Stokley is the only group in the IE cocky enough to post groupie applications on its website. The five-piece also tout their dynamic songwriting abilities about as much as their dashing good looks.
But the band can back up their unbridled confidence with some serious angst-rock. They have a sound that occasionally flirts with emoish power-pop, but they never fall into the trap of churning out generic emo swill. Instead, the band reaches into an arsenal of crunchy hardcore riffs and blast beats to stave off anything that feels predictably standard. This isn’t new—the emo-esque pop/hardcore hybrid has already been done by the likes of Mai Lai and ihatemyself—but Stokley attack the genre with precision and primal pummeling.
Stokely are equally adept at pop and hardcore, slinging a special brand of aural aggression that would easily secure them a spot on the Warped Tour. Their sonic cocktail isn’t merely a gimmick, but rather a blend of musical elements pumped out to perfection. Their poppier songs are still hard, riff-driven rock anthems sure to get the kids screaming the choruses.
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