The Stone Cold. Introducing a metal band with biteBy Jo Lee on Sunday, 28 July, 2013
Over the past few months we have featured quite a few new British bands, all destined for great things. However, we have been holding out for a solid metal band that stands out from the crowd for quite some time now.
Luckily I stumbled across The Stone Cold through their twitter page, and after the first listen instantly knew there was something different about this London-based outfit.
Firstly, they have kept the band to just three members, as did all the greats of the past; Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mötorhead, Therapy, Primus, together with bands of more recent years such as, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Muse, and not forgetting, probably one of the most influential three-piece bands, Nirvana.
Frontman of the band, Nik Hollis;
“I love the rawness of a three-piece, there is no room for laziness in this set-up, there’s no passing the buck for cock-ups, it certainly keeps me on my toes playing lead guitar and singing simultaneously, but we are all great players and for three dudes, make a lot of (nice) noise!”
“The Seattle scene is definitely a major influence over the sound and songs, Alice in Chains particularly, not that I claim for one minute I can sing anything like the late great Layne Staley! Classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queen and Black Sabbath as well as heavier stoner bands such as Kyuss, Down, Cathedral and Acrimony also influence our musical direction.”
Hollis (guitarist/singer) has that raspy vocal sound that for a split second you could easily be forgiven for mistaking as Mötorheads main man, Lemmy. This powerful trio is completed with Allan Burls (bass) and Brian Reilly (drums)
Burls has been involved in quite a few projects over the years and has played with some truly amazing artist with a broad range of genres. He has worked alongside Hollis for quite some time now;
“Playing with these two guys is truly amazing, I’ve known Nik for years now and it’s been great seeing what he is capable of as a songwriter and also as a guitarist. Meeting fellow band mate Brian was a great stroke of fortune, for a young guy, he plays with a lot of maturity and can hit those drums hard! I’m sure he has a big future ahead of himself”.
“Duff” (GnR) is an idol of mine not only for his ability but also his attitude. ‘Appetite for Destruction’ was definitely a defining moment for me”.
Reilly the newest member of the band, originally from West Ireland, has now moved to London to pursue his dreams and dedicate his time to the band. A self-confessed Bonham fanatic he approaches the drums with mind blowing tenacity and is truly amazing to watch.
“I’m very lucky to have got in with two such great musicians and decent guys. I myself have been drumming since I was about 9 or 10 and I’m 21 now but it still feels like yesterday when I got my first kit made of cardboard, plastic and strings! I’m very much enjoying being a member of The Stone Cold”.
The fast rhythm intro to single, ‘Mind Cell Seizure’ instantly grabs you by the balls! Heavy hooks, dense bass and relentless drums! You can never quite tell what direction the bands songs will take, but the outcome is always a pleasant surprise to the ears. Over the next coming months there’s a lot more to be seen from this original British Rock trio, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds for such a well deserving band.
To catch this trio of noise get yourself down to Scorpio’s Bar High Wycombe – 16th August
The band will also be playing a new EP launch show later on in the year. We will keep you up to date with information regarding upcoming tour dates as and when we know!