Astra Concerts & 104-1 The Blaze (KIBZ-FM) Present:
Blaze Breakout Artist Stone Broken at The Royal Grove
Tuesday, September 4th | Doors 7pm Show 8pm
Support from Lincoln's very own Miss Taken
Only $5 ADV | $8 DOS | 18+
There͛s an unwavering conviction running through Stone Broken͛s Spinefarm Records debut, Ain͛t Always Easy; the notion of taking a leap of faith in order to grab control of one͛s own destiny, seizing precious moments and living your very best life, with no apologies or regrets. It͛s a philosophy close to the heart of Stone Broken front man Rich Moss, and a credo which fuels the band͛s desire to take on the world with their music. At the beginning of the decade, Moss had abandoned his life-long dream of becoming a professional musician, following the tragic death of a former band mate who suffered from alcohol addiction. Years spent poring over guitar magazines, practicing in his bedroom and playing gigs around the Black Country and the West Midlands were filed away as memories, as Wolverhampton-born Moss built a successful career as an analyst. Yet the idea that there must be more to life persisted. In 2013, after four years away from music, he formed Stone Broken with guitarist Chris Davis, bassist Kieron Conroy and long-time musical soulmate Robyn Haycock on drums - the four of them determined and willing to make sacrifices in pursuit of their dreams. ͞The very first song I wrote for this band is called ͚This Life͛ and it͛s about taking what you͛re good at and using it as a vehicle to move forward, because you only have one shot at life,͟ says Moss. ͞We all came into this band a lot more mature and with a greater understanding of the industry, and we agreed between us there should be no half-measures.͟The group͛s first declaration of intent came with 2014͛s self-financed, self-released EP, The Crow Flies, a calling card largely intended to secure local gigs. But it was the release, in January 2016, of debut album All In Time which truly amplified the word-of-mouth buzz around the band from a whisper to a scream. With Kerrang! Radio and Planet Rock picking up on storming opening track ͚Not Your Enemy͛, the anthemic ͚Let Me Go͛ and ͚Stay All Night͛, plus the bruised and beautiful ͚Wait For You͛, an ever-expanding audience was alerted to the fact that here was an emerging British outfit with the riffs, the choruses and songwriting smarts to make its mark on the global stage. ͞We never conceived anything to fit into a scene,͟ continues Rich, ͞we just wrote the kind of music we listen to. We saw bands such as Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm and Alter Bridge as our peers. People understand that we͛re here because we love what we do.͟In early 2017, following a lengthy European tour, the musicians entered Long Wave Recording Studios in Cardiff to work once again with All In Time producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon,Twin Atlantic) on their second album. The result, the 11 track Ain͛t Always Easy, is compelling proof that the Walsall quartet are ready to stand toe-to-toe with the biggest names on the contemporary hard rock scene. Loaded with state-of-the-art arena-friendly anthems, Ain͛t Always Easy is one of the most assured British rock albums of recent times. From stirring opener and first single ͚Worth Fighting For͛ through to the blissful ͚The Only Thing I Need͛, this is an absorbing, deeply heartfelt collection which marries important issues, both personal and pressing, to instantly accessible, granite-hard hard rock.