Known throughout the Midwest for their tight, energetic live show and quirky, catchy rock, Stereo Deluxe has successfully converted their home town of Indianapolis into believers (‘Best Rock Artist’ 2009, 2010, 2011 - Nuvo
Newsweekly) and is ready to take their music to the masses.
After two full-length discs on local label Indie500 Records,
the band released their first material as an independent artist on May 31st, 2011. The new ‘Evil Twins’ 2-track digital single strives to match the well-documented intensity of the band’s live performance while also offering a glimpse into the future of a new-and-improved Stereo Deluxe.
On the title track ‘Evil Twins,’ the band broadens its sonic
palette. Blending unabashed American electric guitar (a la
Aerosmith or Jack White) with a dance-inspired four-on-the floor drum beat and pulsing synth track (think Daft Punk meets Muse), the band reveals influences not easily traceable on their earlier work. “A clever lament based on problems caused by one’s alter ego,” (Dave Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, May 2011) “Evil Twins” is juxtaposed with the b-side “Quarter-Century Man,” a commentary on the rise of cougar culture. A more traditional Stereo Deluxe track, “QCM” showcases the band’s energy and chops in an up-tempo guitar orgy evoking bands like Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys, asking the listener, “How long’s it been since you felt alive?” The 2-track digital single is now available at the band’s Bandcamp page with an iTunes
release and national tour to follow this summer. A full-length
release is slated for later in 2011.
Stereo Deluxe has played hundreds of shows in 18 states
and over 40 cities, in every imaginable setting from youth
centers and dive bars to sold-out clubs and large outdoor
festivals. Over the years the band has shared the stage with
Kings of Leon, Candlebox, Switchfoot, Robert Randolph &
The Family Band, Fastball, Everclear, Psychedelic Furs, Bret Michaels, Peter Frampton, REO Speedwagon, Days of the New, Saliva, Black Stone Cherry, Howie Day, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Middles Class Rut, She Wants Revenge, Pat Benatar and Puddle of Mudd.
Selection of venues played:
The Double Door - Chicago,IL
The Abbey Pub - Chicago, IL
Schuba's Tavern - Chicago, IL
Reggie's Music Joint - Chicago, IL
The Elbo Room - Chicago, IL
The Bird's Nest - Chicago, IL
Martyr's - Chicago, IL
Arlene's Grocery - New York, NY
Rehab - New York, NY
Fontana's - New York, NY
Boulder Coffee Co. - Rochester, NY
Muddy Cup - Albany, NY
The Sweet Spot - Ithaca, NY
The Basement Venue - Kingston, NY
Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
The Junkyard - Rochelle Park, NJ
All Asia Bar - Cambridge, MA
Club Midway - Jamaica Plain, MA
Howler's Coyote Cafe - Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Watson's Pub - Philadelphia, PA
Hi-Fi Club - Cleveland, OH
Circus - Columbus, OH
Nite Owl - Dayton, OH
The Trolley Stop - Dayton, OH
Peach's Grill - Yellow Springs, OH
Mad Hatter - Cincinnati, OH
Dirty Jack's - Cincinnati, OH
Southgate House - Cincinnati, OH
Northside Tavern - Cincinnati, OH
Annabell's - Akron, OH
Phoenix Hill Tavern - Louisville, KY
Jennica's - Louisville, KY
Main Street Lounge - Louisville, KY
Cicero's - St. Louis, MO
The Way Out Club - St. Louis, MO
Stasiu's - Minneapolis, MN
The End - Nashville, TN
The 5 Spot - Nashville, TN
Main Street Live - Jackson, TN
Czar's 505 - St. Joseph, MI
The Rosebud - Grand Haven, MI
Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI
Pierre's - Fort Wayne, IN
Cheers Lounge - South Bend, IN
The Bluebird - Bloomington, IN
Jake's - Bloomington, IN
Rhino's - Bloomington, IN
Uncle Fester's - Bloomington, IN
Doc's - Muncie, IN
The Launching Pad - Muncie, IN
The Verve - Terre Haute, IN
Boney June's - Evansville, IN
The Duck Inn - Evansville, IN
The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN
Music Mill - Indianapolis, IN
Spin Nightclub - Indianapolis, IN
Festivals & Other:
MOBfest - Chicago,IL
International Pop Overthrow - Chicago, IL
Mid Point Music Festival - Cincinnati, OH
Summer Celebration - Muskegon, MI
Midwest Music Summit - Indianapolis, IN
Rib America Festival
U.S. Grand Prix Formula 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Vans Warped Tour 2009 - Tinley Park, IL
Jay Elliott - Vocals, Guitar
Luke Schnieder - Vocals, Bass
Robert Kermeen - Vocals, Guitar, keyboard
Matt Hogan - Drums
(LP, 2/16/2006, indie500 Records)
When The Party's Over
(LP, 3/17/09, indie500 Records)
(Single, 2/17/11, self-released)
Evil Twins Digital Single
(2-track download, 5/31/11, self-released)
Combined sales in excess of 4,000 units since respective release dates.
