Steadlür – Steadlür [2009]

Country USA          Style Glam/Hard Rock

Rating 79/100

Band Members
Philip Steadlür – Lead vocals, guitar, Tommy Steadlür – Lead guitar, Daniel Steadlür – Bass guitar, vocals, Dallas Steadlür – Drums, backing vocals

Tracks
01. Poison, 02. Bumpin’, 03. My Mom Hates Me, 04. Turn It Up, 05. It’s Too Late, 06. Whisky and Woman, 07. Angel (on the Wrong Side of Town), 08. Time, 09. Suffocate, 10. Barely Breathing, 11. Livin’ a Lie, 12. Change

PROFILE

Formed by Philip Steadlür and his brother, drummer Dallas Steadlür, in the Dirty South, Steadlür, which also features Tommy Steadlür on lead guitar and Daniel Steadlür on bass, got their start like most aspiring bands: by playing small shows at high schools, local dives and practicing in the garage. Steadlür’s main goal was always apparent: to have a good time playing music. Rock n’ roll is supposed to be fun after all, isn’t it? Despite their hometown’s status as an urban music center, Steadlür have managed to thrive and flourish as one of the few rock bands from the region. Philip sums the band’s aura up, saying, “We’re just a rock and roll band. We’re good ol’ American boys who love what we do and want to show we’re thankful to be alive.” While only Philip and Dallas are actually blood siblings, the rest of the Steadlür crew adopted the same last name, like brothers-in-arms as a show of solidarity.

The band’s debut was recorded in Alabama with Jason Elgin and mixed in Los Angeles. The album (and the band) cull influence from diverse sources, such as ’90s alternative rock like Offspring and Weezer as well as ’80s bands like Skid Row and Guns N’ Roses, but Steadlür isn’t following the trend of caking on the make up and shooting fireworks off their guitars. “We tend to turn heads around town,” Philip admits. “People think, Who are those dudes? Since we like to draw attention to ourselves. We can be at an all-you-can-eat buffet and turn it into a party!” Dallas concurs with his brother, saying, “We can turn anything we’re doing into a good time.”

Indeed, Steadlür’s music follows that credo, as the band generates raucous riffs, memorable melodies and choruses that beg to be sung along to. Case in point? “My Mom Hates Me,” a catchier-than-a-cold-in-winter anthem that gives off a feel-good, upbeat vibe but actually delves into the deeper issue of spoiled rich kids running rampant and terrorizing others, while their parents throw money at them. “Bumpin’,” the first single, is more light-hearted fare, which the band admits is simply about partying, certainly a noble pursuit when you play an instrument for a living. “Angel (On the Wrong Side of Town)” is a surprising ballad that showcases the more serious and subtle side of Steadlür. Dallas sums up the album, saying, “The record is definitely playful at times, but there is a depth to it. We will rely on our live show to paint the picture. I remember when Dave Navarro said something to the effect that if you hear something good when you listen to his records, you are going to see something good when you come to his show. We are like that.”

The band’s first offering addresses all sorts of issues such as partying, relationships and life as the young band knows it. “We want to keep our music open to anyone who can relate to it, whether you’re a 9-5 worker, 40-years-old or even 13 years old,” muses Philip. Steadlür’s music is that universal and clearly, there is something for everyone on this album. Dallas continues, “The record is fun, but we recognize that there’s more to life than partying, sex or being pissed off about your love life. In the end, everything is nothing.”  Philip encapsulates the essence of Steadlür by saying, “We don’t come from wealthy families. We’ve always had to work for what we have, and will keep working for it.” And that’s how career bands are made. With that attitude, infectious rock music and a positive attitude stocked in their arsenal, Steadlür have arrived. 

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