Somebody bite me! I'm back in late 1980's Berlin listening to the sound of the Saxophone and being wooed by the lead singer of The Smiths. Wait! No, I've simply gone day dreaming to the sound of the fantastic The Autumn Stones. What a bloody great feeling. The true spirit of what Mod music can represent, so what better way to kick of Mod week than this? The bounce, the cool, the unique rock and roll. Not afraid to be something different. Third Introducing The Autumn Stones, take it away...
How did this happen
We all met at a satanic orgy, but by an amazing coincidence in the ensuing years the other band members also all answered my Craigslist ads looking for musicians who love The Smiths, The Bunnymen and The Magnetic Fields. So, in a word it was love that brought us together.
You need to listen to
Escapists is our best work so far. It ranges musically from post-punk to dream pop, jazz, folk, and psychedelia. Lyrically it touches on faith, religious extremism, life, love and sex...things that are going on now in the world and are relevant to people. It can get boring when songwriters are too fixated on the first-person 'slice of life' approach. Writing about politics fell out of fashion a long time ago in popular music, but it can be done well if you do it right. You just have to be smart and have a sense of humour about it. Rock the Casbah by The Clash or The Lazy Sunbathers by Morrissey are good examples of serious subject matter dealt with both intelligently and with humour.
We have gone through quite a few lineup changes over the years. We've had 4 drummers, and 3 bass players. Each lineup has been cool and interesting in slightly different ways. On our first album Companions of the Flame, we had trumpet and trombone playing the instrumental hooks and Ciaran (singer) would handle all of the soloing on guitar. On the new record Gary has taken over most of the soloing. That frees Ciaran up to focus more on the vocals. Our sound on Escapists remains similar to the first album stylistically, but features more dynamics in the arrangements. That's because the arrangements have involved more and more input from the rest of the band over the years.
At every Autumn Stones gig we leave at least one thing behind and it seem to be getting worse. Sometimes it's the gig money and we have to double back later in the week. Our latest gig was opening for The Cribs (Third Outing, an aptly named website to feature on, then) and we forgot 2 cables, a guitar stand at the club and then we forgot the keys in Gary's car and had to crash at Ciaran's brother's. That's 3 things. A new record. We got the stand and the keys back. 2 out of 3 ain't bad!