By Josh Sudman
With the burgeoning DIY scene in Australia and New Zealand spilling over into the United States, it is no surprise the gritty indie pop sound of The Stevens made their way into the ears of American post-punk aficionados, including big name artists such as Parquet Courts and Real Estate. First hearing of them live as they opened for the rare occurrence of a Ducktails show at a local Williamsburg dive, the band’s mixture of “back to the roots” traditional garage sound and Lo-Fi production give The Stevens a unique tone akin to driving along the California coast in 1992.
Started in 2009 by Aussies Travis McDonald and Alex McFarlane, who had each been working on individual DIY projects at the time, The Stevens began pumping out self-produced music amidst playing local gigs. Their self-titled EP in 2013 delivers picturesque Melbourne punk, with rolling melodies and ubiquitous lyrics. A History of Hygiene, The Stevens’ first full length album (produced by fellow Aussie Mikey Young), offers a more dynamic range of style, flexing the versatility of the band’s sound. The latest single Thirsty Eye returns to the roots of the garage sound, showing the Stevens can continue to produce music without losing their voice. I mean, if Real Estate approves, it’s worth a listen.
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