stephaniesĭd Set To Release New Album "Excavator"
Performing May 2 at Isis Music Hall
Asheville’s own pop-noir darlings stephaniesid release their 5th full-length studio album, excavator. For their special release show at West Asheville’s Isis Music Hall on May 2, the core trio will be joined by orchestral players from the album: string players Sarah Hurd and Georgia Sinko of the Johnson City Symphony, ASU trombonist Caleb McMahon, and jazz singer / backup vocalist Pam Jones. The band’s music has been described by the Bonnaroo Beacon as “quirky, with Bjorklike panache…just plain good.” Their raw, emotionally rich songs, effortless movement between irreverence and spellbinding sincerity, and stellar live show have earned them Best Rock/Pop band 6 years in a row in Asheville’s Mountain Xpress vote, and David Dye touted their “sharp writing” on NPR’s World Cafe.
The ĭd (pronounced like “kid”) is the real person, under the armor. It’s the inner wild being, the emotional mercury, the soft tissue, the genuine human.
stephaniesĭd is a pop-noir band made up of some jazz and heavy rock players who love pop hooks. Stephanie Morgan is something like a female “Jim Morrison at a ballet class” (Ed Schiffler, The Asheville Disclaimer). Her voice is equal parts smoke, cabaret coquette, and “Bjorklike panache” (Bonnaroo Beacon), and she’s clearly a former gymnast born in Iowa and raised in Texas. Chuck Lichtenberger (keyboards) is a seasoned jazzer, masterful and improvisational on the keys, toggling equal nods to faves Ahmad Jamal and Van Halen. Tim Haney (drums) is a rocker. He’s Irish, loud, and proud, he cusses like a sailor, and he’s everyone’s favorite brother. JP (guitar shredder) hails from Louisville and Atlanta, and believes the conspiracy theories are real. The band is often joined by a changing cast of supporting players, who have spent years honing their respective crafts: Michael Libramento (multi-instrumentalist, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals), Justin Ray and Jacob Rodriguez (horns, Michael Buble touring band), Vic Stafford (drums/album production, Toubab Krewe, Donna the Buffalo), and Matthew Richmond (vibraphone, Asheville Symphony)
stephaniesĭd live performances range from deftly focused, emotionally-charged journeys to infectious dance tunes. Connection between audience and band is paramount. Stephanie and Chuck have been writing music for well over 10 years. The band has played hundreds of shows and released 4 full-length albums. stephaniesĭd songs have appeared in curious places. Showtime’s Nurse Jackie featured “Hey Hey Hey” as the only song in an episode involving a drug addiction. “Cold Cold” was featured both in a Weather Channel special about windsurfing and also in an award-winning short film called “The Red Helmet”, filmed in Switzerland, which traveled all over the world to the most beautiful mountainous sites with the Banff Film Festival. “Hey Hey Hey” was featured in a Cesare Paciotti Italian jewelry commercial with supermodels and will appear in an upcoming Sony horror video game during an ironic slasher scene. “Unmistakably Love” was featured by Paste Magazine and was also chosen by Shirley Manson in a contest for Bust magazine. “Cinematic” won honorable mention in the Pop category of the International Songwriting Competition.