Friends are definately good for music referrals. Well, this writer took a chance on a more local band her friend mentioned, hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana. Always game to see some local talent, this writer drove to Indianapolis to a classy club, Radio Radio, to see this power-pop quintet called Stereo Deluxe.
The band members have been playing together since 1998, cutting their teeth at house parties , youth centers and dive bars. And although all the memmbers are in their mid-20’s, they have been on the scene, making their name by opening for such bands as Fall Out Boys, Switchfoot, Puddle of Mudd and Kings of Leon.
In 2005 Stereo Deluxe won the coveted 2005 Indy Battle of the Bands (and the generous $10,000 prize), and most recently was voted 2009, 2010, and 2011 Indy’s ” Best Rock Artist” by Nuvo Magazine. They also have had the opportunity to play on the Van’s Warped Tour, giving them an opportunity to be heard by a audience with a much wider genre scope.
For several years, Stereo Deluxe honed their art and music business skills under some of Indy’s most influential music industry moguls, to include Mark Moran, Indy 500 Records, and The Pop Machine Studio. Having grown up listening to Indy radio, this quartet is throughly steeped in the classic rock of the 60’s/70’s, even though they come from an era of Green Day and Nirvana.
This blend of intergenerational influences is what gives the band an organic sound all their own – young , fresh, and sexy. Singer Jay Elliott emotes with a dramatic flare that never loses its command ,and his falsetto and tone control are quite impressive. Backed by the intense rhythms of their bassman, Luke Schneider, the fiery guitar layers of Ben Tatum, and the hooky drum beats of Matt Hogan, this band is tight!
Stereo Deluxe cut two albums under Indy 500 Records, a self-titled CD, followed by a sophmore CD, “When The Party’s Over,” which was released March 2009. It contains a solid mix of songs that revel in both old school rock and roll and indie/pop. The album was recorded in such a way that when you listen to it, you feel you are right there in the room with them, a larger-than-life experience. There is a open, raw, live quality to it versus the over processed feel we hear so much of on the radio today.
As the band stated during a recent interview, “We are determined to make music to match our live performances.” You don’t have to look any further than the singles “Southside Stomp,” “Uncle Sam,” and “All Over Again ” for evidence of that.
On May 31st , 2011, Stereo Deluxe dropped their new digital single, “Evil Twins” in a two-track format with their other new single, “Quarter century Man” as a now independent band. Both Cleveland/Brooklyn based music blog CITIZEN DICK , Midwest Movement , WRZX , and Live One Radio are giving the band lots of love for their newest single, “Evil Twins,” which was mixed by music producer/mixer Paul Lani (Megadeth, Robbie Williams, Motley Crue, Shania Twain, Failure).
They are available for download at www.stereodeluxe.bandcamp.com. The new songs take on a creative shift, with the addition of some inventive piano/synth, while maintaining the infectous energy and impetuousness that is Stereo Deluxe’s signature .
After postponing an East Coast summer tour due to family illness, Stereo Deluxe remains poised to bring their new material to the masses. So keep your eyes out for upcoming tour dates and multiple releases for Fall 2011.
“… possibly the most talked-about and admired local band in quite some time. An effortless blend of power-pop, the occasional ballad and pure professionalism has made them the default straight-ahead rock group of Indy. ” – Steve Hammer, Nuvo Newsweekly