Formed in 2009 when two college dropouts turned roommates started writing pop songs together in their sweltering Chicago apartment, Stepdad has moved far from those roots, but the basic formula still hasn’t changed. Songwriters ultramark and Ryan McCarthy possess an ability to write high-energy pop songs laden with hooks that rival artists who happen to be filling stadiums – they’re a songwriting team with a great ear for melody, harmony, and song structure. Because of this, buzz quickly followed the release of their self-produced first EP, Ordinaire (Quite Scientific, 2011). Now hailing from Michigan’s west coast, they’ve had the amazing fortune of being able to work with producer Chris Zane (The Walkmen, Holy Ghost!, Friendly Fires, Passion Pit) on their debut album Wildlife Pop (Black Bell, 2012), toured with Fitz & The Tantrums, Reptar, Passion Pit, on the Warped Tour, and had songs featured in EA Sports’ FIFA 2013, HBO’s Weeds, a BMW spot, and many more places.

Recently the band expanded their line-up by adding longtime friend and guitarist Nathan K. (a well known Michigan songwriter and solo artist in his own right) and drummer Ben Weissenborn, replacing Jeremy Malvin (who has gone on to his own career as Chrome Sparks). Long time bassist Alexander Fives parted ways with the group in 2014.

After spending much of 2012-13 on the road across the US, and putting together a brand new EP, Strange Tonight (Quite Scientific, 2014), they’re currently hard at work writing and recording a brand new, as yet unnamed full-length, coming soon on Quite Scientific Records.

Stepdad Premieres New Video for "Got The Bite". their upcoming EP "Strange Tonight" comes out March 4, via Quite Scientific Records. Stepdad play SXSW 2014.

Stepdad Premieres Video for “Got The Bite”

Stepdad have shared their new video for the single “Got The Bite” from their new EP, Strange Tonight, out March 4 via Quite Scientific. This dance-jam, gang-chant, summer-like, sing-along features a video that’s perfectly fit for all of the above. Think Eyes Wide Shut,

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