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Stokeswood

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
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Merchant and I are always on the prowl for people and bands that are pushing the expected boundaries of EDM. And we were lucky enough to check out two such bands at Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale this past July, and damn was it an experience. First up was Stokeswood, a “Low-Endie Rock” band, as they refer to themselves, based out of Atlanta, GA. The band is composed of Adam Patterson, lead vocalist; Mark Godwin, electric guitarist; Jon Joiner, drummer; Michael Roman, keyboardist; and Justin Mullinix, bass player and producer. These roles, however, are merely suggestions, seeing as the members played a sort of musical chairs with the instruments, each member switching between two or three instruments depending on the song. I’ll let that soak in. While musicians often work all their lives to become masters of an instrument, and then maybe dabble in a new instrument for random cameos, these guys can play multiple instruments equally well, switching between them JUST BECAUSE THEY CAN AND LIKE IT. And damn does it work. Their music has all the lip curling coolness of rock, along with the irresistibly danceable, synthy goodness of EDM. Fuse that with band members who, in their performance, will move and dance and jump and shake more than sugared up toddlers in a McDonald’s ball pit, and you have what is probably the most energetic and carefree reason to just not give a possum’s testicles about who’s watching, and just work those hips. You can catch them touring all over the U.S., and I can guarantee they will give you one of the most ecstatic nights of your life.

For more info, including tour dates, check out www.stokeswood.net, and make sure to keep up to date with them on Facebook and Twitter (@Stokeswood - Merchant & Gaucho: Droppin' the latest in Underground Electronic Music


Atlanta-based indie rock band Stokeswood opened for Perpetual Groove at the Georgia Theatre.

Their energetic performance featured music from their album “In the Field of the Vibrations,” which was released last year.

Stokeswood ended its performance with “Neon White,” turning the Georgia Theatre into a dance floor.

Stokeswood’s style, rife with experimental ambient sounds and flowing keyboard melodies is reminiscent of Perpetual Groove’s sound, making them the ideal opening band for the show. - Red & Black


“Being on a label means nothing, unless they can do something for you. You don’t need a label for distribution anymore.”

Most bands survive by evolving over time, but the ones that last beyond a trend are those who constantly reinvent themselves. Atlanta-based Stokeswood have effortlessly tapped into this recipe for success in the fickle and wavering world of music. Stokeswood doesn’t abide by the notion of “stick to what works.” Instead, the sextet is willing to try anything and makes it all work by injecting their charisma and infectious vivacity into every musical metamorphosis it can muster.

From the studio to the stage, Stokeswood remains sublimely unpredictable, venturing throughout acoustic, electronic, soul, and dance rock territories that seem to fit any of the multiple stage personas conjured up by the band. Costumes and spontaneity are alluring, but it’s Stokeswood’s characteristic traits that stand out, particularly the magnificent and soul-gripping vocals of Adam Patterson and the effervescent raw energy produced by the collaborative creative force of each Stokeswood member.

“The problem is that Adam [Patterson] is so very good,” says electric guitarist Mark Godwin sarcastically about the cohesive musicianship of the group. Godwin and Patterson started the band over seven years ago. Since then, they have continuously transformed their aesthetic by adding to their clan, bringing in broad influences from Reed Irvine (piano, synth, bass) and drummer Jon Joiner. The newest members, Justin Mullinix (bass, keys, sampler) and Megg Serrano (back-up vocals, sampler, keys) have been two of the most influential in bringing a fresh approach to the kaleidoscopic Stokeswood repertoire.

Before joining the band, Mullinix worked with Stokeswood as producer on the band’s first album, Carassia. He also introduced the Stokeswood boys to Megg Serrano during the recording of their second full-length. She originally came in to add a feminine counterpart for just one song. “This is the absolute most perfect voice for this,” says Mullinix of Serrano’s sweet, yet powerful delivery. The rest of the guys agreed and without hesitation Stokeswood swooped her up as a full-time band member, realizing her vocal range worked brilliantly on many of the other songs being worked out in the studio at the time.

Stokeswood kept up a relentless schedule of gigs and studio sessions for most of the past year, culminating in the unveiling of In the Field of the Vibrations in the spring of 2011. The group took an entirely new approach on the recordings for this album. “Instead of writing the songs live and then rehearsing them and then recording them, we wrote the songs while recording and then had marathon practices to pick parts,” says Irvine, adding, “We threw caution to the wind and didn’t worry about how we’d reproduce it live.” Bringing Mullinix in as a band member gave Stokeswood a unique opportunity to experiment with sound during songwriting. “Justin’s [Mullinix] involvement as producer has helped our sound,” reveals Joiner. “We can bring in individual ideas, that by themselves can’t be songs, but Justin can put them together.” Mullinix’s ability to arrange songs and work Pro Tools to create intricate samples helped manifest a genuinely artistic album with a fierce electronic edge.

