This film was recorded at Mickey Finn’s on 040711.
Dan Stewart , Scott Hafferkamp , Chris Gray
With material ranging from loud, raw, and intricate to airy, intimate, and inviting, The Secret Stones have forged a sound that is both true to themselves and memorable. The band strives endlessly to stretch to find new sounds while overtly avoiding the standard conventions that dominate much of the scene today. In other words, there’s more adventure in the unknown.
That being said, there is just as much beauty in challenging an ear with complex rhythms and changes as there is in a simple pop melody. So why not both? They are just as heavily influenced by artists like Meshuggah, as they are Bjork and Fiona Apple.
The project began with a reuniting of childhood friends and their renewed commitment to push each others growth, whether it was through music or late night drunken babbling. After recording literally stacks of CD’s full of jams and concepts, Dan and Scott eventually reunited with another old friend (Chris) and began the process of reworking the ideas in a new light. Through fully contorting and shifting the framework of the songs to meet the overall vision, a sound only able to be conceived with a mutual care for each others talents and artistic tastes was produced. Even to this day the songs are still constantly under scrutiny and are poised to change on a whim for live shows. There are always new avenues to explore and redefine. Let’s find them.
The band’s heart is in its live shows. Being in the moment and delivering is what it’s all about. Anybody can tweak knobs at home and sound like a messiah. That’s boring. What matters are the real moments in a live room… period. Nothing beats the synergy felt when an audience connects with the band and becomes a part of the show. An ordinarily average evening becomes something completely new and unexpected. These are the moments that matter.
No thank you to predictability, classification, common form, complacency, self-induced barriers, preconceived judgments, unevolved ideologies, trendiness, compromise, over-analysis, and under-involvement.
Yes to humility, adaptation, growth, forgiveness, gratitude, change, immediate relevance, unrelented searching, absolute adoration of what’s inside, constant curiosity, unabiding honesty, and digging to the center of heated debates.
No more compromises… no more denying the importance of love in an expressive art form, no more style over substance, this is pure unadulterated “play from your f*cking heart” rock & roll.(read less)
Dan Stewart : email@example.com
Scott Hafferkamp : firstname.lastname@example.org
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