While 2016’s debut EP More Scared Than Me dived headfirst into Bec Stevens young adult life, the follow up Why Don’t You Just EP is her first with Hobbledehoy (which in many ways feels like a spiritual home; both are sonically slightly left-of-centre and relocated from interstate to now be settled in Adelaide). Why Don’t You Just is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating challenges with sensitivity and learning not to flee from your troubles but to face them down.
Written over an intense period of difficulty in Stevens life, the recording process to follow would bring it’s own challenges – technically and personally outside of the studio. Only to be furthered compounded by band line-up changes. But out of the darkness emerged an authentic documentation of personal and emotional growth. The individual songs that could be mistaken as one-dimensional catch-cries, now weaved together as a series of stories they suddenly turn into an inter-connected, delicate expression of regret and prevail.
In spite of its deeply personal nature, Stevens wouldn’t say this record is her own diary chapter. It’s an universalised diary – for anyone. It’s not any one specific demon in focus, it’s the host of them that characterise contemporary anxieties. She’s moving on, sure, but the fire is not burning out.
released February 15, 2019
All songs written by Bec Stevens.
Bec Stevens - Vocals and Rhythm Guitar (all tracks)
Caleb Williamson - Lead Guitar (tracks 1,3,4 & 6)
Colby Robertson - Lead Guitar (track 5)
Jimmy Balderston - Drums (tracks 2,3,4 & 6) and Lead Guitar (track 2)
Jayke Wilkinson - Drums (track 1)
Phil Meakin - Bass (track 1)
Tom Spall - Violin (track 6)
Tom Ware - Dream Tone (track 6)
Tracks 2-6 recorded and engineered by Jimmy Balderston at Ghost Note Studios
Assistant engineer Colby Robertson
Track 1 recorded by Matt Hills at Hillside Recordings
All songs mixed by Greg Rietwyk, VIC
Mastered by Kim Rosen @ Knack Mastering, USA
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This record just grabs you by the heart and takes you away on a journey of happiness, sadness, anger and love. Bec's writing is everything and the words just transport you to a different time. Her voice is simply amazing and is matched by no other. Time to take over the world girl!