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Steve Barton

Projector is the new album from Translator front man Steve Barton. The album was produced by Marvin Etzioni (Lone Justice co-founder) and was recorded and mixed on tape. This record is made up of songs that Steve wrote in the immediate aftermath of his dad’s death. “I went over to Marvin’s house to play him some of the songs that I had written. He set up his 4-track cassette machine and I started to play. By the end of the night I had played 18 songs. He suggested that we make an album, and that I play all of the instruments. This was a big departure for me, as I have only made records with either Translator or with my solo band. I thought about it over a weekend and decided to say yes. We chose a studio where we could make the album on 2” reel-to-reel tape. We recorded and mixed in around 5 days. “

Steve has released four solo albums: The Boy Who Rode His Bike Around The World, Charm Offensive, Flicker Of Time and Gallery. The band for these albums consists of Steve on guitar and vocals, Robbie Rist on drums (Robbie is well-known for having played Cousin Oliver on The Brady Bunch – plus a long list of indie music and film work), and bassist Derrick Anderson (he is also the current bass player for The Bangles). They have been together for several years and provide the perfect band for Steve’s post-Translator songs.

Translator features Steve Barton (guitar, vocals), Robert Darlington (guitar, vocals), Larry Dekker (bass) and Dave Scheff (drums).
Formed in Los Angeles in 1979, Translator relocated to San Francisco and were swiftly signed to Howie Klein's independent label, 415 Records (which became part of Columbia Records as soon as the band signed), on the strength of their demo version of Steve’s song "Everywhere That I'm Not," the song that would remain the band's signature tune.

Heartbeats and Triggers (415/Columbia 1982), produced by David Kahne, was a college-radio hit. The second album, 1983's No Time Like Now was also produced by Kahne and included the hit single, Barton’s “Un-Alone”. Their third album from 1985, simply titled Translator was helmed by Ramones producer Ed Stasium, as was their final album, Evening of the Harvest (1986). For their single “Come With Me”, they traveled to India to film the music video. Everywhere That I’m Not —A Retrospective was released by Columbia in 1986. Two CD retrospectives were released: Translation on Oglio and Everywhere That We Were — The Best of Translator by Sony/Legacy in 1995 and 1996, respectively. All of the original four albums, plus bonus tracks, are available on iTunes and on CD. The band continues to play the occasional live show, including some very well-received gigs in Los Angeles and San Francisco in September 2009. An album of new Translator material, Big Green Lawn, was released online on April 17, 2012. This album features all four original members.