Michael Stasis, a Philadelphia native living in Oakland, recently released his first LP entitled Chainsaw. Stasis has been in the Bay Area for less than three years, but he’s well connected in the local scene. In addition to releasing several EPs of his own, he has collaborated with Jason Kick of Maus Haus on a project called Snowboarder. He even produces videos, including this great one for Battlehooch. Stasis’ solo work stands on its own just fine, however. The album is full of danceable, electro heavy tracks with a few live guitars and plenty of synth hooks. Below, you can listen to “Sewer Man”, a track that reminds me a lot of Hot Chip’s work, and “The Loving Hand”, which is a tale about a trip to Frank Ogawa Plaza where Stasis showcases his talents with more traditional instrumentats.

You can download Chainsaw from Stasis’ bandcamp page, or catch him perform in person tonight, 8/16/12, as part of “Mashi Mashi Presents: an Anthology of Savage illusions” at CELLspace. Sam Flax, Maus Haus, Seventeen Evergreen, and Mohani will also be performing.

Sam Flax, Maus Haus, Seventeen Evergreen, Michael Stasis, Mohani
August 16, 2012
7:00pm, $7-$15