Step Kings Put Out

By Frank Meyer, Contributing Editor
Thursday, February 21, 2002 @ 10:08 AM

New Release From Step Kings Du

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New Jersey-based We Put Out Records has signed post-hard core trio Step Kings and will release the band’s third offering, 3 the Hard Way, on April 23rd.

Step Kings released an EP, Seven Easy Steps, in 1997 and a full-length, Let’s Get in On, in 1999 through their own Fantastic Plastic label. Soon after, Let’s Get it On was picked up and re-released through Roadrunner Records in mid-2000.

“We've gone through a lot this past year on the business side, which always sucks the life out of a band,” said bassist/vocalist Bob McLynn. “Finally we just said, ‘Let's get a new record out.’ We set our minds to write a new album and some of the best songs we’ve ever written just poured out!”

We Put Out Records has had a direct link with Step Kings for years through its parent company, The Music Syndicate, which has handled radio promotion for the group’s other records.

“The decision to put out 3 the Hard Way wasn’t tough,” said Reverend Dave Ciancio of The Syndicate/We Put Out Records. “We fell in love with their high octane new style of punked-up rock and roll right from the get go and are elated to call them part of our family.”

The Syndicate will launch college and commercial specialty radio campaigns in early spring and its marketing division, The Street Syndicate, will work extensively around the album’s release and in tour markets. We Put Out Records is distributed by Brooklyn-based distributor The Telegraph Company.

Step Kings are managed by Jay Jay French and Sean Sullivan of Rebellion Entertainment. “When we first heard the Step Kings’ demos, which led to the new release 3 the Hard Way, we both felt that this was the best new music we had heard in years,” said French, guitarist of Twisted Sister.

Step Kings will hit the road soon with good friends Ill Nino, Primer 55, and Sw1tched. Expect them tour for the rest of the year.

Here are the start dates:

2/28/02 Tinks, Scranton, PA (with Ill Nino, Sw1tched)
3/01/02 Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY (with Ill Nino, Sw1tched)
3/02/02 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY (with Ill Nino, Sw1tched)
3/04/02 The Norva Theatre, Norfolk, VA (with Ill Nino, Sw1tched)
3/05/02 Uncle Doctors, Columbia, SC (with Ill Nino, Sw1tched)
3/06/02 The Bay, Chatanooga, TN w/Ill Nino, Sw1tched)
3/12/02 The Cellar, Struthers, OH (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/13/02 Al Rosa Villa, Columbus, OH (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/14/02 Peabody’s, Cleveland, OH (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/15/02 Hard Hat Café, Toledo, OH (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/16/02 I-Rock, Detroit, MI (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/18/02 Club Raven, Edgerton, WI (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/19/02 The Ascot Room at the Quest, Minneapolis, MN (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/20/02 Ranch Bowl, Omaha, NE (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/21/02 The Reverb, Cedar Falls, IA (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/22/02 LT’s Bar and Grill, Rockford, IL (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/23/02 The Rave II, Milwaukee, WI (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/24/02 SOP, Peoria, IL (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/26/02 Gabe’s, Iowa City, IA (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/27/02 The Blue Note, Columbia, MO (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/28/02 Pop’s Annex, St. Louis, MO (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/29/02 Tek World, Louisville, KY (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/30/02 The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)
3/31/02 The Metro - Smart Bar, Chicago, IL (with Primer 55, Sw1tched)

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