Formed in August 2003 in central Florida, female fronted alternative rock band, Knowing Stu is able to mix their talents and influences to form their unique flavor. Knowing Stu’s alternative rock is a mixture of post-grunge infused melodic vocals and pure pop songwriting. Drawing from influences like U2 and Radiohead, and invoking the presence of No Doubt and Garbage, Knowing Stu has created a sound all to their own, without ignoring the basic elements of great song writing. Vocalist Tina Louise, “a 6-feet-high tower of power brimming with rock and roll vigor.” (Creative Loafing Magazine) delivers undeniable emotion through melodic hooks and identifiable lyrics. Guitarist Dean Johanesen provides an equally melodic sound with harmonious hooks, top-notch technique, and “riffs that are razor sharp”. Clay Custer (Bass) and Shane Warth (Drums) combine forces to become the “jet-stream rythm section”, that is among the best in rock music today. ‘Reflector’, the band’s latest full-length cd - Produced, engineered, and mixed by Jeff Tomei (Smashing Pumpkins, Matchbox20) and co-produced by the band in Summer of 2007 - the CD showcases the band’s knack for writing strong, sing-along hooks and stadium-sized guitar riffs.
“their new full-length teems with radio-ready tracks such as the opener ‘Never Knew.’” (Wade Tatangelo, Creative Loafing)
“Knowing Stu have been bashing out an engaging, slightly angst-laced blend of alt-pop hooks and metallic heft that wouldn't sound out of place amid any local rock station's Top Five at Five.” (Scott Harrell, Bradenton Herald)
1. Never Knew
2. Set Me On Fire
3. Another Way
4. Keep On Walking
5. Drifting Empty
6. Are You With Me
7. Left Me Standing
8. Beautiful Lady
Lost In Know-Where Land (EP) - 1.Not My Fault 2.There's No Time 3.Strung Out On Silence
Ingredient (EP) - 1.Bleed Baby 2.Called Out 3.My Sorrow.
Knowing Stu 'Reflector'
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Many local bands gripe about not enjoying airplay on radio stations like 97X or 98Rock but don't exa...Many local bands gripe about not enjoying airplay on radio stations like 97X or 98Rock but don't exactly boast songs that would appeal to a mainstream audience. Not so with Knowing Stu. Catchy with just enough edge to keep things interesting, their new full-length teems with radio-ready tracks such as the opener "Never Knew." On it, Tina Louise wails passionately over a series of crunchy, slightly jagged guitar riffs propelled by a jet-stream rhythm section. The fact that a woman fronts Knowing Stu invites comparisons to Garbage, which should be interpreted as a good thing.
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Knowing Stu, “Reflector” (myspace.com/knowingstu) : The eye-catching sleeve graphics might suggest ...Knowing Stu, “Reflector”
(myspace.com/knowingstu) : The eye-catching sleeve graphics might suggest a band obsessed with kitsch but this female-fronted quartet turns out tough-as-nails power pop. Tina Louise's vocals are just a hair below feral and Dean Johanesen's guitar riffs are razor sharp.
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Knowing Stu delivers their music with passion and a downright dazzling sense of electrically-charged...Knowing Stu delivers their music with passion and a downright dazzling sense of electrically-charged buzz, and much needed flair. This hurricane of sound and instrumentation nicely compliments the lush and intimate beauty of vocalist and frontwoman Tina Louise. Her vocals are always on pitch and never sharp or flat. Her harmonies can raise the hairs off the back of your neck. She has a gift for delivering vocals that cut through whatever the rest of the band is doing, reaching the listener with a fresh immediacy. Nicky Resh thrashes out distortion-filled guitar riffs with cunning and savvy, and with a tremendous sense of creativity, displaying his gift for voices, harmonics, and technique. Clay Custer pounds out riveting, gripping bass lines, while Shane Warth feeds off the energy, providing the support mechanism and backing foundation for this quartet.
The trick is, these kids know how to write simple-yet-explosive pop/rock songs, delivering them in just the right timeframe without the songs being too short — for the crowd to ask, “Hey, why not a little more?,” — or too long, only helping them to drift off to Slumberland. Lost in Know-Where Land is unmistakably a fully realized effort containing a high degree of craftsmanship. The project is pristine in both songwriting and mixing; excellent engineering and producing only add to it, fueling the fire. There is sure to be more material awaiting Knowing Stu’s admirers. Finally, one must not forget the artwork and layout design done by Virgil Crow, Joran Oppelt, and S. Warth, that puts a true stamp of quality on the final product. Those who greatly appreciate art may feel that this work adds a greater degree of integrity to the album as a whole. The packaging eerily reflects the tastes of Super Furry Animals, and if this is an apt comparison it is a fitting tribute and done with great admiration. (Self-Titled)
The Good, The Bad & The Local
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BY SCOTT HARRELL Knowing Stu Ingredient (Three-Song Demo) Onstage, tireless scene-suppor...BY SCOTT HARRELL
Ingredient (Three-Song Demo)
Onstage, tireless scene-supporters Knowing Stu can come off as a bit generic -- the P.A. tends to wash out the subtleties and highlight the big, anthemic alt-pop choruses. This hot-off-the-presses three-song introduction, on the other hand, turns the tables by making the obvious, familiar hooks secondary to the potential inherent in the quartet's slinky, simple verses and vocalist Tina Chapman's expressive yet on-point vocals. "Bleed Baby," which takes the most chances by dint of a sexy roadhouse vibe, is far and away the standout track; two chords, sweaty atmosphere, no waiting. The chorus, which most radio programmers would look to for the big grab, actually takes a back seat to the verses' hugely physical innuendo. Quasi-ballad "Called Out" aims for the mainstream but remains pretty good anyway, heh heh, due to its vaguely countrified buildups. "My Sorrow" takes an angsty, groovy route, and suffers a bit for its pandering. There's promise here, though, when the band tempers its commercial ambitions with a libidinous strut down the road less traveled. (www.knowingstu.com)
She Owns It
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Knowing Stu has hooks to spare and a frontwoman (Tina Louise) who knows how to sing with passion whi...Knowing Stu has hooks to spare and a frontwoman (Tina Louise) who knows how to sing with passion while stalking the stage like she owns it.
1. Drifting Empty
3. Set Me On Fire
4. Another Way
6. Keep On Walking
7. Are You With Me
8. Left Me Standing
9. Not My Fault
10. Beautiful Lady
11. Never Knew
Our set is approx. 45min. Long, All Original.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.