Stereo Deluxe has received airplay on some of the region's top radio stations:
WRZX ‘Edge of the X’, 'Indy X Files', 'Hangover Cafe'
WTTS 'New Music Monday'
WZPL ‘Homegrown Buzz’
Insomnia Radio Chicago
WTFX Louisville, KY
WTSR College of New Jersey
WMMR Philadelphia, PA 'Local Shots'
WVBR Ithaca, NY
featured on PBS “Connections” 2006 (viewer ship 80,000+)
FOX TV Morning Show Indianapolis
IMC-Indy’s Music Channel, over 50 video runs of “Leaving for Spain” video in July/August 2006
MySpace activity for Stereo Deluxe is amazing. Stereo Deluxe music has received over 123,000 plays and 141,715 views on myspace.com since February 2006 .
Official website has received over 40,000 hits.
One of the biggest bands in Indianapolis, drawing anywhere from 100-500 each time they play out, depending on venue size. Have played in front of larger audiences opening for national acts Fall Out Boy, Kings of Leon, Puddle of Mudd, Everclear, Augustana, Switchfoot, The Psychedelic Furs, Robert Randloph & the Family Band, REO Speedwagon, Candlebox, The Damnwells, Marah, the Heartless Bastards, Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Saliva, Bret Michaels, Peter Frampton and Pat Benetar. Also appearances at '06, '07 U.S. Grand Prix Formula 1 Race @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Indianapolis Battle of the Bands $10,000 Grand Prize winners
NUVO Best of Indy Awards: 'Best Rock Band/Artist' 2009 & 2010
Stereo Deluxe - "Evil Twins"
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"Whatever short-lived new craze of post-noise acid wave drumstep may be taking the internet by storm..."Whatever short-lived new craze of post-noise acid wave drumstep may be taking the internet by storm, there will always be a place for good old rock and roll. Press play on Stereo Deluxe‘s “Evil Twins” and I challenge you not to start nodding your head and grinning inanely as the catchy riff is joined by pounding drums and finally matched by the Jacke White-esque howl of the vocals. There’s a classic sound here, but with a modern twist, as some synths get involved in this raucous and energetic rocker from this Indianapolis band."
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These dudes sound like the midwest. They've got the right blend of classic rock (something like "Smo...These dudes sound like the midwest. They've got the right blend of classic rock (something like "Smoke on the Water") and mid-nineties alt-rock (circa Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins, say), with the tiniest tiny dash of T. Rex (mostly "Get it On") for flavor. They sound like they listened to the same blend of radio stations growing up that I did. Granted, they're from Indiana, not Ohio, so the call letters were different, but it's the same idea, I'd wager
Lead Story Stereo Deluxe:After the Party
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Cover Story, 'Indy's Breakout Bands'
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Ask Jay Elliott, lead singer and guitarist for Stereo Deluxe, about the group’s origins and he gives...Ask Jay Elliott, lead singer and guitarist for Stereo Deluxe, about the group’s origins and he gives a response that is as pointed and as no-bullshit as its music.
