“The full sound that you hear on the albums is reproduced and expanded upon in person with the duo often playing several instruments simultaneously. With high energy, great crowd interaction, and a presence that demands attention and respect.... the movement and sounds are as much performance art as live music.”
“Although the music created by the Asheville, N.C., band the StereoFidelics is impressive in and of itself—with a retro-rock vibe, tight rhythms and sinuous vocals—more impressive is the fact that this sound is created by just two people. Performing on seven instruments between the two of them, Chris Padgett and Melissa McGinley create the rich sound of at least a five-piece band.”
“Review of "You are Having a Wonderful Time" It’s rare that a group—and especially a duet like this—manages to capture the same sort of sound both in studio recording and live performance, but You Are Having a Wonderful Time absolutely nails it. See the StereoFidelics live if you ever have the chance, because they put on one hell of a show, but if you can't, this album is the next best thing.”
"You are Having a Wonderful Time" review... "To fully encompass the artistry of the CD, you must understand the premeditated vision behind the heading of each track. The CD is driven by syncopation and sporadic artistic influence. Each track title and concept is either determined by the lyrics or the instrumental timbre. This is some good stuff. You might experience mild mind-altering delirium from the eclectic groove of the album. Compulsive nodding and foot-tapping has also been associated with exposure to this album. Keep out of reach of children."
"Ranked in the top 20 in WNC - WNCW 88.7 Southeast Regional Top 100 of 2009"
"The StereoFidelics are like a five-hour energy shot for your ears."
"The StereoFidelics are the definintion of indie...the level of emotional dedication that pours out of the music is extraordinary..."
“Despite obvious similarities to The White Stripes, The Stereofidelics mine a more funky, soulful vein, with Padgett’s snaky guitar lines and array of effects in sharp contrast to Jack White’s garage tendencies. McGinley sings better than Meg, too, and there are plenty of other sounds rounding out the mix. YAHAWT opens with the humping, growling bass line of “Zombie Foot,” a song that introduces McGinley’s languid vocals and Padgett’s effects-laden guitar playing. Other tunes carry these qualities even further; “Nice Neighborhood” features skittering guitar chords and strong dual vocals, while the mini-epic “You Are Having a Wonderful Time” shifts from angsty introspection to uptempo, dance-friendly poly-rhythms to emo arena-rock crescendos—all in six minutes. At their best, the songs’ eclecticism works well, and the musicians are adept enough to inhabit the changes convincingly.”
"...They've got the energy of a full band... be on the lookout for this emerging talent."
“At a glance, comparisons to the White Stripes are inevitable for the StereoFidelics. A male guitarist, a female drummer, and rock-n-roll gusto to spare – like their influences before them, Chris Padgett and Melissa McGinley can’t be contained within a single genre – a fact that their latest release, You Are Having A Wonderful Time, only serves to cement. Unlike the Whites, Padgett simultaneously plays guitar and bass (with his feet) and Melissa can truly play drums, sing, kick ass on the fiddle, and do all three at roughly the same time. If you think the title is presumptuous, think again. A throwback to virtuoso guitar greats of the 60s and 70s, Padgett casually breathes new life into what feels like a familiar, yet forgotten friend. Meanwhile, McGinley captivates the listener, laying down a groove that would leave the likes of John Bonham bobbing his head, while piercing your ears with the power and finesse of an Etta James.”
“As the first song went on, I listened closely and started grooving with the bass line…then I looked onstage and re-noticed the lack of a bass player…and looked down at Padgett’s feet, where all I could see were foot-like blurs. This guy is able to play some killer guitar, all the while his feet are tapping some funky bass licks on a set of organ pedals. As soon as I picked up my jaw from the floor, they were doing a musical segue between songs and our heavenly lady drummer had picked up her violin, which she played with a well-practiced skill, while holding the beat with her feet. At that point I had to go to the bar to grab some more fuel from my blown mind.”