A night full of elite rock and roll

Stone Soul Foundation

 

An evening with some of New York’s finest rock bands shared the stage recently. This was held at one of Western New York’s finest Rock clubs, The Evening Star in the city of Niagara Falls. After solos were sung and drums were beat I had the pleasure to sit down with the headlining band Stone Soul Foundation. These guys came all the way from Auburn, NY and were a delight to interview. I’ve had the pleasure to know these guys for the past year and a half when they came to Buffalo for the first time. We began the interview with the basics for those who haven’t heard of this bone crushing rock band.

Where did the band name come from? Sean Muldoon (Singer): The name to us represents our sound; Solid, Heavy, and Soulful.

Stone2How did everyone meet? Jeff Wiggins (Guitarist): Singer Sean Muldoon and I have been friends and writing music together since our early teens. We were introduced through mutual friends from school who thought we should get together because of our love of playing, and writing heavy rock/metal music. That’s exactly what we did! We have performed together in various original rock and metal bands for the last 20 years and in Stone Soul Foundation since 2002, which is when “Drummer” Shane Stillman met us at the local watering hole in Auburn. Shane loved our vision of a rock/metal band with soul and we dug his energy and passion to perform. “Bassist” Doug Paradise later joined the band around 2006 replacing the previous bass player who had lost interest in pursuing a career in music. After playing with various cover bands Doug jumped on the opportunity to join Stone Soul Foundation thus fulfilling his passion of playing with an original hard rock band.

 How long has the band been around? (Jeff) – 12 Years

 What is the most memorable moment in the band? (Jeff) – One of our highlights would include recording our latest release “Electric Valley” with Alex Perialas. Alex has recorded many of our childhood heroes such as Anthrax, S.O.D, Overkill, Testament, Bad Religion and so many others. Playing the Whisky a Go Go and traveling the states has been awesome as well! As far as low points in memories, many years ago we played a show that absolutely no one showed up to see us for. We still played the “show” and it was nice not to have to stand in line for a drink! We dedicated songs to the 9 nine ball and salt shakers. It could have been our best set of music but no one will ever know?

 Biggest challenge as a band? (Jeff) – I would say the biggest challenge for any band is sticking together and being patient. You have to be married to the music, the business and the band. Juggling home life while spending countless hours on the road, in the studio, doing interviews, and so on is very tiring emotionally. AC/DC said it best “It’s a long way to the top, if you want to rock and roll”!

  Stone3Any new shows coming up that you are looking forward too? (Jeff) – We look forward to every chance to hit the stage big or small, and share our music. We have plans for more extensive touring in the fall, and we’re looking forward to Made in NY Festival Saturday, July 5 in Sackets Harbor, NY. We have several show dates scheduled so be sure to check out www.stonesoulfoundation.com for all them.

Anything else you want to let the readers know? (Jeff) – Look out for our new single “Riding High” this summer. The new single will be accompanied by a music video/documentary behind the scenes of our day in the studio recording the song at Subcat Studios in Syracuse, NY. We will also be releasing a new SSF “Riding High” tee for our fans to purchase which will help support the upcoming tour.

Thank you for your support, and interest in the band. Without interest from people like you, and the support of the fans, we wouldn’t be where we are today!

Meredith Snow
– The Fuze Magazine

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