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Since their conception in December 2010 Stonehouse have gigged incessantly, both acoustically and when plugged into the mains. Their new self titled album is Stonehouse‘s second album offering. The first albeit a live session, captured their acoustic mood and colour. Put together under pressure from gig comers to have something from Stonehouse to play, it captured Stonehouse and their songs from their “early days”.
Their sophomore effort JUNCTION, which is set for release on May 27th includes some of the heavier impressions of Stonehouse‘s original Live Sessions album and also includes newer acoustic songs. The heavier songs on JUNCTION were recorded at LIPA studios in Liverpool under the expert control and patience of engineer producer Tomi Hargreaves; and the acoustic songs recorded engineered and produced by Stonehouse‘s very own mutli-talented Nathan Owen.
Other than children and weddings (or is that weddings and then children), there have been no changes in the Stonehouse lineup. The three amigos, remain at heart a three piece that includes Deian Elfryn – drummer, cajun box and backing vocals; Nathan Owen - acoustic and electric guitarist, piano and keys; and Colin Roberts main vocals, acoustic guitars and bass guitar. Stonehouse are also very lucky to have some awesome musician buddies that join them from time to time. Owen Evans was the acoustic bass player on the first album was also freed to weave the incredibly warm yet dark bottom end on the acoustic tracks on JUNCTION.
Diversification is a great thing I was always told, it broadens your perspective, it’s the spice of life, and it is seemingly the nature of Stonehouse‘s live shows. The variety includes living rooms, snugs, streets, pubs, bars, clubs, a TeePee, a couple of fantastic Churches, a Bank Vault (in USA) and festivals the length and width of Britain; Stonehouse played an acoustic gig in a private house in Salem, piano bars in NYC and Boston; and in a small local bar in Guadarmar Spain. Blood, sweat, and tears, a cliche I know, but expect nothing byt true passion from the Welsh boys. JUNCTION took quite a while to complete. Drum tracking happened in November 2011, and the songs were finally finished in March 2013. This length of time is actually testament to the relentless slog of gigging as a band and as session musicians in other busy projects.
There are familiar Stonehouse songs on JUNCTION which they felt were necessary to include (albeit the plugged in impressions) so as to complete musical chapters in this, their Hong Kong book of kung fu,. Not one to sit on their laurels, Stonehouse have 9 new songs ready to go and plan to go back into the studio to lay them down in September 2013. Stonehouse are closing this JUNCTION chapter as winter fades and spring struggles to awaken. The Stonehouse seeds have been sown and planted. They’re not gonna sit and watch those seeds grow however, they’re too busy for that, instead Stonehouse will glance at the field from time to time to see what yields - a bushel or two of corn or fruit hopefully!