Steadman is a British indie rock band, formed in Hastings in 1998. The band's original name was The Dharmas, but they changed the name after they canceled their contract with the label Artista, and signed with lead singer Simon Steadman's own label, Freeloader Recordings. Steadman's first album, Loser Friendly, was released in the United Kingdom in 1999. Steadman released their second album, Revive, in 2003, which was produced by Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider. The current lineup employs lead singer Simon Steadman, guitarist James Board, bass guitarist David Walton, drummer Russel Field, and keyboardist Chris Murphy.
Steadman's sound is clearly influenced by the Britpop-bands Oasis and Radiohead. The band has also been compared to Richard Ashcroft's band The Verve. Though Steadman has not seen much success, the band has got many good reviews, most notably from Sir Paul McCartney?, who endorsed the band in a handwritten note handed to them after having showed up at one of their gigs in the United Kingdom.
Mid 2005 Steadman said "Steal this Music!!" and
years active 1998 –present
origin Hastings, England
music genre Britpop, Indie (music)
current members Simon Steadman
David Walton (musician)