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THIS LOT OOZE HARD ROCK COOL. THEY MUST BE AMERICAN, RIGHT?
Not exactly.the only ‘Wild’ West Stone Broken are familiar with is the West Midlands.walsall, to be precise.“i first met Robyn [Haycock, drums] at college about 11 years ago,” says frontman Rich Moss, whose cheery Brummie accent is a bit of a giveaway.“we’ve been in and out of bands with each other, but about five years ago we hit a real down period.the guitarist in our band died after suffering from an alcohol problem, and after that we gave it up for a few years. But when you’re a musician and you’re not doing music, a load of frustration builds up, so in the end we got a lock-up and tried to bang out some tunes. Robyn’s parents introduced us to Kieron [Conroy, bass], and he brought in his band’s old guitarist, Chris Davis. It was almost like two different bands being forged together.”
COMING BACK FROM THE DEATH OF A BANDMATE MUST’VE BEEN TOUGH…
It hit Rich so hard that at first he couldn’t imagine playing in a rock band again – or drinking. He and Robyn have been able to channel these difficult emotions into Stone Broken’s music, though, and build something positive from it.“there’s this idea of alcohol going hand-in-hand with rock’n’roll, but what happened to our friend just put me off completely,” Rich sighs.“we could see that he had a problem, but he refused to admit it. It was so sad because he was a talented guy and it robbed him of everything.when you experience that, you visit dark places. If there’s a central theme to our songs it’s
AWESOME STUFF. SO, WHAT ABOUT SOME NEW TUNES?
Try Heartbeat Away, taken from Stone Broken’s second record.“it was inspired by witnessing domestic violence,” Rich explains. “We’ve grown musically over the past few years and I think it’s important that we start to get these kind of issues spoken about. I’ve seen the effect domestic violence has had on people close to me – the victims often won’t speak out because they’re scared of getting a backlash from the abuser.the song is about encouraging people to open up – the title Heartbeat Away is to remind people that there are always others who will drop everything at a moment’s notice to help. Don’t ever suffer in silence.”
THAT’S VERY INSPIRATIONAL. SO THEY’RE ALL ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE AND OVERCOMING NEGATIVITY… AND ANYTHING ELSE?
Well, working their socks off.their 2016 debut All In Time got the ball rolling, but it’s new album Ain’t Always Easy with its monster riffs and arena-ready hooks that’ll seal Stone Broken’s deal.that and the fact that offstage they put in the hours, too. Literally.“we work 9-5 on the band now, which is actually a bit scary,” laughs Rich.“one of the best things is playing lots of festivals.you’re getting in front of a lot of people in the space of 30 minutes. Luckily, some people like what they see and have started following us.” Our man is being modest – Stone Broken are into a 12-date UK tour, and two of those shows sold out in about the time it’s taken you to read these words.“it’s been absolutely incredible,” he gushes.“we’re completely taken aback!”
“WE’RE ALL FOR MUSIC HELPING PEOPLE…” about trying to overcome things. If our music can help people, I’m all for it.”