Stan “Seneko” Olshefski’s music has been described as evoking the Gin Blossoms in its sound and whimsy by Huffington Post. Wail Music Magazine called it “country meets Radiohead”. And, these descriptions surely fit, but – to this reviewer – Seneko comes across as a garage rocker with a country soul, ala Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy or the great Billy Bragg… or even like a more refined and less cow-punk Mojo Nixon. His music is a fun, simple, and well crafted blending of classic Americana folk and country with a Strokes-esque throwback garage rock sound.
Fans of everything from Joe Strummer’s 101ers to Tom Petty to Ryan Adams and beyond are sure to cling to Seneko’s music and his latest release, ’69 Camaro, is a prime example of why. With a sensibility not unlike the more stripped down tunes of Bruce Springsteen, a jangly lo-fi rock influence, and an old school country twang, the 5-song EP is a great way to start or end just about any day, with songs that vary from love ballads to more upbeat rock gems.
For the more rock oriented listener like myself, it’s the 50s rock meets Arctic Monkeys inspired “No Goin’ Back” and the Supersuckers flavor of the closer “Writing on the Wall” that really hit, but all 5 tracks are solid and the SP is definietly well worht a listen for anyone who enjoys any of the aforementioned artists.