In the Field of the Vibrations is fully exhilarating with whirling noise, intensity, and intriguing poetic verses. Much of the magic experienced throughout the album stems from Patterson’s vocal tenacity and storyline lyrics. The band members spoke in awe of Patterson’s aptitude as a lyricist and songwriter. “Adam sat there in one take, without knowing he was being recorded, singing and playing a guitar that wasn’t even tuned – and that made it on the album,” explains Mullinix. Several of the songs on the new album feature the original vocals and melody that Patterson came up with off the cuff. Mullinix further reflects, “Some of the very first moments he came up with the melody and the line made it to the end, and we were like, ‘That’s the chorus!’”

In the Field of the Vibrations diverts from the predominantly organic essence on Stokeswood’s first album, Carassia, which highlighted the acoustic guitar work of Patterson with accents of electric guitar and keyboard on imaginative and danceable melodies. However, the new album doesn’t veer off in a completely new direction. Instead, the acoustic and electric have just traded places for the dominant roles onIn the Field of the Vibrations. This subtle difference gave Stokeswood the opportunity to delve into more innovative musical terrains.

Not only did Stokeswood switch gears after their first album, but they also took an inventive approach to testing out the new direction, which began to emphasize the electronic-dance sphere, as opposed to the frantic acoustic guitar. Stokeswood became Neckbeard for a short time, in order to perform their newest material in a live setting and inco - Performer Mag


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By Margaux Herrera Thu., Jul. 21 2011 at 8:00 AM Categories: Heads Up ?

When someone, like Stokeswood band leader and lead guitarist Mark Godwin, tells you that his musical influences range from "Aretha Franklin to The Whitest Boy Alive," you kinda have to stop and wonder. But just like Oreos and peanut butter, sometimes weird-as-hell combinations work.

The Georgia band has been making Miami its second home for a while now. "When our sound started evolving to more of a danceable monster, our popularity in the 305 started taking off. So we just went with it," says Godwin. "Miami feels like home to us now. We have such an amazing group of friends and fans there. And we have played some of the best music of our life, sweating in that tropical heat."

And coming out this fall, Stokeswood's new album, In the Field of Vibrations, will feature more of the cool and trippy indie music that we Miamians have come to love. As lead vocalist Adam Patterson explains: "We were trying to convey a sense of surrealism and seriousness built around an electronic sound."

Stokeswood as part of Soul Fest Weekend. Saturday, July 30. The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Doors open at 9 p.m. and admission costs $5. Call 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com.
- Miami New Times


This Saturday, May 21st at 10 p.m., Stokeswood returns to Miami to launch their second album, In the Field of the Vibrations, and they will perform at the The Stage in the Design District. The Atlanta-based electro-acoustic band was formed in 2004 by lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player Adam Patterson and lead electric guitarist Mark Godwin. The five-piece also comprises a drummer, keyboardist and bass player. Stokeswood’s independently released its debut album, Carassia, in 2009. Stokeswood’s second album, In the Field of the Vibrations, showcases a vocal-centric aesthetic and an array of synthesizers and guitars that are illuminated by infectious dance beats. During the course of my interview with Stokeswood, we discussed what makes the band unique and what it is like to collaboratively put an album together with so many members. We also talked about what the band likes to eat before they perform.



Stokeswood. | Photo courtesy of Lauren Vereen

Neil de la Flor: What does music mean to you?

Stokeswood: Oxygen.

ND: I love oxygen, too, but what qualities distinguish Stokeswood from other “killer electro-acoustic” rock bands?

SW: Our ability to put on an intense live show that is both sonically representative of our recorded music and a separate piece of art all together certainly allows us to stand out. I think we’ve found a really unique way of blending the line between electronic and acoustic music. We cross the line so often and, in such a seamless manner, we find ourselves thinking there is no longer a line. And Adam’s incredible voice doesn’t hurt either.



ND: Is there one element that unifies the sound or musicality of the band? Is it a combination? If so, how are the parts weighed and woven together?

SW: What really defines a “Stokeswood” song is Adam’s voice. On our first album, Carassia, we jumped all over the board as far as genres go, and what brought it all together was his unmistakable voice. The same goes for our new album, In the Field of the Vibrations. We’ve clearly defined a style of music that we are playing, even though you could still say we jump around quite a bit. But, it is Adam’s voice that makes Stokeswood recognizably Stokeswood.

