Stonebrother are a Canadian hard rock trio, consisting of brothers Zach (vocals/guitar) and Ethan Smith (drums/backing vocals), as well as Leo Cox (bass). Formed in 2019, Stonebrother’s sound effortlessly combines punk, metal and classic rock n’ roll to create a truly unique rock sound. They released their debut extended play ‘First Things First’ in February of 2020, before following up with their second ‘Every Second Counts’ a few months later.

We sat down with Stonebrother to discuss their upcoming musical projects, as well as their dream collaborations!

Where did your band name originate from?

Zach: It just came to me one day as I was driving home. We had been looking for a name for quite a while and that one wasn’t taken, we all agreed on it, so it stuck.

How would you describe your sound in 3 words?

Zach: Fast, fun, energetic.

Which bands inspire you the most when writing music and why?

Ethan: We try to draw inspiration from everywhere we can, but collectively we probably draw most inspiration from bands like Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Metallica. These are the bands we grew up listening to, so it’s the music we feel the deepest connection with. That connection is how you channel your inspiration into an original product.

What advice would you give to bands starting out in the industry?

Leo: Work hard to find your own style and sound and refine it. Find your own niche and people will catch on.

What is your songwriting process?

Zach: Depends on the song, but usually Leo has a riff, I put a melody and chords to it, and Ethan and I work on lyrics together. But we all do every part of it at one point or another.

Out of all the tracks you have released, which one is the most personal to you?

Ethan: I’d have to say Mary Jane or Problem Child. Mary Jane is the first song we ever did that I personally contributed lyrics and guitar riffs to, and Problem Child was the track that we really started experimenting with in the studio, a trend I’m hoping will continue on later releases.

Which song is your favourite to perform live?

Leo: Original – Faceless, 3 bass solos, and it’s very dynamic and epic. not much else to say.

Cover – I loved playing Joline by Dolly Parton in a punk/grunge style, it was super high energy and kicked ass!

How do you feel that social media has impacted your career as musicians?

Zach: Social media makes it easier to promote your shows and other things, but it’s also very hard to get noticed because of the sheer mass of information available on it. All in all there’s probably more pros than cons in that regard though.

Who would be your dream artist to work with in the future?

Ethan: There’s definitely a lot. I think it’d be really cool to work with bands like Green Day or Greta Van Fleet, maybe even Palaye Royale. More realistically, however, is another band from out here on the shore of Nova Scotia, The Royal Volts.

Who would you love to support on tour and why?

Zach: The list is extensive, but I’d say Greta Van Fleet because they’re younger like us, so I think the crowd would be into it.

What’s next for you musically?

Leo: Probably some more writing and refining of our sound, and obviously any shows we can get with Covid permitting. We’ll probably prepare an album to record coming in the next 2 years.

Stonebrother’s second EP ‘Every Second Counts’ is out now on all major streaming platforms. Check out Stonebrother via their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages!

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