Gullett turns wine into water
by Leslie Benson
Dayton City Paper 11/13/03
It seems as though every time we turn around, singer/songwriter/guitarist Steven Gullett, formerly of glam punk band The Mystery Addicts and current member of Star Heartless, has released a new CD.
Unlike his previous solo records, Sad Like Marilyn and Cheap Reflections, his newest album, Songs About Them & Me & You, takes a serious glance at the direction of his life, meaning, and purpose and whips back with a fine answer - the performing and recording of acoustic music.
With refined vocals and social commentary Gullett offers us more of his catchy choruses and charcoaled, sentimental lyrics. With over a decade's worth of performing live shows, Gullett has turned 180 degrees from shocking audiences with razor-sharp glam punk songs to placing more value on intrinsic motivations and personal issues in his music.
Although he may sound similar to other folk singers of the era, Gullett is better described as an anti-folkster. He has traveled from the darkest gutters of basement rock bands to the core of his being - a lone man with a single acoustic guitar and a microphone lit up on a dim stage.
However, his new sound cannot compare to the 100 percent glitter rock sounds of his former band. But the change is welcome. Gullett has de-toxed his music from that of alcohol running through tattooed veins to empathetic blood and poetry running through mature aged arteries.
Steven Gullett of Star Heartless will perform a solo acoustic set, with friends Tod Weidner (of Shrug on electric guitar and Josh Hoag (of American Static and Maery Lanahan) on upright bass joining him for a few songs. Ben Connelly and Tod Weidner will also play individual sets. The show will take place at the Canal Street Tavern, 308 E. First St., on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
For more information, check out www.stevengullett.com, www.starheartless.com or www.glampunk.org.