Stretch Lefty formed in 2001, brings to the table a progressive take on funk, reggae, and hip hop influenced pop music with a classic quality that is reminiscent of an earlier era. While they credit their main influence to the analog sounds of Motown, Pink Floyd and Bob Marley, they also take notes from recent, live hip-hop bands like Galactic and The Roots. This combination of vintage vibes and new school rhymes has been the focus of the bands songwriting since their 2005 debut release entitled Lovebomb. Tracks from this record earned Stretch Lefty a slot in the top 20 bands selected by a celebrity panel including Perry Farrell to perform at Lollapalooza 2006.
The genre bending, heavy hitters have been playing regularly throughout the Midwest over the past three years while working on their upcoming 2008 release. The socially uplifting new record entitled Universe Box was recorded live, partially at Ante-Up studio in Cleveland, Ohio where the group was sharing the studio with The Dave Matthew's Band, who were working on a project during their summer tour. In the fall of 2007, while in New Jersey working on mixes at the Barbershop Studio, Stretch Lefty scored a gig at Giant's Stadium in New York City performing for fans before the football game. World renown producer Ron St. Germain (311, RHCP, Bad Brains, Muse) came aboard to mix half the record after overhearing a track being played in another room at the Barbershop Studio.
The sound of the new record is funky, hip-hop and reggae influenced and heavily groove oriented. Fans of Lovebomb will notice a slightly more somber, intimate song-writing approach, but will feel right at home with full-throttle social/spiritual tracks like "People In The Struggle", and "Soul Soundsystem". The band invited several guest musicians to improv sax, and organ as well as Columbus' own professional hip-hop enthusiast and founder of the fifteen-year-strong Hip Hop Expo, Dj BHB who laid turntables on two tracks. Universe Box is set for release summer of 2008, just in time for weekend festivals, lazy days by the pool and road trips with the top down. Like the universe itself, the evident expansion of Stretch Lefty's message against the mundane is in effect. From their core Columbus fan base, to the far reaches of the region.