“We’re all from the Southside and have been friends since grade school. By the time we were 13, we’d put a band together and played shithole shows and backyard parties. We liked doing it so we kept doing it. None of us have ever been in another band or wanted to be in another band. We’ve just been plugging along.”
By plugging along as they have, they’ve become possibly the most talked-about and admired local band in quite some time. Their effortless blend of power-pop, the occasional ballad and pure professionalism has made them the default straight-ahead rock group of Indy.
“When we first got together, all we were about was straight-up rock and good-time fuckin’ rock,” Elliott says. “And that’s the way we are now.”
Individual band members were fans of Aerosmith, Green Day and Tool and the post-grunge music of their youth, but their style owes more to radio-friendly pop-rock of the 21st century.
They’re the definition of the hard-working modern rock band. They arrive early to gigs, wear matching suits and work like hell to please the crowd. You won’t hear any ego-trip stories about Stereo Deluxe.
“We hold professionalism in the highest regard,” Elliott says. “I hate it when a band takes forever to soundcheck, and then the lights go down and they play a six-minute song. People aren’t interested in hearing a long drum solo until you’re a big band. We just come out there with our strongest shit and never give people a chance to be bored.”
Success has come quickly for the band on a local level, but they’re looking to go even farther.
“We’re happy with what has happened, but we’ve been together for a long time and we feel like we’ve been cutting our teeth, and we just want to continue and to grow,” says bassist Luke Schneider.
“A lot of bands say they want to get signed and become rock stars,” Elliott says, “but we just want to get into more markets and get more exposure. We love Indianapolis but we want to use it as a jumping-off point for shows across the country. This is what we want to do and we’re ready to do it. We just want people to know who we are.”
Touring during the fall and winter months is difficult, since three of the four members are college students — the oldest member of Stereo Deluxe is 22 — but they stay in shape with grueling three-hour practices several times a week, in addition to local shows.
“We all commit four to six hours a day to the band, in some way,” Elliott says.
Their debut album on Indie500 Records contains a wide range of music within the pop/rock genre. They can sound like Cheap Trick, but they’re no revivalists. They can sound like Fall Out Boy, but they’re no ultra-modernists, either.
What they are, pure and simple, is a good, live rock and roll band.
“We love recording,” Elliott says, “but you really get that sense of fulfillment from playing live. It’s great when someone you’ve never met says they loved the show and they buy a record. That’s when you know you’re doing something.”
Known until 2005 as Unreel, the band began taking itself more seriously when it changed its name. Through hard work, excellent shows and effective promotion, they won the $10,000 grand prize at last year’s Battle of the Bands at the Vogue.
“We said, let’s stop being a local, fuck-around garage band, and that’s when we stepped up the hard work and professionalism and good things started happening to us,” Elliott says. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we started working harder and we became more successful. Doing what we think we should do has seemed to work for us.”
They won’t be defending their Battle of the Bands title again this year, but Elliott says he’s constantly asked for advice on how to succeed in the event.
“You can send out e-mails, post on MySpace and do whatever, but just talk to people. That’s how you get them out to shows. And have music that people want to hear. That’ll work better than putting flyers on cars. And work hard.”
Next up for Stereo Deluxe: more touring, more songwriting and more practices. And with the professional guidance and assistance of local notables such as Eric Johnson of the Pop Machine and Andy Wilson of Live360, the future seems especially bright for Stereo Deluxe.
- Steve Hammer, music editor
Dayton show preview
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Stereo Deluxe are childhood friends who've stayed in tune By Don Thrasher Contributing Write...
