Stephanie is now playing drums in Swan Sovereign -her new band with Dirty Martini bandmates Lara Michell and McKinley.
Swan Sovereign is a Portland, Oregon trio with punchy, defiant pop songs and harmonies so buttery that you’ll forget to be offended by the bossy lyrics. Stephanie Schneiderman (drums) Lara Michell (guitar) and Christine McKinley (bass) are a tight, spare unit with compact songs that burst from dead quiet into tantrums and back down.
Before taking over the rhythm section and forming the power trio that became Swan Sovereign, the three were in Dirty Martini. The music of Dirty Martini was gloomy, introspective and rain-soaked, like April in Portland. Swan Sovereign is more like a dance party on a sunny day in Antarctica – bright and blinding, with snowballs flying and a bit of blood on the ice from playing too rough.
Swan Sovereign's songs about interrogation, family secrets, and organized rebellion cut clean and deep. Then they rub salt in with mean 60s girl group harmonies. It leaves a pretty pink scar.
Filmed in April 2012, this video features dancers from NW Dance Project, choreographed by Lindsey Matheis and directed by Lucy Martin.
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Recorded last year at The Old Church, in Portland, backed by 45th Parallel String Quartet, Roxy Consort Choir and many guest musicians including Tony Furtado on the baritone ukelele, Hanz Araki on the low whistle and more…. the CD features acoustic versions of songs from Stephanie's most recent albums Rubber Teardrop, Dangerous Fruit and (Dirty Martini's) Tea and Revenge.