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Genre : Pop Rock
Location : Scranton, Pennsylvania
Blending together influences of pop, rock, and funk, Scranton, Pennsylvania-based four-piece Black Tie Stereo are bringing a unique flair to the music world. Though the members of Black Tie Stereo had all taken part in different projects before, they came together in 2014 to create an upbeat and exciting sound comparable to the likes of Maroon 5 or Young the Giant.
The group released their debut self-titled EP in 2014; a fervent and definitive expression of all of the members’ unique influences. They’ve just released their newest EP, DoYOU this October, produced by Mark Mazzetti (A&R and production for Sting, Janet Jackson, John Mayer); recorded and mixed by Brian Scheuble (U2, Sheryl Crow, Elton John), which will be the first multi-song effort the group has released since current guitarist/trumpeter Jesse Morvan joined the band in 2015.
“Right now, it’s a very collaborative effort,” lead singer and keyboardist Stephen Murphy says of the band’s sound, “[…] It’s just constant creation.”
The band has racked up some impressive accolades over the years, including Best Pop/Top 40 Act at the Steamtown Music Awards in 2016. Additionally, they’ve played a variety of festivals, including FuzzFest in Scranton, PA, Penn State’s THON, and Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, and have opened for powerhouse acts such as Milky Chance, Panic! At the Disco, Weezer, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, K.Flay, and Lewis Del Mar.
Delivering high-energy live shows unlike anything else, Black Tie Stereo thrives on the dynamism of their audiences. Coming from a history of being part of various cover bands, the group knows exactly what makes an audience tick, and how to get them in the right groove.
Black Tie Stereo’s exciting band dynamic, which was defined by Atwood Magazine as “power pop synergy,” proves them to be a driving force in the new sphere of alt-rock music, and their continued growth over the last few years is reflective of that.
Described by Dustin Schoof as “A cross between My Chemical Romance and The Killers (with just a dash of Maroon 5),” Black Tie Stereo is as charming as they come; they’re a band bound to give you a musical experience like no other.