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Monday 15 February 2021

Alternative-Rock Duo The Blue Stones Mine A New Lyrical Seam On Sophomore Album Hidden Gems

Alternative-rock duo The Blue Stones, who are set to release their sophomore album, Hidden Gems, have been working with famed producer Paul Meany, who has helped the band to not only explore and create music in a new way, but discover themselves throughout the writing process. 

These developments are clear on the band's new single, Spirit. 

The song blends a mix of electrifying guitars and tempo riding drums mixed with more mellow moments. 

Lyrically, vocalist/guitarist Tarek Jafar addresses the push and pull he feels within himself to do what he thinks is best versus more self-destructive habits, belting through the chorus "I don't trust myself, I feel like somebody else."  
 
Speaking on the creation of Spirit, Jafar said:

"I've always felt a little torn between two selves. The person who does what he should, and the other who does what he wants. 

"It's ping pong for the psyche, and I've played it extensively this past year. 

"I'd like to consider myself a normal, contributing member to society; and that's only true because I let myself indulge in the 'wants' every now and then. That's what letting your spirit play is." 


When Jafar and Justin Tessier (drums/vocals) formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. 

What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. 

Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that led to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. 

As the band were working with Paul Meany on what would become their sophomore-effort, Hidden Gems, they realised they wanted to take the sound they had become known for and give it a new edge. 

Across the ten songs on the album, the band pairs rock songs built to be played in a stadium with layered, R&B leaning numbers and moody, grunge tracks. 

The songs resonate with a powerful emotional intensity both sonically and lyrically, with Jafar penning his most personal lyrics to date. 

Centered around self-confidence, the album works through accepting your strengths and weaknesses, touching upon heartbreak and bad habits. 
 
"Even though some of these songs sound different," says Jafar, "at the end of the day we stayed true to who we are as The Blue Stones. 

"So even if the songs border on a different genre, you're still going to get us, because it"s still us writing the songs and performing the songs. 

"We have a vision that we've been focused on since we started this band and that hasn't changed. I want the fans to really enjoy and connect with these songs."
 
"We both just tried to serve the music the best way we could," adds Tessier. "And that was by taking out the ego from them. 

"I really want these songs to capture people's attention. I want them to understand that The Blue Stones are a force."
 
The Blue Stones new album, Hidden Gems, is set for release on 19th March 2021. CLICK HERE to pre-order.

by: Mike Cobley




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