Interview with Stone Broken

Stone Broken may be a fairly new name to me but not in the world of rock. Since forming in 2013 Rich Moss (vocals/guitar), Chris Davis (guitar/vocals), Kieron Conroy (bass) and Robyn Haycock (drums/vocals) have been busy gaining a reputation for their hard rock sound and outstanding live shows. This 4 piece band first gained people’s attention after releasing their EP ‘The Crow Flies’ in 2014 which was well received. However, it was their 2016 debut album ‘All in Time’ which really took their music to another level. This collection included all songs from their debut EP but also several new ones which showed how much stronger their songwriting had become. Gaining support from Radio stations like Kerrang and Planet Rock as well as rave reviews, this was a band that is destined to challenge the giants of the modern rock world!

Before I share my thoughts about their album ‘All in Time’ I want to share a quick chat I had with Stone Broken. We talked about their beginnings, influences and a little more. This is what they had to say:

How did Stone Broken come together and is there a story behind the band’s name?

The band formed when Rich and I were looking for a bass player, we found Kieron and he knew Chris from their previous band, so we all met up and had a jam and we all just gelled really well.

The story behind the name Stone Broken? We were sat in our studio working out what we needed to buy personally for the band and I said “We’re going to be stone broke” we added the ‘N’ and it stuck.

How would you describe your sound for new fans out there and which musicians have influenced what you create?

Our music is all about catchy choruses, hooky riffs, screaming leads and a massive sound, we take influences and inspiration from all over, we all have our personal influences that we absolutely love but we all listen to the big American bands such as Black Stone Cherry, Alterbridge, Shinedown etc, which you can hear in our music.

Your debut album is all killer, you all must be proud of it. Which is your favourite songs from it and why?

We are incredibly proud of All In Time, we worked really hard to try and create the best album we could, I think its difficult to choose a favourite because we love them all for different reasons but if I had to choose some favourites they would be Not Your Enemy, Stay All Night and Be There, being a drummer those songs have some heavy riffs in them and also some country style influences too so it’s a good mix when playing them live. Not Your Enemy always gets the crowd going at shows as we can involve the audience a lot with its huge chant-along chorus.

I see from your social media that you have toured with the legendary Glenn Hughes. How has that been and any cool tour stories you are able to share?

Touring with Glenn Hughes has been an amazing experience. He is a cool guy and his band are incredible musicians, it’s given us the chance to tour around some really cool places in the UK and Europe and to make new fans along the way. It’s awesome to be able to watch them night after night and to hang and have a beer with them after the show.

We did stay in some hostels which looked like they’d been taken out of a horror movie, but it was all part of the fun.

Finally, what are your future plans and goals for your music?

We are currently working hard on the second album, we’re due to go back into the studio this year which we’re excited about. We’re hitting the festival season hard this year with Winters End Festival, Download Festival, Steelhouse Festival, Camden Rocks and lots more others. We’re planning on touring a lot around the UK and it would be awesome to go back to Europe and tour as well. We just want to get our music out there as much as possible.

As you can tell from my words so far, you can tell that I am a fan of Stone Broken so it will come to no surprise that I rate their album ‘All in Time’ very highly. This independent release has all the usual traits you expect from a killer rock album including thunderous drums, killer riffs and epic vocals. But they do it in such a way that has a confidence and style that you would expect from seasoned musicians. This is what makes them stand out from the crowd.

This album showcases two sides of Stone Broken. One is their relentless hard rock sound which the band switches up the gears to go full throttle. When they unleash this energy it feels big and it is something you would expect to hear playing in large stadium like venues. Check out my favourite songs ‘Not Your Enemy’ and ‘Stay all Night’ to hear them bring the noise!

However it’s not all about the hard rock as they can slow things down to deliver something a little tender. ‘Wait for You’ is one of those moments and this sees the band give a controlled performance. This moves the spotlight to Rich as he swaps his usual powerful vocals to a more emotional tone. Throughout the song he is flawless in his delivery to help share its story.

Overall, Stone Broken is a band on the rise and when you listen to their music you will understand why. Head over to their Spotify and YouTube pages to let your ears take in their sound. If you like what you hear then purchase a digital copy from iTunes and Amazon. If you prefer to own it on CD then grab it from their store (click HERE).

Stone Broken have been teasing their fans about the new album through their social media pages and it is sounding like this will easily be their best work to date. If you want to keep up to date with its progress then follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These are also great places to find out about their upcoming shows which can also be found at StoneBroken.com. If you like what you hear from them, then don’t forget to spread the word TODAY!