panicked crowds will run, THE STRESS of HER REGARD Wall and Broad
by Walter Price
“On Sept. 16, 1920, an Italian immigrant named Mario Buda parked his horse-drawn wagon across from J.P. Morgan and Co. and down the street from the New York Stock Exchange.
“Few noticed as the balding little man left his old horse and rusty wagon amid the lunchtime street bustle. Then the bells of Trinity Church chimed noon, and a deafening blast sent scores of people to the pavement. Windows shattered, shrapnel flew and a ball of flame and smoke rose to the sky.” (New England Historical Society)
A stark subject matter for sure. An even more daunting memory to base a song around this saddening historical event. But alas, Minneapolis alt-rock trio The Stress of Her Regard shines a light on this lost-to-time moment when violence seemed the answer to the rapidly changing political and financial systems. Wait, what’s changed…
The track is called “Wall and Broad” from their recently released self-titled LP. A soul-churning rock n roll album that’ll find fans of socially conscious anthems wrapped up in classic alt-rock brilliance feeling the weighty realities being laid out.
The outfit’s Ciaran Daly remembers the world around him inspirations behind this 11-track set, “I was working as a bartender in south Minneapolis a few blocks from 38th and Chicago [now renamed George Floyd Square] during the years we made this record, watching a fascist regime take hold. We scrubbed a fair bit of hate graffiti out of the bathrooms during those years.
“What was weird was that almost no one seemed to be addressing this in music. The songs on this album are very much a response to what was going on at the time.”
If you’re looking for something to chew on while you navigate your existence in this turbulent world, then give this “Wall and Broad” and its Ed Ackerson-produced LP some well-deserved streams. You can do just that, now at the GTC.
THE STRESS of HER REGARD Wall and Broad
Band photo by Zoe Prinds-Flash // Quotes courtesy of Public Display PR and New England Historical Society
Ciaran Daly – Vocals, Guitar
Criostoir Daly – Bass
Eric Wilson – Vocals, Drums
All songs written and arranged by The Stress of Her Regard except Love, which was written by Elizabeth Grant, Richard Nowles, Jr., Emile Haynie and Benjamin Levin, Moonshiner, which is a traditional folk song, and The Young People, which was written by Lankum.
All tracks were recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered at Flowers Studio. All tracks were mixed and mastered by Ed Ackerson, except Uh Huh which was mixed and mastered by Ed Ackerson and Kristopher Johnson, and The Young People and Raised by Wolves, which were mixed and mastered by Kristopher Johnson.
Album design by Eric Wilson // Logo by Jon Hunt.
“First day of recording Ed asked us how rough we wanted this to be, and we were vehemently in the camp of ‘as raw as possible,’ and then our natural tendencies took over a bit,”- Ciaran Daly