What: Old school power trio with a metal edge
Sounds like: Stone Temple Pilots, Mountain and Metallica
Stonewall presents an energetic hybrid of metal and melody. Live, they are one of the hardest rocking outfits around. For many years, the were quite literally the band to beat, as several “battle of the bands” contestants left in their musical dust could well attest.
Last year, the Vermont band released its first full-length album, “What If?” It was definitely worth the wait, drawing comparisons to the blues-rock fusion of early Led Zeppelin and the post-millennial angst of Alice in Chains. Lead guitarist Josh Parker handles the vocals with a moaning baritone, which hovers just above a growl. Drummer Ryan Young and six-string bassist Philip Chiu provide a brawny rhythm section
If they’re reminiscent of anyone, it’s bands whose heyday came long before anyone in the band was born. The James Gang, Mountain and Three Man Army – the youngsters in Stonewall may not know these relics by name, but be assured their spirit lives in their music.
“What If?” was several years in the making, but Stonewall reportedly has new songs in the works. Hopefully, a follow-up won’t take so long.
Friday, Oct. 2 – Imperial Lounge, Claremont
Friday, Oct. 16 – Blue Shamrock, Lowell, Mass.
Saturday, Oct. 17 – Paingivers Ball, Claremont Moose Lodge
Saturday, Nov. 7 2009 – Shenanigans, White River Junction
Thursday, Nov. 19 – Landmark College, Putney, Vermont
Friday, Dec. 4 – Imperial Lounge, Claremont