A Q&A with Stone Sea

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Stone Sea are an alt-rock band with stoner and world music influences that originated in São Paulo and are currently based in Dublin – here’s a chat with singer and guitarist Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso…

How did you get the title of your latest EP, and what does it mean to you?
‘Mankind Maze’ is about the behaviours we repeat generation to generation due to the unchangeable, or slowly mutable, society we live in. The values that are automatically injected when we are born into a society. The Mankind Maze.

What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
I suppose it was the promotion itself – idealising what the best ways are of reaching the right audience in the best way possible. It isn’t that easy to catch people’s attention on the internet, due to the fact that there are so many things going on and people nowadays lose interest. For instance, in a video, people might give you 5-10 seconds. So, you’ve got to do your best to show something really interesting about your art in this super tight space of time.

Who produced the release, and how would you say they helped shape it?
We recorded the album in Trackmix Studios in Dublin, Ireland. Michael is a wizard when it comes to music production; he knows how to get the most out of what we want to express. I’m really happy with the results – no regrets.

What do you want the listener to take away from hearing your music?
I certainly hope for them to feel connected. I don’t expect them to understand too rationally things I say; writing for me is a process of self-discovery, and my subconscious mind speaks for myself. If that helps them somehow to feel good, relieved, that makes me a happy man.

How does a track normally come together for the band? Can you tell us a bit about that process?
Usually, a riff comes out of nowhere and starts to play in a loop in my head, then eventually I get the guitar and develop something, a few variations, maybe a bridge or a chorus or something else. The next step is bringing the idea to the rehearsal and we develop from there – any of us could bring bits of songs – see how it sounds with the whole band, change some stuff here, there and that’s it, xablau.

stone sea interview irelandHow would you say that the sound of your band has changed over the last year?
It has changed a lot. ‘Origins’ was really raw and dense; things were way more straightforward when composing the riffs and melodies. Once I came to Ireland and met people from many countries, I was really dragged by the musical versatility of people and I think that was really expressed in ‘Vaporizer’, which is a way lighter work. ‘Mankind Maze’, I think, is a mix of both in a better version.

Which bands/artists have influenced you the most since you started your own band/project, and why?
Black Sabbath for its atmosphere, Type O Negative for its volatility and Nirvana for its raw sincerity.

When the world is back to normal, where would you really like to tour, and why?
We aim for the UK. We had a tour booked there for this September 2020, but due to the coronavirus we couldn’t make it. We certainly hope to get in contact with these promoters again and make this wish granted.

If you could only pick one track for our reader to listen to, to get a taster of your music, which one would you go for, and why?
They should check out our recently released music video, ‘Dream Song’. It’ll take you for a surrealistic ride into our carousel of riffs and emotions.

Where do you see your band in five years’ time?
We hope to be playing in bigger festivals, opening for bigger bands and touring more often. I can’t wait to be back on stage and free my soul.

The EP ‘Mankind Maze’ by Stone Sea is out now.
For more info visit facebook.com/stoneseamusic

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