The Sidekicks’ Steven Ciolek introduces superviolet, a new solo project that includes a close collaboration with Saintseneca’s Zac Little and Sidekicks drummer Matty Sanders.

The debut album from superviolet is a welcome addition to a substantial catalog of music; a serene conjunction of folk overtones and 60’s pop rock, reminiscent of rolling hills seen through the passenger side of a car on a road trip. Steven Ciolek’s distinct writing holds true throughout this record. While The Sidekicks were known for their punk rock roots, superviolet’s sound is much more relaxed and easy while incorporating the midwest sound he is known for in his lyrics.

We're excited to announce superviolet as part of On The Rise, our dedicated curation putting a spotlight on the emerging music we are the most excited for you to hear, to follow and become a fan of. Read on to discover more about the artist in their own words and make sure you check out forthcoming album infinite spring which comes out April 21 via Lame-O Records.

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Steven Ciolek on superviolet

A self-penned bio

Describe superviolet in 5 words:

dream dating Saturday at dawn

5 records you listened to prior to making your album?

  • Al Green - I'm Still in Love With You
  • Curtis Mayfield - Curtis
  • Frankie Cosmos - Zentropy
  • Arthur Russell - Love is Overtaking Me
  • The Replacements - Tim

Top 5 career moments?

  • never losing a pickup basketball game with The Sidekicks
  • getting to make albums with sonic wizards Phil Ek, John Agnello, Mike Mogis, and Eric Cronstein
  • going down the rabbit hole of finding sounds for Infinite Spring with Zac Little and Matty Sanders
  • playing “I Can’t Hardly Wait” by the Replacements with Kosoma at our wedding
  • touring to the west coast for the first time with Tigers Jaw, felt like a dream road trip

You host a pre-release listening party for the album. Who are your 5 VIP guests (dead or alive)?

  • Jasper II my pet parakeet (rip)
  • Chris Farley
  • Joni Mitchell
  • SZA
  • Elliott Smith

Top 5 essential tour apples?

  • cosmic crisp
  • fuji
  • jonagold
  • evercrisp
  • winesap