The first taste of ‘Help Me, Help You,’ Stepson’s long-awaited debut album, is ‘Run.’
After announcing their signing to the label with the release of last year’s ‘The Entire History Of You,’ marking the first-ever Australian full-length release on SharpTone Records will be Stepson’s long-awaited debut album, ‘Help Me, Help You,’ which is finally arriving this Winter. Six years worth of EPs, singles, touring and hard work comes to a head with this upcoming debut LP, and we’re more than happy to help announce this big news for Stepson!
Taking on a more mid-tempo alt-rock feel, ‘Run‘ is dotted with the passionate, hearty roars of Brock Conry and the dulcet clean singing counterparts of bassist/vocalist, Jayden Ridley, mixed in with the band’s consistently solid melodic and harmonic output. From the darker, murky guitar lines that announce the entrance of ‘Run,’ the wailing guitar solo at 2:53, the chugging, heavier hardcore moods heard halfway through the piece, to the melodic layers and mixture of screams and singing that this Queensland band loves to employ in their songs, ‘Run‘ is another win for Stepson.
Via a heavily stylized, (mostly) black and white film-noir music video – think Robert Rodriguez’s film adaptation on Frank Miller’s Sin City – ‘Run‘ continues the grim story of the depressed, destitute father protagonist from two of their previous singles: 2017’s heartfelt belter ‘Never Mind Me‘ and 2018’s one-off banger, ‘Come With Me,’ with some recurring lyrical and visuals motifs at play and actor Stewart Kirkland returning. ‘Run‘ is an even darker dive into this particular story of survival, protecting loved ones, fractured relationships, grief, addiction, and broken homes. Jayden told us of ‘Run‘ that:
“”Run” is the resolve of our protagonist featured in Never Mind Me / Come With Me and how they’ve dealt with the hardships of broken homes, damaged relationships and the lengths we go to to protect the ones we love. It is a darker endeavour featuring the trademark guitar melodies and complementary vocal harmonies developed over previous releases with some exciting new elements fans may not have heard from us before.”
Dive headlong into this new era of Stepson below and expect more news on ‘Help Me, Help You‘ soon enough!