"They hit the ground running on “Get U Back” and never slow down as they deliver potential hit after potential hit, all the way through their closing song, “Falling Down on You.” - LA Music Critic
"Hearty midwestern rock with big guitar hooks and desperate lyrics. It’s a simple story and one best told in a sweaty, loud bar with beer soaked floors." - Glorious Noise
“The’ve got that heart-on-your-sleeve, probably should have quit before that last whiskey, keep it loud and loose sound that is best delivered in a Flannel shirt and an upper-Midwestern accent.” - Pencil Storm
"[Ways To Hang On] is filled to the brim with dazzling vocal harmonies, catchy hooks, and charming guitar solos." - Indy In Tune
“Ways To Hang On”, the second LP from Lansing, Michigan’s The Stick Arounds is a powerhouse collection of ten rollicking power pop gems filled with harmonies, crunch, bombast and hooks. The Stick Arounds have built an audience from the ground up over the last eight years with powerful live shows that have drawn comparisons to Guided By Voices, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan, The Replacements, and Big Star.
By the time most band members average 45 years old, they're starting to wind things down. They've had a good run and might still be playing, but they're not usually making the best work of their lives. Not the guys in The Stick Arounds.
Every member of the Sticks has played in bands for more than 15 years, some as many as 30. At a time when most musicians would be packing it in, The Stick Arounds have further elevated their unique brand of power pop. Their new LP 'Ways To Hang On' sports the Stick Arounds' signature triple guitar attack that is equal parts crunch and jangle; and stacked vocal harmonies that would give the Wilson brothers something to smile about. The Sticks' songwriting duo of Matt Carlson and Jeff Gower are found here trading each other song for song like punches in a 10 round prizefight, crafting some of the catchiest and most rambunctious songs to come out of the midwest since The Replacements were at their peak.