Tim Walsh, Jeff Gitelman and Dan Edinberg definitely look like musicians--the shaggy hairdos and Gitelman's somewhat ironic D.A.R.E. t-shirt scream indie rock. It is a little harder to believe that this is the trio behind the psychedelic soul grooves of the Stepkids.
The Connecticut-based trio released its latest album, Troubadour, this week and managed to win the praises of most major media outlets. The Stepkids are not the only band dabbling in the funk/soul revival scene, but there is an authenticity and quality to the music that is beyond most of the band's peers.
Prior to hitting the stage in their matching outfits and monogrammed capes, Walsh, Gitelman and Edinberg had a few minutes to chat.
How’s the tour going?
Walsh: It’s going well. It’s been a lot of fun, we’ve got a new show. We’re doing some choreography, the ladies like it. We’re getting compensated for it—not by the ladies, but by the people in charge. But it’s good, it feels like a fair trade off.
Troubadour came out this week, and it is getting a lot of buzz. How does it feel to finally release a record and get such a positive response?
Gitelman: It’s good man, but we want to go even further with it. Just keep pushing it, how could we not? We’re so excited, we just have to feed off this energy and move towards the next best thing.
What was the process like recording Troubadour?
Walsh: A lot of screaming, a lot of hugging, a lot of love. Blood, sweat and tears.
Any specific artists or albums that influenced the record?
Gitelman: Too many, man.
Edinberg: Yeah, too many to mention. We could give you sixty names right now.
Gitelman: It’s a lot of people who don’t get their voices heard too often. For instance, Ryuichi Sakamoto is a huge influence on us.
Edinberg: Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Bill Laswell…
Gitelman: A lot of names that you don’t really hear too much. But, we’re influenced by all the other shit too, like everyone else is.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard the Stepkids?
Gitelman: It’s tough.
Edingberg: It’s funny, a lot of people describe it as psychedelic soul, and we’re really cool with that because it encompasses a lot. Like, if you play jazz, very texturally, that falls under that too. As well as rock, as well as some R&B. We like to think that we are primarily necrophiliacs of the American musical tradition and all of its variety, but we even go beyond that sometimes.
Gitelman: I really like what Kanye [West] said about J. Dilla’s music. He said it sounds like good pussy.