At Night Sleeping
Staria Records warmly welcomes the return of Steve Stone with Stevarion, 'At Night Sleeping'. Stevarion is the latest creation of Steve Stone; known amongst his friends as a musical mad genius, Steve continues to create innovative arrangements of interesting songs for this project. Steve found fans across the US as a member of what many fans of The Independents consider to be the strongest lineup of that legendary horror-ska band, playing 4 coast to coast tours in that time and spending at least 9 months a year on the road. He's performed as a session musician with Joey Ramone and Skrap, now Charm School, shared the stage with The Ramones, Ronnie Spector, Blink 182, Agent Orange, D.I., Magadog, The Pietasters, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, The Dictators, The Skatalites and other internationally known acts. He has recorded in LA, NYC, and London as well as other regional studios in the US, performed on The Pat Duncan show live on WFMU, The Van's Warped Tour, and has toured Europe playing trumpet with The Internationals. He appears on the soundtracks of 'Hardcore Logo' and 'Final Rinse' in which he also makes a cameo appearance. After leaving The Independents, Steve formed The Significant Others and released a brief but potent pop EP. Stevarion developed as The Significant Others slowly disintegrated; his internal musical energy built to critical mass, desiring him to record and release a new album. Will Wiggins on bass and Brant Mills on drums (on most tracks) and engineer Kevin Smith's VSU congas are all that keep this album from being literally a solo project. Stevarion demonstrates better than any written explanation why Steve is described above as a musical mad genius. Some songs were re-arranged in the studio so radically as to be virtually different songs; he has a knack for finding distinctive - probably unique sounds (a pop punk tune featuring a guiro?) arrangements which would never occur to anyone else but which sound completely natural. While others may influence Steve, he lives his life as he likes. His friends are amused by his life spent in the dark, rising for the day after noon, spending his time in the dark basement they call his 'Cave,' and retiring around the time the Joneses get up for a day at the office. His music eschews keeping up with the Joneses no less than his lifestyle, as he mingles sounds of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s to achieve music which, despite it's variety of tones and tunes, will sound precisely Stone to all of his friends and fans. If you're one of that bunch, enjoy this new excursion into the familiar unfamiliarity. If you're a stranger to Stone, please immerse yourself in his mad musical world as experienced through Stevarion.