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Shuffle: Akron Indie Band 'Stems' Branches Out With New '80's-Infused Album


An Akron indie rock band is branching out on its upcoming album with a new sound. For this week’s Shuffle, WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks with The Devil Strip Magazine Music Editor Brittany Nader about ‘Stems.’

Stems is a four-piece founded by vocalist and guitarist Justin Seeker, bassist Mike Voris on bass , drummer Josh Weiss and guitarist Joel McAdams.

The sound
Nader says the band is indie rock, but Seeker describes it best: "If The Shins covered songs by The Cure."

Stems has an '80's influence that Nader says is a departure from Seeker's solo material. "[Those songs] were about paranoia and bad love. Their new album has danceable beats to it that's fun."

Branching out
Nader says guitarist Joel McAdams was the missing piece to completing the band. "Their guitar player had quit and Seeker went to the Zeyphr in Kent where Joel was a bartender." After talking about his troubles, he he asked McAdams to join the band.

"They're all pioneers of local music around here. They've all been in many bands and veterans of the local music. They found out they collaborate really well together and as a unit." 

The band's new album will be released this summer. Check out Stems on Facebook

Amanda Rabinowitz has been a reporter, host and producer at WKSU since 2007. After serving as WKSU's Morning Edition host for a dozen years, she moved to afternoons in March of 2022 to become the local host of All Things Considered. In addition to providing local news and weather, she interviews Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com for a weekly commentary about Northeast Ohio's sports scene called The View From Pluto. She also hosts and produces Shuffle, a podcast focusing on Northeast Ohio’s music scene.