Stereo Deluxe are childhood friends who've stayed in tune
By Don Thrasher
Friday, June 20, 2008
BY DON THRASHER
Longevity and stability are two words rarely associated with independent rock bands, but they are apt descriptions of Stereo Deluxe. Jay Elliott (vocals, guitar), Luke Schneider (bass), Matt Hogan (drums) and Ben Tatum (guitar) of the Indianapolis-based band have been friends since childhood and playing together in bands since the late '90s.
"We all grew up playing on the same soccer team," Elliott said during a recent telephone interview. "Three of us went to the same elementary school, so we've known each other forever. It's not even a question of, 'Do we have band practice?' It's, 'What is the band doing today' or 'What's on the menu today?' and that helps quite a bit.
"It's been the same band since we started, and apparently it's pretty rare to keep that going on," he continued. "That's the way it's worked out for us so it doesn't seem strange until you think about it in the context of other bands."
Elliott and his band mates — who are performing at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs on Saturday, June 21 — played together under various names before changing the moniker to Stereo Deluxe in 2005.
"We had been playing together as Unreel for five-plus years," Elliott said. "We had a lot of new material that was coming together that wasn't really jiving with what we had done previously. We decided to wait until we had a new set of material and then we came out with a new band name. We wanted to have more consistency with what we're going to do.
"That's probably the only time I know of that we ever really decided not to play. I don't think we played from December until March of the following year. We were able to get enough new stuff together to make a divide between the former stuff and the new stuff."
In 2006, Stereo Deluxe released a self-titled CD packed full of slick, melody-drenched power pop songs that evoked elder statesmen such as Cheap Trick and Material Issue. A new album, "When the Party's Over," is scheduled for release by late summer.
"I would say we probably play as many shows as most other bands, but we've never been on a proper tour," Elliott said. "We always do little two- and three-date swings and we're content doing that, but it would be nice to get out and play shows for a month solid and not have to worry about anything else."
ROCK INSIDER, by contributing writer Don Thrasher, appears weekly and gives a behind-the-scenes view of the Dayton music scene. Contact Thrasher by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
how to go
WHO: Stereo Deluxe, with Buckra
WHERE: Peach's Grill, 104 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs
WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21
MORE INFO: (937) 767-4850 or www.peachsgrill.com
Cover Article, 'Just for Good Measure'
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Following Stereo Deluxe from the basement to Rib Fest There are band stickers that will never com...Following Stereo Deluxe from the basement to Rib Fest
There are band stickers that will never come off the faux-oak paneling, posters of Guns-N-Roses and The Who, olive green carpet and the heavy odor of decades of sweat in this rehearsal room.
Fifty- and 60-watt amplifiers fill the basement with disarray as each musician warms up, flexes and tunes to his own sound. A couple of microphone checks and an inquisitive thumbs-up from the lead, Jay Elliott, followed by a round of nods from the rest of the band, and they’re off, tearing through an unusually long play-list.
The drummer’s mom is upstairs — after all, it is her house — and the basement thunders for almost 35 minutes without so much as a 10-second break between songs. Stereo Deluxe plays like a machine, like a streaming music file. Every song leads into the next. Sometimes Elliott will call out the title. Occasionally, the bassist, Luke Schneider, will just start into a distinctive line, or Matt Hogan, the drummer, into a signature rhythm, and that’s enough to let everyone know what song is next.
Elliott calls this “back catalog” — going through all the older originals and covers that haven’t been played in a while, making sure everything still clicks. Everything seems to loosen up as they start “Revolution,” a track from the self-titled debut album they released last year. After they finish, Elliott suggests they play it again from the bridge, “just for good measure.” Such practices usually last between two and three hours, and this balmy Tuesday session is no different.
Now it’s Elliott, Schneider, Hogan and Ben Tatum standing on the stone porch of a house in Bloomington, winding down after playing another cancer benefit on the nearby Indiana University campus. They sip High Life and Pabst Blue Ribbon and smoke, talking variably about the show, the people in the house and whether or when they want to leave. Music slips out through the door from the gathering inside, and there’s a deep sense of relaxation.
