Laura Stevenson Biography
Laura Stevenson was raised in Nassau County, New York, where she was introduced to music at an early age. Her grandfather, Harry Simeone, was a successful pianist and composer whose works included "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?". Simeone's wife (and Laura's grandmother), Margaret McCravy was a singer for the jazz bandleader Benny Goodman. Not until leaving her home for college, did Laura begin both playing guitar and writing songs.
Growing up in Rockville Centre, Laura befriended members of The Arrogant Sons of Bitches. After they disbanded in 2005, Laura was appointed as a keyboardist for lead singer Jeff Rosenstock's new project, Bomb The Music Industry!. At this point, Laura had written a number of her own songs and was performing solo. While recording and touring with Bomb The Music Industry!, Laura began to piece together her own band, which was dubbed Laura Stevenson & the Cans.
Initially, Stevenson's band consisted primarily of members of Bomb The Music Industry!. In the summer of 2007, Laura recruited Michael Campbell of the Long Island punk band Latterman to play bass for The Cans. Alex Billig was added on trumpet later that fall, and a year later Laura began working on her first studio recording.
Asian Man Records released "A Record" on April 13, 2010 on LP and CD. The group spent more than half of that year on tour in The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Western Europe in various lineups: sometimes being as small as just Stevenson and Campbell on acoustic guitars, and other times fully electric with a three-piece horn section. The group toured with Bomb The Music Industry!, Maps & Atlases, Cults, and Cheap Girls.
The band officially signed to New Jersey-based independent label Don Giovanni Records in November 2010, and their sophomore LP, Sit Resist, was released on April 26, 2011.
On January 28, 2013, it was announced via Pitchfork Media that Stevenson's third full length album, "Wheel", would be released on April 23, 2013 on Don Giovanni Records. Pitchfork Media also premiered the first single off of the album, "Runner".