Stepsonday – Little Light

Santa Monica based brothers Jason and Chad Turner, better known as indie rock outfit stepsonday, have created a beautiful new album to be released on June 3rd via One Eleven Records. The sons of a preacher, Jason (vocals, guitar bass) and Chad (drums, backing vocals) grew up listening to the likes of the Beatles, the Who, Nirvana and the Clash, teaching them early on the importance of writing emotional and literate songs with good pop sensibilities.

The duo’s debut LP, little light, showcases those sensibilities throughout 11 different tracks, drawing influences from contemporaries such as Death Cab for Cutie, Copeland, Nada Surf as well as slightly nodding to 90s indie rockers Pavement. Chad’s work on the drum kit drives each song on the disc beneath Jason’s smooth, mellow and sometimes fuzzy vocals. At times, Jason sounds like a depressed Rivers Cuomo, but more often conjures comparison to a lo-fi, early Bright Eyes with both deep and heavy tunes as well as the occasional upbeat number sure to make a great single.

The single I’d earmark for the album would be “1234,” but don’t think Feist‘s hit from last summer; it rocks much harder. The Turner brothers open the song with distortion but quickly churn out a poppy beat hooking you in along with its catchy guitar riff and simple chorus of “One, two, three, four, / Sing it like you need more. / More songs like the ones / You would sing when you were young.”

little light‘s final track, “+++,” is a narrative about becoming a legend. The song revolves around finding a “big ass sword” that’s been misplaced. The chorus remains hopeful with its upbeat instrumentation as Jason sings, “You could tell the story. / Include the guts and glory. / We could become legends / Just like that big ass sword.” “Big ass sword” gives the song a slightly comical tone, but it’s nothing short of sweet and sincere.

Sweet and sincere seemingly sums up little light. While no song on the album is a miss and the record is cohesive in its entirety, it does run the risk of being labeled repetitive, though I think it’s pretty fantastic.

You can pick up your own copy of little light on June 3, 2008 or preorder it now. Preordering from SmartPunk will score you a free autographed poster and preordering from InterPunk will land you a free t-shirt.

Tour Dates:
Jun 02 – Modified Arts/Phoenix, Az. (w/Unwed Sailor and Sybris)
Jun 04 – Main Street Project/El Paso, Tx. (w/The Royalty)
Jun 06 – The Warhol/San Antonio, Tx.
Jun 07 – Warehouse Live/Houston, Tx. (w/Deep Ella)
Jun 09 – Poor David’s Pub/Dallas, Tx.
Jun 10 – Whitewater Tavern/Little Rock, Ar. (w/ Gasoline Heart and Chase Pagan)
Jun 26 – Hi-Dive/Denver, Co.
Jun 27 – Rocket Room/Colorado Springs, Co.
Jun 28 – The Beetle/Greeley, Co.
Jun 30 – Kilby Court/Salt Lake City, Ut.

stepsonday: website | myspace | download “Same Difference”
One Eleven Records: website | myspace

One Response

  1. they;re so cooL!

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