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Rock: 70's Rock Moods: Featuring Guitar Folk: Folk-Rock

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CANADA - Québec

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St. Stephen's

St Stephen’s –

A band with sweet guitar licks, soaring harmonies and finely crafted songs. Influences range from Buffalo Springfield-era sixties folk-rock to 70's rock n' roll with Britpop undertones. They have 2 drummers and multiple singers-songwriters.

From Chelsea, Quebec Canada, formed in 2007 as a six piece, The Flats settled on their current line-up of five members in 2011 and their sound and song writing has been a continuous evolution. Also, realizing that there are too many bands called The Flats in North America, The Flats no longer reflected who they were.

The new name is not a religious reference, but has been a constant presence for the band since it formed. Their weekly song-crafting sessions are a musical communion of sorts, and have taken place across the street from a century old church and cemetery yard in Chelsea, Quebec. The “cemetery gates” and “St Stephen’s” also evoke the musical legacies of The Smiths and the Grateful Dead. St Stephen’s has been an anchor for the band - it's the church they don't attend on a weekly basis.

All We Are

The first single "All We Are" is a complete band composition and is a meditation on the constantly changing times. In particular the gentrification of old neighborhoods and those who flock there. While it’s a commentary on hipster culture, it’s not a condemnation. The grammatically challenged refrain reminds us that we are more than the devices we carry and the style we try to project.

“All we are, we ain’t”

The song is also an observation on the realities of modern society with the constant use of smartphones. People flock to coffee shops, not to talk to each other, but to catch up on e-mail or update their facebook status.

"Everybody`s heads looking down, like the answer has been placed on the ground"

They seem more interested in tweeting a foodie picture of their fusion dinner at the hip new gastro pub than enjoying the food and company. It seems like nobody talks to each other anymore.

"Resto, bistro, everything gastro..... everyone is dressing like Castro"

It’s a yearning to return to something physical and tactile – a desire to connect while still holding onto some of the almost forgotten pleasures in life.

“Give me a real newspaper, I want ink on my hands”