Half Stack’s new album Wings of Love was written while band leader Pete Kegler lived on an old 200 acre ranch just north of Half Moon Bay that used to be a flower farm. After finishing the songs with his band in Oakland, they made a couple trips to LA where they recorded with Greg Hartunian, who’s worked for Saddle Creek art rock band Young Jesus, and experimental punks Behavior. The album drops on vinyl via Forged Artifacts in the US, and on Cassette via Breakfast Records in the UK/EU on September 25th.
Half Stack have played shows with The Courtneys, Chastity Belt, and The Garden. The band worked with long time friend Melina Duterte of Jay Som for their 2018 debut, Quitting Time, and Joe Santarpia on their 2019 EP Aw Hell, whose credits include engineering and mixing Mac DeMarco’s Here Comes the Cowboy.
Half Stack on “Wings of Love:”
“The song is about uncertainty. It’s about wanting to play music and grappling with the reality of what that means. But it is also about finding community and hope in the people that you love. On this album we wanted to braid our love of country music, 60s rock n roll, and indie rock together. This song ended up exemplifying this goal and serves as a kind of middle ground on our new album. I think each of us were all thinking of different things as we wrote our parts for this song. We wanted to draw on the straight forward chord progressions and rhythm you find on a lot of Lucinda Williams’ songs and on Neil Young’s distorted guitar tone. Wings of Love is also an homage to the late David Berman, who did all of this a lot better than we ever could.”