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Meet The Stevos – Genuine 80’s fare from dudes who were there

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Looking for local, quirky 80’s sounding ORIGINAL pop that wears its nerdiness on its sleeve? Look no further than Meet The Stevos. Most of it was written during the 1980’s, and influenced by the likes of XTC and The B52’s. You can preview the album here in its entirety (look in the bottom right for the player).

The Stevos are the brainchild of DC native Steve Dockery. The band’s only CD features 14 songs written for a New Jersey band from the 80’s called Batteries Not Included (who only properly recorded two songs during its lifetime), plus one Beatles cover. BNI’s bassist Marc Roulier is there to help recreate the magic of the original band. The resulting disc is a successful throwback, with lots of angular riffs and hooks that work. My favorite track is “Headphones” but the whole project is filled with neo-psychedelic touches including the use of a backwards guitar solo, various 80s-appropriate synth sounds, and surf guitar. And it’s a digital-only release, which is good for the environment.

Steve has a page dedicated to Batteries Not Included on his web site, and it includes demos for some of the material that made Meet The Stevos.

While this particular album is one of a kind, Steve recently recorded a new collection of songs called Wire & Wood. Look for him playing solo around town, or with his group, The String Theorists.


Written by glennfink

July 11, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Posted in music, pop, songwriter, virginia

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