Well I’m back! I have been away traveling foreign shores looking for talented indie bands in need of promotion. But for my next Band of the Week I didn’t have to travel far. The Glasgow based garage rock band Stonesthrow are brothers Derek Murray (lead vocals) and Andy Murray (lead guitar), and their cousins Paul Smith (bass) and Gary Smith (drums), also brothers. Stonesthrow have a brutally hot sound that combines the guitar rock sounds of classic bands from the '70s and '80s with a modern, super-cool alt.rock twist.
They have been gigging in and around Scotland and England for the last couple of years garnering much attention from fans and journalists alike. With a fan base now in excess of 20,000 and growing, Stonesthrow would seem to be poised to take over the Scottish music scene and from there the world at large. With the release of their debut single, that dream seems to be one step closer. Recorded at London’s Atomic Studios and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios their debut EP Gold Rush is a magical, musical rush of energy, scorching guitar driven hooks in an almost orgasmic explosion of talent.
But these guys are not letting all this potential power and fame go to their heads. Down to earth, funny, charming and not hard to look at, Stonesthrow would seem to have everything they need for superstar success. I recently met with three of the guys from Stonesthrow – Derek, Paul and Andy — at Glasgow’s renowned venue/pub King Tuts Wah Wah Hut for a couple of pints – that is a LARGE glass of beer for our American brethren — and a chat. The sarcasm flowed as freely as the beer, as it always will when talking to any Scot. I laughed so hard I almost peed.
Tell me how Stonesthrow got together.
Derek: I think we were all just born.
Andy: Do you mean how did we become a band or how did we meet?
Well you met because you’re cousins right?
All: (laughing) Yeah, yeah.
Derek: Yeah we met through our mothers.
Paul: We were actually all in other bands before this, playing away. And at many family parties we just started talking. And we just sat down at a table together and decided to do this.
Derek: It was a coming together of everyone’s talents basically.
Andy: We were all in different bands. And because all four of us, well us three, weren’t in a band at that time, that’s why we decided why not.
Derek: And one night at a [family] party we thought why don’t we make a band? So…
So the name Stonesthrow is not because you are two sets of brothers who grew up a Stonesthrow from each other?
Paul: (laughing) It is now!
(laughing)How many other reasons have you heard?
Derek: How many stones throws have we had? We’ve had because we are a stones throw from Glasgow.
Andy: Oh yeah I forgot about that one. A stones throw away from fame. And there was another.
Derek: And now a stones throw away from each other. They’re all wrong.
They’re all wrong? So how did you get Stonesthrow?
Derek: You’ll never find out.
Paul: It’s such a boring story that no one will ever tell. Too many people want to know but will never find out.
Derek: Actually we only have a rough idea how.
So you have no idea, is the answer. Just one day you were like “Oh are we called Stonesthrow?”
Paul: You have done psychology! (all laugh)
Derek: It’s nice to know it wasn’t a waste of time.