Bruce Stevens was raised on AOR Radio and Tang in Indiana. Thankfully, someone played him a Frank Zappa album and things started to turn around.
In High School, Stevens formed Wounded Moose with school chums Pete Park and Chris Rickett. They played a mixture of classic rock covers and quirky originals. Their ode to werewolves and Coors Light, “(I’m a) Reggae Lycanthrope,” was a crowd favorite. In college Bruce explored neo psychedelia in Fuzz Factor with Don Baker, Janet Halling and Terry Gable and bought his first cassette four track. Hours of excessive overdubbage and feedback filled those years.
In the late 1990s Bruce took a year abroad to study both the mystical properties of the Reinheitsgebot and the health benefits of Eisbein. After the completion of these studies he relocated to North Carolina.
Once at home in Chapel Hill Bruce joined an already established band, The Billion. Soon the band was reduced to lean and mean power trio featuring Bruce along with Kirk Bryson and Paula Childers. They played what they termed “Rock, with Deviations.” Originals influenced by Zappa, Camper van Beethoven, and Cake. After a few years of rocking the Cave on Sunday nights and one release, “Aisle 5,” The Billion called it a day.
Since the demise of The Billion, Stevens has spent his time on fatherhood, beer league ice hockey and recording. He has tracks on three recent compilations: “Out: 17 Modern Guitarists Salute Derek Bailey” (2006), “The Unraveling Begins” (2008), and “Piedmont Melodies” (2010).
2010 also sees the release of Bruce’s first proper solo release. “Obscure Melodies That Would Bug Most People” is an eleven song, forty minute, five dollar fiesta of instrumental guitar. From the Tom Waits meets Nels Cline groove of “Pizza in Connecticut” to the moody crescendo of “on The Loss of a Friend” to the danceable smash “L-I-V-I-N” it has all the bases covered. This soon to be classic is available exclusively at bstevens.bandcamp.com