About Will Phalen and the Stereo Addicts
"On their second album, Middle West, Will Phalen and the Stereo Addicts continue to explore the brighter corners of alternative-country, conjuring the twangy, symphonic tones of Son Volt and Summerteeth-era Wilco, with ample nods to Neil Young’s tear-jerkers. " --Shepherd Express, Milwaukee Alt-Weekly
With their sophomore release, Middle West, Will Phalen and the Stereo Addicts make another bold statement in defining the sound of Midwestern Folk-Rock. Nearly twelve months in the making, the self-produced, 10-song album stands as a testament to the group’s “do-it-yourself” Midwestern work ethic and a model of what can be achieved through simple means, relentless effort, and passion.
The album’s title, Middle West, represents much more than a mere nod to the Stereo Addicts’ homeland. Phalen’s lyrics offer impressionistic glimpses into the Midwestern landscape, its people and its psyche, while the Stereo Addicts fill out the tracks with a broad palette of sonic colors and hues. Folk instruments like banjo, acoustic guitar, and mandolin interact gracefully and tastefully with an array of analog synthesizers, chamber strings, concert bells and howling amplifiers. Building on the foundation set by their first release, Visions and Revisions, Will Phalen and the Stereo Addicts prove themselves to be inquisitive explorers on a search for a new Cosmic American Music – one firmly rooted in the songs and sounds of the past, while maintaining a steady course set on the future.
To bring the music to life in concert, Phalen has gathered together a group of some of the Midwest’s most versatile, engaging and talented musical minds:
• Andy Gulotta — guitars - founding member of Freshwater Collins
• Doc Holliday — banjo, mandolin, vocals - formerly of Decibully
• Joe Ledger — bass, vocals – producer and sound engineer for leading Milwaukee-area acts
• Aaron Vold — drums and percussion - also of Decibully
On stage they forge a sound reminiscent of early Neil Young with Crazy Horse, effortlessly mixed with the experimentalism of Beck and Wilco along with the welcome addition of alt-country roots.