Substitute does not play pop-punk. Substitute does not play indie-rock. Substitute is a New York City punk rock and roll band with an emphasis on threatening guitars, fast-driving rhythms, and memorable hooks. Guitarist and vocalist Paul Ridenour, previously a member of bands such as Big Eyes and Lilith Velkor, fronts this fearsome foursome with fiery fury, setting clean melodies and powerful choruses against thickly distorted guitars in a way that is often compared to bands such as Wipers or Nirvana. But Substitute doesn’t stop at aping the greats—the band adds to the formula a ferocious pace and strong sense of urgency—as well as a slew of sweltering yet distinctly melodic guitar leads. Substitute distills rock and roll down to its most primal elements: mean guitars and unforgettable hooks. There’s no *substitute* for a band like this.
released October 15, 2020
All songs by Paul Ridenour except "Melody Lee" by the Damned.
Recorded by Ben Fischer
Mixed by Ben Fischer and Paul Ridenour
Mastered by Nick Bolton at Holy Tapes! Sonic Mastering
Art and Layout by Paul Ridenour
Ben Fischer - Drums
Mondo Dilger - Bass
Griffin Price - Guitar
Paul Ridenour - Guitar and Vocals
Synth Organ on "Melody Lee" by Paul Ridenour
Bass on "Sour Ground" and "Back Down" by Dale Nixon