The Chad Sipes Stereo | A Working Life

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A Working Life

by The Chad Sipes Stereo

"High energy, deep hooks, great singing, great songs. The singer songwriter side of the power-pop revival." -Pittsburgh Post Gazzette
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Sell Me a Reason
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2. Looks Good
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3. Strange Life
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4. Life is a Story
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5. Birth Breath Work Death
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6. You Can't Push a Chain
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7. Flood Song
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8. We Can Do
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9. Roger Roger
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10. The Hard Way
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Album Notes
Formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in early 2005, The Chad Sipes Stereo was built around the vision of second-generation contractor Chad Sipes. He set out to form a band that embodied what he was experiencing in his everyday life; the wind in his face, the sweat on his brow, the mud on his boots, and the beauty of the world from high atop a ladder. It is this unique worldview that is the creative force behind The Chad Sipes Stereo.

The sessions for A WORKING LIFE began in March of 2005 at STUDIO L in Weirton, West Virginia. While many bands at the time were recording fashionable “live in-studio records” and going for a raw sound, Chad had another approach in mind. “What I set out to do,” he said, “was to record a studio album. A layered and slick studio album.”

To achieve the sound he was looking for, Chad would have to play many of the instruments himself. He tracked acoustic guitars, vocals, mandolin, fiddle, electric and upright bass, flute, and piano. “I am so much like my father in that respect.” He said. “A true do-it-yourselfer. I was taught that if you can’t do something yourself, it’s not worth doing.” He also enlisted session musicians Deak on drums, and Richard Hirsch and Erik Cirelli on guitars.

Over the next year, while working on the album, (and between house renovations) he formed the live version of The Chad Sipes Stereo. With Erik Cirelli on lead guitar, Paul Smith on drums, and Tommy Wolber on bass, the band was now solidified. They quickly carved their identity as a no-nonsense, roll-up-your sleeves-and-play rock and roll band. The Chad Sipes Stereo now boasts one of the most intense and urgent live shows around.

The songs on the album are identified by Chad Sipes’ unmistakable voice. Powerful and dynamic, his voice gives credibility to his stories of the glory and frustration that we all face while living “A Working Life”. His hooky, radio-ready pop anthems are what make this album and this group so exciting. With their debut album now complete, The Chad Sipes Stereo clearly has a lot to look forward to.


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Melissa Piper

Still can't stop listening to it!!
This cd was given to me for my birthday in April and now, two months later, I STILL can't stop listening to it. Every day, I have a new favorite song and it is honestly one of the most listenable albums all the way through in my entire cd collection. I ended up picking up a bunch of copies and giving them to different friends of mine of all ages and parts of my life and I have yet to hear anything but the highest of compliments. Congrats, Gentlemen! Out of five stars, I give you 15!

The Schnoob

One of the best records of the year.
Excellent songs, excellent performances. Amust for fans of honest rock and roll.

queen hellfire, the REAL smurfette

the chad sipes stereo picks it up on e street, stirs in a little elvis c and rocks it and rolls it with life's truths. great lyrics + memorable melodies = CLASSIC!

queen hellfire, the REAL smurfette

the chad sipes stereo picks it up on e street, stirs in a little elvis c and rocks it and rolls it with life's truths. great lyrics + memorable melodies = CLASSIC!

Tamra B.

Great record
This album is so much fun. Highly recomended!


"A Working Life", by The Chad Sipes Stereo, is a well constructed, brilliantly written example of the "brit-pop-rock" style of music by an American band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
With clever lyrics, soaring guitar solos, and diverse up-tempo songs....this freshman CD demonstrates the gigantic talents of founder, writer and multi-tasking-musician, Chad Sipes (he plays most of the instruments on this CD) along with Eric Cirelli on guitar and a session musician or two....leaves you eagerly anticipating their next musical journey through the recording studio!!!
"Sell Me A Reason" and "Flood Song" belong on every top 40 radio station in the U.S.A. The haunting and beautiful "Birth, Breath, Work, Death" along with the unexpected and unusual "Strange Life", showcase the wide talent of this incredible band.
A must have CD for everyone who enjoys fresh, new POP music!!!


Way too go
Awesome. Just go out and buy it. I have been to two concerts, they are awesome.