Stone Sea have crossed the Atlantic in their history so they definitely have that seafaring, well-travelled vibe. What else can we find out about them…?
Elvis is from São Paulo – Brazil, Connor and Jonathan are from Ireland, where the band is currently based.
How did you meet?
In 2018 the band had a lineup change, Elvis started to look for drummers so Connor presented himself for the job. He had seen a Stone Sea gig before in the Metal 2 The Masses competition and he really dug it. Jonathan was the last one to join the band just before we went on Irish tour releasing single by single off our last EP Mankind Maze. It was around March 2019.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Stone Sea started around 2014 in Brazil but with this current line up since March 2019.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
We wanted something that sounded strong and yet adaptable. Stone Sea came out as a mix of both. We think is a really good definition of how Stone Sea sounds.
What are your influences?
Our major influences are, musically, Black Sabbath and, lyrically, Nirvana, but there are many bands we could point out that had an impact on us. World Music has a important role in our creativity as well.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Our magic comes from the mix of world music with our own blend of alt/stoner rock. We feel there’s a great connection between music from the root of civilizations and a crunchy and obese instrumentation. Plus, we get something out of every spectrum of emotion and transform it into waveforms. I’m sure you can swim in one of these waves.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Nothing too specific, when writing we tend to let the feelings and thoughts to describe themselves in lyrics and waveforms. So, in a certain way, there’s a lot about subconscious mind and feelings we can’t properly express.
What’s interesting about feelings is that everything can be really ambiguous. For instance the word “love”, that means something to me, can have a totally different meaning to you. There’s such a rich and endless universe in the spectrum of emotions… we’re just intronauts.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Our gigs are like touring throughout human emotions. It can be heavy, sad, might make you want to dance… People can expect anything, really – followed by a grooved-fatty carrousel of riffs. Hard to point out how many gigs we played, memory isn’t a strength to us!
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Elvis: I’ve seen something that amazed me once in a music festival around two years back. As you can expect there was a lot of people there, many of them living a parallel universe in their minds. So I went to use the toilet and while waiting in the queue I notice that one of the guys was really, but really out of his mind going to pee. He left his beer in the ground almost staying there with the help of gravity and when he came up and started to do his job he was peeing in his own beer (but not noticing)! In my head I was like “Haha, omg, I can’t believe this is happening”, but it did. He took his beer and had a sip straight away.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Elvis has an Aria guitar, Jonathan has a Thunderbird bass and Connor has a Pearl drums, Ludwig Snares, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Sticks.
What are your plans for 2020?
At the moment we are working on plenty of new songs for a new album and two music videos. We have a tour booked in UK booked for September 2020 for around two weeks going to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, London and many more. We’re expecting the corona virus situation to be better by then otherwise we might have to postpone it, so keep an eye in our social media for updates!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We would love to support Ozzy! Having Grayface as our guests would be just perfect, deadly band and great people.