The guys who’ve known each other since the days of Sega Genesis and sneaking beers have made it through 10 years (since they were called Ultra Violet, Jackrabbit Slim and Unreel). The oldest member of the group is in his young 20s.
They started out as friends, and they remain friends. That in itself seems remarkable. Throw in that they’ve also been playing live shows, developing as musicians, earning degrees, working part-time jobs and sifting through more girlfriends than fan mail.
Across the country, hundreds if not thousands of dingy basements and garages are filled with wannabe bands, from prepubescent dreamers to washed-up musicians. They follow the rock ’n’ roll dream. Just as many bars and makeshift recording studios feature self-dubbed future rock stars and the next “the next.” Most of them won’t make it. Most of them will never sell more than a hundred CDs or play in front of more than 50 barflies. The guys from Stereo Deluxe say they know that. They say they know how the odds stack up and, quite frankly, they say they’re past that.
“Obviously, there’s the dream of being a massive rock band, being on top of the world, touring all the time and making millions of dollars,” Elliott says. “But that’s just such an unlikely thing. While I think it’s always nice to fantasize about stuff like that, I think, much more close to reality, we really could accomplish this: to turn the band into something marketable enough and, you know, attractive enough that we can make a decent life.”
There has been some talk among the group about taking the plunge, moving to L.A. and committing themselves totally to creating music. Some of the guys still live on their parents’ dime, and no one really relies on the work of the band to pay rent or survive. That, according to Elliott, is part of the allure of moving, the allure of going West (or East), for better or worse.
“It’s a self-exploration thing we want to do as a band,” he says. “Not because the shows are bigger or for better money. If anything, we’re an established band in Indianapolis, so our shows are gonna be biggest in Indianapolis because that’s where people know us and that’s where we know people. I think it would be more about just going and seeing what we’re made of, seeing how we stack up to bands that are doing it in a bigger market.”
They say the music and the camaraderie are at the core of the band, and while things like having lots of fans and being the headliners may fade away, there will always be Elliott, Schneider, Hogan and Tatum — friends.
WHAT: Stereo Deluxe, AC/DShe, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo at Rib America Festival
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m.; free before 5 p.m., $4 after 5 p.m., children age 12 and under are free (Rib America runs Friday, Aug. 31 until Monday, Sept. 3, gates open at 11 a.m.)
WHERE: Military Park, Indianapolis
I've found the perfect band, and it is Stereo Deluxe
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My first time there; a nice big venue with high ceilings and a huge stage. Sounded great. Looking ar...My first time there; a nice big venue with high ceilings and a huge stage. Sounded great. Looking around at all the Colts gear and other fashion disasters I decided that I’m more comfortable with the punk rock crowd at the Melody Inn. Caught the end of the first band’s set, which sounded a bit derivative; the 2nd group was shamelessly striving to be corporate “alternative” radio fodder, or as I like to say, “Godsmack/Nickleback/Buttcrack.”
I was thinking about leaving when four compact and dapper young men busied themselves setting up. When they placed a rack of nice guitars on the stage I got a sudden whiff of professionalism. As they took their places they really stood out in style. The bassist and rhythm guitarist had kind of an early Stones look, maybe a bit of the retro-garage thing going; the drummer had a kind of long-haired Metallica air; and the clean-cut singer and lead guitarist, in his black suit, black shirt, and black tie, looked vaguely Mod or like the frontman of the 80's band the Godfathers. To sum up, they all looked great, right down to their shoe sizes (well, I couldn’t see the drummer’s feet). When they started playing, they all had a precision, crispness, and coordination that was wonderful to behold. The bassist had a kind of laid-back coolness, while the frontman and rhythm guitarist used lots of punctuation in their movements, dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s of their music. The drummer was a blur of hair, poetry in motion, and mastered his kit. All of them were excellent musicians. The frontman’s crisp voice was always intelligible, and he dared to let his voice soar and explore and improvise, while simultaneously holding down the lead guitar duties with finesse and agility. Their songs were finely-crafted slices of pop glory with hard-rock edges and clever lyrics. And when they launched into their anti-war anthem “Uncle Sam,” the singer dedicated it to George Bush - a gesture that solidly won me over as a fan.
