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The Staxx Brothers blend soul and rock

By CALI BAGBY
Islands Sounder Reporter
March 28, 2013 · Updated 1:06 PM
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Singer Davin Stedman, shown right. / Contributed photo

Singer Davin Stedman said that the Pacific Northwest may not seem like the best place to create rock and soul, but once you dig just a bit beneath the surface a wealth of great music history will be uncovered. Legends like Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones have roots in Seattle.

“It’s that rich history of music that we have tapped in to – really soulful rock and roll,” said Stedman. “We’re going in the direction we wish rock and roll had went.”

The Staxx Brothers will be performing their unique sound on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at The Island Hoppin’ Brewery. They are a high energy American band, hailing from Seattle, Wash., that has spent the last seven years crafting their sound.

They play music infused with the classic tunes they love, but intermingled with more current threads of sound like rapping over a funk beat. Stedman said it just makes sense to blend the now with the then.

“If Mick Jagger came out singing in 2013 he would be rapping,” said Stedman.

The Staxx Brothers blend not only eras, but explore different themes in their lyrics. Their latest album is inspired by science and science fiction, exploring ideas like this: static electricity from your TV is made up as free atoms bouncing around since the big bang.

And its not only their lyrics that are eclectic – they have taken their imaginations into the music video world creating everything from zombie videos to silent films. Stedman said many of their fans can be seen in these videos.

“A lot of our friends start out as fans, that’s the kind of band we want to be,” said Stedman. “We’re excited to come to the islands to make new friends.”

At the upcoming show, islanders will get a chance to hear a blend of older Staxx Brothers tunes as well as brand new songs they will perform for the first time.

“We try to take people on a journey,” Stedman said.

For more info, visit http://staxxbrothers.com.


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