Stephane TV is one of these DIY rock bands that you know will succeed : Constantly seeking innovation in their music by playing with textures and genres, the italian band released a set of three EPs on Jamendo that will have you convinced. The original members came from various musical backgrounds : Heavy metal for Giuseppe and Claudio, Techno music that he played in rave parties for William (along with a passion for Soul, Blues and Brit-pop), HC for Giovanni, and Sludge-stoner music for Cosimo.
They eventually grew up founding themselves in love with post-rock and decided to put together a band who had the instrumental beauty of post-rock ridings and the vocal charm of american and english pop-rock hits. The Swedish Band Logh became their main influence. When Cosimo left the band, they welcomed Alessandro Emmi who also added his own personal touch to the band’s music.
The result is a talented cocktail of soft guitar solos, poetry in the lyrics, very beautiful male vocals and rock beats : A soothing but powerful music for the heart and soul. The tree Eps of StephaneTV are radically different and that’s what creates the beauty of it all. One thing is certain : You will hear more and more about these guys in the future, they seem to have a promising one !
If the band struggled at the beginning with two guitarists abandonning the project (Rocco whose garage music and influences as well as Gibson guitar parts can be found in the very first release; and Cosimo who contributed to the second and third EPs), they managed to build a new confidence after they found Alessandro Emmi, their current guitarist, and decided to write new songs and release those long forgotten takes left on hold on a hard drive.
William went back to the studio for mixing, the band found a newborn label and, since there were two different souls in the album, decided to go for a double EP inspired by the music of The National, Radiohead (II ep), Palace and Owen (III ep). The band now has new influences and is working on a new project scheduled for this winter.
As for the songwriting process, they told Jamendo : "We have two different approaches when composing: things can start up with a jam session or one of us shows up one morning with a new idea ad exposes it to the band. Both ways pass through evaluation from all members, a lot of evaluation, sometimes too much. We are not instinctive on composing, we consider every possible structure of a song, we try it with hard guitars or shiny arpeggios, with complicated or simple drumming and so on… and then we mash up to find what we like best."
We're quite instinctive in playing our instruments: none of us has taken lessons on his instrument !