So Stressed's 'The King's Wig' Is Love At 100 MPH : All Songs Considered More love songs should sound like a vintage Dodge Charger slamming into a brick wall. In "The King's Wig," the Sacramento noise-punk band channels the chaotic scuzz of Spazz with ramming speed.
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Viking's Choice: So Stressed, 'The King's Wig'

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More love songs should sound like a vintage Dodge Charger slamming into a brick wall. The Sacramento noise-punk band So Stressed channels the chaotic scuzz of Spazz with ramming speed, but pulls a brooding melody out of a jam.

So Stressed announces its third album, Please Let Me Know, with a lovesick bruiser titled "The King's Wig." Guitar, synth and drums careen at incredible speed with surprising control until the sludgy anti-chorus, as Morgan Fox declares (threatens?), "I only think about you / I only write love songs, and I would not change it for anything."

Please Let Me Know comes out Feb. 17 on Ghost Ramp.