hey y’all…sorry that we haven’t posted in a while. We have been busy with recording some sweet new material (on the horizon!) and setting up a good old fashioned Midwest tour (starts next week!) . You should now follow our sounds and happenings over at www.sonstep.com
click the ‘Follow’ button at the new site to keep posted on all sorts of sweet dreams and ice creams. we won’t be posting on our tumblr much in the future, just so ya know… Check out the upcoming midwest dates here - http://sonstep.com/schedule - and check out our Facebook page for updates and radio show times. As always, thanks for listening and supporting!
much love from Matt, Pat, Jon and Chris
Harmonic advisor/travel coordinator/graphic designer
What is your signature dish?
Hoss likes to keep it earthy - cabbage, kale, broccoli…but when Son Step is on the road Hoss sets the pace at the trough (Chicago dogs, Lobstah Roll, New Haven Pizza, etc.)
What was your earliest performance?
Tickled the ivories at the elementary school talent show. I worked up my own (watered down) version of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
What are two songs that you can’t get enough of?
Hong Kong Blues by Hoagy Carmichael…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUn4DOGiY_A
What ever happened to good old fashioned understated, tasty phrasing? Nobody does it like Hoagy did. And this band is smokin’! Notice the babes hanging with the band…ahh the good old days.
Kissimmee Kid done by Clarence Vassar and Co. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXfcOvnAyUs
Such a ripping group! Slick tune, nasty picking, and great vibe. If this doesn’t make you want to grab your instrument (or pick one up if you don’t already play one) then go to the doctor yo.
Who is your favorite retired professional athlete?
Have to go with Cecil Fielder on this one.
What is your favorite song off Son Step’s new album?
“Lighter Things” - this song has a lot of input from each band member and has a really unique groove up front. Somebody done gone sprinkled fairy dust in the studio with some quirky 16th note keyboard effects. Shhh…do you hear it?
Did you know Fun Fact:
Autumn is my favourite time of year.
we had a muchos wonderful time playing in the Midwest last week. new friends and tasty shows in Columbus, Chicago, Bloomington, Cincinnati, and more. on our first night out, we ended up watching Wild Wild West (ya know, with Will Smith) and sampling a vast array of Wendy’s chicken products in an Oberlin, OH motel room. as one can imagine, after that it became difficult to update the Tumblr machine while fast food vibes and tour craziness only became more rampant. here’s a quick list of some of the awesome things/people we encountered on this trip…
- ‘1427’ is a house venue in Columbus, OH that treated us with awesome hospitality and killing sound (really, amazing sound for a basement performance space). ’twas a big ole’ party, and we were serenaded by The Happy Maladies (see more below on them). thanks to Jack, Ethan, Kyle and all the other lovely folks on premises. videos of our set were taken with multiple cameras, so we may have some sweet footage on the way.
- Chicago was a blast. we ate many taco’s, including some otherworldly ones from Lazo’s. made sweet new pals at Township on our first night in town. also, kudos to everyone at The Whip for an awesome whacky time on our second night. there was birthday cake, and a friendly dog runnin’ about. and this local guy Michael Reality absolutely floored us with an amazing electronic set. pretty please, you should go find him on the webs!
- in Bloomington we were showered with ridiculously awesome music by Steven Layne (of Chandelier Ballroom) and KO (from Indianapolis). it was a super fun night that ended with a trip to one of our greasiest destinations, Steak ‘n Shake. fond memories of old Chris Farley SNL skits began creeping into the tour van.
- we can’t say enough about everyone involved with the Marburg Collective in Cincinnati, OH. we have heard insane and beautiful music from these guys, made some great friendships, and been treated to some of our best shows on the road. after hearing locals The Happy Maladies (an inexplicably amazing folk/avant/pop string quartet) when they trekked up to Columbus, we got to share the stage with Shadowraptr and ADM (solo project of Adam Peterson of Gorges) at Rake’s End. inspiring to no end… Skyline Chili on top.
updates, videos, all sorts of treats are coming
love, MATT + JON + PAT + CHRIS
Our debut full-length Here Comes Dreamboat is now available via BANDCAMP ( http://sonstep.bandcamp.com ). Until November 15th you can stream the album in its entirety and also download it for a discounted price of $8 smackers! Go eat it up right now.
Also, we are gearing up for a tour of the Midwest (Nov 1st through Nov 9th). Details are arriving, and you can keep posted over at our Schedule page.
We thank all of y’all for the tremendous <3 and support!
Instruments: Drums, Sampler (Roland SPD-SX)
Band Duties: Treasurer, Custodian, Gmail Clerk
Fun Fact: Has played Carnegie Hall twice
What was one of your earliest drumming influences?
David Silveria from Korn, sadly.
What is your signature dish?
When it comes to Son Step rehearsals, it is definitely frozen fish fillets. On one occasion, the mere sight of a tray of fried fish fillets (prepared by yours truly) caused a spontaneous uproar, in which a chant of “Matt! Matt! Matt!” ensued. The moment was so inspirational that we decided to immortalize it in our song “Big Buck Hunter”.
What are two songs that you can’t get enough of?
Deerhoof - “Spirit Ditties of No Tone” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahkh3NuxDl0
Aside from being an admirer of Greg Saunier’s drumming, this song captures all my favorite things about the band and is a perfect example of their phrasing (riffs in 3’s).
The Peddlers - “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxf1IFgPH5s
This song I heard on an episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ and instantly had to find. My first instinct was that this was a sampled groove with an old black man singing over it, and then I found out it was three British guys from the 60’s playing standards.
Who is your favorite retired NFL star?
Junior Seau. #toosoon. But seriously, I had the jersey and all.
What is your favorite song off of Here Comes Dreamboat?
“Swings” - This is one of our oldest and most “avant-garde” songs, but the ending is beautiful despite its chaos.
Tonight we’re playing Kung Fu Necktie (1250 North Front Street, Philly, PA). Joining us will be two great bands- Honeydrum (NJ) and Gypsyblood (Chicago). Lovely music at 8 pm!!! see you there?
also, thanks to everyone that made it out to one of our Fringe Fest shows. the music had a different, beautiful flavor, and we had a real good time. here’s a tase of the hotness that went down:
We’d like to formally invite you to come see a very unique performance piece that we’re a part of during this fine month of September. In collaboration with BodyFields (a wonderful Philly-based dance and performance collective), we’re doing a run of shows at the First Unitarian Church, which will feature new music, improvisation, and re-tweaked Son Step gems from long ago. This is definitely one of the most unique things we’ve been a part of since we started playing as a 4-piece band. We will be performing on September 7th (this Friday), 20th, and 21st. Here is link to all the necessary details: http://www.bodyfieldscollective.com/eventsprojects.html
our new full length, titled ‘hear comes dreamboat’, is due to be released this fall. take a look at the purdy cover artwork, and head over to our BANDCAMP page to hear ‘big buck hunter’, the album’s first track. this tune’s got a big heart!
…..ps- we’re playing in brooklyn tomorrow (friday) night @ muchmore’s, see the schedule page for info……..
rev up the hot tub, it’s an exciting time in Son Step land. our debut full length will be finished this week. it’s full of magic, across the board. details and sounds will be jumping out out very soon!
also, see our SCHEDULE page for details on some stellar shows coming up in Philly, Baltimore, and Brooklyn. next thursday (6/21) will be a big barrel of good times at Johnny Brenda’s. we’ll be celebrating Pat’s birthday and (possibly?) selling some advance copies of the new album. oh mang oh mang.