Today, we are joining forces with the great Steven Bradley for the release of his new music video for “Pre-Emptive Strike,” a track that doesn’t shy away from its political message and embraces the lyrics through the use of great footage and animation that blend together to tell a story that seems very close to home.
About the song and video, Bradley comments “”Pre-Emptive Strike” is an attempt to pair the Beach Boys with Rockpile or the Smithereens. It’s definitely on the rock side of things and Wayne Kramer’s guitar really helps keeps it peppy.
The background vocals were a huge part of making this song work. So much so, that I needed to anoint a “Backing Vocal Group” with a name like the “Jordanaires” or something.
So I invented “The Hawthornes” and recruited Mike Herrera of MXPX and Steven McDonald from Redd Kross to round things out. I love the way our our voices together on this tune!
The video takes a pretty tongue and cheek approach to the song’s subject matter as I wanted to keep it light and fun. I created the whole thing in my living room with a green screen I purchased online and it was actually a total blast to make.”
Steven Bradley has returned with the release of his debut full-length recording entitled “Summer Bliss and Autumn Tears.” The album is scheduled for a September 27, 2019 worldwide release.
Having chosen to brand his music apart from his production career he explains “I wanted a clear distiction between my work as Steve Kravac the producer and that of my songwriting persona. While people know my output with bands like Less Than Jake, M.X.P.X., Blink 182 and Pepper this current undertaking has its own sound and path. I felt it needed some separation from where I’ve been in order to better understand where I’m going.”
He describes the upcoming release as follows; “I knew I’d end up making a record that drew on a myriad of influences but I also knew that it would stand as its own thing. You can shift from the power-pop of Teenage Fanclub to the lap steel voicings of George Harrison in the same tune. Big Star was going to be in play, Neil Young had to be in play. While those influences pop up here and there, I think that what makes this record work is the thread of songs holds together”
While Steven played the majority of instruments on the record himself, he called on a number of friends to help fill things out. Noteable contributors are Wayne Kramer (MC5), pedal steel master Greg Leisz (Matthew Sweet, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne) and keyboardist Danny McGough (Tom Waits). Additionally, guitarists Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham (Social Distortion) and Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath/Northern Pikes) got the call up, and Mike Herrera and the entire M.X.P.X. band jumped in on background vocals along with Steven McDonald (Redd Kross).
Porterhouse Records has made the Track Listing and Album Cover Art for “Summer Bliss and Autumn Tears” available on the Press Page of the website. The L.P. will be available on 12” Custom Colored Vinyl w/ Download Code included, as well as Digitally worldwide.