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Half Stack’s Jay Som produced indie-country album is out today

October 19th, 2018 — Combining outlaw country with sweet 60’s psych, Oakland’s Half Stackhave really hit their sweet spot on Quitting Time, their first LP out today on taste-making Bay label Processional Cross. We teamed up with one of our favorite West Coast blogs, Phluff, for an exclusive stream of the album this past week. They called the album, “a twangy 21st century tip of the hat to the timeless transient cowboy story”, and we couldn’t agree more. Half Stack perfectly navigate the edges of slacker-pop, writing beautifully crafted songs that come off effortlessly and sincere, without trying too hard.

Produced by Jay Som‘s Melina Duterte, the record is simultaneously lo-fi and lush, with slide guitar accents and sparkling leads.




In the past year, Half Stack have played around the Western US, appeared at SXSW, and received a nod from NPR with musical features in its national broadcasts. They’re currently riding the waves their new record, Quitting Time, is making, with praise from The FADERSF WeeklyBandcampTiny Mix Tapes, and The Deli, among others. Notable performances have included an appearance with Alex Cameron at the Noise Pop Festival in the Bay Area, as well as supporting Chastity BeltThe Gardenand many others.

A standout among the flourishing DIY community in Oakland, the five-piece band blends cosmic-Americana with the rough-around-the-edges sound of the East Bay on their debut LP, Quitting Time. Pete Kegler’s casual vocals perfectly encapsulate the laid back feel Half Stack cultivates, supported by the pulsing melodies of Callum Beals bass playing and Marley Lix-Jones harmonized, jangly guitar riffs.

All of the groups members have known each other for years, and played in countless bands together. Kegler & Beal spent their college years in the beach town of Santa Cruz, where they first honed their unique talent for surfy twang, and guitarist Oliver Pinnell also tours with Jay Som, who drummer Digger Barrett often tour manages.

On their first full length, Half Stack establish themselves as a fully formed and unique Western outfit, fit for indie rock kids who are ready for something familiar but new. Mostly, they’re just here to have a good time.

Please direct all press inquiries to Nikolas Soelter – nik@planetarygroup [dot] com – We’re looking for writers interested in chatting with the band!

Listen to Quitting Time on Apple Music & Spotify

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