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Stephen Floyd Reznikov / Bio

Stephen Floyd Reznikov (born August 4, 1976) is a Russian-American guitarist & songwriter. He is best known as the main guitarist, lyricist, songwriter and founder of American progressive rock bands Contortion, Tornacade, Portrait of A Suicide, & Ten•Ton•Hypemachine.

As a musician, he is known for playing customized Ibanez guitars through Marshall & Mesa amplification w/ Zoom effects.

*All music & lyrics:
© Contorted Music 1999
© SFJ Music 1999-2011
© The Jonestown Masacre™ 2012

• The Beginning •

Stephen started playing music at age 14. Bass & Guitar.

He played in shitty garage bands, honing his skills for the first 6 years of his career.
Then he started his first band w friends. It was called Contortion.

Contortion:

Vocals - Andrew Davis (Inner Blue)
Guitars - Stephen Floyd
Guitars - Jason Williams (Luther)
Bass - Kevin Redford (Stonecutters)
Drums - Josh Napper

Contortion was Stephen's first serious musical endeavour. Original drummer, Jeff Hardin was replaced by Josh Napper which recorded w the band.
Contortion would release their only EP: The Priceless Sanity of Jack MaTcH (PSOJM). The EP spawned the bands first underground hit, "Rats In The Wall."

Stephen brought on board childhood friend Josh Carter to play guitar after Williams departed.
Stephen renamed the band Tornacade.

Tornacade (1.0):

Vocals - Andrew Davis
Guitars - Stephen Floyd
Guitars - Josh Carter
Bass - Kevin Redford
Drums - Josh Napper

Tornacade played out vigorously & recorded their EP: Bella Bleu. The EP made the band underground sensations but failed to garner commercial significance. After a long while, the line-up grew stale & tense. Stephen replaced Davis, Napper & Redford hoping to reinvigorate the band. The name Tornacade stayed.

Tornacade (2.0):

Vocals - Jessica Piatt
Guitars - Stephen Floyd
Guitars - Josh Carter
Bass - Joe Kern
Drums - Terry Harper

Tornacade enjoyed a good run, recording their first LP: The Way We Mourn. The CD spawned song favorites: Submission, Everything Beautiful & Killer in the Cradle.
The band then landed the Vans Warped Tour. After a few years, Tornacade disolved due to inner tensions, private family tragedy & weary personal and creative battles.

During the writing for the last Tornacade CD, Stephen suffered a personal tragedy in his family that spawned bad personal problems for him, forcing him to disappear from the music scene that he loved for nearly 3 years. He simply stopped playing music until longtime friend Josh Carter approached him with a new opportunity. Carter asked him to play bass for a new 3-piece project. Stephen agreed.

Portrait of A Suicide:

Vocals/Guitar - Josh Carter (signal the revolution)
Bass/Guitars - Stephen Floyd
Drums - Bob Lewellen (signal the revolution)

Portrait band played out here & there but never gathered commercial interest. Two studio albums were tracked but never released. The band couldn't agree on sounds or songs. The various material remains shelved. They would only record two singles ever.
They can still be found at: www.myspace.com/tornacademusic

Portrait was a refreshing change at first, but after numerous gigs with lackluster turnouts, band tention & creative differences, Stephen opted to finally leave Portrait when asked by Terry Harper to start a new all-star band, Stephen would later name it TEN•TON•HYPEMACHINE

Stephen was ready to create music again.

*This also marked the first time in almost a decade that Stephen hadn't been in a band with longtime childhood friend Josh Carter.

TEN•TON•HYPEMACHINE:

Vocals- Pat Quinney (Thomas Medicine)
Guitar - Stephen Floyd
Bass - Ben Patton (Sen, Hurt Circle)
Drums - Terry Harper (Sen, Flaw)

TTH recorded one cd and released 3 songs: Animé, which was the popular first single, Ariel & Shot Caller.
The band went on permanent hiatus in Dec. of 2010.

• Musical Background •

Since he's been playing music, Stephen has shared the stage with:

- 311
- Blink 182
- Alien Ant Farm
- Good Charlotte
- Rollins Band
- Sum 41
- AFI
- D12
- H2O
- The Misfits
- Rancid
- Pennywise
- Amen
- Jimmy Eats World
- New Found Glory
- Ataris
- The Vandals
- Grand Theft Auto
- DropKick Murphys
- Agent 51
- My Morning Jacket
- Catch 22
- Fentix TX
- Less Than Jake
- Bouncing Souls
- Me First & The GimmeGimmes
- 3rd Strike
- My Own Victim
- Hot Action Cop
- Flaw, along w/ countless other local acts.

• The Present •

Stephen has also been slowly recording new material in the studio for a new & first ever acoustic project w/ Pat Quinney called: The Bloodburn's.

www.facebook.com/theBloodburns

Currently, as of March 2015, he is in preproduction on a new heavy music project w/ some other notable local musicians.

General Info

Band Members
Stephen Floyd Reznikov - Guitar/Lyrics
Artist Name
Stephen Floyd Reznikov
Profile Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/StephenFloydReznikov
Active Since
08/91
Genres
Rock / Atomic Pop / Folk/Acoustic

Contact Info

Location
Radcliff, KY