SOLSTONE

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

gdhdAfter performing in several would-be acts together and feeling trapped in a town with a dwindling Rock music scene, Kevin French and Dave Krause teamed up and decided to leave their native Chicago to set sights on a more lucrative landscape – the West Coast. Temporarily settling into San Diego in 1999, the pair locked themselves in a studio and focused on writing a multitude of songs that would define a sound that they proudly classify “The New Rock Machine” That sound coupled with their hardened mid-west attitudes and solid work ethic became the core for an innovative new band: SOLSTONE.

Moving to Los Angeles in the spring of 2000, Kevin and Dave auditioned dozens of musicians trying to find a Bass player with the perfect combination of youth, looks, aptitude, and attitude that would complement their own. After a year of bland encounters, Kevin and Dave were beginning to lose hope. That is until they happened upon Antonio “Buccia” Bucciarelli – a young rocker on vacation from Florence, Italy. The three instantly got along and the musical chemistry was exactly what they were searching for.

With the third member on board, Solstone recorded their debut CD release in the summer of 2001 and in support of their new music the group took to the local LA club scene. Although gaining a following of fans and respect among their peers, the band felt something was still missing in their live performances. In July 2002, Solstone brought in GIT axe shredder Jonny C. Ide on lead guitar and their first live session together at the Cat Club on the Sunset Strip added a stage energy that was simply explosive! Over the next 2 years Solstone performed numerous live show and events and recorded self-produced 4 EPs. The energy of the performances and the quality of the songwriting made an impact on Solstone followers during this time and they were known as hard rocking heros of the local scene; a band that played with complete heart.

Although the fan base grew significantly and they were revered locally during their time performing in Hollywood, the music industry favored a different flavor of Rock that incorporated a more Alternative sound and an energy and presentation level that was much more subdued. The band split amicably in April 2004 to pursue other interests. Kevin, Dave, and Buccia remain best of friends and continue to be active in music in their own pursuits. dfghdhd

– Solstone [2001]

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