Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Stone Robot.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
STONE ROBOT: B. Steels: We are a jolly gang of seafaring scallywags who enjoy pillaging and plundering as well as writing the occasional sea shanty that tends to serve as a soundtrack of sorts to our maleficent misdeeds. Or we’re just a few dudes originally from western Massachusetts, who, when the world seemed it’s bleakest, decided to write an entire album remotely (on a shared google drive) from our individual homes, just to bring a little joy into our lives, and hopefully other’s lives as well. Because isn’t that what music is meant to do? After all, I believe that even the saddest or angriest tunes can bring us happiness when we are feeling our worst.
Mr. Johnny Walker, esq: I am not now, nor have I ever been involved in piracy. But I will confess to being from Massachusetts and writing / recording / producing an awesome new album for all the reasons Steels stated.
Steels: Not even bootlegging a movie? I find that hard to believe, JDub.
JAMessiah Rockwell: Yeah. We’re three musical musketeers who are into making music we like. A band of inebriated buccaneers? Take a listen to any track off of “Planned Obsolescence” and decide for yourself.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
STONE ROBOT: Steels: I have a myriad of influences, but I’d say anything Maynard James Keenan, Mike Patton, or Frank Black (Black Francis) have done has had the biggest impact on how I write my lyrics/melodies as well as structure songs. Just as Dr. Dre and The Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for my love of poignant and blistering hip-hop verses.
JW: As a guitar player I have been most influenced by some of the great 90s punk / hardcore bands: Sam Black Church, Vision of Disorder, Sick of it All, Earth Crisis, Melvins, etc. As a songwriter, I’ve tried to imagine what Pink Floyd would have progressed into if they’d have used Astronomy Domine and Careful With that Axe, Eugene as their defining songs.
JAM: All of the major genres and subgenres of music that percolated from the 80s remain ghosts in my creative crow’s nest. But since I’ve made friends while getting into new, and more extreme, bands. And I still love swabbing influences from my shipmates to this day.
Steels: Wait, is JAM pirating my bit?
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
STONE ROBOT: JAM: We released our fledgling album, “Planned Obsolescence,” earlier this year. We put a lot into it, so hopefully listeners will get a lot out of it.
Steels: Mainly because it’s new music, and who doesn’t love new music? That said, we like to describe our album, “Planned Obsolescence,” as a genre bending collection of “artistically jarring,” tunes that somehow still meld into a singular sound unique to us. Where Aggression meets levity and melancholy meets madness.
JW: People should check it out for no other reason than to see if anything there inspires them to try something different.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
STONE ROBOT: Steels: Well, we haven’t played one yet with this project, but speaking from experience jamming with these guys in a multitude of other projects, fans can expect an impassioned performance that matches the intensity of the music itself. Think The Stooges meet The Doors, but with much less exposed skin, blood, and vomit.
JW: Since the next show we play will be the first one we play as Stone Robot; I think people are gonna appreciate the amount of noise so few people can produce.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
STONE ROBOT: Steels: Even if we’re all still working our 9-5’s with no recognition, as long as we’re still writing songs together, I’ll be content. I’ve never felt a more collaborative inspiration than when I make music with these scurvy mates. But even so. Buy our album. Because I know I speak for all of us when I say, our kids won’t stop eating.
JW: In five years, I see us fully embracing our midlife crises, expanding our Stoner O-bot label, and investing in a new studio space / live music venue.
JAM: No matter where we sail individually, we’ll be co-creating and refining our stone-cold robot sounds over the cyber-seas, or the stages of your favorite port taverns. Aargh matey!