Laura Stevenson

New album "Cocksure" - October 30, 2015 on Don Giovanni Records! Pre-order available now at laurastevenson.net!

Laura Stevenson is finally learning not to worry. After more than a year of national and worldwide touring following the release of her critically acclaimed album Wheel, both headlining, and alongside such varied acts as Against Me!, The Go-Go’s, Kevin Devine, Tim Kasher of Cursive, and The Gaslight Anthem, the songwriter made the move from her between-tour home base of Brooklyn, to upstate New York’s Hudson River Valley. There, she rented a nineteenth-century Victorian, a former brothel in a cement-mining town-turned hippie-enclave, and converted the attic into a makeshift studio. It was in this space that she and her band went to work arranging and demoing the eleven songs she had written that would make up Cocksure, Stevenson’s fourth album. The record features musicians Mike Campbell, Alex Billig and Peter Naddeo, who in various incarnations have performed with her for over seven years, as well as newcomer Samantha Niss, a long-time Hudson Valley resident and the veritable go-to drummer of the region.

Where 2013’s Wheel was full of lingering uncertainty, harkening to Stevenson’s folk and country leanings, Cocksure is a straightforward, to the point, emboldened rock and roll album. Although some existential dread still peaks through the cracks, Stevenson treats themes as heavy-hearted as sudden and tragic death, self-imposed exile in small windowless rooms, and that back-of-your-mind anxiety that the road you’re on may not be the right one, as their own signs of life; a life that is brightly colored by those realities.

With influences ranging from The Lemonheads, Liz Phair, and The Replacements, to early Weezer and the Smoking Popes, Cocksure maintains Stevenson’s unique vulnerability, and steadfast devotion to a solid and honest melody. In the writing process, she challenged herself to be true to whatever was going to come out of her, with many of the tracks featuring melodies that were purely stream of consciousness. “I felt like over-working it would suck some of the spirit out of the songs… this record needed that spontaneity. Spending so much time editing and second guessing yourself takes all the life out of it.”

This sense of spontaneity was maintained in the way Cocksure was recorded. In May of 2015, Stevenson and her band traveled city-bound to Room 17, a studio located in her old neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. “It’s this very positive and amazing space, and Joe Rogers, the engineer, was so enthusiastic about what we were doing. Everyone was comfortable enough to just really play and not get caught up in anything else.” All the main instrumentation on Cocksure was performed live, no clicks/no punches, under the watchful eyes of Rogers and producer Jeff Rosenstock, Stevenson’s long-time friend and collaborator. “Jeff was the perfect person for the job. All of his Bomb The Music Industry! and solo recordings have this energy to them, they’re like living things. I wanted to capture some of the magic he has.” The album was later mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven, Tony Molina) at Atomic Garden Studios in Palo Alto, CA.

Self-assurance is a new hat for Stevenson, and on Cocksure she confronts her usual tendencies toward self-deprecation head-on. “It’s freeing to stop being so hard on yourself, and to quiet down all of the outside noise,” she says. “Once you’re able to do that, you can actually write what you should be writing.”

Laura Stevenson will release Cocksure on October 30, 2015, via Don Giovanni Records.

I'm on the other side of the world right now but these shows are soon! excited to see a bunch of great friends and play with a bunch of great bands all over the US! laurastevenson.net/tour for tickets!

I'd like you to meet my new best friend, dr. Frankenstein

Less than a month until we hit the west coast for some shows! tickets are on sale now (link in the comments!)

March 2 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
March 3 - Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
March 4 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
March 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
March 6 - Los Osos, CA @ Sweet Springs
March 7 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Fun Zone
March 8 - Sacramento, CA @ Press Club
March 9 - Redding, CA @ The Dip
March 10 - Portland, OR @ Analog
March 11 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
March 12 - Olympia, WA @ Obsidian
March 14 - Reno, NV @ Holland Project

NYC! we're so excited about these two shows and to be joined by such amazing bands! our last two New York shows sold out in advance, so don't wait to get tickets laurastevenson.net/tour

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I'm so excited to leave for this tour today. Fun friends flying over the ocean!! ✈️🚀

Laura Stevenson released a live album, touring (one show with Soccer Mommy)

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Laura Stevenson - vocals, guitar, banjo, piano, etc.

Band:
Mike Campbell - bass guitar
Alex Billig - accordion, keyboard
Peter Naddeo - guitar, lap steel, mandolin, banjo, glockenspiel
Sammi Niss - drums

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Don Giovanni Records

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