As far as weighing musical parts, when writing and recording our latest album we made the decision early on to make the best piece of art possible. So, we didn’t say, “OK, all five of us need to play our main instrument on every song.” Rather, lets play what is best for each song and ultimately for the album as a whole. And that’s exactly what we did. The resulting live show has us running all over the stage switching instruments between every song in a carefully planned game of musical chairs.


ND: Musical chairs, brilliant. What’s it like to work together to create an album?

SW: So to basically continue where I left off, it’s tough because you have to listen to the opinion of every member in the band, and they’re naturally very different at times. Those differences usually spark other unified ideas that wouldn’t have been thought of before. In other words, it’s amazing, bewildering, frustrating and intense.

ND: Are you influenced by technology or nature? How and in what ways?

SW: We don’t think that it’s mutually exclusive. We are influenced by everything around us. This is especially true with In the Field of the Vibrations. We have a reoccurring theme within the album called “forest face,” which appears four times throughout the album. Not to get into my interpretations of the lyrics, for we like to leave that to the listener, the musical concept brings you from stripped-down a cappella vocals and claps to one guitar and one voice to full-on band and, finally, to just electronics and vocals — all the while introducing your ears to sounds that could be either from nature or algorithms. Again, it’s bleeding the line between electronic/technology and acoustic/nature.




Stokeswood. | Photo courtesy Chris Gill



ND: Can you reveal the sonic details about In the Field of the Vibrations, Stokeswood’s highly anticipated and long-overdue sophomore album? What should we expect?

SW: Expect to dance, smile, think and then dance some more.

ND: Who are the bands or soloists you respect and why?

SW: Radiohead, because they’ve continued to try new approaches to their craft during the entirety of their career and have done so with the utmost integrity. Musical influences are the driving force of inspiration behind all the music we write. In Reed Irvine [keyboardist] words, ‘Without bands like The Notwist, The Whitest Boy Alive, Kunek, Ghostland Observatory, Brazilian Girls and many more, there is no way we would have been able to write some of the songs we did. This carries over to live performance as well. Seeing my first Ghostland set changed forever my expectations of live performance, whereas hearing Erlend Øye, lead singer/co-songwriter of The Whitest Boy Alive and The Kings of Convenien - Knight Arts


Stokeswood invented a legend with their debut album, Carassia. This planetary myth revolved around Pure Notes, GZ Monsters, and chickens, while the music stuck to poetic melodies on an electroacoustic foundation. Now the band has planted their feet for the jump into the sequel. In the Field of the Vibrations is Stokeswood’s second full-length (due out May 21).



Since Carassia was first unveiled in 2009, Stokeswood has made Miami its home away from home. Landing residencies at posh clubs and becoming immersed in the Miami nightlife circuits has contributed to the evolution of the band’s sound on this sophomore release, which emphasizes the electronic dance beats, without losing the acoustic aesthetic or the lyrics.

“Miami is a town that has no bands,” Patterson says. “It only has DJs and everyone is impressed when you can put on a good show and make people dance, and not just press play or fade something over. People want to see you sweating on stage and acting crazier than they are. People don’t want to be the only fools in the room. If we go ahead and act that out, then they can go ahead and lose their minds.”

Patterson along with bassist Justin Mullinix, drummer, Jon Joiner, keyboardist Reed Irvine and guitarist Mark Godwin serve as the core of the group’s lineup, and getting good gigs that pay extremely well with V.I.P service is just one reason that Stokeswood has been spending more time playing Miami than Atlanta over the last few years.


Their motivation to stay in Miami also stems from the band’s wild reception. “We are not above just losing it,” Patterson adds. “In Miami they really give that back. If you want to talk about the reason Atlanta is not like that, it’s because people are so afraid of not looking cool. People don’t want to be the stand out in the crowd. If you’re the guy losing his mind in the front row then yeah, that guy gets it. At the end of the night, you want to have a blast,” he adds. “Atlanta — I love it and I hate it. People only go see their friend’s bands. And maybe not tonight, because they’ll play again next week.”

The group also benefits from the international exposure that a tourist-saturated city like Miami has to offer. “You don’t get paid based on draw in Miami, you get a guarantee because people are coming,” Godwin says. Though the band lusts for Miami, home is where the heart is. "We love Atlanta, " Irvine says. "I feel like we're a good representation of an Atlanta band, because it's a weird scene here, and we're a weird band."

