Faucet of Love turns out to be the perfect name for the sophomore effort of The Stash! Band – the group formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Stash Wyslouch, as a creative outlet from his day job as a bluegrass acoustic guitar phenom for both banjo-player Greg Liszt’s The Deadly Gentlemen and currently as a proud member of Molsky’s Mountain Drifters. They run the gamut and are very eclectic, almost Frank Zappa meets bluegrass meets Tex-Mex.
About The Stash! Band
Featuring drummer/vocalist Sean Trischka, fiddle player Duncan Wickel and bassist Noam Wiesenberg, the new, 18-song concept piece represents, for Stash, tapping that stream of creativity “which pours out from 9 in the morning to noon every day, the time I set aside for writing”.
The result is an album that works as a whole — even as it doesn’t just change musical styles from track to track, but often riff to riff within the same song, a psychedelic kaleidoscopic, multi-hybrid cross-section of Stash’s own musical obsessions, starting out as an electric guitarist for “the most extreme, edgy” thrash and death metal bands, through his evolution into one of bluegrass’ most promising acoustic guitarists.
Faucet of Love offers a myriad of musical reference points dancing around one another in a dizzying display of diversity. Frank Zappa’s satirical, tongue-in-cheek, but slyly political lyrics and jazz-rock precision can be heard in songs like “Kill Everything,” while the polyrhythmic playfulness of the Beastie Boys and DEVO strike a chord in “Rumination No. 1 (The Wonder Song).” Stash’s teenage roots as a heavy metal guitarist shine through in the martial, prog-rock metal of “Swollen Up with Pride” along with the jackhammer, runaway punk of “Rumination No. 3 (Eggs ‘n Coffee).” Fuse Steely Dan’s smooth jazz to Flatt & Scruggs’ “Orange Blossom Special” picking (“Message Face”) and the high, lonesome plaints of Ralph Stanley to forays into blues-rock (“You Don’t Want Me”), gospel (“Rumination No. 2”) and hip-hop/Latin rhythms (“Pigeons”), and you have the ingredients for The Stash! Band’s wide-ranging musical recipe.
Reviews of The Stash! Band
“The penultimate band on the main stage was simply breathtaking. The Stash! Band is political, irreverent, hilarious, as tight as a tick, and the crowd went crazy for them. With acoustic guitar, double bass, drums and fiddle, this folk-bluegrass-punk-jazz quartet from Boston, Mass. operates in the same all-over-the-map territory as Ween, with a healthy dose of Zappa-esque humour and social commentary running through their unique material. The Stash! Band is an incendiary live act, sure, but there is more to it to adrenalized wackiness. Bearing in mind the recent news concerning the Larsen C ice shelf, the message in a blast of sonic energy like Ice Crisis is deadly serious. Led by one of the most natural and confident front-persons one could ever hope for in the form of Stash Wyslouch, The Stash! Band was a real highlight of the weekend for me. If you ever get a chance to see this group, do not let it pass by.”
“…a shocking revelation.
… a whole brain experience. It’s Frank Zappa meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Berklee College of Music. Stash and fiddler Duncan Wickel deadpanned their way through lightning fast, dissonant melodic figures like some Return to Forever fever dream. Yet there was also a flood of emotion from the leader as he vamped, pounded, jammed, and, somehow, rapped (in Portuguese?) too fast to be believed.”
“The Stash Band, fronted by metal maniac Stash Wyslouch, is the fusion of teenage years marinated in metal and 20’s obsessed with bluegrass. . . journey through the mind of a metal madman and his acoustic guitar.”