Toronto, ON – October 11, 2019 – Alternative-blues rock duo, The Blue Stones, returned today with a soulful new sound via, Shakin’ Off The Rust – the band’s first single since their 2018 Entertainment One debut, Black Holes. Meticulously layered with cannon-esque percussion and electrifying guitars, Shakin’ Off The Rust culminates in an inspiring chorus focused on fresh starts. Working with producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), guitarist/vocalist, Tarek Jafar and drummer/vocalist, Justin Tessier managed to sonically create an emotional intensity that sets the table perfectly for Jafar’s powerful vocal delivery.

Shakin’ Off The Rust serves as the mission statement for the next chapter of The Blue Stones creative journey – putting their well-earned confidence on full display as they prepare for a big 2020. Fresh off a North American tour with Reignwolf, the band will head to Europe next week for a string of headlining dates (some of which are sold out in advance) that will run through November. You can check out the lyric video for Shakin’ Off The Rust now and find the track on streaming services here.

On the single, vocalist/guitarist, Tarek Jafar stated, “There are times where I’ve felt I wasn’t good enough, or I didn’t deserve any happiness or success. This song is about battling the thoughts in your head that make you doubt yourself, and coming through with the confidence to make something great.”

When Tarek Jafar and Justin Tessier formed The Blue Stones, they were facing uncertainty about who they were individually. What they did know for sure, though, was that they wanted to make music together - and, so they did. Following the success of their debut album, Black Holes, the band quickly found a following in the alternative rock world that lead to them sharing the stage with the likes of grandson, Welshly Arms, and Reignwolf. As they began working on new music, The Blue Stones caught the attention of producer, Paul Meany (Mutemath, Twenty One Pilots), with whom they would eventually enter the studio with this past summer. Working with Meany lead to The Blue Stones exploring – and creating – music in a different way than they had before, and led to a new approach by Jafar when it came to tackling lyrics. The result was the band truly discovering who they were during the writing process. They’ve crafted something that shimmers with such purity and truth – musically and lyrically – that one can’t help but be swept up and carried off by the songs that will eventually form their as-yet-untitled sophomore album slated for release on Entertainment One next year. The duo may be redefining who they are, but their decision to pursue the rock’n’roll dream holds as strong as ever as they enter the next stage of their journey.

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

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