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Stephen Steinbrink + French Quarter



Stephen Steinbrink + French Quarter

CITY: Tempe
SONG TO DOWNLOAD: “To Be New Again”
WEBSITE: http://stephensteinbrink.com/

Having gigged since 2006, Stephen Steinbrink wouldn’t normally be considered “new” enough for 50 Bands. But for a song-caster of his caliber, we’ll indulge in some rule-bending. A portion of his older material could be mistaken for Death Cab for Cutie revisiting their glossless roots. He’s clearly found his own voice on the oven-fresh solo release I Drew a Picture, an assemblage of offbeat testimonials sprinkled with unobtrusive sonic experimentation. “These songs live in the flawed infrastructure of Phoenix and in the hope that it can someday adjust,” he explains on Bandcamp. Let’s hope it adjusts before Arizona can arrange to have Steinbrink deported. We hear they’re deporting frickin’ everybody they can over there.

_Barry Thompson

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Record Label You Should Know: Catchphraze Records

Maybe it’s Arizona’s draconian attitude toward immigration law that makes it the perfect setting for Catchphraze, whose catalogue includes the agonized wallow-core of A Cloud Forest and a planet-straddling, punk-as-fuck seven-inch split between Inner Conflict out of Germany and Malgobierno of Chile.

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