The album’s official release date is May 21, but the band is hosting a listening party at the W Atlanta Downtown on Sat., May 7. This poolside affair will set you back a cool $20. It lasts from 6-10 p.m. and there will be complimentary cocktails before the band hits the stage to play In the Field of the Vibrations in its entirety. - Creative Loafing


WELCOME TO THE LAND OF CARASSIA, where Atlanta-based band Stokeswood lives, breathes and entertains you while celebrating the release of their debut album in the hell of Masquerade. The speakers buzz, the disco ball is spinning, and the boys begin their performance with a reading of the "Legend of Carassia" that outlines the creation of their music and this strange world it comes from.

The anticipation of screaming fans is met with smoke machines, bright lights and the energetic and vocally rich "Criterion" that kicks off their set. Its performances like "Criterion" and "The Old 4th Ward" that have become the backbone for Stokeswood and display a kind of controlled chaos that coins their sound. As they work through the set it becomes clear that the tracks are substantially driven by writer/singer/guitarist Adam Patterson, yet wonderfully complimented by the musicianship that surrounds him. It's like a rock 'n' roll ballet with sweeps of solo guitar, spins of bongos, and no one ever running into each other or missing a step.

But don't try to pin them down, because they will surprise you. Throughout the set they move from genre to genre and highlight a more serious side with "The Extraordinary Mrs. Crickett" They recreate the typical love song and meld dark, light and electronic influence. No doubt the diversity of personality inspires the wonderfully dynamic sound of Stokeswood.

Soon the percussionist is dancing through the crowd, Patterson hops around the stage barefoot, and the guitarist loses himself in a solo hiding behind long hair and satisfied glances to his band-mates. There is evidence of real craftmanship, but also a visible dedication to their work and each other. This sets off a real sense of togetherness and an energy of comradery on stage that becomes infectious to everyone in the room. They really listen to one another. and as a result the audience witnesses a musical experience that is fresh, smart and just a real good time. - Performer Mag


Atlanta’s Stokeswood have all the attributes to be a massive international success. They combine excellent vocals with incredibly proficient yet understated instrumental performances perfectly. Their big, rather British sound is packed with magnificent harmonies and intelligent melodies played with feeling and conviction. We put a few questions to them and asked how it was going.

How did you meet and go on to form the band?

Mark: With the exception of Craig, we all met in school at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, GA. We just jammed on acoustics and learned to play live with each other. It wasn't til after school that Adam and I started writing together (2004) and a couple of years later we decided to put together a band, so naturally we called on Jon and Reed. Craig came into the picture on percussion when we looking for a drummer before Jon became available.

What do you think are the main challenges facing US artists at the moment?
Mark: Oversaturation and technology, now anyone with a computer and a myspace can have a "band," it gets hard to weed through it all and find the real good music that’s being created in the States right now.

You’ve recently released your debut album ‘Carassia’. What’s the reaction been like so far?

Mark: I've heard "Fucking Epic" a few times

Craig: People have been impressed with the record's intertwining flow and how clean it sounds even with all the instrumental layers.

Adam: Sounds pretty professional for it being us!

What else is going on for Stokeswood in 2009?

Mark: We’re just going to focus on getting Carassia heard, while developing our local fan base with a series of really big events rather than playing numerous small shows.

Reed: Well we are hoping to create as many "Pure Notes" as possible to help The GZ Monster defend Carassia from Conti the Evil chicken and his hoard of Peep Jousters. (refer to "The Legend of Carassia")

Your sound has been described as being quite British. What inspires you?
Reed: Long walks on the beach singing acapella covers of 2080 by Yeasayer. Something that inspires me personally is the drive to create a soundtrack to life. When I find good music it usually pertains heavily to the emotions and feelings I am experiencing at that point in my life. I feel great artist can capture that and convay it through there music... Radiohead is one of the best examples of this in my opinion.

Mark: I've listened to the album Magical Mystery Tour my whole life, probably more times than anything else.

You come from Atlanta. What’s the scene like there?

Craig: Hip-Hop is really big and people come out for it, but getting people out in Atlanta for some local music is rough.

Adam: She is fickle lady!
Do you find it easy to break out and tour outside of your home state?

Mark: Actually booking the tour is difficult, but the reactions are always stellar. We love playing Miami, the energy and music scene there is brilliant and people come out ready for an experience only live music can deliver.

Have you got any plans to hit the rest of the world with the Stokeswood sound?

Mark: Naturally we would love to spread our "pure notes" to the entire world.
We are currently waiting on confirmation on an October tour of your homeland. Hey, maybe this article will help! Ha

What’s your dream collaboration?

