Recorded between 2002 and 2004 in Chicago, IL and Accord, NY this CD is the most focused and accomplished June Cleaver and the Steak Knives release to date. Trance-inducing electronica mixes with dark and twisted rock and roll to create surreal soundscapes and intricate melodies. Experimental madness cackles as heavy dance grooves drive. Upbeat, melancholy, ethereal, paranoid, heavy, poppy, funky, jazzy, it's music you can dance to. Psychedelic surf rock meets the great experiment we call music - all with the delusional twists and turns of the sonic schizophrenia that defines June Cleaver & The Steak Knives.
Although June Cleaver and the Steak Knives began as a collaboration centered around film and video experimentation, Christopher and Patrick Bradley, brothers from Syracuse, NY, soon decided to focus their energy on the recording arts. Using a broad array of instrumentation, ranging from traditional rock (guitar, bass, drums) to the more exotic (sitar, zither, accordian) and electronic, June Cleaver connects innovation, concept, and the reconstruction of many popular modes of musical expression. The duo has recorded 5 CD's, each uniquely different from one another. The music is unusual, yet infectious. Employing a highly innovative approach to composition and production, the music is often created within a conceptual framework. The last two CD's have been collections of unrelated songs, experimenting within more traditional popular musical structures.
The band spent a few years on the independent label, Esoteric Music Group, before its demise in 2000. The company's founder, Tom Timony, ran Ralph Records in the 1980's working with with underground favorites like The Residents and Yellow, and he found similar potential in June Cleaver. J.C. & the S.K.'s have recorded soundtracks for film and video works, radio and TV commercials, radio dramas, and even soundscape material for an interactive exhibit at Chicago's Field Museum. The band has slowly perfected the creation of its own unique brand of uncategorizable rock music.
June Cleaver & The Steak Knives was voted "Best Local Band 2003" by Hudson Valley Magazine after the release of their CD, Cleavage. The group has become more of an animation production house as of late. Pat creates the visuals, often writing the stories himself or collaborating with developers. Chris is in charge of the audio end, creating both scores and songs for the productions. The two have done nationally award winning animations for several permanent exhibits at the Field Museum, and are currently finishing up a Patrick Bradley original, entitled UNDO, about what life might be like if we could erase certain sections of it. Look for it at independent film festivals at the end of 2008.
June Cleaver and the Steak Knives has reached its 10 year anniversary this summer, and have recreated a song from the first CD called Steven. Recent work has begun on a new studio CD.