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Wednesday 27 June 2018

Back In The Game: Soulsters Stone Foundation Set To Showcase New Funk Heavy Sound In Brighton

Stone Foundation's new album, Everybody, Anyone, was recorded at Paul Weller's Black Barn Studios in Surrey and features a sprinkling of guest musicians.

The Midlands based band's fifth studio album was produced by Stone Foundation founding members Neil Jones and Neil Sheasby and engineered by Charles Rees.
 
The band, buoyed & encouraged by the reception to their last album Street Rituals, have taken a slightly different direction and hit upon a creative formula that clearly works. 

Singer and guitarist Neil Jones said: 

"We wanted to make tunes that would unite people no matter what their background or beliefs may be and also for the first time in a while explore topics closer to home that effect us all, such as family, loss and finding comfort in some of the darker times we all face. 


"It was important we changed the sound and made it harder and heavier and ultimately funkier and to me these eleven tracks sound like eight musicians maturing and developing as players (with a little help from some good friends)"

Guests on the album include Kathryn Williams, Dr Robert, Mick Talbot, Steve White, & The Average White Band"s Hamish Stuart. And unable to stay away, Paul Weller (who produced and featured on the last album) sneaks back in with a bit of piano, guitar and BVs on a couple of tracks.
 
After a long period of extensive touring, the band went straight back to the studio to start work on Everybody Anyone while the creative juices were still flowing.
 
The album sees a harder, heavier funk vibe than it's predecessor but with the great grooves comes great songs. 

Talking about the album, bassist Neil Sheasby said: 

"In recent years I've heard a lot of records with great grooves but there's no song, the message & melodies were still key to the records creation. 

"To me it sounds like a very cohesive collection of tunes, a body of work that hangs well as a complete album. The next natural step for Stone Foundation" 
 
The first track to be released from the album is the soulful Standing On The Top which clocks in at over seven minutes. 

With its heavy bass-line complimenting a floating guitar hook that links in the gorgeous backing vocals, it gives a real glimpse of the new sound. 

A video of the track has been done with filmmaker Joe Harvey. 

Shot in various locations that are close to the band, it created the perfect visual atmosphere for the song.

Stone Foundation's new album 'Everybody, Anyone' is released on 24th August. The band play Patterns Brighton on 23rd November 2018.

by: Mike Cobley



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