Bottom line: at the average age of 22, Stereo Deluxe is perfect, absolutely flawless. As I watched them I took a mental inventory of the hundreds of bands I’ve seen, the ones who made it, the ones who should’ve made it, the ones who didn’t care, the ones who were destined to fail or at least just have a small friendly following. I’m sure I’ve never seen an “undiscovered” band that was such a gem: home-grown, totally “organic” in their development, completely original - and immediately ready for the masses. It was a rock and roll epiphany for me. Who’da thunk I’d have it in Indianapolis. As I told them, I could serve them to the world on a silver platter, if I had the power. Whoever has that silver platter is going to be one damn lucky record company. Their exquisite locally-produced CD is just track after track screaming for airplay, a plethora of hits, destined to be a classic.
And I feel good saying all this about them. First, these kids are hip, no doubt about it. They’re all nice guys, completely professional, no bullshit, and their music does not offend my delicate sensibilities one iota, in fact I dig the hell out of it. Anyone who knows me knows that I do like my beer-swilling tatooed ex-junkies who try to offend the entire world. And I hate phoniness and corporate commercialism. But on the other hand I appreciate art and talent and positiveness and things that make people feel good, and if that’s commercially viable, that’s fine if corporations make money off of it, because they’re getting it out there for people to enjoy. For example, when Skunk Records sold Sublime to MCA: so be it, it worked. Stereo Deluxe deserves to sell millions of units and play to big audiences, so come on corporations, as much as I hate you, I’m giving you a tip: these kids deserve your immediate attention. They don’t need a development deal, they don’t need a year in the studio, they are ready to GO. NOW.
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"current Battle of the Bands champions Stereo Deluxe played a very tight set of danceable pop-rock t..."current Battle of the Bands champions Stereo Deluxe played a very tight set of danceable pop-rock tunes. Their professionalism onstage was matched only by their virtuosity..."
“Give Stereo Deluxe 15 minutes on TRL and they’d be in heavy rotation in every market...”
"Stereo Deluxe makes undeniably catchy power-pop with links to 70's rock swagger"
Stereo Deluxe Wins Battle
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"Their songs had a wonderful pop-centric quality, made stronger by a lead singer with the vocal skil..."Their songs had a wonderful pop-centric quality, made stronger by a lead singer with the vocal skills to take them to regional or perhaps even national prominence. To descirbe their sound with comparisons to other alt-rock bands would be a disservice, as their greatest strength lays in their ability to sound original and still maintain their pop sensibility."
Steve Hayes show review
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"Stereo Deluxe derives their song craft from the classic Midwestern school of power pop. Their sing-..."Stereo Deluxe derives their song craft from the classic Midwestern school of power pop. Their sing-along choruses and danceable beats can't help but remind me of Cheap Trick (even though lead singer Jay Elliott has confessed to me that he's never listened to a lot of Cheap Trick). On stage they play with the confidence of veterans beyond their young ages. "
Typical sets vary from 30min- 60min. Willing to do longer sets, 90 min or multiple sets (ie: 3 x 45 min sets).
Too Much Time
Do You Love Me Tonite?
Leaving for Spain
Things You Do
Suck The Blues Out
Love Don't Come in a Bottle
All Over Again
Whether the Weather
When The Party's Over
If I Could Forget Her
Show Me a Sign
Could U Believe in Love?
Everybody Wants to be Happy
Tom Petty, Alice Cooper, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, The Pixies, U2, Weezer, Aerosmith, Filter, Lady Gaga, The Killers
There are no upcoming dates at this time.