As the dust was settling over the 90’s and a four year stint co-heading rock outfit Spectator Pump, Stephanie Smith stepped out on her own to form Kleveland in 2000.
She says of the band name’s origin - “You know Wonder Woman’s ‘Paradise Island’ which consist of all badass ladies? Ok– I worked at this bar, with a couple of bad-ass ladies. This guy Bruce, the owner of the old Ozone records store on Burnside, was partying there late with us, and commented that we were woman that he imagined lived on that Island of Wonder Woman’s..he called it cleave-land. We laughed and told him he would never know, because no man could get to cleave-land. Soon after I started making 4-track tapes, giving them to friends, and just wrote Kleveland on them for laughs, but I secretly always wanted to be a super-hero with a magic lasso, so it stuck.“.
Kleveland released an EP Everybody Wants To in 2002 and a self titled full length in 2005. The latest CD Harder has just been released, along with a music video to \"You\'re Not Sorry\' that features not just the band, but some lovely vampire girls really tearing it up. They have a reputation for explosive live shows, so catch them as they tour in support of Harder.