Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Mourning Stone find out more about them...
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Mourning Stone consists of Adam from the United Kingdom, near London England, and Wes from the United States who lives in Texas. We met on a musician networking site called Broadjam.com, where we have both collaborated with other very talented and inspiring musicians in the past. I guess we were both in sort of a creative rut at the time we met. I had written the music for a couple of songs and needed a vocalist/lyricist to help me out. I had just started reaching out across the internet and we found each other on another site, I think it was Bandmix or Kompoz (something like that), and when he messaged me I said, “Hey, don’t I know you from Broadjam?” And he said, “Yeah dude!” What a cool way to meet up and begin a band project! We promptly started writing and recording in January 2015, sending our tracks back and forth through Dropbox. I guess we made Mourning Stone official when we produced our 6 song EP called “5 Ways to Broken” which was released in December 2015. You can hear one of those first original songs on that EP that Adam wrote lyrics for and sang. The song is called “Give Me a Reason”, and we are very proud of that one. Not only because it was the first, but also because it’s such a cool Alternative Metal tune.
Adam came up with the band name and it instantly stuck. Really because it sounds so cool, and it has some insight into his battle with depression and anxiety. My daughter drew our logo by hand and placed a mourning stone in his hands. The gargoyle watches over the Mourning Stone he’s holding, to protect us and all our fans from the evil in the world… well, that was all made up just now as I’m writing this response to your question, but damn that sounds cool too! Anyway, we stuck with Mourning Stone because we both love the name! Besides, “The Fab Two” just doesn’t sound as good haha!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Wes: I grew up listening to a lot of Pop Top 40 because the rock n roll bug just hadn’t hit me yet. Although music has been with me my whole life. I played piano for about 7 years and the violin for about another year before being turned onto the electric guitar. Matter of fact, one of my favourite bands, “Metallica” got me started playing the guitar in the first place. I remember hearing “Blackened” at a friend’s house and was hooked instantly. I wanted to play just like that! Some of my major influences then were Guns N Roses, Motley Cure, Van Halen, Poison, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Hendrix, and Vaughn. Nowadays those influences have somewhat changed to Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, but I listen to and love lots of music out there today. This is only the start of a LONG list.
Adam: Well for me my first influences were Adam and the Ants, that edgy side of the New Romantic sound, then and still Queen. I got into Hard Rock/Metal around ‘84 when the Glam Metal movement started coming to the fore, and also thrash bands. My tastes go from one end of the Rock spectrum to the other, from Dire Straits to Slayer! I just love great rock music played by great musicians but I'm not into all that flashy shredding etc. The most important thing to me is melody and what that does, not how many notes you can fit into a song! That's why I love bands like Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin. They can play their arses off but the song is the most important part. They play as a unit and complement each other.
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe Mourning Stone’s sound as Hard Rock/Alternative Metal. Our music consists of heavy down-tuned guitar riffs and drum driven songs, with an old-school 80’s and 90’s metal flare. We’ve been compared (loosely) to Guns N Roses, Disturbed, Alter Bridge, Megadeth, Scorpions, and Flotsam and Jetsam to name a few. If you’re into one of those, you should definitely give us a try!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
Well, since it’s just the two of us, probably not any festivals, but we do have a new EP in the works. In 2016 we released singles only, so for this year we would like to put out a couple of EP’s. We have some music under our belt now to showcase so hurrying to get new music out there and get noticed isn’t much of a priority as it was last year. We feel that our listeners are ready for us to put out more music at one time so at least an EP would be the way to go. We have also actively started a Patreon page where our super fans can help to better support us and help us reach our goals for the coming year and the many following. With no label support, we’re definitely going to need help putting out EP’s and anything else we do. We both work day jobs and support our families just like everyone else out there, so finding people willing and able to help us is our top priority this year. We could do SO much more if we were free from the daily grind… we could be the next Five Finger Death Punch if our fans come out and make it happen! That would be the ultimate dream.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Wes: I would love to collaborate with Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Benjamin Burnley, Chris Cornell, Chino Moreno… man, any of those! What a sweet opportunity that would be.
Adam: David Draiman, Ben Burnley, and the guys from As We Ascend who under the moniker We As Humans released one of my favourite albums in recent years!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We generally don’t let our listeners know of our obstacles until they are curious enough to ask, or they will simply find out by subscribing to our newsletter. I don’t want to let our handicaps of not being able to record in a real studio, not having professional mixing, mastering, or song production from top producers have any influence over whether or not they like our music or not. We would much rather put ours against any mainstream artist out there today and be compared accordingly and properly.
We are continuing to learn to become better at what we do.
I think it’s the struggle that has made us better than what we SHOULD be right now. It absolutely mind-blowing to me knowing how many actually DO love our music. If you only knew the struggles that we go through to produce a single song, not really knowing if what we produce is any good or if anyone will like it, it’s truly an amazing and humbling experience to have so many supporters and fans so far.
We would like to offer our most sincere “thank you” to those reading this interview. We are truly blessed to have you.
Wes & Adam