Guelph is a quaint university town, whose downtown core has stereotypically been known as an 'artsy' community; but if you're expecting that Guelph's 'Three Quarter Stone' is another band of generationally lost hippies that can be found discussing the importance of granola in the vegetarian diet at Hillside Festival then you are in for a surprise. This five piece band is electrified adrenaline on stage. Pure unadulterated, triple xxx rock 'n roll!
Picture a free spirited, socially outcast teen tearing up the streets on his Harley-Davidson with Led Zeppelin and AC/DC blasting in his headphones... now imagine him in a garage riffing away with four of his friends and you'll understand where the heart of Three Quarter Stone's sound beats. But these misfits have managed to evolve out of the garage, surviving employment woe's, relationship chaos, and all of life's adventurous ups and downs, sticking together and becoming a polished, substantial hard rocking riff machine. Their live show attests to the years spent together and countless gigs in drunken bars. Having just completed a full Canadian tour in the fall of 2011, with some 25 shows in 27 days Three Quarter Stone have weathered all that the Canadian wilderness has to offer, and have honed their live show into a tight, sonic spectacle. They look at home up on the stage, with a tight sound that comes from years of gigging. And that sound is forceful... an entity unto its own with grooving, hooky guitar riffs and soaring, melodic vocals. Its polished and definitely not garage band, but not glittery 'record-label' polished, but like that of a river bed stone weathered by nature over time. Their sound is solid, driving and well produced, with interesting nuances and layers. Its almost difficult to imagine a careless teenager on a Harley creating such great music, but one can certainly picture him blasting it in his headphones as he cruises down the road! That sound and show has earned Three Quarter Stone the honours as Hamilton's ImageFM's 2010 Band Of The Year, and ImageFM's first ever inductee's into the Hall Of Fame (www.imagefm.ca)!
2012 promises to be another big year for Three Quarter Stone with release of their 3rd full length studio album and North American tour!
Band MembersDan Wray