Ste McCabe at the New Oxford, Salford, as part of the Sounds From The Other City Festival, 2011.
|Genres||Indie, queercore, punk|
|Associated acts||Stephen Nancy|
McCabe started performing solo in 2006, using only a drum machine and electric guitar as an alternative to a full band. (Previous band Stephen Nancy had existed between 1999 and 2002.) In 2008 he signed to Cherryade Records with whom he released his first official solo EP "Pink Bomb" as a limited-edition CD. His first album, Hate Mail followed later that year and received favourable reviews from underground/alternative press and mainstream gay media such as Gay Times, who described McCabe as "armed with a mean, lean, bedroom Disco drum machine, a cheap guitar and his biggest asset; a mind and a loud mouth to speak it." Over the following year McCabe became known as an LGBT rights activist as well as a popular underground musician, performing at events such as London Literature Festival at Royal Festival Hall and Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire. The same year he joined Dandelion Radio as a DJ, playing "leftist, feminist, queer positive" underground music.
McCabe's second album, Murder Music, was released in 2009, and featured a duet with avante-garde performer David Hoyle. He was subsequently featured in Time Out, Gay Times and Artrocker magazine, which in September 2010 featured his open letter to The Pope protesting against Benedict XVI's visit to the UK. He has performed at LGBT rights festivals across Europe such as Noc Walpurgii in Warsaw, Poland and Gay Pride 2010 in Bristol, England.
Ste has received national UK radio play on stations such as BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 1. With the release of his 3rd album, Bad Kitty, he toured Europe again in October and November 2012.
McCabe performed onstage with English leftist singer Billy Bragg at Glastonbury Festival in 2013 Latest album Brains of Britain was released in October 2014 and included a collaboration with Bragg. He promoted the album with a final tour of the US.
- "Accessorise" (2011) (Bubblegum Records)
- "Ste McCabe/Mayr" split vinyl (2013) (Unrecords)
- Detect and Abort (2000) [as/with Stephen Nancy]
- No Apologies (2002) [as/with Stephen Nancy]
- Pink Bomb (2008) (Cherryade Records)
- Harrowing Breakdown (2010) (Cherryade Records)
- Hate Mail (2008) (Cherryade Records)
- Murder Music (2009) (Cherryade Records)
- Bad Kitty (2012) (Cherryade Records)
- Brains of Britain (2014) (Manekineko Music)
- "Cherryade Records website". Retrieved on November 25th, 2010.
- "Gay Times, December 2008". Retrieved on November 29, 2010.
- "Ste McCabe interview for Artrocker Magazine". Retrieved on November 25, 2010.
- "Ste McCabe's Dandelion Radio page". Retrieved on November 25, 2010.
- "Artrocker, Issue 104". Retrieved on November 29th, 2010.
- "BBC Website" Retrieved on December 9th, 2012.
- "Glastonbury Festival Website" Retrieved on July 5th, 2013.