SON STEP is a unique collaborative effort featuring four active forces in Philadelphia’s original music scene. Hungry for exploration, the band’s members (Pat Lamborn, Matt Scarano, and twin brothers Jon and Chris Coyle) are apt to mix up both instrumentation and individual roles. Live performances often feature a communal sharing of vocal duties, and are spattered with quirky, intoxicating sounds made on guitar, synthesizer, samplers, bass and drums. This is characteristic of the band’s first EP Spooky Tooth (2011), as well as their debut full length Here Comes Dreamboat (2012), a kaleidoscope recording that effortlessly combines many elements. Dense layers of percussion and off-kilter rhythms often give way to moments of intricate composition and heartfelt lyricism. Colorful harmonies and oddly addictive grooves rise to the surface without notice. And while the band touches upon an array of influences- ambient, post-punk, world music, and beyond- they also create something urgent and distinctly original, something that should be heard by listeners and audiences seeking a new kind of music.
Individually, the four friends have worked and toured with a number of other groups, and have also spent time on solo projects as well. In early 2012, Jon Coyle released his first full-length, Night Cycles. Around the same time, Son Step also began arranging music for a collaboration with BODYFIELDS, a Philadelphia-based performance and dance collective. This culminated in September of 2012 with three performances featured at the annual Philly Fringe Festival, and was followed by the band’s second tour of the Midwest. Plans are in the works for the Spring of 2013, including further touring and the start of a new recording.