EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, PA based Alternative Rock band The Stone Eye. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Stephen Burdick for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Stephen Burdick and I play guitar and sing lead vocals. The Stone Eye was formed back in 2014, after Jeremiah and I met and jammed in a previous band of mine. The Stone Eye came about as we set out on expanding our sound and taking it in new directions which we hadn’t explored before. Five studio LP’s, a handful of EPs, and a handful of Live Session later, and we are back in the saddle preparing for our next few releases.
How did you come up with your band name?
Honestly, it was mostly a play on words. It sounded cool to me at the time (well, still does) and it wasn’t (as far as I can tell) being used by anyone, so I was just like ‘bingo!’ I just wanted something that stood out as being unique – something that was easy to remember and something people could scribble down in a notebook when they’re bored.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Philadelphia, PA. East coast USA. The Metal/Rock scene is tremendous over here – Philadelphia especially. There is no shortage of great, occasionally heavy (but not always) Philly bands coming out, and whenever you get bored just drive a couple hours up 95 and you’re in NYC- another Rock n’ Roll hotspot.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest LP is “Ventura”, which came out back in February 2020. Our latest proper release was back in May when we released ‘The Quarantine Sessions: Volume 1’, a 27 song live in-studio project we did following the live music industries shutdown from Corona. Volume 2 also just came out July 17th!
Who have been your greatest influences?
Without a doubt both Alice in Chains and Jimi Hendrix were the reason I picked up the guitar and started taking it seriously. There are a lot of others, but those are the primary two.
What first got you into music?
That’s a tough one. One distinct memory I have was when I was a kid. I remember watching Hendrix’s performance of ‘Hey Joe’ at the Monterey Pop Festival, and it blew my mind and I had to pick up guitar after that. So yeah, Probably that.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
A hard tie between both Jerry Cantrell and Josh Homme. Very hard tie.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Glastonbury. So many great acts whom I admire have gone through there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Ha, gifts? We don’t receive gifts! A year ago, we were playing in Pittsburgh and a man walked in with a bunch of custom wood-carved magnets with our name on them and gave them to us. That was really cool.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for the support, and for keeping the dream alive. We’ll be out on the road once all this Corona nonsense is over, guaranteed!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Probably Kurt Cobain. To be on top of your game like he was when he passed, both musically and fame wise, leaves a lot of wonder in terms of where he would have gone next musically. His last few demo tapes were fantastic.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love playing shows, the wonderful people you meet, and the joy of writing, when something finally clicks and you’re like “Wow, did I really write that?”. Things I hate- the long hours with little pay, the non-creative side of music in terms of planning and scheduling, and the momentary lapses of writer’s block which you think will last a lifetime.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Probably the “big business” nature of the business. It’s not as much about what you put out, as much as it is who you know.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Alice in Chains – “Dirt”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Honestly, probably downloads. You just can’t beat how accessible things are with the internet.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We’ve played a lot of fun gigs – but one that sticks out to me is the New England Doomed & Stoned Fest. We played it back in 2019.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I have no idea. Probably fucking around with computers.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Rock, Napkin, Chip, Air, and Michael Buble. In that order.
What’s next for the band?
Given the lack of anything live, we currently are primarily focusing on completing the follow-up to “Ventura”, which is deep in the mixing stages at this moment.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I don’t even know what a Jaffa Cake is!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for taking time out of your day for the interview. Cheers!
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