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US classic rockers Stone Axe stream their forthcoming album »Stay Of Execution« in full; out this Friday via Ripple Music

US classic rockers Stone Axe featuring multi-instrumentalist Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Hot Spring Water, Big Scenic Nowhere) present their forthcoming album »Stay Of Execution« in its entirety on Invisible Oranges.

»Stay Of Execution« will be released this Friday, March 18th, 2022 via Ripple Music.

01. Fell On Deaf Ears
02. Lady Switchblade
03. Sweet Sweet Time
04. Deep Blue
05. Metal Damage
06. For All Who Fly
07. King Of Everything
08. The Last Setting Sun

Courtesy of Purple Sage PR:

70s rock revivalists Stone Axe present new album »Stay Of Execution« – an uplifting collection of previously unreleased tracks and rare one-off singles – in its entirety ahead of its release this Friday 18th March on Ripple Music. Get in the true spirit of rock’n’roll now!

“Not only did Stone Axe stand on the shoulders of giants, they swam through the bloodstreams to a vibrant heart beating to the cadence of »Mississippi Queen«’s cowbell.” — Invisible Oranges

Listen to »Stay Of Execution« in full via Invisible Oranges!

Born in 2007 in Port Orchard, Washington, at the hands of multi-instrumentalist Tony Reed (Mos Generator, Hot Spring Water, Big Scenic Nowhere), as soon as there was a Stone Axe, there was a reason for its being: 70s rock preservation. Think of Cream, Free, of Thin Lizzy, the glory days of the power trio. The earliest days of Foghat and AC/DC. Reed brings these sounds to life with a vibrancy that makes the current crop of “retro” acts look silly. It’s not about fashion. It’s about the spirit of rock and roll, the spirit of creation.

Stone Axe »Stay Of Execution«
Available on March 18th via Ripple Music
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Stone Axe make organically grown, passionately harvested classic rock and roll. You can hear it in Reed’s instrumentation, or in the swaggering vocals of singer Dru Brinkerhoff. There’s no irony to anything they do, no wink and nudge to say, “Yeah, look at us, but we don’t really mean it.” They do mean it. Every single time. In their short tenure together (2008-2011), Stone Axe banged out two eponymously titled full-lengths and more splits, singles and EPs than you can keep up with, through labels like their own Music Abuse Records, Roadburn Records, Ripple Music, Hydro-Phonic, and RxEvolution Recordings. Reed handled the recording himself and was always writing. The drive wasn’t to innovate but to celebrate. When you listen to Stone Axe, you hear parts that call to mind these heroes of rock and you’re happy. It’s okay to smile. That means you get it. Stone Axe weren’t out to reinvent the wheel, they were out to keep it round in a world that’s decided it would be better squared off.

About the »Stay Of Execution« album on Ripple Music, Stone Axe founder and multi-instrumentalist Tony Reed says: “»Stay Of Execution« is an album of unreleased recordings and tracks we like that were hidden in the grooves of vinyl that was released in very limited numbers with little or no promotion. All songs were recorded between 2008 and 2011 and cover a wide spectrum of styles in that seventies vein that we were known for. The musical concepts of proto-metal, southern rock, psychedelic rock, and folk rock are well explored in this collection. Seven of the eight tracks on the album feature the usual studio collaboration of Reed / Brinkerhoff, while the last song includes all four members of the live band. I feel like these tracks are as strong as anything on our other long players. It’s great to see them finally get released.”

Stone Axe line-up:
Tony Reed – All Instruments and Backing Vocals
Dru Brinkerhoff – Lead Vocals

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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