Craig: Bob Marley and Giovanni Hidalgo, Stokeswood and Radiohead

Reed: Stokeswood and Dave Matthews Band

Adam: Patty Griffin and us

Where do you get your inspiration?

Mark: Why the Mythological, magical, magnificant land of Carassia, of course!

Reed: Where else?

Stokeswood’s great album Carissa is available from CD Baby and Digstation. Do yourself a favour and give them a good listen. - Digital Gig ~ England


we caught up with Stokeswood at their CD release show at the Masquerade for their first studio release Carassia (which has a story behind it; check Stokeswood's myspace page to read the history behind the album - its interesting to say the least). They have two other albums These Roses Red (2006) and The Cellar Door EP (2005). This new album, however is meant to redefine their sound a little bit. The album is good and its sure to bring this diverse and versatile sound some notice. Described as Progressive / Electroacoustic / Rock on their myspace page, Stokeswood by way of Carassia recalls a little Incubus meets Coldplay in my mind...they have an accent of soft, easy funk flowing with thoughtful, melodic lyrics. Here is a little about them from their myspace: An eclectic mix of percussion, strong vocals, story telling lyrics, powerful electric guitar and driving synths Stokeswood's sound is described as a Cosmic Waltz. Here is a video from the show...
Stokeswood formed in the summer of '04 when Mark Godwin (electric guitar) and Adam Patterson (acoustic guitar/lead vocals) decided to get together as a two piece. They played as a two piece releasing their previous album and EP. After about 3 years as a two piece they decided to put together the traditional act. After trying out some art school kids they turned to Jon Joiner (drums)and Reed Irvine (synth piano and keys), all of whom jammed together in college. Mark has known Reed since they were seven. Craig Gendreau is on percussion. Everyone in the band are Ga natives save Craig who moved down from Rhode Island. The band has toured the Southeast going as far west as Mississippi and as far south as Miami, which they noted was their favorite city to play. I mean, who wouldn't like Miami. This wasn't their first time at the Masquerade and these guys have frequented Vinyl but are currently looking to expand their horizons and play some new venues...so hook up with them to play some show...they'll definitely help to bring a crowd...they are developing quite the loyal fanbase.
We asked Stokeswood how they felt about the Atlanta scene: Atlanta is a tough scene, we generally book two three months in advance but most venues around here tend to book local acts 1-2 months out which makes no sense and makes for some challenging calendar issues. Its becoming easier to gain new fans now that we have some quality recordings but i also get the feeling that we do have to go away to make a name for ourselves. when the hometown crowd comes out they treat us great. The thing about ATL that i notice is that there isnt really built in music crowds. But in cities like Miami or Columbia people go to venues to find new music and enjoy the live scene. Thats what we have been hearing and thats exactly why beatlanta came into being. We're looking for a revolution of local music in Atlanta. We want to help bring the scene as a whole more exposure. Soon enough we'll start are sites marketing campaign looking to boost exposure to Atlanta bands and artists...so be looking out for that. These guys were have spent the last year working on and recording Carassia so we were eager to hear their thoughts on file sharing...I was a fan of tape trading and file sharing in its new form. So for live recordings, file share away. But having just recorded an album for a year with our own money we definitly can relate with the anti-sharing camp. Ok, we can understand that, but how do you feel about the outrageous measures the RIAA has taken in suing fans and planning to cut off internet service? Its a little extreme, people are always going to do it. You just have to hope people get turned on enough to support your music and actually buy the record. Thats what we think here at beatlanta, see our blogs about the future of free. Artists will need to count on their live performances and new and creative ideas to earn their living. I asked the guys where they buy their shoes (because it was funny :) Ha! we all play barefoot minus Reed, i think he just got some shoes from Ross for 12 bucks.
These guys like to pepper the city with flyers to get their show advertised and rely on the internet for the most part, noting you can do press releases for free on some sites (stay tuned for beatlanta's resource section). They mention however, that word of mouth goes best in the Atl. You can find Stokeswood playing the UGA Outdoor fest in Athens Sat Apr 25th; they got asked back after playing an acoustic set last year. We asked Mark what his favorite song from Carassia was (if he had to choose a single): The Old 4th Ward - its about moving into the the old 4th ward and the diversity that is in the area. It was also a different stride in our writing style which has helped define our current sound. Thats cool, I used to live in the Old 4th Ward; my house burnt down there...true story, don't ask. It is quite the diverse area...they especially have just one kind of person:) -ak

Check more photos of Stokeswood in our mor - Beatlanta


Stokeswood’s Carassia presents a mix that fully envelops the listener in rhythmic bliss. They call to mind great bands like The Beatles, U2, and Coldplay, meanwhile adding their own jazz and Latin musical flavors to create a delightful sound, wholly unique.

