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STONE Share New Single & Video “Let’s Dance To The Real Thing”

August 24, 2021
Photo Credit: Charlie Harris



Liverpool band STONE return with their second single and video of 2021, Let’s Dance To The Real Thing’, which premiered last night on BBC 6Music with Steve Lamacq. A follow up to previous song ‘Fuse’, the new track sees STONE blend their new age punk leanings with vocalist Fin Power’s spoken-word style, of which he cites heroes like Mike Skinner and AJ Tracey as his primary inspirations. ‘Let’s Dance To The Real Thing’ is a further showcase of the band’s versatility and visceral delivery, qualities which earmark them as a must-see rising act as live stages return. STONE are set to appear at upcoming festivals including Reading & Leeds, The Isle of Wight Festival, and their upcoming hometown headline show at Liverpool’s Arts Club Loft this November sold out six months in advance.  

STONE are insatiable, the outfit recognizes the importance of these addictive beats and fuses their mighty vision surrounding these ample percussive pushes and gritty riffs. This devilish tone plays into the entire mix and oozes such sultry appeal bouncing from the bass notes

STONE has this almighty energy that they capture whole-heartedly into their creations. This punk-inspired attribute laces the new release and bounces from that energy, simply unafraid. Another instant hit created, direct and raucous whilst capturing such angst, attitude, and character of this compelling outfit. Once again another raw ensemble with the most alluring vocal notes soaring throughout the fierce atmosphere.

STONE are the young, promising act we need to support, their attention to detail and consuming power will leave you in awe.

‘Let’s Dance To The Real Thing’ sees the band offer one take on the nuanced debate which surrounds the changing nature of music creation and consumption in the modern age. STONE comment; “The song’s main theme centres around a distaste for the uninspired and disingenuous  side of a lot of modern pop music. Whilst this is of course not true of all of modern pop music – the hook implores for the feeling of authenticity and a greater listener connection with artists – Let’s Dance to the Real Thing. Cueing comparisons to great rock and pop acts of the 20th century, the song questions why despite how much our consumption of music grows, why there seems to be a lack of longevity for many hits compared to decades previous.” 

Like many new young bands, STONE’s introduction to the scene has been less than conventional. Dropping their first track ‘Leave It Out’ shortly before national lockdown, STONE’s rite-of-passage experience of playing live shows was cut short, and their following single ‘Fuse’ emerged directly from that sense of stagnancy and restlessness. Despite the lack of live opportunities, their outputs so far have seen STONE quickly build a name for themselves in the North West scene. The band’s early champions include the likes of Steve Lamacq on 6 Music and Gemma Bradley on BBC Introducing, as well as Jack Saunders, who named early single ‘Leave it Out’ as his ‘Next Wave’ track on BBC Radio 1.

STONE are Fin Power (vocals/guitar), Sarah Surrage (bass), Elliot Gill (lead guitar) and Alex Smith (drums). In true Gen Z fashion, STONE are a diffusion of the limitless cultures and subcultures they’ve had access to growing up in the digital age. Through their music, the band hope to capture the dizzying experience of youth culture in Liverpool and the paradox of their own young adulthood as they navigate the limbo between youth and maturity. 

STONE comment, “Our songs are capturing a time in our lives of being 20-somethings working shit out – the purgatory of too old to be a kid but too young to be a proper functioning adult. We’re also speaking to the strange, sensational and relentlessly documented time we live in and the generational anxiety we all feel from the uncertainty of the world we’re growing into. We see this band and our music as an outlet for our emotion: not just the confusion, frustration, and occasional angst, but also a reminder of the little bits of optimism life can throw at you. We hope people can relate to some of the catharsis we get from this, and that we can portray it live.”

Stream ‘Let’s Dance to the Real Thing’ on all platforms here:

Upcoming live dates:

27 Aug | Leeds | Leeds Festival – BBC Introducing stage

29 Aug | Reading | Reading Festival – BBC Introducing stage

03 Sep | Warrington | Neighbourhood Weekender

17 Sep | Liverpool | O2 Academy 2 – supporting: Courting

18 Sep | Isle of Wight | Isle of Wight Festival

20 Sep | Manchester | Yes – The Basement – supporting: Courting

02 Oct | Liverpool | Sound City 

16 Oct | Leeds | Live at Leeds

20 Nov | Liverpool | Arts Club Loft – headline show *SOLD OUT* 


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