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The Stepkids
The Stepkids - The Stepkids
(CD/LP with bonus postcard 45/Digital) Stones Throw STH2270, 2011-09-23

Connecticut psych-soul outfit The Stepkids are three singer-songwriters destined for great things together. The Stepkids' groove is a fusion of 70s soul, funk, punk, jazz, folk, West African rhythms and modern classical. This gifted band absorb it all, then produce, engineer and record something altogether new on a reel-to-reel. This is psychedelia for the 21st century, where the focus is on the whole. This approach comes from more than a decade of musical experimentation and experience. Raised on the East Coast jazz and the R&B circuit, individual band members went on to share stages with 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill, tour internationally with indie punk band Zox, score movies and commercials, and produce solo albums. Now it's time for The Stepkids to take their time in the spotlight.

The Stepkids
The Stepkids - The Stepkids
(CD/LP with bonus postcard 45/Digital) Stones Throw STH2270, 2011-09-23

The Stepkids - Shadows On Behalf by stonesthrow

The Stepkids - Legend In My Own Mind by stonesthrow

The Stepkids - La La by stonesthrow

Tracklisting :
01. Intro
02. Brain Ninja
03. Suburban Dream
04. Shadows On Behalf | Download MP3
05. Legend In My Own Mind
06. Santos And Ken
07. La La
08. Wonderfox
09. Cup Half Full
10. Outro
11. Bitter Bug (bonus Postcard 45) *
12. Old Gold **

* only available in Japan together with The Stepkids T-shirt by Stussy, and available at Stones Throw with purchase of The Stepkids CD or LP
** only available on the iTunes version

Links :
The Stepkids : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | wikipedia | youtube
Stones Throw : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | wikipedia | youtube


The Stepkids - Wonderfox (Official Video HD)

Press Release :
Connecticut psych-soul outfit The Stepkids are three singer-songwriters destined for great things together. The Stepkids' groove is a fusion of 70s soul, funk, punk, jazz, folk, West African rhythms and modern classical. This gifted band absorb it all, then produce, engineer and record something altogether new on a reel-to-reel.

There's no singular icon, no singular sound, and no singular way of making it happen for The Stepkids. "A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself," bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg says. "It's not just either of us; it's about creating an entity where the entity itself is what's important." This is psychedelia for the 21st century, where the focus is on the whole.

"All three of us write and all three sing," says Jeff Gitelman, who resigned from touring as Alicia Keys' guitarist to concentrate full-time on recording The Stepkids' album. Drummer Tim Walsh continues, "There's an equal split in the creative process. Any lyric, any melody, any idea could have been done by any of us."

This approach comes from more than a decade of musical experimentation and experience. Raised on the East Coast jazz and the R&B circuit, individual band members went on to share stages with 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill, tour internationally with indie punk band Zox, score movies and commercials, and produce solo albums. Now it's time for The Stepkids to take their time in the spotlight.


The Stepkids - Legend In My Own Mind

"With echoes of Rotary Connection, Free Design and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band … a beautiful and timeless piece of contemporary psych-soul." - DJ
"The overall effect being rather like Animal Collective had dispensed with the earnest and started wearing denims that are wider at the bottom than they are at the top." - Drowned In Sound
"I've had this album for less than 48 hours. I've played it five times. It's very, very, very good. The Stepkids have built that expectation with two singles, [and] the album is no let down. It's an exceptionally well-crafted piece of work, soaked in soul, jazz, and beat orientated hip hop that also draws on the feel of early 70s psychedelic west coast rock. Particular highlights are ‘La La' and ‘Suburban Dream,' which carry you a long with their hooks and riffs, and the soulful ‘Cup Half Full.' Buy this album. That's all that needs to be said." – Chris Renwick, Bonafide Mag.
"Those who arrived early got a special surprise with The Stepkids. Hailing from Connecticut and with an album on the way from L.A. label Stones Throw, The Stepkids are the band you absolutely must see as soon as possible." – Liz Ohanesian, LA Weekly


The Stepkids - Brain Ninja

Biography :
The Stepkids are futuristic electro soul recorded on a reel-to-reel; soaring harmonies sung by three singer/songwriters; Kandinsky-esque visuals that make for enigmatic live performances. "A lot of what excites us about this band is this band itself," says bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg. "It's not either of us; it's about creating an entity where the entity itself is what's important."

It's an approach that comes from more than a decade of musical experimentation. Raised on the East Coast jazz and R&B cir
cuit, individual band members went on to share stages with 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill, tour internationally with indie punk band Zox, score movies and commercials, and produce solo albums. However, it was an interest in creating an aesthetic identity which supersedes conventional pop notions of stardom and self-importance that ultimately drew them together.

The Stepkids groove is a startling, yet sexy, fusion of punk, jazz, West African traditional, 1960s
folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk and 20th century classical; think T.Rex meets Sun Ra, Sly Stone meets Stravinsky, and Dylan meets Dilla. Philosophy and literature provide a conceptual schematic, from existential musings ("Legend in My Own Mind"), to the work of Charles Bukowski ("La La") and Plato's theoretical "Allegory of the Cave" ("Shadows on Behalf"). Add to this a vested interest in the recording process, and you have an imaginative album of Technicolor brilliance expertly self-engineered and self-produced. Live, kaleidoscopic projections by experimental video artist Jesse Mann consume the stage with light for a multi-sensory experience.

And every song on the Stepkids self-titled debut album is written with equal input from each member.

"All three of us write and all three of us sing," says Jeff Gitelman, who resigned from touring as Alicia Keys' guitarist to concentrate full-time on recording the Stepkids self-titled debut album. "There's an equal split in the creative process, and we're really happy about that," says drummer Tim Walsh. "Any lyric, any melody, any idea could have been done by any of us."

There's no singular icon, no singular sound, and no singular way of making it happen for the Stepkids. It's psychedelia for the 21st century, where the focus is on the whole.


The Stepkids - Sweet Salvation (Live at Direct to Disc #2)
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