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Stepdad - Ordinaire EP

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Release Info:
Catalog Number: QSR-026
Release Date: September 6th, 2011
Package Format: Vinyl/Digital
Release Type: EP
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  Track List:

1.  Jungles

2.  Squares

3.  Wolf Slaying as a Hobby

4.  My Leather, My Fur, My Nails

5.  Cutie Boots

6.  Baby Hammers

7.  Parrot

8.  Kings and Centipedes

9.  Find Love (Bonus Track)

10.  Magic Stones (Bonus Track)

Release Bio:
After forming in Chicago in 2009, Stepdad (then roommates ultramark and Ryan McCarthy) soon moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan  in order to write and record their debut offering Ordinaire EP. After tremendous local response, the band grew to four members in order to perform their avant brand of electro-pop live. With the help of bassist Alex Fives and drummer Jeremy Malvin, the band gained popularity on tour and catching the attention of critics and fans alike.

“Jungles” starts off this album with a sense of dark optimism in the face of ruin, finding ultramark intoning "we don't belong to ourselves/they've been planning their attack/we belong to places/strong and brave, courageous our tired faces." The following nine cuts, however, promote a poise of lightheartedness that’s sometimes hard to find in the world of modern electronic music. “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” is perhaps a whimsical take on an overbearing relationships, in which one half of the couple wishes to wear the other around like a coat. And why not? If “My Leather, My Fur, My Nails” should be one extreme, then the following track, “Cutie Boots,” is at the opposite end of the same spectrum of love, complete with a heartwarming jangle of acoustic guitar, xylophone-esque synth lines and hushed vocals. Stepdad’s original version of Ordinaire EP could easily stand alone, but in the addition of bonus tracks “Fine Love” and “Magic Stones” we're seeing a sure sign of good things to come, leaving the listener with a want for what's next in store for this talented quartet of musicians.