Stephanie’s Id playing Ace’s Bacement June 9
Stephanie’s Id’— a guitarless self described ‘“neo-euro-soul’” vibraphone band descends on Ace’s Basement this Thursday night. The quirky Asheville ensemble of professionally trained musicians will bring their unique formula of rock, jazz, and symphonic electronic sounds to the Triad as part of the summer tour of the east coast.
The band formed in 2003 delivers massive pop/alternative sounds with modernist lyrics and a hefty live show. The musicians clocked years of stage time with symphonies, jazz combos and other rock bands previous to forming Stephanie’s Id in 2003.’ Their collective influences include Bjork, Miles Davis, Aerosmith, Ben Folds, The Cocteau Twins, U2, early Holly Palmer, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown, among others.’ The Id currently tours in the Eastern US in support of its debut cd, ‘“Spiral In’”, released January 2005.’ The Id, as Freud’s ‘“seat of all impulses and desires,’” is tenacious and plans to travel the world.’
Despite a specific list of influences, their sound is highly reminiscent of acts such as Stereolab, Pizzicato Five, Air, and early 10,00 Maniacs. Singer Stephanie Morgan’s voice has a lush, haunting quality with truly soulful sentiment and range. The college radio set will definitely respond to the diverse vocal stylings and fresh unique vibraphone tones.
Morgan, a hyperactive siren who carries the intensity of Shirley Manson’s and the romantic beauty of Natalie Merchant, moved to North Carolina to work with troubled teens but fell in love with the music and beauty of the artistic community in Asheville. Morgan found percussionist Matthew Richmond while working with other projects and made an instant musical connection.
When asked why the band did not include a guitarist in the line up Morgan replied, ‘“ We aren’t anti-guitar, it just kind of happened that way’… we are far more interested in how the individual works than what instrument they play, as long as they are passionate.
‘“We put on a very dynamic live show, not to toot our own horn, ‘“ Morgan says. ‘“We make the transition form haunting to rocking very quickly; we have been very well received so far people should expect a great show.’”
Stephanie’s Id will be playing their Triad debut at 8pm Thursday Night at Ace’s Basement located at 2428 High Point Rd. in Greensboro along with Adios, Far-less, There’s Always Tomorrow and Meadowood. Tickets are $6 for over 21 and $8 for all ages under. Preview songs and more info on the band at http://www.StephaniesId.com.