SIXSTEP

SIXSTEP

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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“Interbreeding the soundscapes of ‘70s classic rock, funk, jazz, and blues, Sixstep announce their separation from other sound-alikes, carbon copies, and poseurs that claim to want to bring back the glory days. These guys move forward and create a sound all their own." - Diablo Dispatch

Biography

EXPLORING THE STILL INFINITE POSSIBILITIES OF ROCK, ORANGE COUNTY, CA BASED SIXSTEP DELIVERS A STYLISTICALLY ECLECTIC, INCISIVE SOCIAL COMMENTARY ON THEIR PROVOCATIVE NEW ALBUM THAT EXPOSES OUR SOCIETY AS A “HOUSE OF CARDS”

For the past four years, Orange County, California comprehensive rockers” SIXSTEP have headlined the Classic Rock Halloween Show at their favorite San Clemente dive bar Knuckleheads, paying tribute to the great rock albums of the past. As lead singer Al Rahn—who joined the band in 2007, three years after guitarist Elliot Koenig launched the original lineup—explains it, they pick an album and play the whole thing in its entirety, from cover to cover. While they play original material everywhere else (OC, L.A., San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, The Playground Festival and the Hottest 100 Festival)
and have opened for Powerman 5000, Circa (featuring members of Yes) and The Young Dubliners, there’s something magical about this Halloween show—where they’ve done their takes on Abbey Road, Morrison Hotel, Pocket Full of Kryptonite (Spin Doctors) and Aqualung.

Playing the music of the rock gods has no doubt influenced SIXSTEP’s eclectic genre-transcendent hybrid rock style, which as one critic pointed out, interbreeds “the soundscapes of 70s classic rock, funk, jazz and blues,” creating a “separation from other sound-alikes, carbon copies and poseurs that claim to want to bring back the glory days. These guys move forward and create a new sound all their own.” Sharing these classic albums has also inspired the band—whose members include Jason Glen Peed (bass), Mike Cleveland (saxophones) and Ruben Puebla (drums)—to create a true concept album of their
own that is best listened to like a vintage vinyl record – from beginning to end, experienced as a whole in all its spirited, incisive and socially conscious eccentricity. A blistering take on the unstable politics and economics of the world we live in, House of Cards is a dynamic and prophetic vision presented unapologetically with unbridled Orwellian bravado.

From the “Intro” and theatrical pop-rock opener “Ministry” through the dramatic soul-rock anthem “Enjoy The Free Fall,” House of Cards features songs that offer hard-hitting vignettes of different aspects of the modern world, bringing a satirical lens to modern music, relationships, technology, world affairs and the human experience via contemporary and timeless musical and lyrical themes. Every track
explores a building block of the society we live in and, as SIXSTEP points out in a myriad of clever ways, it is teetering on the brink of collapse. The hard-driving guitar/sax pop-rocker “Get In Line” takes a cynical view of history and the ideal of revolution. Easing from a gentle acoustic start to a fiery and pointed rock explosion, the expansive, vocal harmony-laden “Iron Tongue” challenges the all-powerful movers and shakers of the world who choose secrecy over honesty; ultimately a knock on that air of superiority. Another key track is the cleverly titled “Apocalyptic Breakfast,” which paints a grim portrait of a bleak dystopian future, first over a haunting piano/vocal section before building into a soaring choir’s call to “Please bring back yesterday.”

Personifying these dynamics are two DJ characters, representing two opposite ends of the music spectrum. The obnoxious “Skip Carson” is the dark force that sees music simply as a commodity, while underground DJ “Cozmic Joe” plays meaningful music, reminding us that no matter how bad the world gets (or how corporatized music becomes), everything will somehow be all right. These concepts on
House of Cards extend to the illustrations on the CD insert by artist Tom Crew, which include a Tarot card matching every song; the limited collector’s edition vinyl release of House of Cards will include a free standing Tarot card.

SIXSTEP’s chemistry is fueled by the band’s wide diversity of musical tastes—and when this causes disagreements, the common denominator is trust in one another. Rahn makes note of the members’ cultural and spiritual differences as well: “We have a couple of Christian guys, a kosher Jew, a Buddhist and a conspiracy nut. We don’t see eye-to-eye all the time, but it’s those differences that make our sound what it is. Everybody brings something different to the table, to the rehearsal space, and as we mesh our
views, our personalities, and our tastes together, it creates something completely new and organic. It's always difficult to describe what the vibe or the genre of our music is, but we think of ourselves as a rock ensemble, as trained musicians writing and performing within the rock format, where just about anything goes as long as it feels good.

“We don't see ourselves as the next Zeppelin or the next anything,” Rahn adds. “We all just recognize good music, and it has sort of become a moral obligation for us to remind people that it’s still out there. Seriously, I meet kids out there who ha

Discography

House Of Cards -- DIGITAL RELEASE APRIL 2012
produced by Freddy Scott
mixed by Bjorn Thorsrud (Smashing Pumpkins)
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/house-of-cards/id527615408

Middle Ground [SINGLE] -- RELEASED OCTOBER 2010
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/middle-ground-single/id396006713

A Dangerous World -- RELEASED APRIL 2009
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-dangerous-world/id312985932

Par 5 [EP] -- RELEASED MARCH 2008
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/par-5/id274855285

A Long Walk Home -- RELEASED AUGUST 2004
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-long-walk-home/id257577044

Set List

GET IN LINE
MINISTRY
WAITING FOR A CALL
MIDDLE GROUND
KLØWN
IRON TONGUE
IN THE RAIN
WORM
MAXIMUM STRENGTH PLACEBO
21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN (KING CRIMSON COVER)
MORE TROUBLE EVERY DAY (FRANK ZAPPA COVER)
LOVE REARS ITS UGLY HEAD (LIVING COLOUR COVER)
HOT'LANTA/WHIPPING POST (ALLMAN BROS. BAND COVER)