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The Stone Pines – Landmark
In a world where good rock music is sometimes hard to come by, The Stone Pines are sure to restore your faith in classic rock music. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, The Stone Pines present a balanced mix of rock, blues, and a hint of reggae on their recently released album, Landmark.
The Stone Pines are made up of Josh Larsson on lead vocals, Corey Fenton on guitar and vocals, Ryan Krumins on guitar and vocals, Clark Buchanan on bass, and “Slick” Tim Watson on drums. The five members took off four months in order to write and polish Landmark, which was recorded at the famous Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer/engineer, Eric Mosher (Franz Ferdinand, AC/DC, and Chickenfoot). Those four months paid off with an album that displays a veteran sound like many of the legends who recorded at Warehouse Studios before them (including Nirvana, Elton John, Rush, and Stevie Nicks…just to name a few).
It’s hard to pick a favorite song on Landmark because each song has great qualities, but one highlight on the album would have to be the third track, “Wild Child Style.” It has a very haunting sound with different tempos throughout the song. ”Wild Child Style” is written in a way that listeners will connect with the lyrics and feel like The Stone Pines wrote this song specifically for them. It’s a song about finding the time to enjoy life and not work your life away.
“Cause when I’m old and I look back on my life
I truly need to say that those were the good old times”
Another song that listeners will enjoy is the second track on Landmark, “Straight Through.” The reggae influence really shines through with the timing and accents on the off-beat throughout the song. While The Stone Pines are predominately a rock band, fans of reggae will appreciate “Straight Through.”
Landmark is one of those rare albums that you can play straight through without skipping any tracks. Larsson’s voice is the perfect blend of rock and soul with the ability to convey the message of each lyric through his voice. Sometimes rock singers can come off like they’re screaming, but not Larsson. He has great control over his vocals. Guitarists Fenton and Krumins give The Stone Pines a distinctive sound bringing life to each song and blending the sound of the two guitars together perfectly. Watson and Buchanan complete the puzzle with beats that will have you moving your head to the music and finding the songs stuck inside your head all day long. The Stone Pines are a great addition to the list of incredible rock musicians to come out of Canada and they deserve all the recognition they can get in order to be heard all over the world.
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars!
Release Date: May, 2012
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Genre(s): rock, blues, reggae
Members: Josh Larsson (vocals), Corey Fenton (guitar, vocals), Ryan Krumins (guitar, vocals), Clark Buchanan (bass), and “Slick” Tim Watson (drums)
About Melissa LandrinI've always wanted to teach and do something in music part time...looks like I'm finally doing it. Music is a passion of mine and I love everything music has to offer. You can always find me either out singing karaoke with friends, or going to small venues around Philly checking out awesome indie musicians (and teaching little ones in my spare time). Twitter: @novaccgirl
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