The Stairs ( formerly Jesper Vindberg Band) was founded around 2002 by schoolmates Jesper Vindberg (songwriter and guitarist) and Jacob Klitgaard (bass). Through 2002-03 they regularly played around the Viborg area with various drummers and under different names (e.g. "Supersonic")
Around early 2004 Mads Pugholm joined as their regular drummer and the band began calling themselves Jesper Vindberg Band. With the addition of two more skilled musicians; guitarist Thomas Rytter and keyboardplayer Thomas Albrechtsen the base to progress further musically was there. The band began to rehearse for their first 5-track CD and during 3 days in Jailhouse Studios early 2005 their CD "A New World" was completed. In spite of the limited recording time the CD was artistically quite succesful; but the band soon realised that it did not represent the sound they were aiming for, so Jesper began writing material for a new release.
In autumn 2005 Pugholm decided to leave the band, and they had to look out for a replacement. Fortunately they soon ran into an equally skilled drummer, Sune, whose style was just what they were looking for.
By May 2006 a new 5 track CD "Songs About Something/Nothing?" was released.
Unfortunately founder member and bass-player Jacob Klitgaard has decided to quit. Jacob is leaving Aarhus to study in Copenhagen and consequently it will be difficult for him to rehearse and play with the other s on a regular basis. A new competent bass-player, Janus Valsted, has already been found.
In September The Stairs contributed their song "Song About Something/Nothing" to the Danish sampler "Monotoner". The release was celebrated with a release-party concert featuring The Stairs and 3 other Danish up-coming bands.
By October the new 4 tracks mini album "Songs From The Special Offer's Mind" was released.
By early 2007 at least 2 new songs are expected to be recorded. The songs "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Little Bird" have both worked excellently live, so the band obviously want to record them as soon as possible.
By early March "Little Bird", "Back From the Sky" (re-recorded) , and "Song About Something/Nothing" (Re-recorded) and the semi acoustic "Sleep Time" were recorded in the professional AB Studios and were ready for the final mixes; some unexpected delays has given the band the opportunity to record a couple of more new songs for a forthcoming May 2007 release. "Magic Carpet Ride" which was partly will probably one of these additions.
It seems that "Magic Carpet Ride" will not be included on the new EP after all; two complete new songs called "Taking Back Control" and "Sitting in the Sun" will probably be the two new songs the band records for May 2007 release.
The Stairs have been given the opportunity to record all full album; so the band is still recording for the album which is hoped to be ready for release this summer. More early songs like "That´s Not a Man", "Take Me Back", Everything is Open" and "A Bit of All Right" are considered for re-recording. A new song "Sherlock Holmes" is also likely to be included.
After several set-backs the Stairs' new EP is ready for release, and it's expected in early November. Producer and member of Danish Indie band "Carpark North" Soeren Balsner ( b a l s n e r ) has mixed the 4 tracks , and given the group a new a more modern sound.
In June 2008 the Stairs went to Stillwalker studios in Copenhagen to record two songs for a single. The songs are titled "What Loneliness Does" and "Some Space for Me"
Reviews of "What Loneliness Does" - Nov. 2008
The song "What Loneliness Does" has been very well received and has reached the no. 3 position on the new Tracktesting list - TRACKTESTING
Listen to the song on MySpace - WHAT LONELINESS DOES
By October 2008 Thomas Rytter decided to leave the band, after having moved to Copenhagen to study. The four other band-members decided to continue as a four-piece band, and to change their musical approach towards a more basic and raw style. 4 new songs ( "Empty Chair", "Raise My Spirit", "What You're Looking For" and "If You Don't Know by now" ) have been worked on and the plan is to release them as a live-in-studio project - and then in the beginning of 2009 after some live-jobs, do proper studio-recordings of the new material.
The band is very enthusiastic about the new direction, which leaves more room for improvisations. The band's by influenced by bands like the Doors and the Kinks is now more obvious than ever.
Bassist Janus Valsted left the group in spring 2009, and the band found a very competent replacement for him in Martin Egknud. New recordings went very well, and the band was very optimistic about the future.
The band has by January 2010 finished their new 5-track EP, "Empty Chairs", which was released in spring the same year. Soon after finishing "Empty Chairs" Sune Johansen and Martin Egeknud decided to leave the Stairs. Jesper Vindberg and Thomas Albrechtsen continue the Stairs as a duo, occasionally using guestmusicians for their live-appearances.
By June 2010 original drummer Mads Pugholm rejoined the band, and the new line-up gave their first public performance on September 3, at the Fair Bar in Aarhus.
The Stairs will in the spring of 2011 release their first full length CD. The album will consist of tracks recorded during 2010, supplemented with selected songs previously released on EPs in the period 2006-2009. These include live favorites like "Back From The Sky" and “Little Bird. "
The provisional tracklist is: 1. What You're Looking for / 2. I've Got a Feeling / 3. Empty Chair / 4. If you Do not Know by now / 5. Little Bird / 6. Back From The Sky / 7. Song About Something / Nothing / 8. That's Not A Man / 9. A Bit of All Right / 10. Everything Is Open
There may be added one or two numbers to the list; maybe listed as bonus tracks. One of those could be the download only single “What Loneliness Does” from 2008. An album title has not yet been decided for, but it could well be "Empty Chairs", which was also the title of the recent EP.
In the meantime the group are well underway with songs for a successor, with completely newly written songs which the group hope to record during 2011.
The plan of releasing a compilation album has been postponed. The band want to concentrate on recording a full length new album in collaboration with young producer Jacob Brøndlund, who may also join the band on a more regular basis, filling in on the bass.