STONE BRO­KEN

FOR FANS OF: HALESTORM, SHINEDOWN, LED ZEP­PELIN

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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.”

(L – R:) Ke­iron Conroy (bass), Robyn Hay­cock (drums), Rich Moss (vo­cals/ guitar), Chris Davis (guitar)

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