The Stoles are based in Dublin and have been knocking about a few years now, gigging like mad around the capital and various festivals. This is their third release and is indicative of the evolution of their sound. While Madonna is called the 'Queen of Reinvention' for changing her hair colour once a decade, The Stoles reinvent their sound with every single.
They make an impressively complex noise for a three piece, funneling a broad range of influences into an alternative rock template. Singer Antonio Derosas doubles up on lead guitar and his vocal style comes straight from the early days of post-punk and new wave. The Stoles cite The Clash as a major influence and manage to capture the diversity of that band without openly aping them.
Following on from The Stoles EP and last year's 'Man In The Cave', 'I Don't Get Along With You' changes tack with spiky riffs and searing guitar leads. The song has a real Queens Of The Stone Age vibe, like a heavier version of an up-tempo Black Keys track, with Derosas channeling Mick Jones over the top.
'I Don't Get Along With You' is only three and a half minutes long but seems to last much longer. It has an epic feel to it, thanks to an extended instrumental breakdown. It's a punk pop reimagining of 'Whole Lotta Love' as the rhythm section pound pneumatically and the guitar ratchets up the tension until the closing chorus emerges in a climactic fashion. It shows great vision from the band and it's easy to imagine this song going on for much longer when played live.
Given their track record it would be foolish to expect The Stoles to stick with this type of sound for their next record. That will probably sound totally different again, but with 'I Don't Get Along With You' they have hit on a rich, un-mined seam of invigorating rock that stands out from their peers. This will be a highlight of their set for some time.
I Don't Get Along With You is available from iTunes.