STEF CHURA – ” Messes “

Posted: March 11, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Stef Chura’s star is definitely on the rise: The Detroit native recently released her debut, “Messes”, via Urinal Cake Records, Its an 11-song set of warbling guitar-pop anthems that showcase her husky, perpetually down turned vocals. She’s earned coverage across music web sites like on Stereogum, Pitchfork and NPR, and she can count Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me) as a fan; the noted indie-rock vet produced and played bass on her first LP. Reflecting a post-adolescent period of trial and error,

Chura’s debut appears to writhe with growing pains as she quavers to an unwilling crush, “Right when it starts to feel like home / It’s time to go” on album opener “Slow Motion.” The conflicts repeat on the withered follow-up, “You,” where Chura trills like skeptical Dolores O’Riordan: “Sick and tired / Always admired you from afar.”

Chura’s internal debates, which are featured prominently on Messes, can also spill out in person. She admits to sometimes wishing she’d put more effort into music earlier in her 20s, despite her blossoming visibility (she’s about to tour with Washington D.C. punks Priests next). Then, just as suddenly, she changes her mind. “I think a lot of people think there’s these picture-perfect stories of someone getting really successful when they’re young, There’s no right age to be doing anything.”

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