“If you like your garage rock like you like your garage (dirty, grimey and filled with scraps from your punk-rock days) then you should definitely check out Hairspray Blues. I can totally see these guys up in Portland, hanging out with Dead Moon and arguing about whether The Misfits’ Walk Among Us or Samhain’s November-Coming-Fire is a better album (in between shots of Beam, of course)”
— San Diego City Beat
"This Portland two piece plays a dark, brooding kind of broken blues that stalks you like the shadow of Death. Something like Black Sabbath meets The White Stripes, this guitar and drum duo create aggressively simple music. The songs are raw on your nerves and leave you itching for more of those primitive beats and animalistic six string attack. With just the slightest hint of retro-garage-voodoo goodness, this band is deliciously mischievous, like a deep dark secret seething just below the surface, waiting patiently for its moment in the sun. So if you’re not in the mood for the hectic crowds of the downtown festival this weekend, catch this couple playing their hearts out. "
“Hairspray Blues is a sonic hailstorm comprised of two star-studded lovers, Kyle and Leslie Stabile, destined for open sky and city lights. Legend has it that the pair met in a doughnut shop, fell in love, married, and then split to the backwoods of Pennsylvania for an affair with the Wild West. The duo puts on a fierce performance, combining retro-blues with black metal and thundering drums. Sitting high upon her throne, Leslie Stabile's ebony hair lashes around her face as she venomously strikes upon the percussive head of her prey. Meanwhile, Kyle Stabile creates a whirlwind of guitars around his bride while spitting out words like, "I've got a woman mean as she can be/Sometimes I think she's almost mean as me." A match made in hell”
"It's like we're living in the land of the '50s, black and white, same thing every day," yells Kyle Stabile on "Spilling Coffee on My Blue Jeans." You might think Stabile is complaining, but Hairspray Blues has something of a vintage fetish, evoking Elvis, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and biker B-movies throughout their new album Sick Little Package, which celebrates its release tonight. Kyle's wife Leslie accompanies him with choppy gut-punch drumming, and the White Stripes comparisons are very tempting, but Hairspray Blues are punkier, bluesier, and more sincere than the peppermint-clad duo from Detroit. Their music takes a rotting Black Sabbath carcass and drapes it over a rockabilly skeleton, then brings it all to life with a full bottle of trucker pills.
“You get the feeling that the dynamic duo that converges to create Hairspray Blues have an on-and-off-stage relationship that is two shots XOXO, one shot BFF, and one shot IH8U. Their music is brutal and simple without being simplistic.”
Two piece from the Northwest that makes the White Stripes sound like Britney Spears. Taking in heavy doses of Black Sabbath riffage with some of that Big Business density, whilst still having an all around garage feel. It rocks, it grooves and it don't let up. Howlin' Wolf meets Geezer Butler.”
Maximum Rock n Roll
“Following up their Sick Little Package album, Hairspray Blues offers the world Lost Negatives, a new EP and the very first vinyl release from the band. The drums-and-guitar duo of Leslie and Kyle Stabile have never sounded beefier, in large part due to Justin Higgins, who recorded the tracks this past February at Old Standard Sound. The band also has a broader, darker sound than before, with their garage and punk riffage embracing metal more noticeably, and enveloping an even deeper sense of old, weird, pre-rock ‘n’ roll America. There’s a CD version of Lost Negatives that ups the track count from three to five, but something about Hairspray Blues’ amalgam of vintage sounds seems ideally matched for seven spinning inches of vinyl”
"The soothing sounds of Black Sabbath repeatedly sodomizing the members of miscellaneous SST bands while using the holes of Elvis 45s as erection sustaining devices."
— Leif Hunneman