15 years after releasing his first album, Jeremy DeBardi – leader of Steel Beans, a band from Everett, WA – is blowing up on social media, thanks to a video that’s gone viral on Twitter.
What is Steel Beans?
Steel Beans is a multi genre group formed 15 years ago in North Everett, WA. It has been an art collective with a revolving door of of nearly 50 members, all like minded weirdos doing not only music but visuals/projections, costumes, theatrical bits, improvisations, comedy, animation and other visual arts. Ranging from a solo act to a trio, to a 10 pc. band with horns the band covers nearly every genre but generally leans heavy into 60s rock influences. Jeremy received worldwide recognition in October of 2022 for his solo act wherein he plays Guitar, Drums and sings at the same time.
Why Steel Beans?
The video in question, for the enticingly titled Molotov Cocktail Lounge, was first released a week ago on the Steel Beans Instagram account. The video was shared on TikTok, then reposted to Twitter
On October 1, and nearly 400,000 likes later DeBardi has a whole new set of fans and enough financial support for his first west coast tour.
It’s easy to see why. It’s the kind of ferocious, lo-fi blues racket popularized by The White Stripes, but there’s only one musician involved. It’s the sound of the Jon Spencer Blues explosion with the look of Ron Jeremy, as a mustachioed DeBardi drums and plays guitar simultaneously – beating out a rhythm and playing guitar on his strumming hand’s downstroke – while his shirt is open to the navel. It’s really quite glorious.
The result of all this excitement is the kind of boost many hopeful musicians can only dream of: a tour free of financial concerns. On August 24, DeBardis launched a GoFundMe campaign in the hope of raising $7000 to support a tour of west coast cities, and in the last few days donations have skyrocketed, with funds rising to above $9000.
“I’ve emailed venues until the skin wore off my fingers and at this point I’d be happy on any slot,” writes DeBardi on Reddit, in an appeal for bookings. “My stuff is definitely very 60s rock, but includes some 70s punk feel and some other genres along with some comedy and experimental strangeness. I will not bore your crowd, I will tell you that.”
Steel Beans formed in 2007. Subsequent releases include 2011’s The Variegated Tonal Opulence, the following year’s Moonchild (Hitchhikes Southbound For Sunrise On The Wrong Side Of The Road), and Steel Beans XIII: Albatross Birdbath, which was released in 2017.