SkyStone

SkyStone

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A sonic combination of funk driven rhythms and modern blues based rock, SkyStone is a band for the 21st century that never lets you forget their classic influences. While the sound is fresh and exciting, the legendary vibe is undeniable. The world's first "Funksonic" Rock band.

Biography


Winter 2004.

Chris James is regularly playing a seedy dive of a tavern (no longer around) with his good friend John. Two acoustics, cover songs, some original ideas that will later become full fledged SkyStone material.

He is inexperienced and pathetically trying to satisfy his need to perform music in any capacity.

The extra cash helps pay his half of the rent to live in the apartment right above this tavern, but sometimes he has to “negotiate” to get paid at all if he and his buddy don’t bring in any bar sales.

This was life three years ago before SkyStone came to be. The one thing James knew was that he wanted to get a great band together; a band that would keep one foot in the past and the other kicking at the future. He thought music was missing something. Maybe it was the diverse sounds of the '60s and '70s and early '90s that he favoured over the pop overkill of the '80s and present day.

“I remember way back wanting to create original music that was hard, aggressive and blues based but heavily routed in rhythm. The former was all I knew, being obsessed with where you could take traditional American music after hearing British bands like Led Zeppelin for the first time.”

“I knew initially that I needed someone with a very strong grasp of rhythm in every aspect of the term – this person had to breathe rhythm…”

James found an old covered up ad for a drummer/percussionist on the corkboard in a music store and decided to give the guy a call. To make a long story short, Rob Leclerc came out to one of the tavern acoustic gigs and introduced himself between sets. To say the least, he was unimpressed but saw something underneath it all that prevented him from leaving that night. Good thing, because Rob was that guy....

After performing a couple of acoustic/conga shows together, the pair knew they needed to find a bass player. Not just a bass player, but one who was not afraid to proudly push that instrument to the forefront and keep it noticed. The idea was always to have three distinct personalities – each member's instrument needed to share the spotlight, so to speak.

"It was really a great thing that my friend John knew me so well musically. He was the guy who suggested I give Butch a call. I think he knew that the fit would be right. What I instantly loved about Butch was that he was quiet and unassuming, but when he started playing, man, you knew how he preferred to do his talking!"

"The first rehearsal went great. The best part was that everyone was unconsciously on the same musical page. I listen back to recordings of some of those early rehearsals and I can still hear the magic."

SkyStone was born.

Lyrics

Freeze It

Written By: Chris James

Let's get down to business
Let's stop pretending
Just give me one thing
That I've been craving
Don't try to forget it
'Cause you can't escape it
Girl don't fight the feeling
Just get back to breathing

A little bit of affection
Would help this go a long way
Let's pay this some attention
Or this could be a long day
I'm looking for reaction
To this seduction
Don't need hesitation
Just need confirmation

Chorus:
Freeze it, don't let it burn yet
Stuck in a moment, and you know we gotta seize it.
Freeze it, don't let it burn yet
Stuck in a moment, and you know we gotta seize it.

I've got to be the one who's gonna say
something
Got to be the one who's gonna do
something
Got to be the one who's gonna act on it
Just to hear you say...

Chorus.

Get up!

Written By: Chris James

You shine like diamonds and you look so sweet
But there's a feeling that's been creeping up on me

If I can't be the way you want me to be, and if I can't love the way you want me to love.
If I can't do the things you want me to, what can I do?

I guess I'll.....

So many reasons baby for the way I feel
And there ain't one that tells me that our love is real.

If I can't be the way you want me to be, and if I can't love the way you want me to love.
If I can't do the things you want me to, what can I do?

I guess I'll get up, get up and be on my way!

I slow you down and then you speed me up
I got a feeling baby that your love's too much
You're like a leech ah baby can't you see?
That's why I pray all night someone should rescue me.

If I can't be the way you want me to be, and if I can't love the way you want me to love.
If I can't do the things you want me to, what can I do?

I guess I'll get up, get up and be on my way!

You chewed me up, but you won't spit me out
It's your possessive mind that I can live without

If I can't be the way you want me to be, and if I can't love the way you want me to love.
If I can't do the things you want me to, what can I do?
What can I do?
What can I do?

I guess I'll......

The Sunshine On Me

Written By: Chris James

When I'm walkin' the line one side of me knows that
You could be the one to keep it all real but the devil only knows how I really feel
He was on my shoulder watchin' you cry about the things you did that you still deny
And what you think I don't now is killin' me
So make my mind up for me, whisper somethin' sexy to me.

'Cause baby you could be the sunshine on-a me.
You could give a good soul what it needs
But I could never love you like-a that
Baby 'cause I know where ya been and I know you'll be back

Now you ain't doin' me wrong, you been doin' right so long
But time goes back further than I once thought.
And even though I know I dig ya more now than I did before I even found out
What was goin' on and what was goin' down.
You was up to no good so tell me how
I should live this all down
How you gonna make it alright?

'Cause baby you could be the sunshine on-a me.
You could give a good soul what it needs
But I could never love you like-a that
Baby 'cause I know where ya been and I know you'll be back

Discography

"The Heritage Sessions" - 2006

5 song EP/studio demo recording.

Currently working on new material for completion by beginning of April.

Set List

SkyStone original numbers:

Get Up!
Earthquake Blues
Funk in the Trunk
Groove Machine
The Sunshine on Me
I Can't Relax
Flow
Punch Drunk Luv
I Got a Feeling
All the Love She Wants You to Give
Freeze It
I'll Be Lookin' For You
Angels and Devils
It's Time to Let You Go

Covers:
Led Zeppelin - The Ocean, Black Dog, Immigrant Song, Rock n' Roll, D'Yer M'Akr, Heartbreaker, What is and What Should Never Be, etc., etc.
Other acts covered: Jack Johnson, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Jet, James Gang, Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ben Harper, Sublime, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Spencer Davis Group, etc. Basically cover a little bit of everythiing from the '60s to the present.