I was introduced to Stacked Like Pancakes last year while covering the Van’s Warped Tour. While their upbeat and quirky sound stood out against the rest of the acts, their horn action made you want to get up and dance. They are a fun band and this was a fun show. It was an intimate crowd at Blueberry Hill’s Duckroom on Tuesday, and everyone there was having a great time.
After front man Kellen McKay started off the show with a slow medley of songs to warm up the crowd, the rest of the band joined him on the stage in full force, horns-a-blazing. After making their intro with “Suburban Superhero”, the band played a mix of Blink 182 riffs as homage to their inspirational roots before continuing with the show. And the crowd didn’t waste anytime getting into the music as they were singing, dancing, and jumping around right from the start.
While they played the fan favorites like “Money Sucks” and “S F D D”, they are on tour promoting their upcoming album, Strange Creatures, so they played some new music as well. They are in the final pushes to raise $100,000 to produce the album, so about half way through their set they introduced the crowd to a their upcoming single “Hollow” as well as their evolving sound.
Strange Creatures is definitely an evolution for them, drifting firmly into rock territory. But worry not, they are still laying down some sweet horn action along the way.
“We feel more comfortable identifying as a Brass-Rock band now” McKay said as he prepped the crowd for their brand new music, which is a departure from their more Ska-inspired roots. But while the new music is definitely rock music, you can still feel the band’s history every time a horn blares. An interesting blend, for sure. And certainly one to check out live.