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"Philosopher's Stone got 'The Goods'"

Philosopher's Stone trio -- singer/guitarist Brad Denham, drummer John Carrico and bassist Chris Laile -- cite a wide range of classic Rock and Indie influences (from Built to Spill to Dylan), but their sound is so novel that it's refreshingly difficult to draw many direct comparisons to other artists. The group's songs have a fluid, watery vibe that feels very organic and stream of consciousness. The band doesn't write in an expected Pop format, eschewing the cookie-cutter verse-chorus style (which has its place) for an atmospheric approach that simply pours forth and develops naturally. The sound is also very rhythm-based, with Carrico's jazzy scuffle beats and Laile's slippery, serpentine bass lines being a crucial element to the overall sound, interweaving around Denham's nibbling vocal style and chiming guitar work. Denham also proves himself an atypical Rock lyricist, having more in common with Romantic-era poets than, say, David Lee Roth. The dreamy feel that permeates the album leaves you a little dazed and entranced at the end of the listen, which is impressive in itself. Coupled with the subtle danceability of the music, The Goods and the Ills is one of those albums you might put on when you don't want your late night/early morning to end." - Mike Breen


Discography

"philosopher's stone" single - released 2000
debut album "The goods & the Ills" - released 2001
three song ep "philosopher's stone" - released 2003

stream the 2003 ep release "Spirits" here:
http://www.pstone.net/spirits.html

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"Whoever is making the most unclassifiable kind of AltPop in contemporary music forms the category that could contain Cincinnati’s Philosopher’s Stone. Formed in 2001, Philosopher's Stone writes songs that don’t adhere to conventional Pop structures and yet are infectiously listenable as well as amorphously atmospheric. Look for the imminent follow-up to their 2001 debut, The Goods & the Ills. The Sea and Cake performing at a Flaming Lips roast. " BB (City Beat 9/21/05 – 9/24/05)

Hailing from the Northern Kentucky-Greater Cincinnati region, Philosopher's Stone is truly a unique alternative/indie rock band that consistently strives to create and never emulate. By taking a lush and somewhat poppy approach to their song writing, they create layers of melodic rhythms that can be best described as an atmospheric almost stream of consciousness vibe. Their sound is often compared to others in their genre such as Sea and Cake, Modest Mouse, and The Flaming Lips.

Since the formation of the band in the spring of 2001, Philosopher's Stone has been hard at work on both the stage and in the studio. March of 2002 brought the independent release of their debut full-length recording, "The Goods and the Ills" and with it came rave reviews. Mike Breen of Cincinnati's City Beat wrote, "This trio's sound is so novel that it's refreshingly difficult to draw direct comparisons. The group's songs have a fluid, watery vibe that feels very organic, and they don't write in an expected Pop format, eschewing the cookie-cutter verse/chorus style for an atmospheric approach that simply pours forth and develops naturally".

"The Goods and the Ills" also received the honor of being listed as one of the 2002 best local artist CDs as well as its lead single "Soliloquy" was mentioned as one of the most memorable local cuts of 2002 by Cincinnati's premier music publication City Beat.

Philosopher's Stone currently has a demo of three beautiful new songs that placed them in the top 20 of the 2003 97Xposure (WOXY) contest.