Chris Richards, music critic for the Washington Post, spent much of his career playing music as the frontman for Washington, D.C. post-hardcore outfit Q and Not U. However, in 2008 he started up another project called Street Stains with Pissed Jeans drummer Sean McGuinness. They recorded a bunch of fuzzy, minute-long lo-fi punk songs but never ended up actually releasing them. Nine years later, however, those tracks are finally seeing the light of day on Bandcamp. Today, Street Stains’ self-titled album, comprising 14 songs with a combined running time of about 20 minutes, and it’s a super fun listen. It doesn’t sound all that much like either Q and Not U or Pissed Jeans, rather a more garagey and hook-driven punk project that’s easy to like and too short not to give it a spin. It’s also being sold for the low, low price of $3. Hard to argue against that.
Stream the self-titled Street Stains album below.
Q and Not U’s “Soft Pyramids” is on our list of Essential Dischord Records Tracks.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.