EMQ’s with STONESIDE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Texas, USA based Alternative Metal/Progressive band, Stoneside. Huge thanks to main man, Crane, 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?
Crane. Vocals live and everything else when in the studio.
How did you come up with your band name?
I’ll keep this vague. I was in a cemetery to visit “someone“. There was a funeral service going on off in the distance. I was kneeling there when a little boy, I assume from the service area, walked over to me. He said to me “are the dead people buried in these rock things“? He was referring to the tombstones themselves. I said “no. Not actually in the headstones. But they are… Around here.“ To which he said “…Well, they are on the stone side now.”
Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?
Well, I live in a tiny town in Texas. I came here on purpose to get away from the chaos of the city for mental health reasons. we are between Houston and Austin. Austin is the live music capital of the world. It has South By Southwest and all kinds of music festivals, so its scene is thriving even for niche “prog” stuff like us…Houston, where we grew up on the other hand, I love the city…but it’s a musical death trap. virtually zero support from radio. no support from press. If you’re heavy or avant garde music, good luck. We have notable country and various Hip-Hop but even that’s a huge struggle for those artists to emerge.
What is your latest release?
Our single, ‘History of Violence’ on all streaming platforms April 16th and then thereafter, our EP, “The Water”.
‘History Of Violence’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Old Darkwave stuff like Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears ,Duran Duran and all the cathartic violent stuff I came up with like Deftones, Machine Head, Pantera, Unearth, Sepultura, Tool…Recently Alpha Wolf, Motionless in White, and Converge’s latest record, and Loathe.
What first got you into music?
My granddad played piano and he was a gifted natural. He couldn’t read a note, but he would simply hear something one time, and that was a wrap. he could replicate it thereafter. He was humble and quiet, but those keys were his….then, when I was in a bad spot when I was a kid, Nirvana’s “In Utero”. I had no idea chaos and sadness in music existed until I heard that record.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
The guitarist for Loathe or Maynard Keenan from Tool. He’d get me wine drunk and loose!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download and Arctangent. those festivals audiences are truly there because they are ravenous fans of music. I want to connect with them in that.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I was asked to sign a prosthetic leg. I was honoured.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Get in touch with those in your bloodline who came before you. Pray to them, talk to them, meditate on them, contact them or however you choose to commune. embrace the ghosts and the spirit they survived with through those days that came before you. That toughness. that sincerity… use that to empower you in your struggles. Remember, death is undefeated. Live while you can and stop defeating yourself.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Mercury. ‘Nuff said.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
It makes me feel proud once in a while. It makes me feel like I at least have something I feel like I’m ok at. I try to hang my hat on that when I feel worthless from time to time. What I hate? the bloodsucking, self-worshipping, slimy, reptilian, chew-you-up-and-spit-you-out, promoters and industry “professionals”…and then there’s the downside.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That labels would invest in talent. Some of the strong, sharp Indie labels do but majors don’t. They just don’t. That’s why your Twitter and TikTok stars, with a bazlllion followers, get deals and musicians do not. they look for the sure-fire pretty viral face to hit before they’ll even take a look…the labels can’t stand to lose money in the age of streaming and downloading, so the grinders and innovators are forced underground or into production and the escapist music gets promoted by the big well-monied machine. it wasn’t always this severe, but we can’t go back it seems. The underground has to work twice as hard. Let’s not bullshit ourselves.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“In Rainbows” by Radiohead. ‘Videotape’ is the song to drift away to.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I like vinyl in the age of the stream. If nothing more than for the hard physical album art and all its words and colours.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
A lot are a blur just because of the fast paced chaos of live shows. I guess it’s expected to say that I enjoyed our shows with Nationals like Sevendust, Karnivool, etc but I’d have to say when we headlined Fitzgerald’s in Houston before they tore it down. You could feel the energy of that century old club. it was sold out and it was beautiful!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Teaching Muay Thai.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Abe Lincoln, Attila the Hun, Hitler, Jesus, and my Grandmother.
What’s next for the band?
Seeking new management to take some weight off ourselves to focus on writing these stories and playing them when this shit pandemic dies…if it does.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Crap…we’re from Texas. No Jaffa cakes…but do they go with whiskey? we try to down our sorrows over here.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I love you. Go have an amazing day.
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