Genre: Alternative
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


The Connells Steadman's Wake LP

The Connells

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Indie Rock Band's First Album In 20 Years On Vinyl LP!

The Connells release Steadman's Wake, their first new album in over 20 years. The Raleigh-based band started recording music in 1984, and since their debut album, Dark Days, the band has gone on to amass worldwide acclaim for their melodic and introspective alternative rock sound. The band's last studio album, 1993's Ring (featuring their hit "'74-'75") reached the Top 10 in 11 European countries and hit #1 in Norway and Sweden.

Beyond the fact that Steadman's Wake is the group's first new release in over 20 years, it is the first Connells album to feature their two newest members, guitarist Mike Ayers and drummer Rob Ladd (who have been in the lineup since 2002 and 2012, respectively), and the band's first record made up of songs contributed solely by Mike Connell, who happens to take on a more prominent role as vocalist. Additionally, the title track, "Steadman's Wake", represents the first time The Connells have ventured into overt politics. Previously, the group tended to let actions and implications do the talking when it came to current events. But taking a more concrete and literal stand was something the times seemed to demand. With references to war, the opioid crisis and the white-supremacist rioting that roiled Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 (and were reprised in the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.), there is no mistaking the message of Steadman's Wake.

"We've had some oblique socio-political bits here and there over the years," says Mike Connell. "But never as direct as this. It seems like it's time. It's scary, where we still stand in this country with issues of race. Of the 11 songs on the record, the clear consensus within the band was that 'Steadman's Wake' best reflected the band's take on the temper of the times and best represented the 'spirit' of the record."

Even though it's been 20 years since their last recording, The Connells never quit playing live, and Mike Connell never quit writing songs. Eventually enough material came together to suggest it was finally time to make another record. Steadman's Wake' features eight new songs that have never been released, while three of the album's songs previously appeared in different versions on 2001's Old-School Dropouts - a collection of demos recorded at the group's practice space.


  • Vinyl LP
  • Gatefold jacket


Side A:

  1. Really Great
  2. Fading In (Hardy)
  3. Steadman's Wake
  4. Rusted Fields
  5. Song For Duncan

Side B:

  1. Gladiator Heart
  2. Burial Art
  3. Universal Glue
  4. Stars
  5. Hello Walter
  6. Helium

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