STEVE GARDINER - While the heavy alternative sounds of Stone Temple Pilots, Our Lady Peace, with a touch of Beatles melodies are primary influences on Steve Gardiner's sound, he has certainly forged his own way as a song writer, with heavy guitars, pop beats, and smooth thick melodies. With a #1 hit in Northern Europe ( "One Life", with his band In and Out in the late 90's, and a song that charted in Canada ("Empty House" A&M records), Steve has proven his ability to pen songs that compete with the best.
Steve's live group was first formed after his band "Thermocline" called it quits in the late 90's, and Steve went live to promote his first solo CD "Noah's Prescription". This live band's earliest members consisted of Thermocline band mates Andrew Lamarche, and Stephen Clarke. This first solo effort was quickly picked up by "Sour Music", a Sony distributed label owned by his current manager JeffLiberty from "JL Artists."
With some success as a solo artist, Steve got the attention of Russell Broom, a Juno award winning producer based out of Calgary Alberta who had come across some new songs that Steve was working on. With the help of Bob and Clint Moffatt (The Moffats) on bass and drums, and Russell playing guitar and producing, a second solo album was born and "Sonic Levelling" quickly became a fan favourite with ear worms like "Liquid Karma" and Psychosexual. Steve did some extensive club and festival touring on both of these records up until about 2007.
In 2013, Steve proudly releases his long awaiting and highly anticipated third solo recording "Absence Makes The Heart Beat Faster". It's a collection of rock songs ( with a few club mix bonus tracks) that will be sure to win you over as a fan! Working from his studio in Ottawa this time, Steve not only produces and records his own music with band members ( Andrew Lamarche on drums, Casey Hanson on guitars and Dan Joseph on bass) , but he serves other artists as an engineer and producer! "Absence Makes The Heart Beat Faster" is a collection of songs documenting his evolution as an artist, as well as many personal changes in Steve's life from 2007 on. "Hyperactive" describes his jump into the club scene, where he re-discovered himself, while " Addicted" talks about a rebirth into the music scene, which he left behind for a while! You can feel the passionate journey of self-discovery in every note of this recording!
Having been in and out of several Canadian record deals, A&M records with In and Out in the early 90's, and Sour Music Sony, Steve and his team are tackling this one from a grass roots Indie perspective, to maintain the integrity of the music, and to really experience the new music industry as it evolves into a very digital future. The band is now rehearsing to take a very high energy alternative rock show out on the road to promote the new record.