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Stone Axe Bio
Born in 2007 in Port Orchard, Washington, at the hands of multi-instrumentalist T. Dallas Reed (Mos Generator), as soon as there was a Stone Axe, there was a reason for its being: Seventies rock preservation.
Think of Free, of Thin Lizzy, the glory days of the power trio. The earliest days of Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Foghat and AC/DC. Reed brings these sounds to life with vibrancy that makes the current crop of “retro” acts look silly. It’s not about fashion. It’s about the spirit of rock and roll, the spirit of creation.
Stone Axe make organically grown, passionately harvested classic rock and roll. You can hear it in Reed’s guitar, or in the swaggering vocals of singer Dru Brinkerhoff. There’s no irony to anything they do, no wink and nudge to say, “Yeah, look at us, but we don’t really mean it.” They do mean it. Every single time.
In their short tenure together, Stone Axe have banged out two eponymously titled full-lengths and more splits, singles and EPs than you can keep up with, through labels like their own Music Abuse Records, Roadburn Records, Ripple Music, Hydro-Phonic and RxEvolution Recordings. Reed handles the recording himself and is always writing, so don’t expect them to slow down, either.
The drive isn’t to innovate, but to celebrate. When you listen to Stone Axe, you hear parts that call to mind these heroes of rock and you’re happy. It’s okay to smile. That means you get it. Stone Axe aren’t out to reinvent the wheel, they’re out to keep it round in a world that’s decided it would be better squared off.
-JJ Koczan / The Obelisk