Exclusive Stone Roosevelt Interview
Welcome to the first installment of Paris Live Profiles! Here, we’ll be profiling local artists and providing them exposure and maybe even give our readers a little something else to listen to or get out there and see. We’ll be starting out with some of the groups that played Scatfest 2011, and Stone Rosevelt will be the first group covered.
Stone Rosevelt is a rock band hailing from Paris, Texas. Combining the talents of Chad Farris, Chris Shoemate, Ben Alsup, and Nick Burton, they give new meaning to rocking out, as seen at Scatfest 2011, held at Buffalo Joe’s Pub in Paris. Farris is the lead vocalist as well as guitarist. His influences range from Nirvana to the Stone Temple Pilots, and can be heard in his signature sound for the band. Shoemate is described by Farris as the “quintessential guitarist,” crediting groups and artists Van Halen, Eric Clapton, and Joe Satriani. Alsup on the bass is influenced by more progressive bands such as Rush and Porcupine Tree. Finally, the drummer, Nick Burton credits classic big band drummers for his style of playing. They all agree that the biggest influence on their playing and sound is “just enjoying what they do.” Truly an eclectic group of artists, and it shows in their high-energy performances.
Tragedy struck the band when original bassist Joe Hime passed away. However, Stone Rosevelt has obviously risen above it and become stronger in its wake. They met through local online forums and just by knowing each other through friendships and the local music scene. A wide variety of influences and the natural chemistry of the band works well together, lending the group a sound all their own despite such big-name bands as influences showing through in their work.
The song Faded Pictures is a good introduction to Stone Rosevelt, having local radio play as well as being very representative of the sound of the band. They play mostly original music, though they do cover other songs as well from influential bands. However, Farris said that, “In a 90 minute set, there might be three cover songs.” Not bad for a local band, especially considering they already have radio play and a sizable following. Stone Rosevelt is first and foremost a rock band enjoying what they do, and that enjoyment that they experience shows through in their performances. Truly a must-see band.
And what advice does frontman Chad Farris give to aspiring musicians? “Just play what you like playing. Don’t worry about what people say about you. Don’t let popularity dictate your art. Set realistic expectations for yourselves, work hard and have fun doing it. Don’t start a band just to make money.”
Farris also said they appreciate their fans the most, as it makes what they love doing so much more enjoyable. They were voted Best Local Rock Band for Paris in 2011, and credit Chad Lindsey, My Rock 96.5 FM, and Payne Radio for helping them get the strong start they have. The band also wants fans new and old to know that they’ll be releasing a new album in summer 2011, and to stay tuned to http://www.stonerosevelt.com/ or check them out on Facebook for updates.
They’ll be headlining the second annual Rock Fest at The Depot in Paris on May 27, 2011. It promises to be a great event, and with a headliner like Stone Rosevelt, what more to you want? Head over and rock out!