Stone Sea are alt-rock band from Dublin, Ireland. Their music has ‘Machiavellian pinches of universal seasoning.’
How would you describe your music?
A portrait of life with all its ups and downs… rage, fear, love, hate, inertia, sorrow, hope. All blended with deep colors and thick lines. In a nutshell, an Alt/Stoner rock band that infuses elements of world music (reggae, jazz, bossa nova).
Tell us about how the history of the project?
The band was originally based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was formed by Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso (guitar/vocals) in 2015. Shortly after recording the first album by himself, Elvis moved to Ireland and reformed Stone Sea as a three piece, and recorded two EPs, 2017’s Vaporizer and 2019’s Mankind Maze. The band changed lineup to see the introduction of Connor Middleton (drums) and Jonathan Parminter (bass).
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
There are many, it’s hard to point a few but I could say Nirvana for it’s sincerity and simplicity, Black Sabbath for its atmosphere and lyric themes Type O Negative for its depth and mood changes. But there are literally loads of musical heroes, Bob Marley did a lot in the name of peace; Pavarotti helped so many people; they don’t play the same type of music than we do, but they definitely deserved to be pointed out as heroes in everybody’s eyes.
What inspires you?
Every spectrum of human emotion and how these emotions play certain roles in situations. In other words, the nature of human mind. Writing music is a way of getting rid of negative emotions and transform it into art. Triumph over negative behaviors inspires me.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I prefer to write in my own space, away from distractions. Is just easier for me to focus when I’m alone, things come more naturally. Not saying I couldn’t write on the road, I don’t think I ever tried to be honest; there’s always something going on that needs attention.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Mystify from our latest EP Mankind Maze is probably my favourite, there’s always a good punch when played live. But Prelude is great as well, it always makes people dance and jump; we see happy faces all around, including ourselves.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Unfortunately that won’t be possible anymore, the dream tour would be alongside Black Sabbath, Pantera and Type O Negative. But we’ll definitely be happy touring with Metallica & Megadeth; would be deadly to go on a tour with these bands together. I would feel like being part of bringing peace to the world of music.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s a really tricky subject. On one hand, our music is readily accessible to people across the globe via Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, etc. Which is of course a great opportunity for us to share our music. But on the other hand, online downloading and streaming makes it difficult for bands to make money from their music. You see some bands touring for months at a time because they need to make ends meet, because their primary sources of income are shows and merch. The industry is definitely a very different place than it was 30-40 years ago.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
When we played last year at the festival Siege of Limerick there was a guy screaming really hard HEY in every compass of our song Prelude. Literally, he was screaming in every 5 seconds for almost 4 minutes straight. We laughed so much when we watched the video later on…
What are your future plans?
Apart from world domination, we are working on a new album at the moment. Touring and playing at festivals it’s in our plans but nothing we can confirm by now; we’re still working towards the success of it. Establishing ourselves is our main goal for the future, and being able to support ourselves by doing what we’re passionate about would be our ultimate goal.