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Slapdash / Bio

Steven Graff formed Clutter in 1994. Due to another band with the same name, the name was changed to Slapdash.
The lineup featured a number of temporary drummers. Steven Graff: guitar/vox Steve Casa: guitar/bass Robert Ramos: bass/b vox Brian Taylor: drums Keith Fallis: drums Lee Jossel: drums.
The group gigged in the Hollywood and Silverlake areas of Los Angeles,CA and took part in Poptopia Festivals in 1996 and 1997. In 1999 the group went on hiatus and the original members (other than Steven Graff) went their separate ways. It reformed briefly in 2000, and then went back on hiatus due to health issues.
Slapdash released their debut CD "Reciprocal" in 2006. It received airplay on over 150 college radio stations throughout the United States, and was praised by Peter Gabriel and Rivers Cuomo.
A lineup featuring Steven Graff on vocals and guitar,Kim Hill on bass and Robbie Rist on drums gigged briefly to promote the CD in the N. Hollywood area.
Slapdash played in the 2008 International pop Overthrow Festival in Los Angeles. That gig was videotaped, and the one-off lineup featured Steven Graff: vox/guitar, Scott Brown (of Finland Station):bass/bvox, and Marc Joseph: drums/percussion.

In 2009, "Elevator" was featured in an online documentary video about motocross bicycle racing.

Graff and Robbie Rist recorded new material from 2009-10 for a second CD to be titled "Lost Luggage." The CD was to involve the American immigrant experience and highlight facets of American life. Tracks from these sessions have been released as mp3 singles since Sept. 2010 through CD Baby. The eventual release of other mixes by Robbie Rist are to be released separately at a later date. These tracks differ greatly in production from the initially released tracks.
The tracks featured on "Reciprocal" may be released as new versions at a later date as well.
New songs are being recorded in the mean time for release.

In 2011, Steven Graff left Los Angeles,CA to go to grad school in Boston, MA. He maintains a release schedule and is self-producing new material which will continue to be released intermittently. Eventually a new lineup will be recruited and Slapdash will resume gigging.

Steven was greatly influenced by the music of the Beatles, Genesis and Supertramp as a kid. He began writing songs in 1984, but didn't have his first gigs until 1992. While new wave, punk and metal were listened to by his peers, he was wading through art rock and contemporary bands like U2 and the Police. During the early stages of the band, he was motivated by bands like XTC, The Pixies, and the Jam. Later, the work of Brian Eno, Bob Mould and Paul Weller's solo work came into play, as well as Aztec Camera and the Trashcan Sinatras. Currently he's become interested in new bands like Phoenix, Broken Social Scene, the New Pornographers, and old bands he'd overlooked like King Crimson.

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Band Members
Steven Graff: vocal, guitar, songwriter Robbie Rist: drums and other instruments (recording)
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Indie / Rock / Alternative

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Los Angeles, CA
Steven Graff

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