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James Straight And The Wide Stance / Press

“One of my complaints when I leave a show, even by a group I like, is the lack of memorable tunes. James Straight and the Wide Stance doesn't have this problem. Every song they have has a hook and a distinctive personality. I've highlighted a few here but everyone is a rewarding listen. Joe Fagan's guitar always steals the show. His hallmark is a short catchy phrase etched with a rusty corrosive tone. It's a never failing formula. I see guitarists with thousand dollar guitars they can't tune, Joe takes a cheap knockoff and creates memorable riffs left and right. Aut Powell on bass and Laurel Blanchard on drums are one the best rhythm sections in town but alas this raw recording doesn't capture their full power. I don't know why, the mix? It's best to turn it up (never a bad idea anyway) and they can be heard a bit better. This mash up of low culture and excellent song writing is the great CD we hoped we would get every time we heard them play live.”

“ This a superb collection from this Boston quartet. The four dynamic performers in the band, led by singer James Straight, have been part of the Boston scene for some time. I've said all along that there was some great music and great performing that happened in late 70's - early 80's Boston that never got the exposure it deserved. This CD/mp3 download shows how immortal great rock and roll can be. Every song is a gem. James Straight's vocals are quirky but they're just right for the songs and he definitely grows on you. Joe Fagan's guitar is like a tiger behind a moat. He paces, he growls, he roars and you're just waiting for that moment when he leaps over the whole mishegas to wreak a final apocalyptic havoc. I get shivers. The rhythm section is solid and knows when to anchor and when to stretch, keeping James and Joe from losing all control. My personal favorites are "Lonely", "Babies Go First" and "I Could Have Killed Her" (it's like I've heard them for yea”

Dean F Glines - Drumlab

“James Straight and the Wide Stance seemed itching to get on. They put on their usual entertaining show that has become familiar to those who have been following them. This night the closeness and the enthusiasm of the audience add to the mix. The CD is out and captures this batch of songs well. More than ever I can see that Joe Fagan on guitar is a master of riff rock. Many times the song's center is a six note riff that the rhythm section makes sure to ride on. It's catchy and driven by the groove. I just love this stuff. Everyone there ate it up and they got some encores. One being "Under My Wheels" by Alice Cooper that was an allusion to the recent happenings in Boston. The Stance are doing things right.”

Blowfish - Boston Groupie News

““Wide Stance” is not only the name of this band. It could also be a local radio hit. Blanchard’s drumming under the fuzzy guitars and Straight’s catchy vocal deliver keep the toes tapping while the rest charm with their individual craziness. Powell’s bass solo and Fagan’s guitar phrasing are like dueling partners and dance partners at once, artfully working together while simultaneously contrasting. “Always A Bridesmaid” is another one with radio potential written all over it. This band, underneath their punk fury, have an uncanny ability to make their music catchy with the simplest applications. A listener can find himself bobbing his head to their driving rhythm because of the steps that comprise it. Straight, as always, has a character rich vocal delivery that gives this a personality and a sense of motion, like the song is bringing you to a worthy musical destination.”

“James Straight And The Wide Stance have just released this killer album of raw, punk, vintage rock and roll. No Loitering is sure to raise the group’s visibility even further on the Boston music scene.”

“Up front and center is the visual circus of James Straight himself. ”

“Up to this point we have only seen James Straight and the Wide Stance at The Magic Room. Joe Fagan wrenches out a few riffs during his set up and they have that patented dirty sound he gets with his cheap guitar and two foot square mini Marshall. With that reassurance they whip out two songs in a row that sound like some great covers but are instead great originals. It's hard to believe that the first song is over 30 years old. Michael Abbott grabs your attention with his dramatic stage moves but Joe on guitar wants attention too so he jumps on a chair, falls to his knees, plays behind his back and plays between his legs. The beauty is that the songs stand up to all these shenanigans. The songs aren't just love songs and heartbreak stories; they cover political issues and cultural facets. That makes you want to hear the lyrics which are very clever. It's all part of the package that separates James Straight and the Wide Stance from the pack. ”

“James Straight and the Wide Stance and the Magic Room were made for each other. The Wide Stance gets the video backdrop and The Magic Room gets a theatrical group that displays the room's stage and décor in the best light. They come charging out of the gate and never stop.”

““The Magic Room has a great line up on Saturday May 21 with James Straight and the Wide Stance, Cadillac Heart, and The Beach Combovers. Cadillac Heart with Billy Connors. ”

Blowfish - Boston Groupie News

“If David Bowie had a lounge act, it would look like James Straight and the wide Stance.”

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