Stone Sea originated in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2015 saw the release of Origins which was recorded by Elvis, where most of the songs were raw and dense. In 2015 Elvis moved to Ireland and that is when everything changed. With a new formation of the band which included Ross McDermott (drums) and Jeremy Burke (bass & vocals) the EP Vaporizer (2017) and Mankind Maze (to be released in 2019) were recorded.
2019 is the year of many changes and new adventures for Stone Sea. With new members Connor Middleton (drums) and Jonathan Parminter (bass) Stone Sea is stronger than ever and ready for our quest for world domination.
Tell us about yourself.
When did the band start?
Stone Sea was started by our vocalist/guitarist Elvis in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015. Shortly after however, Elvis moved to Ireland and started Stone Sea again with new members.
Where are you from?
Our drummer, Connor, and our bassist, Jonathan, are both Irish, born in Dublin. So you could call Stone Sea an Irish/Brazilian band!
How did you start?
Elvis knew Connor from being in different bands that were both part of the Irish heavy music scene. When Connor ended up leaving a previous band, he was asked by Elvis to join Stone Sea. As for Jonathan, he was recommended to the band by a previous bassist of Stone Sea.
What style of music do you class yourselves as?
We would say we’re a groovy alternative rock band, but we do have elements of stoner and world music in some of our songs. We like to experiment with different sounds in our music.
Who are the biggest bands influences?
Black Sabbath are definitely a big influence on us and our sound, which of course can be said about every rock band on the planet to a certain degree. Pantera were also a big influence on our groove orientated riffs and songs.
Are you signed to a record label?
We’re still working and releasing music independently right now!
Plans for the year.
What are the bands plans for this year?
Right now, due to the current global situation and Irish restrictions related to gigs and social gatherings, our plans will have to be exclusively creative. We won’t be able to play many (if any) gigs this year, but we’re not alone in that regard.
Do you have any tours booked?
Unfortunately we did, but this seems unlikely to take place now. But booking a tour was a learning experience and our drummer Connor put a huge amount of work into it. Hopefully booking future tours will be easier!
Like I said, we’re working on a lot of creative material at the moment, mainly songs and ideas for future music videos. When things return to normal we can get to a studio and record some new material and we’re really looking forward to doing so.
Where do you hope to see yourself in 12 months’ time (realistic)?
In 12 months time, we’d hopefully have released a new album and some music videos. Live shows will hopefully be permitted again so we’d love to build up more of a live audience around Ireland and hopefully other countries too…
Questions to close with.
What can people expected from your stage show if they are coming to see you live?
We put a lot of rehearsal into our live shows so that it runs as smoothly as possible. Playing live is one of the most enjoyable parts of being in a band, so we put a lot of energy into our performances every time, and we always get that energy back from the crowd!
Give us one word that you would describe your band?
Diverse. Stone Sea’s music ranges from powerful, riff-based songs to lysergic, melodic music. Each song is unique in its own right, but is still Stone Sea.
If there was one sentence that would relate to your band as a selling point what would it be?
From heavy riffs to beautiful melodies, we do it all!
Lastly, tell us your ambitions for the next 12 months?
The next 12 months will really be focused on writing new music and getting ourselves ready to go into the studio when things reopen. We’re really excited to write new music to share with music fans everywhere.