Their quick tempo upbeat songs, “Criterion to the Blue Note,” “Topical Jesus,” and “An Ode to Accepting Criticism,” involve a mixture of swirling guitar riffs and a bouncing beat, reminiscent of the best 80s dance music from Duran Duran and the Smiths. Stokeswood brings in a variety of sounds, including bells and harmonica, keeping the listener transfixed throughout Carassia’s lengthy songs, averaging five minutes each. Jazz style songs, “The Old 4th Ward” and “Pink Teeth” are somewhat repetitive, causing the album to momentarily lose appeal. Most beautiful however are the slower melodies of “Lucy’s Lullaby” and “Half Empty Half,” songs interspersed with bursts of rich emotion, transporting the listener into another world altogether. Stokeswood sings, “I see a different kind of glass ‘cause I’m one of the half empty half. I’d like to think I’m more realist than a pessimist.” With Carassia’s charming songs so well strung together, Stokeswood has little to be pessimistic about.

You can purchase Carassia at iTunes or CD Baby
- The Silver Tongue


Not many bands have impressed me as quickly or as immensely as Atlanta-based Stokeswood. This is the band that I can see live time after time, and they still sound brand new. This is the band whose album I play in the car and at work and continue to share with anyone that has ears. This is the band that I spent a Sunday afternoon with, chatting over pizza and Peroni draft beers. Adam, Mark, and Reed of Stokeswood offered an intimate, revealing, and honest account of the band’s tribulations with bad management, the musicians past and present that have influenced their songwriting, and even their own three wishes should a genie lamp ever cross their path. And if you’ve been wondering about The Legend of Carassia, well I’ve got that scoop, too!

Stokeswood’s sound is full of sonically integrated electric and acoustic guitar, piano, organ, synth and percussion. Their songs are so layered and euphonious, you’ll find yourself playing the music over and over just to catch all of the idiosyncrasies found within it. Their live shows are charged with energy and linger with anticipation of the next costume-theme they will present on stage (we’ve gone to “The Future,” and gotten men in red tights and cowboy boots!). You will be all but forced to dance when they get going! The music is beautiful, the vocals are soulful, and the fun is outstanding. Stokeswood never fails to put on a show worth seeing!

“I feel like we have a very guarded sound, but it’s also extremely vulnerable, if that makes sense.” – Adam Patterson

Coming together as Stokeswood
Stokeswood essentially began as a duo consisting of Adam Patterson and Mark Godwin playing around their college town in Milledgeville, GA. With vocalist, Adam on acoustic guitar and Mark accompanying with electric guitar, the two of them alone managed to sound like a full band. Even so, they heeded the suggestions of their former manager and began looking for a drummer to take the stage with them at the Centennial Olympic Park 4th of July concert in 2005. The two soon picked up percussionist, Craig Gendreau, which left the drummer position open for former college buddy Jon Joiner. Jon played with Stokeswood despite his busy schedule on a national tour with jam band, Moonshine Still. The 5-piece was rounded out with the addition of Reed Irvine on bass, though since he joined the group, he’s more frequently found behind the piano or synthesizers.

The Naughty Manager and Carassia
Over the course of three years, Stokeswood had written plenty of songs and in April 2008 were more than ready to create a debut album. Their manager at the time got them into The Zone Studios in Atlanta and offered to pay for the entire production process. The guys got in there and began recording what would finally turn into Carassia. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, The Zone owner, Billy Hume became frustrated by the lack of communication between the studio and the band, and he never got a single paycheck promised to him by Stokeswood’s manager. Throughout the time Stokeswood spent in the studio, the band’s manager was apparently warning Hume against talking to the band about anything to do with the recordings, and the naughty manager was not even consulting the band on any of the decisions to be made regarding their music. Worse yet, the band found out through an unexpected phone call, that the manager was blatantly lying about making payments to the studio.

Naturally, this led to the dismissal of the manager and right into a beautiful working relationship with Billy Hume’s protege, Justin Mullinix. Justin jumped on the production of Stokeswood’s first album and graciously allowed them to finish the recordings with Generator Sounds Studio and pay for it in installments. In fact, all of the profit made at the band’s CD release party was placed in Mullinix’s hand as soon as the show was over. And the band has just now finished playing enough shows to foot the rest of the bill! Still, the stars aligned and their debut album, Carassia was completed.

