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Stepping Up

The Young Step sing St. Augustine


The Young Step have come out of hibernation just in time for winter (such as it is here in Florida). It's been a full two years since the local indie-rock trio splashed onto the scene with their debut album, El Clàsico. Last week they dropped new single "Ghost Town" on digital platforms Bandcamp, Soundcloud and Spotify—and it's not a faux pas.

The eponymous "Ghost Town" is none other than St. Augustine, the group's adopted home base. Band members Ben Whitson (vocals, guitar), Micah Gilliam (guitar, keys, vocals) and Lauren Gilliam (bass, vocals, guitar) originally hail from the Midwest. Their description of life in the quaint, seaside village reads like a NEFla version of Death in Venice.

"It's about what it's like living in a beach town," they explain in a press release. "How you have to be really conscious about doing something with yourself here, instead of getting sucked into the status quo of the beach-town life."

Where said press release cites the likes of Devo, Talking Heads and Iggy Pop, we hear echoes of Iva Davies and Icehouse, not to mention early Chris Isaak. Groove-wise, "Ghost Town" feels like the California crooner's "Dancin'"—although its guitar hook might have been borrowed from New Radicals' "You Get What You Give."

What's the next step? It's unclear. We trust there's some grand marketing strategy in play but, for the moment, The Young Step are treading lightly. No live performances are scheduled, nor has a follow-up album been announced.

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