Laura Stevenson & the Cans

Laura Stevenson & the Cans

 New York City, New York, USA
BandFolkRock

An eclectic Brooklyn outfit- Laura Stevenson writes and sings infectious melodies accompanied by intricate guitar, crumbling distortion, trumpets, and violins. This minimalist, quirky, and "sweetly cacophonous" band will make you smile or crush your soul depending on your current level of sadness.

Biography

Laura Stevenson was raised in Nassau County, New York, where she was introduced to music at an early age. Her grandfather, Harry Simeone, was a successful pianist and composer whose works included "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?". Simeone's wife (and Laura's grandmother), Margaret McCravy was a singer for the jazz bandleader Benny Goodman. Not until leaving her home for college, did Laura turn away from the piano to begin both playing guitar and writing songs.

Stevenson's classical music upbringing is complemented by a deep involvement with today's punk community. The folk(ish) artist is a keyboardist for Bomb The Music Industry!, one of the noisiest punk bands around today. But while she has served that role she also has been performing her solo material that is leagues apart from the over-compressed, thousand beats-per-minute, shriek-howls that denote BTMI!'s sound.

With her first release, "A Record" (recorded with her backing band, a loose and free-flowing collective known as the Cans), out on donation-based download label Quote Unquote Records, she sticks out amongst the myriad punk rock bands that make up its roster. Luckily she doesn't seem to mind.

Stevenson's sound can be all over the map. "A Record" sees her transitioning from hushed acoustic/banjo balladeering to 20 second interstitial tracks to crunchy electric guitarded rock songs.

She frequently writes about herself, her insecurities, the impact a personality or attitude can have on a relationship. On the surface that may sound like fairly typical singer-songwriter fare, but Stevenson's unique lyrical style, well-crafted harmonies, and stunning vocal performance place her as one of the most respected up and coming songwriters in Brooklyn.

"A Record" is set to be re-released on Asian Man Records in the spring of 2010 and "Holy Ghost!", her latest 7" was just released on Brooklyn's Mandible Records.

Lyrics

Halloween One and Two

Written By: Laura Stevenson

I am underneath.
Watch me take your life.
Watch me take your liiiiiiiiiiiiiiife.

I am overlooked.
I hear every word you say.
Watch what you say - I am underneath.
I I-I-I-I am underneath.
EEE! EEE! EEEE! EEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Discography

2008 - A Record - Quote Unquote Records/Asian Man Records
2009 - Bomb the Music Industry - Split 7" - Kiss of Death Records
2009 - Holy Ghost 7" - Mandible Records

Set List

Halloween One and Two, Baby Bones, The Pretty One, Landslide/The Dig, Nervous Rex, The Source and The Sound (The Sound & The Source), A Shine To It, Eleanor, Beets Untitled, Mouthbreather, Holy Ghost!, Gathering & Leaping, Caretaker, Cool New One