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Toronto, ON – August 27, 2019 – Alt-Rock duo, The Blue Stones, have entered the studio this week with plans to release new material this fall. The band is hard at work with producer, Paul Meany, (MUTEMATH / Twenty One Pilots). After some pre-production in New Orleans, the two are at North Of Princess Studio in Kingston, Ontario working on the follow-up material to Black Holes released last year.
"Working with Paul has always been a dream of ours," says the band. "We've been dedicated MUTEMATH fans since the 2000s, and loved his recent work with Twenty One Pilots. Paul's had a major influence on our sound and play-style from the start, and now we're teaming up to bring our fans some of our best work yet."
The Blue Stones release Black Holes last year via eOne to some serious critical acclaim, getting the attention of the likes of Audio Tree, Yahoo Music, and Billboard. Alternative Press said, "The Blue Stones are quickly carving out a name for themselves in the blues-rock, alt garage world making stages quake and leaving only one question in their wake: all that from two guys?"
2018 was a busy year for The Blue Stones. The duo performed at events such as Cleveland's famous INCUYA festival, Carolina Rebellion, and Bonnaroo, to name a few. Their hit single, Black Holes (Solid Ground), has amassed over 20 million streams worldwide. Another standout track, Rolling With The Punches has received several placements in the USA Network's hit show Suits, Showtime's comedy series Shameless, and ESPN's Monday Night Football.
Listening to the larger-than-life blues-rock of The Blue Stones on their label debut, Black Holes, it's astonishing to discover just two people create all that sound. Guitarist/vocalist/lyricist, Tarek Jafar, and percussionist/backing vocalist, Justin Tessier, have known each other since meeting as kids. But it wasn't until attending university together that they decided to combine their talents into a musical project.
The Blue Stones have an incredibly diverse palette of influences – and although they're a duo, it's unfair to limit the comparisons just to The Black Keys and The White Stripes. The weight of Led Zeppelin, the grit of Hendrix and groove from hip-hop artists like J. Cole and Kanye are all there. But in an effort, that's unlike any other in contemporary rock, the result is something unique to today's musical landscape.
Their story is the voyage of a group beginning to find its way, emerging from isolation and perspiration to inspiration, reaching an audience waiting to be tapped and entertained. An Alternative Blues Rock band is fighting the good fight, looking to connect in an increasingly fragmented music universe. And with the boys back in the studio working on new material, the sky is the limit.
August 30 – Seattle Center – Seattle, WA
September 7 – Hawrelak Park – Edmonton, AB
September 9 – The Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
September 10 – Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
September 11 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
September 13 – The Cowan – Nashville, TN
October 16 – Think Tank? Underground – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
October 17 – Hyde Park Boom Club – Leeds, UK
October 18 – The Eagle Inn – Manchester, UK
October 19 – Attic Bar at The Garage – Glasgow, UK
October 21 – Rough Trade Bristol – Bristol, UK
October 22 – The Hope and Ruin – Brighton, UK
October 23 – The Sebright Arms – London, UK
October 25 – 1999 – Paris, France
October 26 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
October 27 – Le Botanique - Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
October 30 – Krosset – Grunerlokka, Norway
October 31 – Oceanen – Stigberget, Sweden
November 1 – Brooklyn Bar – Sodermalm, Sweden
November 2 – Folk a Rock – Gamla Staden, Sweden
November 3 – Beta – Copenhagen, Denmark
November 5 – Privatclub – Berlin, Germany
November 6 – Rosenkeller e.V. – J, Germany
November 7- Blue Shell – Koln, Germany
November 8 - Milla – Munchen, Germany
November 9 – Rolling Stone Park – Hamburg-Nord, Germany
November 11 – Kulturfabrik Kofmehl – Solothurn, Switzerland
November 12 – Werk21 – Zurich, Switzerland
November 14 – rhiz – Wien, Austria
November 15 – Groove Station – Dresden-Gittersee, Germany
November 16 – Rolling Stone Beach – Stakendorfer, Geramny
November 17 – V.O.F. Café Wilhelmina – Eindhoven, Netherlands