Alternative Press - Oct '94
Dublin Event Guide
Sunday Tribune - Mar '94
In Dublin - Mar '94
ALTERNATIVE+PRESS of October '94 By Dave Segal.
STANO - Wreckage
The Western world is lousy with bands meshing industrial guitar damage with dance beats. Maybe five percent are worth the aluminum on which
they're pressed. In this genre, lreland has produced Therapy? but by their third album they've drastically blanded out and now seem poised to
become a less pompous U2. Which sort of leaves the field open for fellow countryman Stano who's been recording since 1982 unbeknownst to me and
millions of others, to fill the void.
Satisfying dance-floor requirements as well as laying down some wicked noiz-glam guitar lines, Stano's fifth album should appeal to those who like to
listen to music in both vertical and horizontol positions. Imagine Chrome colliding with Nine Inch Nails in a disco - that's Wreckage.
My Bloody Valentine's brilliant drummer Colm O'Ciosoig helps on three tracks producing, composing and playing sampler keyboards. The best of
these 'BIeeding Horse ' is the coolest warped dance/experimenal rock hybrid since MBV's 'Soon.' Distance' an eerie slo-mo dance track, also shows
Colm's leftield sensibilities. Other songs bearing Volentinian guitars ore Fire caught in Rain' and 'Brook'.
Mostly though Stano tries to do many interesting things with the noise-danceability equation ond succeeds more often than not.
DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE - by Michael Beirne
STANO - WRECKAGE - Hue records
WRECKAGE is Stano's fifth album, and while expectations were let down with his last one, this album is an amazing show of force. Co-produced by
Stano and Colm O Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine, Wreckage is the epitome of diversity. From the industrlal NlN/Young Gods tinted 'Drain Puppet'
to the three part dance epic 'Whatever Way You Are' 'Wreckage' is like taking a high speed train along the musical railroad. From rock to ballads to
straighforward house and dance, this is an album that wlll entice, excite and entertain at every opportunity. The house beat and sensibilties of
'Bleeding Horse' rest rather easily alongside the beautiful sweep of 'Land Slips The Mind' and the gravelly 'Fire Caught In The Rain.' A real kick in
Ihe teeth for the rock purists and a welcome addition to the record collection of people who genulnely love music.
SUNDAY TRIBUNE of 6/3/94 - By Tony Clayton Lea.
Stano Wreckage (Hue)
Dubliner Stano is at the forefront of oddly structured yet insidious industrial music chic - he always has been and probably always will be in some
shape or form . WRECKAGE, is his best album in years.It undulates with a stong sense of melody amidst the attendant noise, a bit like a sweet pop
song being played on a transistor radio in a wind tunnel. Well worth investigating.
IN DUBLIN of March 2-15 '94 - By Frank O'Neill.
STANO 'Wreckage.' [Hue)
Stano is one of lrish music's true originals. Wreckage is his umpteenth album and It's also his best, an intrigulng distillatlon of all the studlo tricks
and eccentric methodology that he's been honing to a fine art over more than a decade of recording
Stano is a master of studio serendipildy. He juggles with sounds and musicians, turning them upside down and inside out until he hits on something
that works. 'Wreckage' is a rich, and mostly satisfying, assortment of tape loops, white noise, aural landscapes and good old fashioned guitar driven
pop songs. 'Drain Puppet' hits a spot right in the pit of your stomach - It's wonderful in a queasy sort of way, an acid trip on the Big Dipper. 'Pearls' is
The Ramones trylng to do 100 mph in second gear. 'Bleedlng Horse' suggests that Stano has had some very disturbing experiences in the Camden
Street pub of the title. Over fourteen tracks 'Wreckage' explores a coral reef of textures and mood, often stunningly juxtaposed Weird and mostly