Born out of a manic desire to make cathartic music, The Stools (Will Lorenz, Krystian Quint, Charles Stahl) are a blues-punk trio bursting out of Detroit, MI. Shortly after forming, they began garnering a cult following thanks to their explosive live performances. With their reputation growing, the group was picked up by Third Man Records for their dynamite “When I Left” seven-inch, which helped bring the group’s turbo-charged garage to a wider audience.
The Stool’s most recent release, a live album recorded at Hamtramck’s sacred Outer Limits Lounge, documents one of the most blistering rock and roll sets you’ll ever hear. All night attendees slam danced their asses off to the raw noise produced by the trio. The bar’s energy was nothing short of a boozed-up, adrenaline-filled blowout. The ecstatic anticipation for the next verse of “Milk River Blues” or the hand-clapping “Coney Loose” are just a few highlights from this career-spanning gig. In between the band’s sonic blasts, you can hear passionate fans uncontrollably roar with joy and rage.
Originally, “Live at Outer Limits” was issued as a cassette on Painter’s Tapes, drummer Charles Stahl’s label which is home to some of the region’s best bands. The artwork features vibrant photography from Detroit punk duo 208’s Shelby Say.
So, listeners, consider yourselves lucky you get to hear this. Very rarely do such mythic gigs get a proper recording. In this case, we’re blessed with a killer high-fidelity mix that lets you relive a night fans lost themselves in pure, pulsing R’N’R… the kind that only exists in Detroit, Michigan. Most of all, in a year deprived of live music, this record is a reminder of what it’s like to feel truly alive.