Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.


Wednesday, December 3; the Gargoyle at Washington University

To answer the inevitable first question, "Scream Toward the Uprising of Nonconformity" is what S.T.U.N. stands for. While that may sound dangerously close to a handbill stuck to any given telephone pole on Delmar, forgive the members of S.T.U.N. for their pseudo-political rhetoric. What matters is that they give a damn about what they're saying and sound accordingly pissed off.

Like ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and the late At the Drive-In, S.T.U.N. revel in chaos, shouting and angular rhythms. S.T.U.N. might lack the pure left-brain madness of the latter, but, as Warped Tour veterans, they have a better sense of what a crowd wants to hear and knows that a post-punk cocktail goes down easier with a little bit of pop. Their full-length debut, Evolution of Energy, has Offspring-esque anthems like "Love and Chaos," and lead singer Christiane J. has a charisma that makes agitprop slogans such as "the underground is coming out tonight" and "the Bible is just a story I read" sound like rallying cries for the kids. Even S.T.U.N.'s strutting cover of Wire's "Reuters" is probably the catchiest post-punk steal since Elastica. "Let's get the boys and the girls together," Christiane sings in "Watch the Rebellion Grow," and even though he's referring to class warfare, S.T.U.N. could just as convincingly be singing about getting the party started.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Latest in Critics' Picks

More by Niles Baranowski

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 9, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation