“STONE DRIVER “DESCENT” Do you remember when music was free from irony? It has been a while, but there was a brief period in my youth where every band took the approach of Stone Driver. They just wanted to rock out with straightforward heartfelt songs. Music got a lot more complicated, and while better in some ways, we can be happy we still have bands that know how to rock. And Stone Driver does that plenty on this record, but offers a fair amount of variety within their sound. They have some psyche tones in ‘Prism’, offer acoustic moments, with different rhythms and guitar sounds throughout. They are a fairly new band on the DC scene, but they clearly have veteran players that know how to bring out the best in a song. If you want thoroughly modern slacker attitude, there are some choices on this list, but for real rock fans, check this out.”
“At a concert Nov. 5 in Fat Tuesday’s at University Mall, local band Stone Driver celebrated the release of its second album, “Rocks,” where they played new tracks as well as old favorites from their earlier LP, “Descent.” A classically-inspired space rock band, their music is a diverse and eclectic mix of different rock subgenres, infusing a deep-rooted genre with new vibrancy... ...The emphasis on guitar is a welcome throwback to classic rock principles. Overall, Stone Driver’s sound is reminiscent of the rock and roll of generations past, when rock music was dominated and defined by blistering electric guitar riffs and strong musicianship. However, with its vocal roots steeped in a southern rock tradition, complimented by thoroughly punk rock beats, Stone Driver’s sound is a hybrid of old school rock and new age eccentricity.”
Stone Driver - Chasing Demons
A combination of gritty rock and psychedelic sounds.
Stone Driver is a band from Washington, DC. Their sound is a blend of uncompromising rock and roll and lush psychedelic textures, falling somewhere in between vintage aesthetics and modern vibes.
They have a really special approach to his blend of rock music. The group’s sound is really powerful and direct, combining lush melodies with really intriguing textures and infectious grooves, tipping the hat off to classic rock, blues, and more. The story of Stone Driver, like many other great stories, started out as an idea - the idea of sharing something with the audience and create a positive experience, not only for the audience but also for each member of the band. The group is indeed a labor of love, and definitely the hallmark of musicians who deeply care about the quality of their music. Each band member managed to set the bar higher and bring something unique to the table, in terms of influences. As a result, the sound of this band is remarkably diverse, and it touches on a wide range of genres, ranging from blues to rock, psychedelic music, and a lot more.
Recently, Stone Driver set out to release a new, groundbreaking album, a record titled “Chasing Demons”, which really highlights the unique tone of his music. The sound of this album will immediately impress listeners with a truly amazing flow and with a lot of dazzling energy.
What I really love about it is that it captures the aesthetics and vibe of some of the best 70s rock music, while retaining a really unique tone, which makes me think of punk and grunt music as well…think Nirvana jamming with Pink Floyd! The result is really groundbreaking, combining strong rock and roll antics with moody psychedelic textures, and pretty much everything in between. The vocals are absolutely spot on, going for a very direct and personal feel.
In addition to the striking vocal performances, the production of the album is also particularly unique. The tone is absolutely stellar, and it is really striking, especially when it comes to the amazing balance of every element in the mix. The low end is thick and present, really allowing the mix to be filed with movement and purpose. Moreover, the top end is crisp and warm, adding a lot of definition to the mix.
If you enjoy the work of influential artists the likes of Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Greta Van Fleet, or even Jimi Hendrix, this release will certainly be one to add to your heavy rotation! You are certainly going to be able to connect with Stone Driver’s amazing attitude and intuitive songwriting. This release feels like an instant classic, and it has a sense of familiarity with it, which almost feels like rediscovering one of your favorite records. The band really knows a thing or two about channeling a wide variety of musical influences, but in such a way that the sound never feels like a trite re-composition of some other artist’s music, but rather something quite original, as a labor of love and passion for the music itself.
Some bands seem to pigeonhole themselves in a single category, but in this case, Stone Driver managed to really bring home a diverse and forward-thinking sound, that has a very distinctive spirit. From conception to fruition, this release really hits the mark, and it certainly highlights the artist’s exciting identity. We are certainly gonna stay tuned and look forward to checking out what the future holds in store for Stone Driver who is increasingly gaining the attention of audience members and critics alike!
At the end of the day, “Chasing Demons” definitely stand out as a remarkable achievement for this particular band. The sound of the album is accomplished and polished, yet quite instinctual and direct, highlighting the band’s uncommon ability to really gel together, and create music that makes people happy…it’s as simple as that, but sometimes people forget what this really should be about! I definitely recommend listening to this album if you are a fan of honest, solid and well-played rock music with a unique twist!
“..."Rocks" reminded me of everything that I love about rock music. The band sounds amazing and the production is absolutely perfect. From the first single “Send Me”, Stone Driver will send you on an epic journey of live instruments and creative concepts that will have you hooked. One single that really stood out to me on this album is titled "From The Sky." I can picture this song in a scene of an action movie. I instantly added this song to my gym playlist. You can feel how much energy the band pours into every song. The lead singer adds another great element with his vocals. Stone Driver is my new go to band. They personify everything that is so powerful about rock music and I would love to see them perform live. While listening to this album I noticed one common theme. Stone Driver's production is second to none. You will find gems all throughout this album. “Powerful instrument solos and versatile singing. This is rock at it's finest!””
Here in 3 minutes and 30 seconds of electrifying lead guitar the rock band Stone Driver has released a captivating new single, "Voodoo Woman,” off of upcoming album Chasing Demons. This song reflects a modern, yet classic sound of blues, funk, and rock that draws you into the sound of the late Jimmy Hendrix himself! The way the drums and guitar mix, make you feel like you’re in a southern church on Sunday morning. So refreshing in 2018 to have such a classic sound. “Voodoo Woman” is a reflection of the times. The lyrics keep you on your toes as you reminisce on past decisions, reminding you what NOT to do next time temptation comes around! Musicianship is so rare these days, Stone Driver reminds us it is not extinct and is not to be looked over!
Stone Driver interview on the Another Wasted Hour
podcast with Keith & Victor
“The riffs of John Fogerty and Stevie Ray Vaughan who meet the energy Hawkwind. '' Rocks is the second opus of the quartet of Washington DC and really surprising. It is with an accomplishment more vitamin that the first album and with reason, Stone Driver has paid the services of the producer Sefi Carmel (Bowie and Collins). Riffs of guitar that kill, the bass and the battery are very present by their energy and vocally John Gossart imposes itself. The riffs of a John Fogerty or Stevie Ray Vaughan who meet the energy of Hawkwind ... it defines very well the colors of Stone Driver. Mix of blues, rock, alternative and very effective space rock that makes us kick our feet during the 36 minutes that lasts the album. You want to discover one of the groups that stands out the most in Washington? Stone Driver is for you!”
“Keeping a core sound is what really helps a band stand out in the long run, particularly when a band has as many influences as Stone Driver. On their latest album Rocks the band mixes a hard rock sound with parts RHCP, T. Rex, Muse, Soundgarden, The Strokes and even some country to make a rich sound that never feels out of place. Opening with the driving “Send Me” the band kicks down the gate and makes it clear what kind of rock they bring to the table. The distorted bass is candy on “Cage” and sets the tone for the exact brand of riff-driven heavy rock that it presents. “From The Sky” however goes into a more Red Hot Chili Peppers influenced jam with bass taking the lead on top of more funky guitars and vocals that definitely have a more bouncy rhythm in comparison to the rest of the record..”