Wait Out the Rain
by Melissa Mueller
Boston quartet Stepanian may not be heading towards Seattle anytime in the near feature, but the interesting fusion of independent rock with a little bit o’ country and rock 'n' roll may just resonate well with Seattle locals. Granted, there are only 5 songs on the album (so it seems more appropriate to call it an EP, right?) but tunes like “Everything” while lacking lyrically, have infectious bass lines blended with saxophone hooks, making for an undeniably appealing rhythm. The album has other jewels too, such as “Straight Up” (no, it is not a Paula Abdul cover--I was disappointed too) which sounds like cross between Howie Day and Gatsby’s American Dream, complete with an amazing saxophone solo. There's nothing new or impressive word-wise, but the instrumentals all but make up for it.
Stepanian is no stranger to the music business. Their first album, For Lack of Better Words, was release in 2003, along with an EP in 2005. They’ve already made quite a following for themselves in their hometown and on the East Coast, but have yet to make their following on a national scale.
More on Stepanian: www.stepanianband.com / www.myspace.com/stepanian.