steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


Self-titled CD


Genres: rock

Nov 22 - 28 2004

Susan Hyatt (formerly of Pillbox) fronts Stimulator, a singer/instrumentalist duo obsessed with an interesting new wave hybrid style.  They sport a glossy, inventively fashionable look, and create tight, retro rock tunes filled with juicy riffs and marketable, infectious hooks.  This take on electro-rock could probably garner some mainstream attention if given the right publicity - considering Stimulator's high production values and accessible sound, radio play would not be out of the question.

Over this album's duration, we get a nice look at Stimulator's unique sound - the Blondie / No Doubt influences of "In My System" and "78 Stimulator" are refreshingly new, while "Let's Hook Up" and "On Top of the World" sound like an eighties-influenced version of Garbage.  Lead singer Hyatt has a very Debbie Harry-esque voice, which adds to this disc's accessibility.

Overall, this album makes for a glossy, infectious slice of 80s-style modern rock.  It's worth a look, if you're into that sort of thing.


Fun Fact: Stimulator's cover of the Olivia Newton-John classic "Magic" (included on this CD) was featured in the Disney film "Ella Enchanted" - despite the band's frequently risqué subject matter (blow-up dolls, S+M, among others.)

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]