NMM Soundbytes: Stimuli and the “Ripple” Effect

In the past year, there’s been a small but strong wave of independent bands that seemingly have taken it upon themselves to work towards resurrecting a grunge rock sound. With a loud sound, this quiet movement is slowly creeping up in the background with a blend of old school metal, modern rock hooks, and a distinct Seattle-esque influence. Easily one of better bands in this pack is Oakland’s Stimuli.

The No-Cal rock outfit is a strong unit that plays hard rock in the vein of that classic Seattle sound, but with a bit of an updated twist. Their latest music video released on August 18th on Soundwaves TV. With a very positive response so far, the video and single are making some noise in the modern rock world.

With deep lyrics and powerful aesthetics, Stimuli are a band to watch, especially for fans of bands like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, or even diverse hard rock acts like Tool and proto-metal like Black Sabbath. Stimuli’s full album is available now on Spotify and we highly recommend that you metalheads and hard rockers reading this get over there and find out what you’ve been missing.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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