The Steve McQueens (SMQ) announces the release of Hephaestus for Saturday, 15 July 2017, the first single off their highly-anticipated upcoming album, TERRAЯIUM (pronounced ‘terrarium’) The single will be available on all major digital streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music) via Foundation Music and Umami Records, alongside pre-orders for the TERRAЯIUM album which will only be officially released in September 2017.
Accompanying this release on the same day is The Steve McQueens’ highly anticipated TERRAЯIUM concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio. Fans can look forward to a goosebumps-inducing experience with the trademark livewire energies of frontwoman Ginny Bloop and the neo-vintage soul-funk band performing Hephaestus as well as other tracks from TERRAЯIUM.
TERRAЯIUM is a reflection of the band’s journey in the past two years. Having undergone soul-searching metamorphoses at both personal and collective levels, the album is a blossoming realisation of artistic purpose – the planted seed has fully grown. And along with it, a new SMQ sound. “For us, recording TERRAЯIUM was really about looking inward and finding futility in solitude; then fully resigned to recommit to the relationships that constitute this life, we go out and buy some new kicks. This is the soundtrack for buying sneakers.” – SMQ
TERRAЯIUM will gently unravel to the listener, exploring new directions while eschewing common traps to fall into trendy, faddish ones. Because ultimately, cool isn’t about deliberately setting oneself up for something, but about being comfortable with living; embracing one’s journey at one’s own time and pace – that is what TERRAЯIUM is about.
The Steve McQueens is a neo-vintage soul-funk band with a penchant for groove. Since making their debut in 2013, the quintet has defined their own style of jazz infused neo-soul, a groove-based hybrid of tightly arranged and freely improvised sounds. The band plays at major venues and festivals in Singapore and the region, including Japan’s Summersonic Festival, Indonesia’s Java Jazz, Korea’s Jarasum Jazz Festival, Singapore’s International Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Their concerts are at once soulful and sultry, eclectic and eccentric. It was this riveting mix and originality that caught the attention of veteran producer Bluey, leader of seminal acid jazz band Incognito, who invited them to record with him in London, and to open for Incognito at The O2.
The Steve McQueens are Ginny Bloop (vocals), Joshua Wan (keyboards), Jase Sng (bass), and Aaron James Lee (drums).