The Mayflies USA, Summertown

by Sarah Zupko


For true pop fans, the mere mention of Chris Stamey’s name in reference to a record ensures a stamp of credibility and quality. So while I’d never heard of the Mayflies USA, when I heard Stamey, of the legendary dB’s, produced their debut I was intrigued.

Forming in 1996, this bunch of Chapel Hill chums namecheck 60’s British pop, Big Star, and Teenage Fanclub (all the holy grail of power pop) as their raison d’être. Shimmering, jangly guitars, killer hooks, and lush harmonies all bolstered by a strong beat are the order of the day on this promising addition to the 90’s pop renaissance.



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