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Also known asThe Stunning
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States
GenresPost-punk, noise rock
Years active2003–2017
LabelsModern Radio
  • Chris Besinger
  • Adam Burt
  • Jesse Kwakenat
  • Nathan Nelson
  • Ben Ivascu
  • J. Michael Ward

STNNNG (pronounced 'Stunning') was an American noise rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1] Formed in 2003,[1] they played over 400 live shows in the United States, England, France, and Belgium. STNNNG released four full-length albums on the Twin Cities-based Modern Radio record label before splitting up in 2017.


For their first two years as a band, STNNNG performed as the quartet of Chris Besinger (vocals), Adam Burt (guitar), Nathan Nelson (guitar), and J. Michael Ward (drums). Their first releases, 2004's split 7" with Chicago's The Means and 2005's debut album, Dignified Sissy, were recorded with this lineup. The cover of Dignified Sissy features Bear Attack, a painting by historical artist Mort Kunstler.

STNNNG's second album, Fake Fake, was the first to feature Jesse Kwakenat (also of Heroine Sheiks) on bass.[2] Fake Fake was recorded and engineered by Mike Lust at Lust Manor in Chicago.

STNNNG's 3rd full-length album, The Smoke of My Will, was released in October 2010.[1][3] The album was the band's first after the departure of original drummer J. Michael Ward in August 2009. He was replaced by Ben Ivascu (also known for playing drums in Poliça, Marijuana Death Squads, and Signal to Trust) as a permanent member.

In February 2013, STNNNG released Empire Inward, an eight-song album recorded at Electrical Audio studio in Chicago, Illinois, and engineered and mixed by Steve Albini.

In 2017 they released Veterans of Pleasure, the band's final album, on which they again worked with Albini.[4][5]

STNNNG announced their immediate disbanding after a show in September 2017.[6]

The band's final release was a split EP with Child Bite, released in November 2017.[7]



  • Dignified Sissy CD/LP (2005), Modern Radio
  • Fake Fake CD/LP (2006, Modern Radio
  • The Smoke of My Will LP (2010), Modern Radio
  • Empire Inward CD/LP (2013), Rejuvenation/Modern Radio
  • Veterans of Pleasure LP (2017), Modern Radio

Singles & Compilations[edit]

  • Means/STNNNG Split 7" (2004), Nodak
  • Ladies & Gentlemen No. 2 (2006), Ladies & Gentlemen Magazine - compilation LP
  • Stuck on AM Vol. 5 (2006), Radio K - compilation CD
  • STNNNG/Signal to Trust Split 7" (2007), Modern Radio
  • Radio K (2007), Radio K - compilation CD
  • Stuck on AM Vol. 6 (2008), Radio K - compilation CD
  • Stuck on AM 7: Stuck On Tape (2011), Radio K - compilation cassette
  • 89.3 The Current - Local Current Volume 1 (2011), The Current - compilation CD
  • Doom Town U$A (2011), Doom Town - compilation cassette
  • STNNNG/Child Bite split EP (2017), Forge Again


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, Chris (2010) "The musical chaos of STNNNG", MPR News, October 22, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2018
  2. ^ Peterson, Ben "Fake Fake Review", Allmusic. Retrieved August 11, 2018
  3. ^ [dead link]
  4. ^ Zuckerman, Esther; McLevy, Alex; Wanserski, Nick (2017) "A screen print artist, an adorable supercut, and a new album from an old favorite", The A.V. Club, April 29, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2018
  5. ^ Vellucci, Justin (2017) "Album Review: STNNNG, “Veterans of Pleasure”",, March 31, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2018
  6. ^ Lunney, Tigger (2017) "STNNNG says goodbye and Oxbow digs in deep at a fierce Skyway show", City Pages, September 6, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2018
  7. ^ "Premiere: STNNNG / Child Bite Split EP", November 9, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2018

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