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. Before forming The Stepkids in late 2009, Eidenberg had played bass with the band ZOX and Gitelman was the principal touring guitarist for Alicia Keys. The reason to form was simple: to provide an untapped sound that has yet to be explored in the current music scene. 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. Their live performances are characterized by kaleidoscopic projections by experimental video artists David Pond and Jesse Mann, consuming the stage with light for a multi-sensory experience while the band plays. The comparisons to Pink Floyd in this aspect are spot on.
SOUNDS LIKE: Mayer Hawthorne with some Tune-Yards and Little Dragon influences as well.
I expect a bright future for this Stones Throw Records act. They have toured extensively and have developed such a unique sound that seeing them has become a top priority at Bonnaroo! They should be a mainstay on the festival scene for a long long time.
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