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Bus Stop Boxer ready for album's debut at The Partisan

August 23, 2013


Aug. 23--MERCED -- Bus Stop Boxer's Latin and country-tinged sound is diverse as the musical tastes of its four members.

"Our genre is kind of a product of all the different genres we listen to," explained lead guitarist Arron Febres.

The band's gone through a few lineup changes during the past few years, but the latest quartet's been together for a year -- long enough to develop its own sound.

Longtime listeners and new fans will now have a chance to experience Bus Stop Boxer's unique audio blend by picking up the band's first album, which will be available at the end of this month.

To that end, the band will perform at a release party Aug. 31 for its self-titled album at The Partisan, 432 W. Main St.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. with San Diego-based Dead Feather Moon. Admission is $5.

Kyle Tassey, lead singer and guitarist, has roots in metal, but approaches songwriting like a classic country storyteller.

On the flip side, Febres said his inspirations come from classic rock. Tassey and Febres played together for some time before adding their bandmates. The duo played somber acoustic songs. "It's gotten a little more fun because of these two," Tassey said, motioning to the band's rhythm section. "They like fun music."

Bassist Nathan Beardsley and drummer Bennett Widyolar said their sensibilities are born from ska and pop-punk music.

The guys, all in their early to mid-20s, have played mostly in Merced, with some dates in Modesto, Atherton and Fresno. Tassey said the band decided to record an album to book more shows.

"A lot of what was on our mind was getting a demo for getting gigs, and sort of branching out a little bit," Tassey said.

Febres said the band is pleased to play with Dead Feather Moon at The Partisan.

"They kind of get into a mellow rocky sense," he said. "These guys are really good. I'm happy to play with these guys."

Febres said the band's starting to get traction in town and starting to get noticed by locals.

Bus Stop Boxer recorded its 11-track debut album in Merced through Nyx Records. The album will be available on CD at the show.

"People have been waiting," Febres said.

For more on the band, visit their Facebook page.

Reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or by email at

Bus Stop Boxer

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 31

WHERE: The Partisan, 432 W. Main St.

COST: $5, ages 21 and up


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