…and we have a opportunity for you to catch the band live tonight—on us!
Every year at this time we start trawling through the piles of vinyl and CD’s, and scrolling down through our digital library to make a judgement on the records of the year. A strong contender in the album category is the self titled debut by The Stepkids.
The Stepkids music is a fusion of punk and jazz, West African and 1960s folk, neo and classic soul, classic funk, and 20th century classical. The band produce, engineer, and record themselves on good old-fashioned reel-to-reel tape. It’s psychedelic music for the 21st century.
“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 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.” Bassist and keyboardist Dan Edinberg states every song on the album is written with equal input from each member.
Raised on the East Coast jazz and 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.
The band hit the UK for the second time this year with shows tonight at The Old Blue Last in London’s Shoreditch, followed a gig at Notting Hill Arts Club on Wednesday 30th. To win a pair of tickets to tonight’s show, retweet this story and you will be informed on Twitter if you are successful!