Stone Sea is a groovy alternative rock band that blend elements of stoner and world music into their sound.
Formed in Brazil in 2014 by vocalist and guitarist Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso, the band recorded their debut album ‘Origins’. Shortly after, Elvis moved to Ireland, where Stone Sea became a 3-piece, and recorded their EP’s ‘Vaporizer’ and ‘Mankind Maze’.
The band then underwent a lineup change with the addition of drummer Connor Middleton; and bassist Jonathan Parminter.
This incarnation of the 3 piece offers a unique love experience, seamlessly blending carefully constructed melodies with powerful overdriven riffs. While also inviting elements of Bossa nova, Reggae, jazz, and more into their performance.
The bands name is comprised of two words that oppose each other completely. ‘Stone’ symbolizes inner strength and steadfast elements in our lives, and ‘Sea’ represents life’s ever-changing and dynamic nature. Stone Sea music reflects these ideas.
Highlighting the contrast between strength and submission, stability and fluctuation;
Stone and Sea.
Now stronger than ever, Stone Sea is ready for world domination.
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso - Lead Vocals & Guitar
Jonathan Parminter - Bass & Vocals
Connor Middleton - Drums
About Stone Sea
- Who are the members of [Band Name]?
Elvis Suhadolnik Bonesso – Lead Singer and Guitars
Connor Middleton – Drums
Jonathan Parminter - Bass
- How & When did Stone Sea form?
Stone Sea was originated by Elvis in São Paulo – Brazil around 2014
- Where was the first place Stone Sea performed?
First of all performances of Stone Sea was in Brazil in a town called São Caetano do Sul, the venue was called Salvador Dali. In Ireland the first appearance of the band was in 2016 in a venue called Fibber Magee's, at that time most of the songs we played were from the album Origins and a few (at the time) new tracks of our EP Vaporizer, released in 2017.
- What inspired you to start music?
The desire for self-expression. Music always found its ways of connecting to us, even if we understand the lyrics or not, even if there's no lyrics. So it's basically another language that speaks through emotions instead of words. It's a place of freedom and self-discovery.
Latest Stone Sea Album or Single release:
- What’s the story behind the new song?
Mankind Maze is the human life represented in 5 symbols, 5 facets of life. Is about the
behaviours we repeat generation to generation due to the unmutable (or slowly mutable) society
we live in. The values that are automatically injected when we were born in a society. The
- What inspired you to put together a new work & what it is all about?
There wasn't a specific inspiration apart from the way we felt at the time when writing the songs. For instance, lyrically, in a nutshell, Mistify is about triumph, Flow Upstream is about self/social acceptance, Prelude is about feeling free with a fresh view about the future, Seeing Red is about being blind of hate and Dream Song... well, I think you can guess. But those were all things we were living at the moment. It couldn't be different.
- How was the tour supporting the album?
It was great, we decided we wanted to expand the bands activity and go for other cities and audiences to release song by song, instead of just playing in Dublin. So we went for Waterford, Limerick and Cork as well.
- What is your song writing process?
Usually a riff comes out of nowhere and starts to play in a loop in our heads, then
eventually we get the instrument we imagined and develop something, a few variations, maybe a bridge, a chorus or something else. Next step is bring the idea to the rehearsal and we develop
from there, see how it sounds with the whole band, change some stuff here, there and that’s it, xablau.
- What’s your first thoughts when you get up on stage?
We tend not to think much about it; what comes instead is more like an underlying sensation that mixes a lot of feelings from power and ecstasy to fear. But it's definitely overwhelming, in a good way.
- Where was the first venue you played?
With this line up was in Cork last year. We were releasing our song “Seeing Red”. The energy was really good and we felt people really liked it.
- Describe the atmosphere when you’re performing
Our gigs are like touring throughout human emotions. It can be heavy, sad, might make
you want to dance... People can expect anything, really – followed by a grooved-fatty
carrousel of riffs.
- What band would you like to perform with the most?
I'd say between all of us, Ozzy would be just right for it.
- What is your most memorable moment from any live performances?
Elvis – I remember watching Ozzy, Black Label Society and Korn when they came together to Brazil. The line up was already insane, but in that very day, Zakk Wylde cut his hand really badly with a bottle opener. It was bleeding all over his guitar but he wouldn't stop shredding. It was monstrous.
- Will you be touring in the United Kingdom any time soon?
In fact yes, we booked a UK tour for this September 2020. There are ten gigs booked in different cities (Brighton, London, Reading, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool). We are in hopes for the corona virus situation to be better by then. It'll be really exciting, once we've never played there before.
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