Steelism

For fans of:Booker T & The M.G.'s, Ennio Morricone, The Ventures, The Meters, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass
Description

New to Nashville's music scene are two extraordinary young musicians—one American, one Englishman—at the helm of instrumental band Steelism. Jeremy Fetzer on guitar and Spencer Cullum on pedal steel are joined by a team of the finest young musicians in Nashville. Following in the traditions of instrumental artists such as Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Ennio Morricone and Booker T. & the M.G.’s,Steelism let their instruments do the talking, creating intoxicating melodies and hooks that are thoroughly modern, with a nod to their instrumentalist forebears. Their debut album “615 to FAME” is set for release this fall on the Muscle Shoals, Alabama based Single Lock Records founded by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes), John Paul White (The Civil Wars) and Will Trapp.

Cullum and Fetzer first met in Nashville, performing in backing bands for artists including Caitlin Rose, Wanda Jackson, Jonny Fritz, Rayland Baxter and Andrew Combs, among others. In one another they discovered a mutual enthusiasm for instrumental pop music across genres—country, surf rock, reggae, psychedelic, jazz, funk and soul. “We’ve always been into the idea of playing a strong melody—something you can hum—rather than soloing,” said Cullum. “Steelism allows us to write and play in a way that crosses genres to tell our own stories, rather than supporting someone else’s songs as side-men,” added Fetzer.

Produced and arranged by Cullum and Fetzer, 615 to FAME is a nuanced, mature exploration of their combined sensibilities, featuring 11 songs, 10 of which are original compositions. They write catchy tunes with memorable hooks so strong you don't miss the fact that there aren’t any vocals. "Cats Eye Ring," "Marfa Lights" and "The Landlocked Surfer" are but 3 examples from the new album that illustrate their creative range. Single Lock’s Ben Tanner, who mixed the record and co-produced half the album, explained, "Great instrumental rock and roll, sadly, has become a lost art, but Steelism are resurrecting that tradition and adding new chapters of their own. They may not have a singer, but they certainly have great things to say."

The band truly shines in their live show: Fetzer commandeers his Telecaster with creative agility, making complex accent’s, core melodies and subtle nuances appear effortless. Cullum manipulates his pedal steel with equal dexterity, subverting the instrument’s typical twang with an array of diverse tones, textures and effects. Together, the two have a harmonious and distinctive musical conversation that reveals a deep well of creativity and adventurous spirit. They are unquestionably serious musicians, but they don't take themselves too seriously. Having fun is a key component to everything Steelism does, which is especially evident when performing on stage. Playing live has earned them many fans including label mates St. Paul & the Broken Bones and artists such as Deer Tick, Wanda Jackson and Jonny Fritz, all of whom they've supported in concert.

615 to FAME is preceded by the aptly titled EP, The Intoxicating Sounds of Pedal Steel & Guitar (2012). A year later they released the single“China Plate” (2013), a song that has since been remixed and will appear on their forthcoming release. Nashville based Turbo Time Records, a vinyl-only imprint, will release a Steelism 45 in July with a new original track entitled "The Informant" backed-with a cover of Pete Drake's "The Spook," which also appears on the their debut album.

Scheduled for a September 16th, 2014 release on Single Lock Records, Steelism will be touring this fall in support of 615 To FAME. Visit www.steelismmusic.com for further release information and upcoming tour dates.

Connect