The Legend
If you’re even remotely familiar with Stokeswood, you’ve come across The Legend of Carassia, an entire planetary myth composed of “Pure Notes,” GZ Monsters, chickens, and Conti! It’s not long before confusion besets you, and you’re wondering where the hell did all this crazy sci-fi lingo come from, and how does it relate to Stokeswood? I had to ask the guys, and they happily obliged to divulge their secrets.

Surprisingly, Carassia was born out of Reed Irvine’s inability to comprehend the lyrics to a song the band was writing at the time. Reed says that he was concentrating so hard on learning the difficult bass lines to the song, “Half Empty Half”, that he never paid any attention to the lyrics. Getting used to singing along with lyrics he made up along the way, Reed finally asked Adam what he was talking about in the part of the song that says “That Carassia, a different kind of glass.” Obviously, Ree - The Silver Tongue


One important thing that bands tend to forget is melody. Sure, it's cool to get up onstage and make noise, jump around and play random riffs, but if there's no melody, your audience - especially those people who aren't just brain-dead dancers - will lose interest, and respect, quickly. Atlanta's Stokeswood seems to understand this; I hear a lot of Radiohead in their music, a little Coldplay and a spot o' U2, and the songs are based on melody (and lyrics) more than cool riffing or spacey weirdness. Lead singer Adam Patterson isn't afraid to power-strum an acoustic guitar when the song calls for it, and the band plays with an infectious energy and appealing immediacy. Highly recommended - Connect Savannah


Stokeswood is an Atlanta based band composed of five very independent and talented musicians with a common mission of bringing "a new sound not constricted to arrangements and lengths mandated by modern music."

Adam Patterson, whose otherworldly voice and passionate touch on the acoustic guitar, provides a sensation of uncompromised proportions to the psyche. Mark Godwin's endowed skill and fluid style on the electric guitar gives an elegant and angelic awareness to the inclusive spirit. Reed Irvine is a diverse piano and bass player whose noticeable ear and talent on the synthesizer fills this creative resonance. Jon Joiner's inventive and knowledgeable dexterity provides the core hub and backbone of the group, and Craig Gendreau's innovative ability on percussion and bass completes this distinctive ensemble. Fans of Stokeswood have claimed that listening to their live music at a show is the equivalent to an out of body experience.

They have played all over the northeast rocking from Miami to Boston and have been called "a well crafted style of music that is a warm welcome from the norm of today's over saturated music scene" by Talent Buyer of the CW Midtown Complex, and "well crafted songs, excellent musicianship [with] good looks and energy" by David Craver President of Open Mic Entertainment.

Adam and Mark of Stokeswood also run an Open Mic every Wednesday night at the local hot-spot, Bajas, in Newnan. They have given inspiration to several local musicians who all agree that their music has "touched [them] in incredible ways providing [them] with a driving passion to presume their own musical style". Stokeswood has played many benefits and charity events, and "will play anywhere". If there is a party, a formal, an event, a benefit this is the band to book! With booking Stokeswood there comes a guarantee for an awesome and energetic experience of a lifetime!

They already have an amazing cd "Carassia Act 1" that was released earlier this year that is a nice and eased introduction into their sound. Stokeswood is currently working on "Carassia Act 2" which can be described as "musically conscious, genius, signaturish, and so far in your face that it is subtle again by overlapping how much sound is coming at you". "There is a mystical place called Carassia that we want to show everyone," stated Mark. Even after a terrible house fire the band suffered, they rose from the ashes because they "know people want to hear".

To hear Stokeswood's music or to see a list of upcoming shows check out their website at http://www.stokeswood.net or their myspace at http://www.myspace.com/stokeswood . - The West Georgian; Katheryn Elie


