Boomkat Product Review:
Viper bill The Stairs as one of the great lost bands of the nineties, to be thought of in the same terms as The La's as precursors to the Liverpool scene that birthed The Coral and The Zutons. The Stairs' music has a slightly shoddy but admirably full-blooded psych sound that at times can't find its way out of the garage (as on the opener, 'Skin Up'), while at others has a go at The Beatles and The Stones, with singer Edgar Summertyme over-annunciating his way through his best Mick Jagger impersonation throughout the album's duration. That might make it all sound rather charmless, but far from it, the band's amiable swagger makes for a compelling listen, getting embroiled in Santana-style Latin influences ('Saw Her Today') at a time in history when most other British indie bands were torn between sounding like Nirvana and trying to be the next Suede. A strange musical time capsule then, this previously unreleased second album by the band reveals a band who might not have really sounded like they were going anywhere but were an absolute blast nonetheless.