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Hey, I'm Steve. I was born, raised and currently live in Upstate New York. I write songs sometimes. I released my debut full length "Hope Is All We Have" on Barn Burner Records in 2013. I'm well into the writing process for a follow up LP entitled "Selfish". I have no plans for extensive touring in the immediate future, but I will be playing shows in my general area from time to time.

If you do follow me, you can hear demos of new material I'm working on, get information on shows I'm playing, get a glimpse of other aspects of my life and see what all of my friends in (more successful and relevant) bands are up to. You can get in touch directly through my ask box or via email at
stevediwhy (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks for taking time to check out what I'm doing. Even if you hated it, you exposed yourself to something different and that's hard to do sometimes.

Physical copies of my full length can be purchased at

May 18th, 2014: The Hotelier, lovechild, Mountain Man, Steve Layman & Daniel West at The Icehouse in Cohoes, NY
Reblog to help spread the word.

1 month ago
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If your band is trying to play shows on the way back to your hometown in the United States after playing Pouzza Fest this year, I am working on setting up something in Albany, NY on that following Monday, the 19th of May. Shoot me a message in my ask-box or email about becoming a part of it.

Help me spread the word with a reblog or something. Thanks. 

1 month ago
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Wednesday, January 22nd
Albany, NY | First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
(405 Washington Street)

3 months ago
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New(ish) song. I played this one a few times on tour, but this a track that will be on my next record called. It’s called “Lightning”, and it’s about love and girls and shit not working out in anyone’s favor. If you like what you hear, spread it around with a reblog or whatever. Thanks for listening.

I’ve spent too many nights standing in a field with kite & key
Waiting for lightning to fall like the stars in the sky
Through the black clouds rolling by.
Well, it struck fast and hard. With a kiss on the cheek or your hand
on my heart.
Before I had an instant to forget, I captured that shining moment
In a mason jar.

I keep it by my bedside, it keeps me sleeping at night.
I dream of us and a better life in that fading yellow light.

If I had a nickel for every time someone like you told me “Maybe” or
"We’ll see",
I could make every wishing well from here to Manhattan
Shine like a silver sea.
I told you through a letter that I love you.
You told me through a phone you never saw the words I wrote.
You said “We aren’t the lucky ones who get what they want.
That one night is all there was.”

The jar by my bedside, it keeps me up at night.
It’s just a keepsake that I can’t keep you in that fleeting yellow light.

If you think you’re better off on your own, I’ll leave you that way.
While you light up the sky in the city, hear what I say.
I know better than most the best way to grow is alone.
Sharing your progress with another is the best feeling I’ve ever known.

Dance with the shadows if you want to, remember why you dance at all.

4 months ago
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Dope #reanimator flier for my next show. January 3rd at The Icehouse w/ #signalsmidwest #placeholder #scout & #brokenfieldrunner come hang and support some punks at a #diy #houseshow

Dope #reanimator flier for my next show. January 3rd at The Icehouse w/ #signalsmidwest #placeholder #scout & #brokenfieldrunner come hang and support some punks at a #diy #houseshow

4 months ago
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This weekend only, I’m running a sale. Pick up a copy of my debut LP Hope Is All We Have on purple vinyl for only 5$.

If you care to listen:
If you decide to buy:

Help me spread the word with a reblog. Thanks for listening.

1 month ago
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Albany, NY. Hit the pit this coming Wednesday.

Albany, NY. Hit the pit this coming Wednesday.

2 months ago
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Tomorrow night:Signals MidwestScoutBroken Field RunnerSteve Layman7pm | 5 Dollars | All Ages*Placeholder isn’t playing (sadface)*

Tomorrow night:
Signals Midwest
Broken Field Runner
Steve Layman
7pm | 5 Dollars | All Ages
*Placeholder isn’t playing (sadface)*

3 months ago
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Sunday, November 17thPhiladelphia, PA at Mt. Thrashmore (ASK A PUNK)w/ Polar Opposites, Vista Cruiser +

Sunday, November 17th
Philadelphia, PA at Mt. Thrashmore (ASK A PUNK)
w/ Polar Opposites, Vista Cruiser +

5 months ago
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