Steven Graff formed Clutter in 1994 after encouragement from new-found friends Rivers Cuomo, Justin Fisher and Matt Sharp. The initial lineup was a trio comprised of Graff, Stephen Casa on bass, and Brian Taylor on drums. After a few gigs, the lineup was expanded to include, in turn, Keith Fallis, then Lee Jossel on drums, and Robert Ramos on bass and backing vocal. Casa would play guitar.
The band gigged heavily in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area, playing at such venues as Jack's Sugar Shack, Spaceland, and the Martini Lounge. They were featured in two Poptopia Festivals as well, and had recorded a demo version of songs that would eventually end up on their debut CD years later.
In 1998, the band had to change its name to Slapdash, and shortly thereafter went on hiatus when a key member had to relocate. In 2000 a new gigging trio lineup emerged, and lasted only two gigs due to booking problems and other obligations.
It wasn't until 2005 that Graff was able to fund production of a CD release. "Reciprocal" was a collection of songs, including some from the Clutter era, produced and engineered by Robbie Rist (The Andersons, Wonderboy, Nice Guy Eddie) and Missy Buettner (The Last). Graff played every instrument but drums, which were played by Rist, and sang all of the vocals and backing vocals. Sessions spanned 10 months, since they were only able to meet once a week for a period of 3-4 hours each. Because of the sessions, perhaps, the album was labeled "raw" by critics.
When "Reciprocal" was finally released in 2006, a college radio promotion ended up earning airplay on 150 stations throughout the U.S. Graff joined BMI and acquired the US Trademark to the band name. A gigging band was comprised of various members on a gig-by-gig basis. Drummers included Robbie Rist and Marc Joseph; bass players included Kim Hill (Rosemary's Billygoat) and Scott Brown (Finland Station). The group played in the Los Angeles International Pop Overthrow Festival in 2008, which was videotaped, and again went into a sort of hiatus, partly due to a personal loss, which Graff struggled with throughout 2008-2010.
In 2009, Graff and Rist began work on a follow-up CD of songs titled "Lost Luggage," which were to be framed by a common theme (The American Immigrant Experience). Owing to problems Rist had with the construction of a studio on his premises, sessions were postponed a full year.
in 2010, due to creative differences in the studio and dissatisfaction with the resulting mixes, Slapdash began self-producing. In Sept. 2010, the first single, an instrumental titled "Fond Farewell" was released as an mp3, with accompanying artwork, also designed by Graff. Over the course of the next months a single was released about once a month, each with original artwork, each as an mp3. After a gap, due to the death of Graff's father, the singles that made up the album were released irregularly through 2012-13.
In 2014, plans began for more releases. The set of songs that made up "Lost Luggage" grew to include three titles featured in a radio promotion EP titled "Treble Cleft" which featured "Don't Be Alone (2015)." "Change Is Never Easy," and a new tune titled "Happily Ever After." All three garnered more college radio airplay on more that 100 stations in the Spring of 2015. All three, with instrumental versions, were licensed for use by the Discovery Network, VH1, MTV and NASCAR networks.
In Feb 2016, a new song was released as a single, as part of a new, more acoustic album titled "EntreNous." The song, "An Unanswered Question" received positive reviews, and featured an emphasis on textures akin to the ambient works of Brian Eno and minimalist Steve Reich. 13 songs in total are planned for single releases on a monthly basis, which will extend through the beginning of 2017.
As of this writing, Slapdash remains a studio/recording oriented band, with future gigging always a possibility.