Beginning in 2005 as a reggae tribute band, Steppin Razor is well-versed in the roots of the genre, and their mastery of traditional riddims has captivated audiences at beach bars and festivals for several years. But since 2008, their current four-member format has thrived on original compositions, songs that speak to perennial struggles and universal joys as experienced by four down-to-earth musicians from the Philadelphia area. A weekly reggae night in West Chester, PA, earned the band a loyal base of fans who follow the music to the Jersey shore every summer, to the heart of Philadelphia on cold winter nights, and everywhere in between. Although they have never catered their songwriting to the ever-growing pop-reggae audiences, Steppin Razor is both humbled and inspired by the continued enthusiasm with which their music is received, wherever it be heard.
Veterans of the Atlantic City casino beach bar stages and college town bars, Steppin Razor are no strangers, however, to the celebrated venues of Philadelphia. The Legendary Dobbs, the North Star Bar, Grape Street, the Khyber, the Pontiac Grille, World Cafe Live, and The Blockley Pourhouse are among the venues that have hosted this new and exciting incarnation of reggae. They have shared stages with foundation artists such as Toots & the Maytals and Barrington Levy, and contemporary reggae stars like John Brown’s Body and Cherine Anderson. They have brought their crucial sounds to Arts Fest in State College, Musikfest in Bethlehem, Turkshead Music Festival in West Chester, and a number of events that benefit worthy causes while promoting a healthy appreciation for the arts. While eager to share positive vibrations with audiences in new territories, Steppin Razor hopes to see the continued success of local venues, such as The Note in West Chester, and promises to make lasting musical contributions in the years to come.
As …Against the Current arrives in early 2012, Steppin Razor hopes that the album’s message of perseverance and righteousness will invigorate music scenes in Philadelphia and beyond. Artists and critics alike will find inspiration in these recordings, songs which carry a different but equally energetic vibration in live performances. And with even newer material in the not-too-distant future, the band hopes you will continue to join them in support of positivity and quality reggae music.