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Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson was raised in Nassau County, New York, where she was introduced to music at an early age. Her grandfather, Harry Simeone, was a successful pianist and composer whose works included "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?". Simeone's wife (and Laura's grandmother), Margaret McCravy was a singer for the jazz bandleader Benny Goodman. As such, Laura began learning music by "playing the piano and singing in choirs and that type of stuff." Not until leaving her home for college, did Laura begin both playing guitar and writing songs.

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Laura Stevenson was raised in Nassau County, New York, where she was introduced to music at an early age. Her grandfather, Harry Simeone, was a successful pianist and composer whose works included "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?". Simeone's wife (and Laura's grandmother), Margaret McCravy was a singer for the jazz bandleader Benny Goodman. As such, Laura began learning music by "playing the piano and singing in choirs and that type of stuff." Not until leaving her home for college, did Laura begin both playing guitar and writing songs.

Growing up in Rockville Centre, Laura befriended members of Baldwin, NY's The Arrogant Sons of Bitches. After ASOB disbanded in 2005, Laura was appointed as a keyboardist for lead singer Jeff Rosenstock's new project, Bomb The Music Industry!. At this point, Laura had written a number of her own songs and was performing solo. While recording and touring with BTMI!, Laura began to piece together her own band, which was dubbed Laura Stevenson and the Cans.

Initially, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, or simply "The Cans", consisted primarily of members of BTMI!. In the summer of 2007, Laura took a position as a counselor at Power Chord Academy Music Camp, where she recruited Mike Campbell of the Long Island punk band Latterman to play bass for The Cans. Alex Billig of The Best Thing Ever was added on trumpet later that fall, and a year later Laura began working on her first studio recording.

Shortly after releasing her debut record, entitled "A Record", on Jeff Rosenstock's label Quote Unquote Records, in October 2008, Laura Stevenson and the Cans played at the Plan-It-X stage at The Fest in Gainesville, Florida.

Stevenson added Chris Parker and Wen-Jay Ying as drummer and violinist, respectively, the following winter. This lineup of Laura Stevenson, Alex Billig, Mike Campbell, Wen-Jay Ying and Chris Parker became the classic, "full-Cans" lineup and they began writing for future releases.

Asian Man Records re-released "A Record", which was previously only available digitally, on CD and Vinyl in 2010 with 3 newly recorded bonus tracks.

The Cans' full-length debut, entitled Sit Resist, was released in 2011 via Don Giovanni Records. « hide

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LPs
Wheel
04/23/2013

4.1
400 Votes
Sit Resist
2011

4.1
565 Votes
EPs
Runner
02/07/2013

4
37 Votes
Holy Ghost!
2009

4
72 Votes
A Record
2008

3.9
89 Votes
Live Albums
Daytrotter Session
2011

4.6
4 Votes
Compilations
A Record + 3
2010

4.1
45 Votes

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