erectus Monotone) joined in 1993. After releasing several singles, Ashley Stove released their debut album, 4-Finger Moon, in 1995 on Jesus Christ Records; two years later, their follow-up...
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