Local rockers with some funk to them Stone Soul Foundation takes the stage by storm along with Bobaflex and more at Monirae’s in Penneville tonight. Aside from this being one killer show that promises to be epic from the opening band to the last call, SSF may have a surprise or two in store for you.
Electric Valley is the album that turned rock on it’s head with the bands groove-laced metal riffs that takes the listener on a journey of sound that is both current and influenced heavily by days gone by. In short, SSF is a band on the cusp of taking the national and international music scene by storm.
In lieu of this writer catching some hellfire bug that will keep me away from the show this evening and on my back for a couple days, I did interview guitarist Jeff Wiggins about all that is SSF and what they are all about days ago and I found a dude I could be hanging with having a brew while we talk music and dream of warmer climates.
Check out the video attached for the song Sidewinder and go buy these guys albums, every single thing that I have heard from these guys is not only unique, but just better than what a lot of us are hearing churned out every day.
Stone Soul Foundation is:
Sean Muldoon – Vocals
Doug Paradise – Bass
Shane Stillman – Drums
Jeff Wiggins – Guitar
A Talk with Jeff Wiggins of Stone Soul Foundation
(Edited for length)
Stone Soul Foundation, the more I hear the more I like, now you guys are based here in the CNY, how did it all begin and how did you fight to get noticed here? It’s a tough rock music scene here.
We began as teenagers before SSF was formed, Sean Muldoon the singer and myself, we got together around 14-15 years old and we both loved metal. We wanted to write our own music. When SSF was formed, we loved that 60’s and 70’s style rock music that had that raw soul feel to it and we wanted to bring that to metal, at least the pop metal side of it that had gotten pretty soulless. We just have kept going since 2002; played every gig we could, we got noticed for sticking together and longevity. Playing, writing, recording whenever we could and I think that kept us together.
You guys are touring demons having played across the country and right here as well; can you talk about some of the memorable shows so far for the band?
Many, many memorable shops! A lot of interesting characters on the road and incidents I would say! Some of the clubs would be The Whiskey A Go-Go that we all heard about as kids; that was cool playing the same stage that The Doors did. SXSW sticks out, especially the warmth (laughs).
The band is opening for CNY favorite Bobaflex this weekend, awesome show, man!
We love playing with those guys! Speaking of hard working acts! Those guys are constantly on the road and putting out new material; they bust their humps so you have to give it to them for that. Not to mention that anybody that has had a chance to meet them they really are a bunch of down to earth guys just like we are; a fun-loving attitude so we are really looking forward to the show!
You guys still have “Unsigned as of now” on you Facebook page, how close are you or any news on that end for you?
We’ve been sending out some stuff here and there to labels that peak our interest, just keeping them up to date on what’s happening with the band. We definitely might come a point in time where we more aggressively attack a label but it’s kind of weird how the whole record label thing works today. They don’t have the resources they had 25 years ago and the business has changed. Not that we are not in the market, but we really put all our energies on running it all on our own so if we get with a label we will know how the business works plus you hear so many horror stories (we both laugh) We try and act like a label and do it all ourselves.
Well, I thought you already were on a label so you are doing a good job! (we both laugh)
We have some good people on our team! We work with a manager Sherri Dobson, a great graphic artist, New Ocean Media that we work with for promotions and such, so we got good people on our side and that’s where our main focus is right now.
Let’s get to the video stuff, you shot “Taking Back the U.S.” right here in central New York in Auburn, can you talk about that?
That is actually a stand alone single. That isn’t on Electric Valley and was shot in Auburn NY!
You newest video is “Sidewalker” which is a killer tune, a cool video, and also a part of a movie; can you tell me about that?
That is featured on the indie film Sweet Leaf and Julian Grant who directed the movie actually shot the video with us in Chicago. It debuted on Rock Revolt and it’s had a lot of views already!
Well, people like seeing vampires banging chicks so..(we both laugh some more)
Yeah I guess! You can’t go wrong with that!
So what’s in the future plans for the band, what’s ahead?
We’re in the process of teaming up with Oscar Mike which is all-American made tees and apparel, run by veterans, they hire vets, and they contribute to veterans sports and such and its all 100% American made. We are trying to get that up and running by Christmas.
What can fans expect at Monirae’s this weekend?
Definitely expect us pumping it out 110% as we always do and we just might have a surprise or two for the fans there! We are just super-psyched to be doing this one!
Last one dude, and the usual, what would you like to say to the fans?
We appreciate everything that they do to help us! We do this at a grassroots level and they have come through for us with the Kickstarter campaign for the Taking Back the U.S. video that was fan funded. We are maybe looking at another campaign to record a new album here soon. And we really enjoy working with the fans like that, it gets bands to think outside of the box for rewards and things like that! It invokes creation.