The Steelwells are an indie rock band which formed in 2007 in Fullerton, California, United States. The band consists of Joey Winter, Andrew Eapen, Jonathan Bradley, Robbie Gullage and Billy Kim.
Influenced by The Beatles, U2 and Wilco, Fullerton-based The Steelwells are five studly men who sing nautical tales about sailing the seas. They went into the 2009 Orange County Music Awards “Best Live Band” showcase as newbies, while in the midst of trying to reconfigure their music, and came out of it with a wakeup call. The Steelwells saw what was happening in the scene and wanted to be part of it. The cheery, folk-inspired indie rockers went back into the studio and recorded a new EP called “Shallow On The Draft” in October 2009, continuing to play as many local shows as they could fit into their schedule. In January of this year, they had a residency at Silverlake Lounge and in February made it to the OC Music Awards Best Live Showcase finals. Though they didn’t take home the award for Best Live, they were nominated for four OCMAs and took home the awards Best New Artist and “El Capitan” for Best Song.
While the band continues to record new music, they will release two music videos in the next couple of months and by June 2010 expect two residencies, one on Fridays at The Beauty Bar in San Diego and another on Mondays at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa.
In 2007, Winter, Eapen, Gullage, and Manchester began the writing process that would become an early collection of songs entitled “The Open Letter EP.” With the addition of Kim to the lineup in 2008, as well as a growing collection of songs, they are preparing to record this summer. The Steelwells have taken their music and their live performance to another level with determination to continue exposing their musical and lyrical nerves through an honest exploration of sonic art. The Steelwells have been winning over their audiences with shows at such venues as the Glasshouse and the Silverlake Lounge. The band is planning their first tour for August 2009 in order to promote their up-and-coming release.
With so many great things in the works, The Steelwells are dedicated to paving their way into an ever-changing world with music that is sure to stand the test of time. In the meantime, they are making their collective voices heard as they look to move their listeners with honest and open lyrics, driving beats and soaring melodic guitars.