Fans of Atlanta’s Howlies, or the current garage scene in general, will find more to love here. The Stunned EP keeps the same template as the band’s Trippin’ with Howlies full-length, mixing everything from surf to punk to doo-wop to ‘60s jangle, but it sounds a touch more polished here. The Howlies also sound more focused, keeping a sense of humor, but not letting it take the sound too far off the beaten path of a solid backbeat or a breakneck groove. From the squall of feedback that opens “Zombie Girl”, Stunned blasts through five songs in under 11 minutes, as if an unruly flash mob invaded your CD player.
Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he's able to endure the few weeks each year that it's actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it'll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he's always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he's never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.