Stoney: "More than Animals" Release Show

Stoney: "More than Animals" Release Show

Mighty Mountain, A. Sinclair, DJ Glynn

Sat, January 18, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages


Stoney: "More than Animals" Release Show - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Stoney: "More than Animals" Release Show
More Than Animals is the new year release from British songwriter Stoney, already garnering critical praise from the likes of Big Takeover Magazine, who reckons the one-man indie Juggernaut has "simultaneously created easily the most grand and courtly record in years, completely unlike anything else being made today," featuring profoundly intimate lyrics and soaring melodic arrangements that burst with passion, personality, and depth. It's also Stoney's first full length since re-booting his solo career, having departed the much lauded dirt-pop trio Bobby Jealousy, which he co-founded after relocating to Austin, Texas a few years ago, recording and touring the band's acclaimed 2012 debut A Little Death.
Before he left the rich music scene of Northern England's Sheffield and crossed the pond, Stoney - Mark to his mum - was a regular hit at Austin's SXSW music festival, where his keen ear for classic pop melody combined with a sharp lyrical potency and rare ability to effectively blend genres from folk to soaring rock to trip-hoppy-electronica caught the attention of uber producer Rick Rubin who flew Stoney to Los Angeles for a private showcase, and tastemaker DJ Nic Harcourt who started heavily championing Stoney on his popular KCRW show. This left coast action led to Stoney's music appearing in several Hollywood films and TV shows.
Stoney's latest release builds upon the foundation set by his much celebrated indie debut The Scene & the Unseen, which garnered praise from the Sunday Times, the Independent and the NME, the latter describing it as "A hidden gem of a record, packed with invention." National airplay and several guest appearances on BBC Radio 2, 6Music, and Xfm followed. Live, Stoney is known as an exhilarating showman, with performances at the Leeds and Glastonbury festivals, and tours with the Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling and Athlete under his belt. It's been a while coming, but with the fearlessly eclectic More Than Animals, Stoney is making a further big leap towards the perfection that is his trademark.
Backing up Stoney for his album release show at the Belmont will be various members of Alpha Rev and The Rocketboys, and the show will also provide the very first opportunity to grab your copy of the already critically acclaimed More Than Animals on CD

"...And I thought baroque pop was dead. Austin-via-Sheffield musician Stoney has created the most grand and courtly record in years, completely unlike anything else being made today…" The Big Takeover Magazine

"..The British singer-songwriter recalls a younger David Bowie with the dapper swagger of The Kinks. He can easily switch between coy rock songs about nightlife and Elliott Smith-inspired bedroom folk…" NPR
"… A concise, brilliantly arranged 12-track effort void of filler. Stoney is back with his strongest and most diverse LP to date.."
"…With explosions of influences and its shape-shifting mentality, More Than Animals is one of the most diverse and enjoyable records I’ve heard in a long time.." Absolute Punk
Mighty Mountain - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
A. Sinclair - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
A. Sinclair
Despite what you might guess from their name, Frank Smith is a band, not a solo act, and no one in the band is named either "Frank" or "Smith." Instead, Frank Smith is six guys who play country-infused indie rock with smarts and an emotionally ragged edge. Frank Smith was formed by guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Aaron Sinclair, who was born in Texas but later transplanted to Boston, where he became a critic's favorite as the leader of the group Drexel. Sinclair later became drummer with indie noisemakers the Lot Six. While busy with the Lot Six, Sinclair began writing some country-influenced songs and assembled a band to play them, featuring Scott Toomey of Eyes Like Knives on guitar, fellow Lot Six member Julian Cassanetti on keyboards, Jon Lammi on bass, and Jesse Kramer (son of Aerosmith's Joey Kramer) on drums. Calling themselves LaGuardia, the group released a self-titled album in 2002, only to discover that another group was already using the name LaGuardia. Sinclair coined the name Frank Smith, telling a reporter, "We were getting tired of trying to think of clever or cool band names, and it turned into, 'What's the most monotonous, everyday-Joe name you could think of?'" By the time Frank Smith released 2004's Burn This House Down, their first disc under their new name, the group had experienced some personnel changes -- Drew Roach, formerly of Stray Bullets, replaced Kramer on drums, and fellow Lot Six alumni Dan Burke took over for Lammi on bass. Frank Smith's 2005 release Think Farms was named one of the ten best albums of the year by the Boston Phoenix, and Boston's Weekly Dig gave a similar accolade to 2006's Red on White. During this period, Cassanetti left the group (Toomey began dividing his time between guitar and keyboards), and pedal steel guitarist Steve Malone and Brett Saiia on banjo joined the band to shore up their country sound. In late 2006, former Blake Babies leader Juliana Hatfield heard Frank Smith and was impressed enough that she not only signed the group to her Ye Olde Records label to release their album Heavy Handed Peace and Love, but invited the band to collaborate with her on an EP, Sittin' in a Tree..., both of which were released on May 29, 2007. In the spring of 2007, Frank Smith pulled up stakes and relocated from Boston to Austin in Sinclair's home state of Texas, where they arrived in time to play a showcase at that year's South by Southwest Music Conference
Venue Information:
The Belmont
305 W 6th St.
Austin, TX, 78701