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Front Porch Step

Front Porch Step
Jake McElfresh
Front Porch Step
Newark, OH
GenresAcoustic rock, indie rock, emo revival
InstrumentsAcoustic guitar
LabelsPure Noise (formerly)

Front Porch Step is the solo acoustic project of Jake McElfresh of Newark, Ohio.[1]


Front Porch Step began in 2012. In 2013, Front Porch Step signed to Pure Noise Records and released his debut album Aware. In 2013, he supported Never Shout Never on four of their tour dates.[2] In the summer of 2014, Front Porch Step played on the Vans Warped Tour. In the fall of 2014, Front Porch Step played on the Pure Noise Records Tour with State Champs, Handguns, Forever Came Calling, Brigades and Heart to Heart.[3] In February and March 2015, Front Porch Step planned to go on his first headlining tour, with support from Have Mercy, Alcoa, Hotel Books, and Head North. Due to sexual harassment allegations, Mcelfresh has suspended his tour until further notice.[4] Front Porch Step was going to partake in the 2015 Vans Warped Tour, which is held annually throughout the summer, but was removed from the tour due to the allegations brought up against him.[5]

On June 2, 2016, after a year long hiatus due to sexual harassment allegations, Mcelfresh returned with the release of a song called 'Help Me Hurt' to Spotify.[6]

Sexual harassment controversies

Jake McElfresh has been accused by several young people of sexual harassment through mobile phones, including sending nude pictures of himself to underaged girls.[7] This led to a petition demanding he be removed from the 2015 Warped Tour. His record label, Pure Noise Records, and Kevin Lyman, creator of the Warped Tour, announced they were aware of the allegations.[8]

On 4 January 2015 McElfresh announced via his Facebook page that he had suspended all current tour dates, including Warped Tour, due to the allegations.[9] On 3 April 2015, McElfresh issued a public statement via Facebook. In it, he explained that when growing up, he had self-esteem issues and "certainly was not a ladies man," and when he finally got his breakthrough with music, he was surprised at how much attention from female fans he received. He admitted that he had corresponded through text messages with women, some of whom were underaged, but claimed that the conversations were "not as one sided as they seem," pointing out that no charges had been brought against him. He also stated that even though some of the conversations were sexual in nature, "(he) only had conversations with willing participants". McElfresh then admitted that [he] "wondered if (he) wanted to be alive anymore" in the few months after the allegations were brought up, and took a break from social media after being dropped by his label and removed from all tours, considering it the "greatest thing (he) could have ever done". He also stated that he intends to return to music in the summer.[10]

On 1 July 2015, McElfresh performed his first show since the allegations were brought, at the Acoustic Basement at the Nashville, Tennessee stop of Warped Tour.[11] Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman stated that he had spoken with McElfresh's personal counselor, who said that the performance would be a part of his therapy, he would not be paid for the show, and he would not appear at any other stops of the tour. Lyman stated that he allowed McElfresh to perform the show because he has not been charged with a misdemeanor, stating that "If he was a legitimate danger to anyone, he simply wouldn't be here.[12]" Many bands tweeted their opinions of the situation, practically all in distaste.[13] McElfresh also dealt with a concertgoer in the crowd who publicly criticized him, saying "The difference between you and me is that I know who I am, and I am very proud of that. So you can go ahead, watch my set. Thank you very much. Thanks for the ticket money, dude.[14]"

The controversy was the subject of a song by Stray from the Path entitled "D.I.E.P.I.G.", which attacks musicians who use their fame to abuse young girls.[15]

On June 2, 2016 McElfresh released his first single in over a year, "Help Me Hurt", a Christian song vaguely addressing the allegations and asking God for forgiveness.


Studio albums

Year Album Chart positions
Top Heatseekers
2013 Aware[16][17] 39
2017 I Never Loved Before I Found You.[18]


Year Album details
2014 Whole Again[19]
  • Released: December 2, 2014
  • Label: Pure Noise Records
  • Format: CD, Vinyl, music download


Year Album details
2017 Burned
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: I Never Loved Before I Found You
  • Format: CD, music download
2017 Stones
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: I Never Loved Before I Found You
  • Format: CD, music download


  1. ^ Whitt, Cassie. "Song Premiere: Front Porch Step, "Drown"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Crane, Matt. "Front Porch Step to tour with Never Shout Never". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "Handguns, Forever Came Calling added to Pure Noise Records Tour". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "Front Porch Step announces tour with Have Mercy, Alcoa, Head North, more". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Crane, Matt. "Neck Deep, Palisades, Front Porch Step, Handguns, more announced for Warped Tour 2015". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Front Porch Step".
  7. ^ Coscarelli, Joe. "A Pop-Punk Singer and the Blurred Line Between Digital Fan Mail and Trouble". New York Times. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ Shotwell, James (30 December 2014). "FRONT PORCH STEP ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT, LABEL RESPONDS". Under the Gun Review. SpinMedia. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ Shotwell, James (4 January 2015). "Front Porch Step Issues New Statement, Cancels All Tour Plans". Under the Gun Review. SpinMedia. Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Front Porch Step".
  11. ^ Sharp, Tyler (1 July 2015). "Front Porch Step reportedly playing Warped Tour today - UPDATED".
  12. ^ "Warped Tour's Kevin Lyman responds to Front Porch Step controversy (exclusive)". 2 July 2015.
  13. ^ Sharp, Tyler (1 July 2015). "Musicians react to Front Porch Step playing Warped Tour".
  14. ^ Sharp, Tyler (1 July 2015). "Front Porch Step makes opening statement at Warped Tour: "I know who I am"".
  15. ^ Stray From The Path attack sexual predators on "D.I.E.P.I.G" (exclusive) AltPress. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  16. ^ Slessor, Dan. "Front Porch Step - Aware". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ Zarrillo, Zack. "POZ Stream: Front Porch Step - Aware". Property of Zack. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Front Porch Step". Facebook - Aware. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ Crane, Matt. "Front Porch Step - "A Lovely Mess" song premiere and EP announcement". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2014.

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