Rock and roll used to be a rite of passage for rebellious youth. Somewhere along the way the soul of rock and roll got lost in a sea of flannel, entitlement, and disenchantment. While there is something to be said for the reckless energy of the young, it seems more and more lately that the best new music is crafted by those who understand the heritage and heart of the past. Such is the case for the veteran rockers that comprise Stone Prophet.
Founded earlier this year by highly-regarded local talents, Jeremy Sutherland (vocals), Chris Jansen (guitars, keyboards), and C.P. Palmer (guitars), Stone Prophet taps into the band’s collective roots to create a debut EP, Voices, which resonates with the vibrancy of the past while stepping boldly into the contemporary music scene. Jeremy, C.P. and Chris did their due diligence in selecting like-minded talents Jonny Routt (bass) and J.D. Edwards (drums) to round out the group’s dynamic line-up.
Whether it is the retro, guitar-centric atmosphere of the EP’s title cut, “Voices,” or the soulful groove of “Indifference,” the band quickly showcases its ability to blend melody and catchy harmonies. The dark and weighty crush of “Obliteration” taps into the band’s more alternative side, while the final track, “No Rest” brings the EP full circle to the broody swagger that permeates Voices from the EP’s the opening moments.
Stone Prophet‘s Voices EP is by no means flawless, but as a debut taste of the promise the band offers, as well as a sonic glimpse into what the guys bring to the table, it’s a fantastic calling card. The fact that they have already recorded an EP only a few months into their existence while most fledgling bands are still rocking around on wobbly legs, reinforces the strength of the unit’s collective experience and talents.
“Stone Prophet are musicians seeking to tell a story, an idea, a solution to what cannot be resolved alone. Reaching out with words, melodies, riffs and rhythms to awaken a dormant humanity in us all, Stone Prophet seeks to embrace all in a great unificatio
n through rock and roll.” – Stone Prophet
“Stone Prophet, for me, is the reward of perseverance. You know how you always dreamed of the ‘perfect’ group of musicians? There’s a kindred spirit with Stone Prophet that continues to grow. For the first time I feel like I can place my trust in not merely fellow musicians, but more importantly, friends – the kind of guys you could grow old with.” – Chris Jansen
Preach on, brothers! Preach on!