Ovlov disbanding was sad news, but frontman Steve Hartlett jumped right back into things with Stove, his new band that’s very much similar to Ovlov, just without that particular name attached to it. Is Stupider is the band’s debut full-length, and Hartlett uses the occasion to kick around and beat himself up through 40-some minutes of clamoring, crusty punk. “Stupider,” “Stupid,” “Stupidest,” the song titles list his flaws; 9-minute closer “Dumboy” is filled with self-loathing and second guessing. Look down at the bruises on your arms, wonder where you got them, and realize it’s all of your own doing. We’ve already heard “Jock Dreams,” “Wet Food,” and “Lowt-ide Fins” — now, hear the whole thing below.
Is Stupider is out 11/20 via Exploding In Sound.