XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Hey! We currently are twelve songs deep into the recording process for our next record, are hitting the road in about a week to promote Ventura, and are planning our next tour after this next weeks run.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Jeremiah (drummer) and I have been jamming since 2013, with the first Stone Eye release being 2014. The current iteration of the band has been together for nearly a year.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Writing and performing my own music had always been my inspiration. I remember watching bootlegs of shows growing up and being like “Man, I want to do that.”
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Honestly, every part of it is fun. I’d say that playing songs for a responsive audience though never gets old- no matter how many times you have played that song.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Nothing incredibly outrageous, just a few stories of some of us getting way too drunk or smoking way too much weed at the after parties and then having to drive eight hours the next day.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
People asking us to play a certain song from a certain album- as if any one even knows our music!
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Some are, some aren’t. The typical really.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Hmm. Probably Beyond The Pale, Ventura, Eyes of Eden. We recently started jamming on some new material live- those tunes have been a blast.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Many have, but Alice in Chains was my first. Watching that video for Rooster when you’re 12 years old just makes you want to pick up a guitar and jam your heart out.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
The Beatles, Ween, and Alice in Chains.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Being able to say that we have five albums under our belt and have toured in support of said records. It’s a pretty cool feeling.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I have no idea. I have dream careers, but what I’d actually be doing? No clue.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
We run the typical four piece set up- two guitar amps, bass rig, drum set, and a couple of microphones.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Depends where you look. Right now in Philadelphia, I believe it is striving. The only problem is that there is such an over saturation of certain genres that it makes drawing for certain shows tough. Take Stoner Rock for instance- so many great bands and shows but only a handful will get more than 20 people coming through the door.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
That despite my holier than holy rockstar status, that I still sleep, eat, and poop as anyone else does.
XS ROCK: How would you describe your sound?
A fuzzy blend of pop, alternative, progressive, and stoner rock.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Be on the lookout for a show in a city near you! Enjoy Ventura? We got some more tunes coming your way in the coming months . Thank you for all the support- without fans we wouldn’t have the opportunity to be doing what we love.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!