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ST EP 16

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ST EP 16
📅 Released8 March 2016
⏳ Length18:46
🏷️ LabelMint 400 Records, Sniffling Indie Kids
🤑 ProducerSink Tapes
Sink Tapes chronology
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ST EP 16 is the eighth studio album that is from the American rock band Sink Tapes.


The six-track album was released digitally on 8 March 2016, with Mint 400 Records. ST EP 16 includes five songs written by drummer and vocalist Gabe Chiarello and one by bassist Matt Lambert, and was recorded "pretty much live."[1][2] A Pirate! press release describes it as "power pop[,] reminiscent of radio favorites like Cheap Trick," who also compare the album to the music of the noise rock band Cloud Nothings, the lo-fi rock band Sebadoh, the shoegaze band Yuck, the indie pop band Lilys, and the pop rock band Big Star.[1]

In an interview with The Daily Progress, Gabe Chiarello explains "we've been recording and we have all this other material kind of like saved up–finished, basically," and "with every tour or release, it gets one step closer to being where we want it at."[2]


A review by music journalist Bob Makin in The Aquarian Weekly says that "Sink Tapes continue to concentrate on songwriting to the point of flirting with power pop, yet through an indie funnel that’s somewhere between the distortion of the Feelies and the raggedness of the Replacements." For the songs "Overnight Stay" and "Special Arrangement," he notes "the jangles could give way to solid jams that live could camouflage weak lead vocals[;] fortunately, they ironically get a boost from decent harmonies."[3]

Jim Testa writes in Jersey Beat "yes, this is the 16th EP from New Brunswick's Sink Tapes, who also seem to play two basements a week and still find time to tour (and presumably sleep once in a while.) The songs on "EP 16" retain Sink Tapes' trademark shoegazey sound but it's clear this band is growing exponentially." He compares them to Pavement, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Neil Young and the Feelies, and ends the review by saying "more and more Sink Tapes are establishing their own unique niche in New Jersey's underground."[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."J for Jazzy"2:23
2."Overnight Stay"3:04
3."Special Arrangement"2:44
4."It's Wearable"4:12
6."Pornographic Railroad Station"2:06
Total length:18:46


  • Gabe Chiarello – vocals, drums, keys and guitar
  • Alex Kielmanski – guitar
  • Ricky Kuczynski – guitar and vocals
  • Matt Lambert – bass and vocals on "It's Wearable"


  • Cantor, Dave (26 December 2016), "Sink Tapes chase down the specter of indie success", The Daily Progress, retrieved 29 January 2019
  • Makin, Bob (17 April 2016), "Jersey Jams", Courier News, retrieved 29 January 2019
  • Pirate! Staff (8 March 2016), "Sink Tapes ST EP 16", Pirate!, retrieved 29 January 2019
  • Testa, Jim (2016), "Sink Tapes EP 16", Jersey Beat, retrieved 29 January 2019

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