Steady Hands meets Shaking Through…there’s a fantastic pun in there somewhere. On November 15th, Weathervane Music released the latest installment of their extremely excellent “Shaking Through” documentary series that dives deep into the the makings of a record and the humans behind it. Up this time is Steady Hands, the project of Modern Baseball’s Sean Huber that is rounded out with Andrew Kirnan, George Legatos, William Lindsay, Evan Moorehead, and Richard Straub, all familiar faces from around the Philly scene. It’s Huber’s project, but it’s one he wanted to share with his friends. “From the beginning, I just wanted to be more of a collective than anything. I’ve always wanted the energy of everyone just collaborating, enjoying what they’re doing.”
The episode follows the making of Steady Hands’ track “Magazines” at Miner Street Recordings, where Huber worked as video editor and recorded his first Steady Hands songs when they were just a small side project as a favor from producer Brian McTear.
Says Huber of the inspiration for “Magazines”:
“This song is about a very influential and important time in my life. I was first leaving the house, I was first going off on my own…I grew up around mental illness and dependency issues, and there was definitely a time where I was unsure whether that was going to showcase itself in my own person. This song is a lot of me talking to my younger self…It’s going to be alright.”
Huber also gives some firsthand insight into the storied break that Modern Baseball is currently taking, citing the mental and emotional tolls and heavy expectations that came with being a member of the group. “I’m so fortunate to have had that experience because it makes what I do with Steady Hands so much more validating and so much more worth it. I could care less about how many people are at the show. I’ve really seen the value of taking something that you’ve created and a song that you’ve written and you’ve watched grow and presenting that to other people.”
McTear eloquently sums up Huber’s approach to his music and lyrics: “It’s not about what he achieves with the music, it’s about how the music speaks for the certain side of his heart.”
In the end, of course, we are left with an expertly-produced track that is made even more meaningful with the insight of its inspiration and creation as a labor of love among friends. Watch the episode and final product below.
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