Band/Artist Name: Stone Driver
Recommended if you like: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, Soundgarden
Story behind your band/artist name: Nothing too fancy, just thought the combination sounded cool. We liked the word "Stone" because of its lineage with bands like the Rolling Stones and Stone Temple Pilots, and it mirrors the classic meets modern rock vibe is a big part of our sound. "Driver" just relates to the fact that we want to keep moving and evolving musically and as a band; we have a lot of fun but always an incredibly high work ethic to keep writing, recording, and performing new music.
Band Members: Chad Lesch - Guitar; Tim Boyer - Bass & Backing Vocals; John Gossart - Lead Vocals; Dan Epley - Drums
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Falls Church, VA is homebase, but all Stone Driver members live inside the Beltway and are proud DC/NOVA citizens
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:
1) We recently played a gig at the National Archives in DC and had the US Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights sitting literally 10ft behind us; the National Archives had a constant security guard presence that started freaking out that the volume of our instruments was going to literally damage the historic documents. Luckily for freedom nothing was hurt and it was a fun show.
2) Sharing the bill with Living Colour and the B-52s at the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax Festival this year was absolutely surreal, and it was great to get a bunch of our DC fans and friends to rock out at a huge outdoor festival. Our drummer Dan was literally star-struck being able to see Will Calhoun; we were also 20ft away from the Shocktop Beer tent, so that didn't hurt either :-)
3) Being in a band, you often play some odd bills and venues that just don't quite make sense but you gotta roll with it. I'm not going to name names, but we once shared a bill with a "Nerd-Core" band, "Sitcom-Core" band, and a gangster rap artist that literally had a two foot high rainbow mohawk. We'll play some trippy and experimental stuff on occasion, but I felt like Alice stepping through the looking glass sharing that bill. The funniest part was one of the bands used a bedsheet to project video of 1960s era sitcom clips onto as part of their act; and apparently would use the same sheet at home every night on their bed. I swear I have never seen a nastier bedsheet in my life; it looked like a Jackson Pollock painting merged with a Vegas light show under the blacklight, it was some freaky stuff man.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Working with famed London producer Sefi Carmel on our latest album "Rocks" was a huge turning point for us. Sefi has produced work for legendary artists like David Bowie, Phil Collins, BB King, Bruno Mars, etc, so being able to tap into his extensive experience and musical acumen was a huge addition to the album, and really set the tone for the energy and presence I think we were able to capture on tape with his help. He's an incredibly humble and kind guy despite his ridiculous resume, our band was incredibly thankful that he agreed to work with us and I think the new album is our best yet in large part to his input.
Official Website URL: http://www.stonedriver.com/
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/StoneDriverBand
iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/stone-driver/id786706740
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/73CSJdvZ044VJobGLdM9cg
Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/stonedriverband/
Main Genre: Hard Rock
Other Genres: Rock, Grunge, Space Rock, Psychedelic, Blues Rock