Listen to “Stone Free,” the first single from Sat. Nite Duets’ upcoming Electric Manland
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“Wistful” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when thinking about Milwaukee’s Sat. Nite Duets. The agreeably shambling, affably goofy band has been kicking around town for years, winning over unsuspecting crowds with its droll, dude- and stoner-friendly guitar-rock. But look past the group’s winking sense of humor and its bat-shit music videos and you’ll find a surprising amount of, well, heart. Sat. Nite Duets’ 2012 album Summer Of Punishment tapped into a deep well of misspent-youth nostalgia on the excellent “Of Age,” which contained the line “Take your handle off the bars and fly, / pretty soon it’s going to be July.” As we noted in our review of the album, “There’s no amount of gags or snickering references that can take the edge off a line like that.”
The same is true for the new “Stone Free,” the first single from Sat. Nite Duets’ upcoming Electric Manland. Yes, the album title is an obvious nod to the black-lit psychedelia of Jimi Hendrix, but “Stone Free,” like “Of Age” before it, is a subtly bittersweet track, full of images of ex-girlfriends and wasted afternoons spent getting high. If that doesn’t pull on your heartstrings, we don’t know what will.
Manland is set for an October 22 release, with a release show planned for October 26 at the one and only Polish Falcon in Riverwest. As for the Sgt. Pepper (and Wheel Of Fortune)-inspired artwork, a full-color version will also see its unveiling October 22. Until then, fill in the blanks yourself, and listen to one of Sat. Nite Duets’ best songs.