Riding the buzz of their self-released debut EP, Hot, from which Classic Rock Magazinecherry-picked a track for their Best Songs of 2018 list, Swedish trio STEW parlayed their rich, authentic 60s/70s riff-rock revivalism into the perfect next step for a band of their talent: a record deal with heavy tastemaker label Ripple Music.
With laid-back grooves as classic and syrupy as Mountain or Blue Cheer, this is a band who makes no apologies for what they do, and that’s blasting out explosive, bluesy, even funky jams that resurrect everything the 70s did right, but with a core of honest heaviness that exists outside time.
Ripple CEO Todd Severin says:
“STEW blew me away with their debut of fuzzed-out psych pyrotechnics. Hot is one of the strongest debuts I’ve heard, so naturally, I was thrilled to welcome them to the family. Now, with a full album, STEW gets the chance to stretch out and really show what they can do. And it’s pretty damn amazing.”
STEW‘s new album People is a barn-burner of heavy jams, singalong grooves, and anthemic rock nuggets that feels ready for a stadium tour with Grand Funk Railroad.
On the new record and joining Ripple, the band elaborates:
“Just like the first EP, the whole album is recorded live other than vocals and solos, because we wanted a classic rock sounding album like the ones from the 70’s that we love. Ripple’s way of seeing their bands as a family is great and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of it to release our debut album!”
Be on the lookout for more news and an official release date for STEW People in the coming weeks.