Chase Stain - "The April EP" CD


Southwestern Soundwaves Magazine

July 2021

Written By: Derrik Lyle

GRADE: D+


The April EP is the latest release from the Phoenix based musician, Chase Stain. It’s also his first release in over ten years. Chase Stain is the former vocalist and bassist for the pop punk band, Numbers On Napkins, as well as the president of the Phoenix based independent record label, Bad Stain Records. I guess that Numbers On Napkins was a very popular band in Phoenix 15 years ago, however, I was only four years old at that time, and I’ve actually never heard of the band. I’ve also never heard any of Chase Stain’s other releases, so I didn’t have a clue what to expect when I popped The April EP into my CD player.


The EP features five tracks, and the music is a mix of styles, starting off with the song April, that has a style that reminds me of something Brian Setzer would have written, but not quite as good. April is possibly the best song on the EP, although the second track is also very catchy and upbeat and is a very close second.


Stain performs a cover of I Wanna Be Naked, however he manages to butcher the song and I assume that Screeching Weasel fans will hate Stain’s version of the song. Stain plays the cover song on an acoustic guitar, and he manages to make a good song lousy and annoying.


The last two songs on the EP are also nothing special, and I grew bored listening to the EP. I think the best thing about the EP is that it’s a limited edition release, and Stain has made it unavailable in digital format. So the only way to get the music is to buy the CD, which I think is pretty damn cool.


I originally gave The April EP a “D”, but decided that the album cover was so cool, I bumped the grade up to “D+”. The April EP cover has a photo of Chase Stain wearing a shirt that says, “I’m Not Gay, But $20 is $20”. Fucking hilarious! Stain deserves to have the release get bumped up a notch for owning such a great shirt!