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Steady States

Steady States

Steady States


Back in the mists of time, when colour TV was new, and you could buy a week’s worth of fizzy cola bottles with a copy of Whizzer & Chips and still have change from a pound note, five boys began nurturing special musical talents in their own respective provincial outposts of England. Boys soon became men and their talents became greater than the sum of their parts: Steady States was born. But how did these disparate entities become one, and who are they? Read more on Last.fm
Back in the mists of time, when colour TV was new, and you could buy a week’s worth of fizzy cola bottles with a copy of Whizzer & Chips and still have change from a pound note, five boys began nurturing special musical talents in their own respective provincial outposts of England. Boys soon became men and their talents became greater than the sum of their parts: Steady States was born. But how did these disparate entities become one, and who are they? James Greenfield Jim wrote all the fine tunes currently on the Steady States gig list and album. But as anyone who’s seen the States in action knows, Jim brings much more to the band than his songwriting talent alone, with his piano-playing and vocals.

He takes his inspiration from so many different influences that he is now the only person in Britain with a record player that still plays 16s, 33s, 45s and 78s. Jim finds it difficult not to sing all the time, and people often form impromptu gatherings on the concourses of shopping centres or sway from side to side on buses as he sings along to his iPod. Such is his innate modesty and deep feeling for the music, he seldom even notices. If the States were angels, Jim would be Gabriel with his messages to the gathered brethren.

He hails from Sheffield, where he first met Rob when they worked together at a teaspoon foundry. Robert Pierce Rob took the core reactor of Jim’s music and built a damned great power station around it called Steady States. He is the fulcrum that supports the merry see-sawing of the other band members with his organisational skills. Rob is distantly related to actor Guy Pearce, and appeared alongside him as an extra in LA Confidential.

Rob liked LA so much that he decided to stay for a bit, in the process of which he met two very important people – Quinn (now Mrs Robert Pierce) and Andy (still Mr Andrew Burden). Andy and Rob played together in the USA in top combo Bad Gravity. Unlike many other talented left-handed guitarists, Rob plays a left-handed Fender Strat strung the right way round. He also sings backing vocals.

Originally from Sheffield, he went to college at Warrington where he met Dave. He is also a naturalised American, meaning that he contains no artificial preservatives or colourings. Andrew Burden Andy is the Steady States bassist and backing vocalist, and chief fixer of gigs that are seeing the States shin uninhibited up the greasy pole towards the big time. Andy is as cultured as his city of origin, Liverpool. During his sojourn in the USA, he would often look fondly upon a grainy picture of Birkenhead Pier which he would keep in his breast pocket.

At 14, Andy admitted to the world that he had a non-drinking problem and admitted himself to a teetotaller’s clinic. Long-since cured, he still maintains a healthy smoking and drinking habit to this day. Andy is famous for his long blond mane – a posh woman at a rock ‘n’ roll aftershow once took a pair of nail scissors from her Prada handbag and cropped off a lock of his hair, which is now in the V&A. Andy did the same course at Warrington as Dave and Rob, but not at the same time. David Hazle Dave is from Bristol.

Despite being distantly related to Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Dave decided to engineer sound instead of bridges and iron ships, and so went to University Collegiate Warrington to do a course in such, where he was fortunate enough to meet Rob. Dave’s choreography on stage is terrific – he moves ’twixt guitar and piano between almost every song, being completely self-taught on these two instruments. An expert harmonica player, he can play the Last of the Summer Wine theme tune underwater. He is also a professionally trained percussionist.

Like Mark Knopfler, Dave owns a property in West London just to store his collection of 166 guitars. Away from music, one of Dave’s short stories – The Pillock – was published in 1988 and won the Enid Blyton Young Writer Award. Iain Robertson Iain has no secondary interpersonal links with the other Steady States boys – he’s just a fucking good drummer. Iain is from Newcastle-upon-Tyne but made the long trip down to the capital, to the relief of all concerned with Steady States. His day job is imparting his musical wisdom to schoolkids in the classroom.

Being in the States has obviously led to ‘coolest teacher’ status, as has his ability to spin yarns to fascinated students about his childhood in Newcastle, such as the one about the time he went to the ‘real’ Byker Grove and ‘punched youth leader Geoff in the face’. Iain’s hobbies include collecting smashed items from hotels in which Keith Moon once stayed. One of the ‘swimming pool’ TVs still works. Jimmy Nail is his second cousin. Steady States are based in London because their joint favourite song (apart from ‘Hurricanes’) is Ralph McTell’s folk classic ‘Streets of London’.

They dislike ‘trendy’, and at one point changed their name briefly to ‘The Matalans’ until the clothing giant threatened legal action and withdrawal of their membership cards, which the band use to buy all their underpants when touring. The Steady States experience is very much ‘substance over style’, though none of them will reveal what the substance is. Whatever it is, it’s explosive, rich and requires expert handling. They’re always dreaming up new recipes, so keep checking out their gigs! They did almost fall into the same trap as Daniel Radcliffe and once almost agreed to appear naked on stage, but someone suggested they just do it on the radio instead.

They also occasionally dress up in Sergeant Pepper costumes at closed-door practices, but are always one short anyway. They have a combined age of over 145, which means that they collectively remember historical events like the American Civil War, the first-ever phone call and when Coca-Cola had real coke in it (they tried it but didn’t inhale). This fount of knowledge is likely to feature in future projects, so keep your ears peeled! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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