Steve Oakley Band
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Steve Oakley Band

Maple Shade, New Jersey, United States | SELF

Maple Shade, New Jersey, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos



"S.O.B. attacks Philly with a punch"

Together for little more than a year, the Steve Oakley Band is already making noise outside of their native New Jersey — a recent Philadelphia gig saw the foursome welcomed as passionate ‘90s-style alt-rockers who wouldn’t have been out of place in the heyday of Vertical Horizon, Matchbox Twenty and Live. The Garden State quartet’s singles vary, from the Tom Petty-ish honky-tonk of “I’m Not There” to the classic rock ballad “Kill the Light.” But it’s “Better Days” that’s the real gem of the group’s current repertoire; this diamond in the rough could be spit shined just enough to kick off an alt-rock revival. Despite the obvious comparisons, the Steve Oakley Band is no nostalgia act; they’re a band warming up in its infancy, already fun to watch, strangely recognizable, and full of promise. - Kevin Boyce - music critic


In studio recording debut release.

Three songs have been released so far in 2011

Better Days
Kill The Light
I'm Not There



The Steve Oakley Band (S.O.B.) is an American (though internationally flavored) indie rock band from New Jersey. Formed in 2010, the band consists of Philly born / jersey bred Steve Oakley (vocals, guitar) Alaskan John Knorr (lead guitar, keyboards), British born Barbados raised Paul Puckerin (bass, Mandolin, Keyboards, bangey shaky things) and Libyan born (of Dutch descent) Mike Ligthart (drums,percussion ) The band melds their unique and varied influences (alt Country, Punk and classic rock, Prog and world music) into a coherent musical soundscape bolstered by intelligent lyrics and emotional story telling. The band is noted for their ability to cross all genres while retaining their signature sound. S.O.B. employs a rock and roll attitude with singer songwriter sensibilities adding equal parts power and poignancy.

In the waning days of 2010 Mike Ligthart began organizing songwriting / jam sessions with old friends Oakley and Knorr calling the project “Progtologists”. Buoyed by the initial experience Oakley began sending MP3’s of these sessions to Puckerin in the hopes of adding his incomparable bass skills to the sessions. Once in the fold, Puckerin began adding his world music flavor and multi instrumental skills to Knorr’s otherworldly Guitar skills and Ligthart’s amazing drumming. Almost instantly the quartet developed a collaborative chemistry and sound that immediately begged for a more ambitious scope to the project. In early April 2011 the band entered Milkboy Studio’s to begin tracking