Am I Your Drug of Choice? (Big Stir Digital Single No. 28)
Big Stir Records is proud to announce something that's been in the works since before we know we were a label: a new release from San Diego's STEVE ROSENBAUM, in the form of a brand new Digital Single! “Am I Your Drug of Choice?” b/w “Until It Happens to You” will be released Friday, May 17, and they're available for pre-order now:
ROSENBAUM has been a friend of the Big Stir family since the early days of the series and has played Big Stir live shows in Los Angeles and San Diego since the inception of the series. Perennially cited as the highlight of any compilation on which he appears – and he appears on a lot! – Steve's much-admired songcraft and live performances have had BSR's Christina and Rex eager to put the spotlight on his work for years. These two excellent offerings amply demonstrate why: the A-side is just as much of a psychedelic trip as its title implies, and the B-side is a darkly sunny song about stalking that's easily worthy of The dB's or The Nerves, to name just two classic pop outfits to whom Rosenbaum and his revolving-door backing band Mess of Fun are often justly compared.
Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Steve Rosenbaum has been knocking around the power pop scene for many years. His formative years were spent growing up in suburban Toledo, Ohio, where he came of age at the magical late 60s, early 70s, mid-western crossroads of rock, soul, pop, and bubblegum. Drinking from the same well as other farmland power pop bands, such as Raspberries, Cheap Trick, Blue Ash, The Romantics, as well as the hard rock sounds emanating from Detroit, just an hour to the north, he amalgamates them all into his sound.
While studying at University of Michigan in 1978, Steve was one of the early performers at the now-famous Bookies Club 870, a seminal punk and new wave club. He went on to continue to perform in Detroit and Ann Arbor in a series of original and cover bands. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, where he played in Flip City, a fixture at Madame Wong’s West and other 80s LA showcase clubs. From there, he and bass player (and Grammy nominated producer), Bruce Witkin, left to form The Lonely Bulls, a Beatle-esque vocal-centric acoustic fronted project that featured Everly Brothers-type harmonies.
Steve sat out much of the 90s to concentrate on his day job and, post-2000, to raise a family. 2010 marked a point where he was back in the studio and back on stage, focusing on the kind of music he loves best: short songs, with big guitars, vocal harmonies, and lyrics that touch on life and love, as well as more experimental work, reflecting on his passion for the music of the world, his disdain for cultural boundaries, and his aversion to 'the rules'.
Steve is currently based in San Diego, where he writes and records. Keep an eye out for his live set, played with cohorts in his band, Mess Of Fun – including a date at Big Stir Burbank just one day after the single sees release!