July 5, 2005 sees the release
of the brand new Stratocruiser vinyl single, "Smell of Success".
on Just Plain Lucky/Purple Cat Records. Stratocruiser has been
touring to promote their early 2005 release, Suburban Contemporary
on Zip Records. Even while playing a large amount of live shows
in the Winter and Spring of 2004 and 2005, Stratocruiser has
managed to record a bevvy of new material that has worked its
way into their stage show. "Smell of Success" encompasses
the current Stratocruiser sound by being simultaneously grinding
garage rock, woozy psychedelia and sunny powerpop. Zsolt David
of Velvet steps in a guest drummer for "Smell of Success"
and provides the insistent backbeat at the core of this rousing
rave-up. Mike Nicholson's guitar and keyboards suggest both the
1966-era Kinks and 1969-era King Crimson in one song! Clay Howard's
vocals ram home his tongue-in-cheek lyrics with enough conviction
to make the listener hang on to every line
The "b-side", "41
Times" started as a leftover song idea from the Suburban
Contemporary sessions. Left largely unfinished until the winter
of 2005, "41 Times" was sliced, diced, edited and written
to be a slinky late '60's riff-rock tour-de-force. Heaps of wah-wah
guitars, Hammond organ, thunderous but defiantly clever drum-ming
from Robbie Rist and Howard's multi-layered and soulful vocals
make this way more than merely a b-side.
This single is a limited edition
pressing on sumptous RED vinyl
and comes with a full color picture sleeve.