The Stepkids are three singer/songwriters. “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.” As a result, 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. 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 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 Stepkids groove 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 a reel-to-reel.
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.
Look for The Stepkids to bring their futuristic electro soul and soaring harmonies to North American stages this spring. The Connecticut trio will kickoff their tour with Mayer Hawthorne & The County next Monday, April 16 in New York City at Webster Hall.
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THE STEPKIDS Tour Dates
Apr 16 New York, NY – Webster Hall
Apr 17 Washington DC – 9:30 Club
Apr 18 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Apr 20 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
Apr 21 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Apr 23 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
Apr 24 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
Apr 25 Mobile, AL – Centre for the Living Arts’ Saenger Theatre
Apr 27 Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall
Apr 28 Austin, TX – Psych Fest +
Apr 29 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
May 01 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
May 02 Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
May 03 Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre
May 04 Tallahassee, FL – Retrofit Records + *headline show
May 07 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
May 08 Miami, FL – Grand Central
May 09 Orlando, FL – The Plaza
May 11 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
May 12 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
May 14 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
May 15 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
May 17 Chicago, IL – Park West
May 18 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
May 19 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews (w/Deer Tick)
May 21 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
May 22 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
May 23 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
May 25 Toronto, ON – The Hoxton
May 26 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
May 27 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
+ shows without Mayer Hawthorne & The County