Christiane J. - Lead vocals
Neil Spies - Guitar, Vocals
Nick S. - Bass
Bobby Alt - Drums
"We're all just a moment away from completely letting ourselves go, from taking action that's going to change everything. And when we make our move, we need to do it with love. But you can't have love without chaos, because there is always going to be resistance. We're out to embrace that chaos...to turn it into music that makes a difference."
Neil Spies, guitarist of the incendiary new band S.T.U.N. knows what he's talking about. And he's got the music to prove it. From the opening notes Evolution Of Energy, their potent and persuasive new Geffen Records debut album, it's abundantly clear that here is one band out to tear down the walls, break through the barriers and storm the barricades of complacency, compromise and the culture of apathy. You may love their music. You may fear it. But what thing is for sure - no way can you ignore it.
"You have to be brave," Spies, whose extraterrestrial guitar work and instantly anthemic original songs anchor the sound of S.T.U.N. "There's always someone ready to tell you what you can't do. We're here to prove what can be done, if you've got the balls to try it. Our music is all about awareness, intensity and entertainment...it's about activism in all its forms. We have the greatest respect for music made by people who faced adversity for the truth. Now it's our turn."
A quartet whose name is a punchy abbreviation for Scream Toward the Uprising of Nonconformity, S.T.U.N are about to seize the day with a vengeance. The twelve original tracks that comprise Evolution Of Energy announce the future of music in no uncertain terms. It's a future that gathers influences ranging from The Who and The Pixies, to Nirvana, Refused and beyond, then turbochargers it all in a furious and formidable no-keyboards ensemble sound. Simply put, S.T.U.N. picks up where vintage punk left off, injecting it with an innovative yet accessible pop sensibility built on rock solid riffs, soaring melodies and a lyrical call to arms all the more compelling for its unvarnished honesty.
True to their no-frills aesthetic, the S.T.U.N. saga is short, sweet and to the point. Formed only two years ago in Los Angeles around the uncompromising music and liberating message of Neil Spies, the group's individual members found themselves through a process akin to creative osmosis. "There was a chemistry between us from the moment we met,' asserts lead singer Christiane J. "The challenge was to build on that and take it to the next level."
The foursome wasted no time in getting down to business. "We moved right from parties to local clubs to record company showcases," recounts drummer Bobby Alt. "It was a totally natural progression. It's great when your music can make that kind of connection."
S.T.U.N. slowed down their lightening fast ascent long enough to carefully consider their choice of producer. "We picked Sean Slade because he had a real understanding of the bands that influenced us and how those influences came out in our music," continues bassist Nick S. "He'd worked with The Pixies, Radiohead, The Cure, The Circle Jerks and Hole. It was a perfect fit."
Recorded at Slade's Q Division Studios in Boston over the proverbial forty days and forty nights, Evolution Of Energy, took shape quickly and decisively. "We came in totally prepared, mentally and physically," says Spies. "The focus was on capturing as much of the sensory overload from our live shows as we could, while still using studio technology to bring out new aspects of the music. We didn't need to depend on formulas...we just left ourselves with lots of freedom to be creative."
The result is an album that blows away every accumulated preconception about music's ability to free the mind, the body and spirit. From the stirring call to unity to ignite the "Annihilation of the Generations," to the ecstatic expectation of the electrifying "Movement" to the musical manifesto of "Love And Chaos," Evolution Of Energy more than lives up to its billing. Here is sound that signals the next step in rock & roll's ever-evolving quest for total liberation.
"We're here to speak up for all those around us who have been shunned and suppressed," concludes Neil Spies. "If you hold out long enough and hang on to what you really believe, people will find you."
With Evolution Of Energy, S.T.U.N. are about to find themselves at the center of a massive musical uprising.