On their latest album, Oh Boy, Stampead's freewheeling sound draws from the gutsy emotion of rock, the acoustic melodies of folk, and the jumpy two-step rhythms of country. It culminates into rustic-flavored Americana, replete with mandolin, pedal steel guitar, and harmonica flourishes.
After releasing three previous albums, including their self-titled debut album in 2002, followed by Couch the Comfort in 2004, and Milk and Honey in 2006, Stampead embarked on an epic 16-month U.S. tour. "We were playing at the best clubs in Los Angeles," Eric says, "but after our third album we said, "We've been playing here for two years. Let's see what it's like to play for different people every night.'"
Stampead's relentless hard work paid off and after returning to L.A. last year, the band was able to self-finance their fourth album, Oh Boy. The album was recorded at legendary studio Sunset Sound, with producer Jamie Candiloro, best known for his work on Ryan Adams' studio albums Follow the Lights and Easy Tiger.
"Jamie has a really great sense of honesty about a recording," Eric says. "In the past we'd go into the studio, jam it out and say, 'Okay, session's over.' But now our music has...