Stepdad (band)

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Stepdad in 2011
Background information
Origin Grand Rapids, Michigan,
United States
Genres Synthpop, electronic
Years active 2009-present
Labels Quite Scientific
Black Bell Records
Members Mark "ultramark" Tafel
Ryan McCarthy
Ben Weissenborn
Nathan K.
Past members Jeremy Malvin
Alexander Fives

Stepdad is an American electronic/pop band based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The group consists of Mark "ultramark" Tafel, Ryan McCarthy, Nathan K, and Ben Weissenborn[1] Their sound has been described as "8-bit power pop".[2]


Originally a duo, Stepdad was formed in Chicago, Illinois during the summer of 2009 when Mark Tafel and Ryan McCarthy, who were roommates at the time, began writing songs together in their apartment.[3] They initially gained exposure in early 2010 when they composed a theme song for the popular web comic "Axe Cop". [4] The comic became an internet sensation and the duo's song became the official theme song for the "Axe Cop" comic and motion comic,[5] as well as the comic's official podcast.[6]

In April 2010, the band released their first EP, Ordinaire, independently via Bandcamp.[7] The EP was met with critical praise from several online music publications[8][9][10][11][12] and spawned two singles, "Jungles" and "My Leather, My Fur, My Nails", the latter of which was voted as the #7 song of the year by The Pop Sucker's Top 100 songs of 2010.[13] They were part of the 2012 Warped Tour.

In June 2012, Stepdad released their first LP, Wildlife Pop, under Black Bell Records.[14] The album was recorded with producer Chris Zane.[15]

Use in other media[edit]

  • "My Leather, My Fur, My Nails" was featured in the series finale of Weeds.
  • "Jungles" appears in the FIFA 2013.
  • "Magic Stones" is featured on the final episode of the YouTube series Past Bing Future Bing.[16]
  • "Pick & Choose" and "Warrior" were featured in Season 6, Episode 4 of Gossip Girl.
  • "Must Land Running" was featured in a BMW TV spot called "Moments"[17] that began airing in December 2013.
  • "Find Love" was featured in Season 2, Episode 14 of The Mindy Project.
  • "Warrior" was featured in Season 2, Episode 7 of Teen Wolf.
  • "Will I Ever Dance Again" was featured in Season 2, Episode 9 of Teen Wolf.



  1. ^ "Stepdad – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures". 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  2. ^ Finley, Adam (March 24, 2014). "Stepdad: Strange Tonight EP". Pop Matters. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Un (2010-01-01). "STEPDAD | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  4. ^ Aaron Poehler (2010-02-16). "'Axe Cop' Fans Furnish Their Own Theme Song - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews". ComicsAlliance. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  5. ^ "Axe Cop Episode ONE". YouTube. 2010-02-22. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  6. ^ "The Axe Cop Podcast: CHOP!". Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  7. ^ Stepdad at Bandcamp
  8. ^ "Music Review: Stepdad - Ordinaire EP - Blogcritics Music". Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  9. ^ "AEM096 Stepdad". 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  10. ^ "Blog Archive » Stepdad "Ordinaire" EP review". Mostly Midwest. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  11. ^ "Blog | The Latest Music News, Album Reviews, Interviews & More". VEOBA. 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  12. ^ "STEPDAD stole MY LEATHER jacket and then bought MY mom a FUR coat and...". 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  13. ^ "the Pop Sucker: top songs of 2010, part 3: the top 10". 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  14. ^ "Stepdad". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  15. ^ "Chris Zane - Selected Discography". 
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