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Yo!  Are you ready for this?  Word.  These four dudes out of New York aren't the Lords of Flatbush, but they are the new princes of the post hard-core music scene.  Their first major label CD, "Let's Get It On" (Roadrunner) is knocking em down where ever they go.  Their sound is uniquely original, cocky and sure, it cuts to the chase, its the real deal.  With raw hooks and raw energy, the Step Kings are masters of their domain.  The power chords pump, the rhythms churn and their in your face vocals  are the formula that made them popular at legendary New York clubs like CBGB's and Coney Island High.   Step Kings founder Bob McLynn admits, "We want people to have a good time at our shows.  Everyone knows that life can be a bitch, but it doesn't have to be when you go to a rock show!"  Adds guitarist Fern, "What makes music great is when its real, when you take your feelings from inside and express them in a song.  That's when the passion comes out." 

The Step Kings are not luke warm about anything.  Their powerful live performance is impossible to stand still through.  Their high steppin moves earned them their name and they are teaching audiences all across America to move to the groove.  I caught up with the band while they were touring with Kittie and Disturbed and it was funny to sit in the pit while their stage was being set.  When the hard core rock/metal audience was watching the set up, they noticed horns, congas and something that resembled a sewer pipe being put into place.  Immediately the shouts came from the audience who hadn't seen the Step Kings yet.  "We don't need no f***ing ska band!"  Having heard their music before, I just sat back and smiled.  Five minutes after their set started, the same people were screaming "You f***ing ruuuuuuuule!" 

All New York moxy and bad ass songs aside, these guys are some of the nicest you will ever meet.  Beginning their trio in 1997, Bob McLynn (vocals, bass), Fern (guitar, vocals), and Mike Watt (drums) have seen their hard knocks, but were very resourceful when it came to finding a way to support themselves and their beloved music careers.  Making their way down the road in an RV and stopping only to play and cook out, they have garnered the support of a growing fan base.  Bo Bailey (guitar, congas, horns, pipe!) also joins them on the road to round out their live sound.  I think you are going to enjoy getting to know "The Step Kings:"



The Interview:

(Debbie Seagle for) Rock N World:  Well, I’m here today  talking with the Step Kings and the first and obvious questions is – How did you come up with the name "Step Kings?"

Bob McLynn:  It just was one of those things.  We sort of liked the ring of it.  We were thinking of names, and you know how it is.  You come up with three lists of names, you know, each person does.  Everyone usually hates them all and we just came up with that and we all liked the ring to it.  It just sort of describes, the band is all about high action energy with a little attitude thrown in, and I think the name sort of sums that up pretty well.  After people see us live, they usually say, "Oh, I know why you call yourself the Step Kings."  I think maybe after you see us tonight you’ll have a bit of a better idea, but it wasn’t thought out that way.

RNW:  (In my best Bronx accent)  It wasn’t a New York thing then, huh?

Bob:  Yeah, well, you know.  Like I said, a little bit of the attitude but it just sort of fits.  The band makes the name. 

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