This Weekend Wonders, we want to bring 2 distinct acts for you to check out, both have had a large amount of coverage with IndiePulse, but that’s because of their prolific development and obvious importance in the ever growing and developing music scene.
Former Stone Stanley front man Jason Robert is back with a new lineup as well as a new sound. His Indie Blues project he calls Mudstomp music. Mudstomp is what Robert describes as “a conglomeration of his musical influences forged while growing up in the Mojave desert. It’s an indie mix of Americana roots music with elements of 1930’s Delta Blues and 90’s Seattle Grunge.”
The Mudstomp Tapes (2018) is the last album from Stone Stanley and captures the mudstomp sound in full. However, Jason Robert has just released his first solo album The Death of Stone Stanley (2019) and the new sound is heavily featured there as well. It’s a dark blues album filled with songs about life’s ultimate themes…sin, death and redemption! It’s more or less a collection of bluesy funeral dirges set to commemorate the life of Stone Stanley.
Robert sings in deep baritone while playing acoustic bottleneck or lap slide guitar and is now backed by Dominick Camera on drums, Scott Longnecker on bass, Jim McComas on lead guitar and Pat “Midnight” Lucca on blues harp. The band have begun production on their next record titled Stones Throw Away, a collection of new and reworked material due out in winter 2020.
NEVERWONDER came into existence from their home base of Los Angeles with a unique sound that fuses rock, pop, and funky grooves. Their music is driven by strong musicianship and is rooted in life’s experiences.
The band has performed at stage venues such as, House of Blues (LA/OC), Roxy, Key Club, Viper Room, Whisky A Go Go, Galaxy Theater, and The Coach House, and has been featured on the KLOS 95.5 radio station. NEVERWONDER has also recently been a dynamic act in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series all over the West Coast. The pulse and backbone of NEVERWONDER are Andres and Vincent Ramos. These talented brothers are the heartbeat of the band. The Ramos Bros have also recorded and performed extensively throughout the Los Angeles area. Andres and Vincent, being fans of strong grooves, heavy rock beats, and alternative music, accompanied by their combination of creativity and entrepreneurship, established the band NEVERWONDER.
The new front woman of NEVERWONDER is the classically trained vocalist, Fabienne Grisel. Hailing from Geneva, Switzerland, Fabienne’s vocal style effortlessly ranges from beautiful soprano tones to an edgy growl. Fabienne has been a solo pop/blues/jazz recording artist for many years, and now has joined forces with NEVERWONDER to deliver a fresh blend of rock, pop and funky grooves. As a singer, songwriter, her presence draws you in. The passion and emotions she conveys through her songs, lyrics and performances leaves the audience wanting for more. This new partnership with these talented musicians has allowed her vocal abilities to soar to new heights.
NEVERWONDER’s new guitarist is Jay Wise. Jay is an accomplished California native who has many years of playing nationally and internationally. Jay has been involved in the rock and roll circle for many years, working with successful bands such as Kansas. Jays’ rich musical influences can be traced back to Steve Vai, Joe Pass and AC/DC, to name a few. As fate would have it, it was only a matter of time until these SoCal natives Jay, Andres, and Vincent, ended up crossing paths that lead them to forming this new version of NEVERWONDER. With the addition of Fabienne Grisel and Jay Wise, the band’s creative synergy is an undeniable force to be reckoned with. Their obvious chemistry has already created some powerful songs accompanied by unforgettable performances.
NEVERWONDER is excited for the path that lies ahead starting with their new EP which is out now and their next album that is on the horizon. NEVERWONDER continues to produce lasting music that their die-hard music fans will love and for the new music lovers they gain along the way.
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