Stone Driver is a critically acclaimed rock band based in Washington, DC, made up of five very talented musicians and music heads. This band gathers influences from a wide variety of rock artists from Pink Floyd to Alice in Chains, evident in the different sounds and riffs you’ll hear in their newest and second studio album Rocks. The album features badass guitar solos, funky bass lines, and a set up of drum beats and sounds that’ll have you marching along the entire album.
The album starts out with the track “Send Me” which immediately sets the tone with a good ole rock n’ roll guitar riffs right from the beginning. The lone guitar has a southern rock, twangy feel to it with lots of attitude and rock n’ roll style. Soon after, all the other instruments join in to make a loud and heavy ballad that let’s you know what this band is all about. All the instruments quiet down together, though, right when the vocalist comes in. This track is all about the singer, and sets the vibe that the entire album is going to be the same. In this song, the instruments are mostly in the background and supporting the singer, and then all blow up again during the chorus. Yet, the rest of the album tells a different story.
All of these musicians are experienced and talented with their instruments, evident in the solos and crazy riffs throughout the album. The album does an excellent job changing pace and sounds, and letting each instrument highlight their talent. The second track “Cage for example starts out with the drums giving us an awesome, fast-paced tapping sound heavy with high-hats that sets a really cool jammy sound to the song. The singer’s voice is much more muted by the other instruments, compared to the first.
The transitions in all the songs between calm, repetitive chord progressions to loud, jam sessions with solos are impeccable. The compositions and production of these songs is top notch. One of the best features of Rocks is the variety of sounds and influences you feel. The album moves from southern rock, to funky rock and then to more progressive rock at the end. The change of pace and sounds makes this a fun and easy listen.
There is an awesome, funky bass line in the song “From the Sky” and the entire song has a Red Hot Chili Peppers vibe to it. The bassist gets his time to shine and really displays a huge amount of talent. There is great chemistry between all the instruments, each getting their turn at the main-stage while keeping a balance that makes the songs enjoyable; they are clearly well put together. This band is full of talented musicians and their time spent together is evident because Rocks turned out to be a balanced, varied and well-put together album that is a fun listen for any rock fans out there.
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