Exposure: Stereo Decade

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  • 15 October 2009
Exposure: Stereo Decade

Having formed 18 months ago during a school music class, Stereo Decade decided to make a go of it when they did a charity gig and received a rapturous response. The Upminster quartet have now played to 6000-strong crowds supporting McFly, won two battle-of-the-band competitions in one day and are set to release their debut single ‘Slow Down’

What do they sound like?
They’ve been likened to ‘a wild night out jamming with Caleb Followill, mud wrestling Damon Albarn with Luke Kook tar and feathering Jack Peñate’, but Jonny Romain (lead vocals, guitar) and Joe Harvey-Whyte (guitar) opt for ‘infectious indie pop’. Joe explains: ‘Our motto is “a good song’s a good song.”’

They say the band draws on a ‘smorgasbord’ of influences, from Kings of Leon to Daft Punk and even comedy pianist Tim Minchin. But Joe says they haven’t come to blows. ‘There haven’t been any marital difficulties yet. There’s a lot of love in the band.’

And do they travel in style?
Damn right! The band has been endorsed by Gibson Guitars who have offered the band a $500,000 press bus for their UK tour. ‘It’s so incredible,’ gushes Jonny. ‘There are only five in the world and it has everything – a TV that’s bigger than any of our own and a Playstation!’

How about their work with the Teenage Cancer Trust?
Joe explains that drummer Ben’s brother was treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (he is now in remission) and received help from the charity. The band will visit TCT units around the country during their UK tour, playing acoustic sets, and Joe believes that this will be rewarding but thought provoking. ‘It’s going to be some really emotional work.’

The Box, Glasgow, Sat 24 Oct; Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Sun 25 Oct.

Stereo Decade and The Speakeasies

Teen rockers from Upminster.

Stereo Decade

Teen rockers from Upminster with a nod to the likes of The Kooks and The Maccabees, raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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