While their album Linden Calling might not be as monumental as the Clash album from which they pun the album’s name, New Jersey rockers Stuyvesant (pronounced “sty-vas-ent”) churn out a well-crafted range of rock and roll that should satisfy the palettes of all kinds of music lovers.
After a brief intro track, Linden Calling launches into the type of blue-collar pop and punk influenced rock and roll that drives parties all over the country (well, the good parties at least).
Dominated by the kind of bright-yet-crunchy electric guitar riffs and progressions one might expected from bands like blink-182, the music is a hell of a lot of fun to listen to. Guitarist Sean Adams and Ralph Malanga shine throughout the album, but never outshine each other or the rest of the elements of the band. These guys have found an excellent balance in their sound, making the band feel like one cohesive unit. They don’t even list a lead vocalist or guitarist, which is a nice way of affirming the band’s sound in writing.
The band is also deftly capable of writing a variety of sounds. From the blue-collar rock anthem of “Victorian Lawns” to the lovely balladry of “Salieri,” Stuyvesant manages to succeed where many bands fail. They provide enough varying sounds in the album to prevent the songs from all blending together. Each song is a separate entity that is easy to give individual attention to. The band knows how to write catchy, they know how to write somber and they know how to write pure fun.
Essentially, it’s hard to find something not to like about the album Linden Calling. The songs “Victorian Lawns,” “Salieri,” and “Bullshit Away” are highly recommended. Anyone who just likes good rock and roll, especially if you’re into pop-punk, should love this album. I sure do. I foresee this getting regular playtime on my iTunes.