What’s the route for a New York born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter to make their technique to a raucous punky tackle what could possibly be loosely known as Outlaw Nation (effectively, ‘Pale Blue‘ is about an outlaw no less than) ? The reply for Stephen Artemis, Jr is beginning on the age of 13 with a secondhand guitar and shortly moving into Excessive Faculty bands – of the punk and rock selection. One in all his early bands recorded a four-track demo that was picked up by a neighborhood music label, they usually quickly recorded a seven-track EP. Although the label folded, Artemis discovered his true inventive calling as a songwriter and recording artist. In 2006, Artemis moved to New York Metropolis with little greater than his low cost guitar and shortly fell in love with town and its music scene. Getting by wasn’t straightforward, however he bootstrapped it. He held down day jobs and picked up freelance work in assist of his artwork, honed his writing expertise within the metropolis’s tight-knit, singer-songwriter, and open mic communities, and networked to create his band The Falling Birds and finally, assist his solo endeavors.
With The Falling Birds garnering some success and getting opening slots for bigger touring bands, Stephen Artemis took a while to discover a extra singer-songwriter method on a solo launch ‘Inter Vivos’ – it did fairly effectively on the Faculty music scene. The pandemic noticed a second solo launch in 2021, and ‘Northern Outpost Wildflower‘ did effectively sufficient that its creator realised that this was now his day job.
‘Pale Blue‘ suits into a protracted custom of emotionally darkish songs as Stephen Artemis instructed Americana UK that; “I actually like true-crime podcasts. I watched approach an excessive amount of true-crime TV over the pandemic, so I feel that’s how the track’s idea crept into my mind. I needed to check myself to see if I might write one thing darkish, like a true-crime podcast, however in my most well-liked medium; music’s model of true-crime is “the homicide ballad,” and Americana music is especially rife with that sort of track, however I felt that no person had written a correct homicide ballad in a very long time.”
Certain, I might climb excessive in a tree, or go to Skye on my vacation. I could possibly be joyful. All I actually need is the thrill of first listening to The Byrds, the amazement of a long time of Dylan’s music, or the fun of seeing a band like The Lengthy Ryders dwell. That is not a lot to ask, is it?