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 Stonebrother.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
STONEBROTHER: Zach and Ethan Smith join Leo Cox to form a hard-hitting, hard rocking group from the East Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. Combining the raw energy of 70s punk rock with the shredding solos and thundering bass of Van Halen and Metallica with influences ranging from heavy metal, to grunge to pop, this trio is the adrenaline-fuelled head-banging shot to the serotonin boosters you’ve been looking for.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
STONEBROTHER: Zach: We each have our own individual influences, for me that’s Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Paul Gilbert and others for guitar, and Sammy Hagar, Layne Staley, Myles Kennedy, Sebastian Bach and others for vocals. As a band we bring our influences together to fit somewhere between Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Rush, The Tragically Hip, and many many more.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
STONEBROTHER: Ethan: Our latest release is an EP called Every Second Counts, and it’s available on all major streaming platforms. Readers should check it out because it’s a love letter to rock and metal from the 1970s and 80s, but with a modern twist. A familiar sound in some regards, but unlike most music that people will know from that era, while at the same time just as enjoyable.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
STONEBROTHER: Leo: Energy, and variety. We try to be funny too, it’s debatable if we succeed in that respect. Regardless, we have fun and try to get the audience involved as much as possible, so be ready to get involved and sing “a little undone/a little unwound.”
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
STONEBROTHER: Zach: Hopefully in 5 years we’ll be big enough to do a world tour as a support act, and eventually as a headliner if we play our cards right and the stars align.