STEWART’s Andrea Tarka is as enthusiastic as her music suggests, proving that even the most difficult subject matter is no match for a sunny disposition. Stewart started when Tarka met the painfully shy, but extremely talented, lead guitarist John White. She found that the Arkansas-raised guitarist had amazing chops. Rounding out the group is drummer and songwriter Kevin Cerovich, a seasoned jazz musician.
After its inception in 2006, Stewart produced it’s first full-length album, Jawbreaker, as well as an EP, Existing at Extremes, in 2007. In 2008, the band released Part iV: A New Hope, a 17 song full-length containing auto-biographical, retro-rock tunes, reminiscent of Green Day, Tilt and Paramore. Artwork for the album was provided by Marvel/Dark Horse comics illustrator Jacob Chabot. And in 2009, the band produced “The Skullboy Sampler,” a soundtrack for Chabot’s original comic, “The Mighty Skullboy Army.” Originally Skullboy’s theme song, “Dance With Me” was released as a track on the Rock Band Network.
Stewart played extensively around New York, Brooklyn and surrounding cities, including shows at CBGB and The Continental before the legendary venues closed their doors, as well as Knitting Factory, Arlene’s Grocery and many more. L Magazine called them “A NYC pop band with a huge weakness for bands like Weezer, Nada Surf and Fountains of Wayne.” They’ve been featured twice as part of the CMJ Music Marathon (in 2007 and 2009) and have toured the Northeast and Midwest, including a stop in Cincinnati to perform at the Chicks Rockfest. Kicks, released in June 2010, won critic’s vote for “Album of the Year”.