Steadlür straddle that line between teenage rebellion and being accepted by the masses with their self-titled Roadrunner Records debut. Steadlür are putting the "rock" back into rock band with their youthful aplomb. They're young, they're hungry and they're certainly not jaded and cynical. They're just ready to take over the world, one riff at a time.
Formed by Philip Steadlür and his drummer brother, Dallas, the four-piece, 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 their garage. Steadlür’s main goal was always clear: to have a good time playing rock. Despite Atlanta’s status as a centre for urban music, Steadlür managed to flourish as one of the few rock acts in 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 influences 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 Sunset Strip 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 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 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.