The Steepwater Band Sign to Sun Pedal Recordings

The Steepwater Band: left to right – Joe Winters, Tod Bowers, Jeff Massey, Eric Saylors (photo credit: Jon Usual)
(Chicago, IL) – The Steepwater Band, a blaring rock ‘n’ roll group from the windy city have signed a deal with Sun Pedal Recordings (Warner Music Group). The label is home to raucous blues-rock music like the hook-heavy band Buffalo Killers. TSB plan to release a “best of” album early next year entitled Diamond Days: The Best of The Steepwater Band 2006-2014.


Looking to their fans to help them make the tough decision of which songs will make the cut, they created a survey (found here) where fans can vote for their favorite track to make the release. Each person that votes and enters their contact information will be entered to win an autographed merch bundle from the band. In addition to songs spanning the band’s 16 year career, they will record a new version of the fan favorite “Hard As Stone” as well as a brand new track called “Silver Lining.” The record will be available digitally and on vinyl.


The band and I are really looking forward to making some new music and being part of the Sun Pedal family,” says vocalist/guitarist Jeff Massey. “‘The Diamond Days’ compilation album will mark both the end and beginning of another chapter for us. I have a gut feeling that the folks at Sun Pedal understand rock n roll and they understand working together to make the music we want to make.”


“Silver Lining” and the new version of “Hard As Stone” will be the first studio recordings with the band’s newest member, guitarist Eric Saylors. The “best of” will be a sneak peek of the group’s new sound before they release a brand new full-length album next year. All of this new music will be recorded at Crushtone Studios in Cleveland, OH with platinum producer Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus).


“Since Eric joined the band we’ve been non-stop touring and developing a chemistry that we are excited to bring to the new studio recordings,” adds Massey. “As far as working with Jim Wirt , we couldn’t be more thrilled to have his ears and ideas involved in our music.”


About The Steepwater Band:
Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Jeff Massey (Vocal, Guitar), Tod Bowers (Bass), and Joseph Winters (Drums) have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Eric Saylors (Guitar, Backing Vocal) who brought an added depth to the live sound. The band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 16 years, averaging about 140 shows per year. After touring and sharing the stage with acts such as Gov’t Mule, Buddy Guy, and Cheap Trick they signed to Sun Pedal Recordings to release Diamond Days: The Best of The Steepwater Band. The compilation will be released in early 2015 and features tracks spanning the band’s entire career including a re-recorded version of the fan favorite “Hard As Stone” and a new track called “Silver Lining.”

BUFFALO KILLERS: left to right – Zachary Gabbard, Sven Kahns, Andrew Gabbard, Joseph Sebaali (photo: Scott Beseler)
(Cincinnati, OH) – The hook-heavy rock band Buffalo Killers officially announced that the release date of their new record Fireball of Sulk will be 11/24. The group gave their fans an “early bird” special last week, notifying each one by email that the record was available for pre-order. Each pre-order purchase comes with an instant download of the track “Marshmallow Mouth.”

They partnered with for the official announcement and to premiere the music video for their song “Weird One.”

‘Fireball of Sulk’ was recorded during the non-ending winter of 2013/14 in Northern Ohio,” says vocalist/bassist Zach Gabbard. “We missed the first day due to an ice storm. Andy and I had written and recorded demos for the boys and listened to them on the way to the studio. It was the first exposure for Joey and Sven. We locked ourselves in the studio for 3 days to rehearse and record and filmed the entire experience.”

Gabbard adds “‘Weird one’ comes from those lost, pre-drug, days when all you wanted to do was get away from your parents, dye your hair and drive around with your friends.”

Fireball of Sulk was made at Crushtone Studios with platinum producer Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Incubus), where the band worked on their previous record Heavy Reverie. The video for “Weird One” was shot by Jon Richey of VUture Visions.
Upcoming Shows:
11/22 @ The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
11/26 @ Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH
11/28 @ Canal Street Tavern – Dayton, OH
12/12 @ Skully’s – Columbus, OH
12/13 @ Musica – Akron, OH