After a turbulent 2020 and the disappointment of delaying not only their debut album, but their maiden European voyage, no pandemic is holding Australia’s most genre twisting hardcore band back in 2021! Brisbane’s high-octane punk/hardcore outfit, who signed worldwide with Sharptone Records in 2020, have just announced their debut album ‘Help Me Help You’ out Friday 26th March. Produced, mixed and mastered by Callan Orr of Avalanche Studios (Dream On Dreamer, Young Lions, Hands Like Houses).you can pre-order/pre-save it here:
Along with that announcement Stepson have also released a new single ‘Deeper Sleep.’ Available to stream here:
Bassist for the band, Jayden Ridley lamented on the year that was 2020, while also realising the positives in waiting for the right time to release this album. ‘We were so bummed last year when we had to push back the release of our debut album due to covid impacts, so much of ourselves went into this album and we’ve been saying it’s coming soon for so long it started to feel like it would never happen. Thankfully it’s all been worth it, we have a physical release that we are so proud of and can’t wait to finally put it out into the world. To anyone who has ever connected with our band. this record is for you. We hope you love it as much as we do!‘
There is something for everyone on “Help Me, Help You” in what will undoubtedly serve up one of 2021’s most versatile debut albums. Stepson are ready to take on the world!
In a statement from Brock, he said that “Deeper sleep is about insecurities that can carry over from past, abusive relationships. The inner turmoil experienced every day from past trauma can affect present and future relationships to the point where even dreams feel real. Insecurity is contagious and unfortunately can be transferred from person to person. This song is a helpless plea to help someone they love and care about from their own mind.“
“Musically it’s the most outside the box track to date and we tried to do a lot of different things technically, like dance beats, more staccato guitar work and a solo toward the back end that makes for a really cool crescendo. What we love about Deeper Sleep is that it’s a toe tapper, a track that carries a genuine sense of motion that makes you want to break out into a boogie at any given moment.“
“We are so proud of “Help Me, Help You” for many different reasons, but the main focus is the diversity and range of genres and influences we have been able to capture across the 11 tracks. We are all inspired by different musicians and artists and to have that represented in our music is really exciting! We’d like to think that everyone; mums and dads, emos and lads, can all find at least one song they dig musically or connect to lyrically and we can’t wait to hear what everyone’s favourite songs are!“
“Help Me, Help You” was created from a shared passion of heavy music in all its facets, with an amalgamation of melody, ferocity and angst that sets each of the 11 songs apart in their own unique, fresh way, whilst still bearing the trademark Stepson sound.
There is more depth to the musicianship on the band’s first LP compared to previous releases, with some of the 5-piece’s most adventurous riffs and intense drum fills to date, meanwhile long-time fans of the band will recognise the familiar lyrical themes having new life breathed into them by front man Brock Alan Conry
Brock Alan Conry – Vocals
Jayden Ridley – Bass/Vocals
Nick Bennett – Guitars
Robert Suthern – Guitars
Jordan McDonald – Drums