More on Stephen Paul Smoker
A Lancaster, PA native, musician Stephen Paul Smoker began his career at an early age, honing his craft as a touring musician and hired gun for bands like MewithoutYou and the Mint. Smoker relocated to Chicago to join and perform with childhood friend Grace Kulp and continued to tour with other acts such as the Loto Ball Show.
Inspired by the bright sun light in his Pilsen attic which doubled as his bedroom, Smoker created what would eventually become his debut EP , Violent Sun / Violent Fun, a no-frills, psychedelic DIY take on indie pop.
After releasing Violent Sun / Violent Fun, Stephen formed band and began to perform his music live. Teaming up with local Pilsen musicians Michael Kostal, Evan DePue, Bethany Smoker, Paul Roots, as well as Gerald Baily (Trumpeter/Black Bear Combo) and Emma Hospelhorn (Flute/Hollows) the group began performing live in late 2010, and spent 2011 preparing for their first full length release, RIPE FRUIT, which will be available March 20th, 2012 on Kilo Records.
Press praise for Stephen Paul Smoker
The jangly pop and jaded wisdom of his songwriting meld into an anti Summer of Love album, where the blinding sun reveals that all that glitters is not gold.
Psychedelic rockers Stephen Paul Smoker emanate a certain kind of haunting, distortion-filled noise cloud that could fill a room with swirling, smoky colors.
Loud Loop Press
A hypnotic and psychedelic ride.
Ride the Tempo
Everything about Stephen Paul Smoker is interesting; from his name to his approach in life and certainly his music. Classified as a creator of Psychedelic Indie Pop, Smoker drips the essence of authenticity – which is always refreshing…The decision to walk the path toward music resulted in dreamy songs with bittersweet undertones and throw-backs to trippy sounds of the 1970’s….there’s an odd juxtaposition in Smoker’s music where the virtues of peace collide with darker emotions.
The decision to walk the path toward music resulted in dreamy songs with bittersweet undertones and throw-backs to trippy sounds of the 1970’s on his album Violent Sun / Violent Fun. There’s an odd juxtaposition in Smoker’s music where the virtues of peace collide with darker emotions.
Star Beat Music
Inspired by ‘60s psychedelia and transposed through his own homemade indie-pop, Stephen Paul Smoker’s songs jangle, swirl, and feel like they were created in the middle of the sun.