2013 Stone Pony Houseband
Featured on Fuse TV
Showcased at Sundance Film Festival
MTV Movie Awards Celebrity Showcase
Appeared on the Artie Lange Show on DirectTV
Headlined Theater of Living Arts
Opened for National Acts including :
Dropkick Murphys (2X)
Jackyl (Summer 2013)
Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
Third Eye Blind
Michael McDonald (Summer 2013)
Antigone Rising(Summer 2013)
Walter Wolfman Washington
Dan Stevens of the Dead Milkmen
Edgar Winter Band
Her & Kings Country
Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers
Greater Media 93.3 WMMR's Artist of The Month October 2012
Featured on CBS College Sports Pregame Show
Accepted into the Armed Forces Entertainment Program
Performed during a taping of Food Network's Dinner Impossible with chef Rob
Most bands have an amusing anecdote to tell whenever someone asks them about their name. In the case of Philadelphia quartet Stolen Rhodes, they have two.
We had a Rhodes keyboard that was stolen from our singer earlier in his music career, explains Kevin Cunningham, the bands lead guitarist. And the other story? The band may have commandeered a Rhodes at some point from an undisclosed location, he sheepishly admits.
Take another look at that last sentence: the band sought to reacquire a Rhodes piano, a keyboard thats been out of fashion for nearly three decades. The bands name isnt just a funny story its a battle cry.
The music of the past is what spoke to us the loudest, explains Cunningham. It is music you can feel, timeless music, songs that people react to in any generation. It's less like a yearbook of a certain point in time and more like a National Geographic magazine. It's good no matter when you hear it.
Of course, you would expect a response like that from a band whose principal songwriters, singer/multi-instrumentalist Matt Pillion and bassist/guitarist Dan Haase, grew up a stones throw away from Bruce Springsteens adopted hometown of Asbury Park. Its not like they really had a choice in the matter; The classic Asbury sound was in the water, Cunningham jokes.
The Boss influence proves to be more spiritual than literal, however, on Falling off the Edge, Stolen Rhodes debut album. If anything, the ghost of the Allman Brothers looms the largest, particularly in the mile-wide chorus of Blue Sky and the easy-like-Sunday-morning Freight Train. (Speaking of Easy, the bands track Beautiful Way sounds like the Allmans taking a crack at that very Commodores song.) Pillion takes no vocal cues from the Southern rock gods, though; his raspy tenor is bound to draw (lazy) comparisons to Kings of Leons Caleb Followill, but one listen to the horn-kissed One Day Everyday and its clear that Free-era Paul Rodgers is a better starting point.
At least for the moment, anyway. While they may currently take their inspiration from an earlier time, Stolen Rhodes has no interest in carving out a career as a classic rock tribute band. For them, the writing process is nonstop and constantly evolving. It changes daily, Cunningham says. We are all students of music, so we are all bringing in our own personal tastes that we continue to discover to expand our sound. One aspect of the bands personality that seems unlikely to change, though, is their love of playing live. Indeed, for each day they spend writing new material, they spend five days practicing for that weekends gig, and that passion for performing can be felt throughout Falling off the Edge. With each track clocking in at a minimum of five minutes, this is a band that loves to let their songs breathe, and are not afraid to go wherever the moment takes them.
Their hard work has thus far paid off in the form of a dedicated and diverse live following, and also earned them the respect of veteran acts from opposite ends of the music spectrum (punk rockers Dropkick Murphys and country act Diamond Rio have both sung the bands praises), and while Stolen Rhodes is grateful for the regional success theyve attained, they have their eyes on a larger prize. Falling off the Edge, they hope, will serve as their calling card to the national stage.