Laura Stevenson

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Laura Stevenson
Laura Stevenson 2013-05-06.JPG
Stevenson (center) performing with her band in 2013
Background information
Birth name Laura Anne Stevenson
Born (1984-04-25) April 25, 1984 (age 33)
Genres Folk rock, indie rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Associated acts Laura Stevenson & the Cans
Bomb the Music Industry!
Latterman
Kudrow
Website http://www.laurastevenson.net

Laura Anne Stevenson (born April 25, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter based on Long Island, New York, and formerly a keyboard player for the musical collective Bomb the Music Industry!

Biography[edit]

Stevenson was raised in Nassau County, New York. Her grandfather, Harry Simeone, was a successful pianist and composer whose works included "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?". His wife, Margaret McCravy was a singer for the jazz bandleader Benny Goodman. After leaving home for college, Stevenson began both playing guitar and writing songs.[1]

Growing up in Rockville Centre, Stevenson befriended members of The Arrogant Sons of Bitches. After they disbanded in 2005, she was appointed keyboard player for the lead singer Jeff Rosenstock's new project, Bomb The Music Industry!. At this point, she had written a number of songs and was performing solo. While recording and touring with Bomb The Music Industry!, she began to piece together her own band, which was named Laura Stevenson & the Cans.[2]

Initially, Stevenson's band consisted primarily of members of Bomb The Music Industry!. In summer 2007, Stevenson recruited Michael Campbell of the Long Island punk band Latterman to play bass guitar for The Cans.[3] Alex Billig was added on trumpet & Lee Hartney on lead guitar later that fall, and a year later Stevenson began working on her first studio recording.

Asian Man Records released "A Record" on April 13, 2010, on LP and CD. The group spent more than half of that year on tour in The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Western Europe in various line-ups: sometimes as small as just Stevenson and Campbell on acoustic guitars, and other times fully electric with a three-piece horn section, which included Lee Hartney on trumpet. The group toured with Bomb The Music Industry!, Maps & Atlases, Cults, and Cheap Girls.[4]

The band officially signed to the New Jersey independent label Don Giovanni Records in November 2010,[5] and their second album, Sit Resist, was released on April 26, 2011.[6]

Stevenson's third full-length album, Wheel, was produced and mixed by Kevin S. McMahon at Marcata Recording.[7] It was released on April 23, 2013, on Don Giovanni Records. Pitchfork Media had previously premiered the first single from the album, "Runner".[8] Stevenson toured the U.S. in April and May in support of the album along with another New York band, Field Mouse.[9]

On October 30 2015 Stevenson released her fourth album Cocksure, on Don Giovanni Records.

On December 7 2016, Stevenson released her first live album, recorded at Vera Club and released it via Quote Unquote Records, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to Planned Parenthood.[10]

Members of Laura Stevenson's Band[edit]

  • Laura Stevenson: guitar/vocals
  • Mike Campbell: bass guitar
  • Alex Billig: accordion/trumpet
  • Peter Naddeo: guitar
  • Samantha Niss: drums

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Format
2010 A Record Asian Man Records 12" vinyl LP, CD
2011 Sit Resist Don Giovanni Records 12" vinyl LP, CD
2013 Wheel Don Giovanni Records 12" vinyl LP, CD
2015 Cocksure Don Giovanni Records 12" vinyl LP, CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ Antonetti, Devon (June 20, 2013). "Laura Stevenson & The Cans - Interview". thedelimagazine.com. Archived from the original on July 23, 2013. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Laura Stevenson and the Cans discover life after punk". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  3. ^ "--::--::QUOTE UNQUOTE RECORDS::ROCK AND ROLL FOR DONATIONS::--::--". www.quoteunquoterecords.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Interview: Laura Stevenson Talks New Album And Dropping "The Cans"". CMJ. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  5. ^ Don Giovanni Welcomes Laura Stevenson & The Cans!
  6. ^ Riot Act Media Roster Archived October 5, 2011, on Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Sculley, Alan (2013-10-03). "Success breeds new wheels - Boulder Weekly". Boulder Weekly. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  8. ^ ""Runner" by Laura Stevenson Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Laura Stevenson, Field Mouse, The Droids We're Looking For". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 
  10. ^ "Laura Stevenson - Very excited to announce our NEW LIVE... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 

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