Four-man alternative rock and grunge band The Chad Sipes Stereo have been together for 12 years. They were formed by lead songwriter Chad after his stint as the bassist of Sodajerk, a cutting-edge touring band of the early 2000s. Other members include Erik Cirelli on guitar and drums. other sounds, Jon Miller on guitar and engineering and Nick McCall on drums.
They just released their new album Thoughts and Prayers, a grunge and rock album reminiscent of late 90s and early 2000s sounds reminiscent of REM, Green Day and Weezer. “With this album I decided to explore a narrative about the opioid crisis we are facing here in America. I am by no means an expert – I don’t want anyone to feel bad about to take medicine – but I see something dangerous and widespread.”
Each song describes a story about America’s opioid crisis that weaves together to create an overarching narrative. While each song’s stories are non-linear, the album is accompanied by a song about childhood and death. Thoughts and Prayers opens with “Every Single Kid,” the story of two children who lead separate and different lives, but what they have in common is the medicine their parents give them, and ends with the title track, the story of a man who quit his habit but dies in hospital due to the effects on his body.
Thoughts and Prayers tackles issues from all angles, from Big Pharma in “Pharmacy” and “New Prescription,” to parenthood in “Therapy” and “Every Single Kid,” and even the positive aspects of modern medicine in “Pill For That”. “Each song flows together beautifully. Thoughts & Prayers never moves a finger, but focuses on a harsh reality: for better or worse, at some point in our lives, we all end up taking pills.