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Soul | Funk | Indie
So 31. März 19:30
Stone Foundation
Support: The Groovy Cellar

Genre: Soul | Funk | Indie

Stone Foundation have raised the bar higher once again with their stunning new studio album Everybody, Anyone released on August 24 th .

Everybody, Anyone features 11 new songs and as before, there’s a sprinkling of guest musicians who feature on the album including 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.

The Midlands based band’s 5th studio album was recorded at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studios in Surrey and 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 (chart position: 25), have taken a slightly different direction and hit upon a creative formula that clearly works. After a long period of extensive touring, which included headline shows at Shepherds Bush Empire and a storming set at Glastonbury, the band were so stoked that they went straight back to the studio to start work on Everybody Anyone while the creative juices were still flowing.

Everybody, Anyone 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 says: “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”

Singer and guitarist Neil Jones adds “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 11 tracks sound like 8 musicians maturing and developing as players (with a little help from some good friends)”

Foto: Susann Klauck

1991 hat Mastermind Olaf Schumacher, bis dahin Sänger und Songwriter der Most Wanted Men und nebenbei Northern Soul-DJ, THE GROOVY CELLAR formiert. Benannt nach einem Londoner Club der frühen 80er Jahre, war die Band seitdem mehr oder weniger kontinuierlich aktiv. Die Gruppe veröffentlichte neben nur einem Album eine Reihe von Singles und EPs für Twang!, Marsh-Marigold und Firestation Records, sowie etliche Compilation-Beitrage weltweit. Live teilte sich THE GROOVY CELLAR die Bühne mit so unterschiedlichen Künstlern wie Cleaners From Venus, Ian Brown (Stone Roses), Television Personalities, Liga der Gewöhnlichen Gentlemen oder Fehlfarben.

Deutlich beeinflusst vom klassischen Songwriting der Sixties haben sich die Veröffentlichungen der Band doch nie auf kurzlebige ideologische Raster projizieren lassen waren. THE GROOVY CELLAR sind einfach Pop, oder -sagen wir- Indie-Mod-Pop wäre treffender.

Im März 2019 erscheint das 3. Album „SOULMATES“. Ausgedacht von fünf gereiften Individuen, ist ein äußerst abwechslungsreicher Longplayer entstanden: Von dem Soul-Stomper „Soulmates“, dem 60s Beat-Kracher „Limelight“, herrlich verschleppten „Another You“ mit Beach Boys-Anklängen, dem obskuren „How Do You Sleep“ bis zum catchy Sixties Soul des „Fool For You“. Die Spielarten und das Instrumentarium sind weit gefächert, aber nie beliebig oder überladen. Produziert wurden die Songs erneut von Alex Ott (Doctorella, Dick Brave & the Backbeats, Spermbirds, Bottrops). Pass the paintbrush, honey …

Örtlicher Veranstalter: Stone Foundation