Early this past October the boys of local rock band Stokeswood had tragedy strike when their home and past recording studio suffered a huge fire. The home, which was rented, was once the sole recording studio of original members Mark Godwin (guitars) and Adam Patterson (guitar, vocals), as well as the inspiration for the band's name, being on Stokeswood Avenue.
Though the band now records at Atlanta studio Stonehenge Recording, the band's first EP, Cellar Door was completed at the home. The band had an incredible amount of recording equipment and intruments stored at the home, but it was all miraculously saved by a knowledgeable fireman.
"One of the firemen was a musician," says Godwin. "He covered up the piano and guitars with tarps."
The fire was started in "the least of rock star ways," says Godwin. An emergency light caught on fire, igniting the top floor of the house. Being down below the blaze, Godwin was completely unaware until a friendly neighbor came to the door.
"This litttle old lady knocked on the door and said, "You know your house is on fire," says Godwin. "I took a garden hose upstairs, but the entire place was engulfed in flames."
Though the equipment was saved from water and fire damage on the ground floor, virtually all of the band members' possessions have been completely destroyed, save a mysterious voodoo doll, a St. Rita statue and a closet of clothes.
"We wrote this song 'Lucy's Lullaby,'" says Godwin, explaining the band's theory. "We believe there is a ghost of a girl in the closet up there. There was no damage and the shirts were completely clean."
To give donations to help the band rebuild what wasn't mysteriously saved from the fire, visit the band's myspace page, listed below.
www.myspace.com/stokeswood - Perfomer Mag Southeast January 2008


Mark Godwin, frontman for electro-acoustic band Stokeswood, said that the group's roots will always be planted in the ATL, but he and his indie rocker bandmates are trying to become part of the Magic City's alluring after-dark scene.

"The energy down there is just incredible," said Godwin, the lead guitarist. "It is really easy to feed off, some of our best shows this year have been in Miami."

He added, "We're trying to make ourselves a part of the Miami nightlife scene."

The fivesome is gearing up to tackle the 305's premier indie hipster scene with gigs at the Electric Pickle and Vagabond following their stint at The Delano's VIP spot The Florida Room, where they rocked out one Thursday a month. The A-towners said they aren't too worried about experimenting with a new crowd.

"It's [the Miami scene] really amazing and receptive," he said. "We have always been welcomed in Miami and welcomed to play what we're writing and our original stuff."

Stokeswood is even taking a cue from the Miami's nightlife scene and upping their tempo a few notches by adding more electronic instruments to keep the city's beat -- and feet -- moving.

"Every time we play in Miami something beneficial comes out of it," added Godwin. "It is a very, very hot scene down there right now -- and for our music, it needs to be played there."
- nbcmiami.com


This past Saturday, Stokeswood, out of Atlanta, GA, was live at The Bad Manor, my cousin’s new club and music venue.

After having clicked the band’s link to their website from The Bad Manor’s site, I was instantly intrigued by the interesting combination of musical stylings mashed up by the band.

It’s kind of difficult to classify their style, but the best I can come up with is 1 part indie rock, 1 part alternative, 1 part techno and 100% awesome. Electroacoustic I guess?


2nd row and much taller than all the people in front = better pictures.
Playing their own original material and also playing a bunch of covers, these guys rocked The Bad Manor and probably had many panties dropping further into the evening. Seriously, the girls there were practically humping the stage.

After a few songs from their first studio album, Carassia (review below), Stokeswood went on to cover Muse, The Fuji’s, The Beatles and a few other kick-ass bands. But everyone vacated the bar and rushed the stage when Stokeswood began a beautiful rendition of Hey Jude, and everyone sang along at the top of their lungs. It was amazing.

While the music is awesome, each individual band member is just as cool in person. I was fortunate enough to meet all 5 guys: Mark, Adam, Reed, Jon and Andrew. And to make the evening even more kick-ass, when I asked to purchase their album, bassist, Reed, simply handed me one and shook my hand. Awesome!


Lead electric guitarist, Mark Godwin, slipped and busted his ass after the show. Shame on someone for spilling beer and not cleaning it up!
Between the amazing music, the awesome antics they performed on stage and just being overall, genuinely nice dudes, I would give Stokeswood Live at the Bad Manor 5 Ryandom Ships out of 5.

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The thing about seeing most bands live is that they usually don’t live up to the sound you hear on their studio album. Not so with Stokeswood. They hit every note perfectly, no voice cracks, no missed strings or keystrokes or beats. It all came out perfectly.

So when you listen to Carassia as an MP3 or on CD, you have a great idea of what to expect when you go see these guys live.

While I wasn’t a fan of every single song, the majority of the 12 tracks had me striving to hear every word so that I might sing along at the next live show, as they’re just THAT good. The band’s distinct sound is apparent in every track, yet each track stands on its own, no two sounding alike.

To hear for yourself, head on over to Purevolume where you can stream 4 of the tracks instantly on your computer or smartphone.

I give Carassia, Stokeswood’s debut album, 4.5 Ryandom Ships out of 5. There were just a couple songs I didn’t care for, but everything else was top notch. Go get it on iTunes now! Especially you, ladies! You’ll see [read; hear] why.



- Ryandom (May 17, 2010) - ryandom.com


Unique Music and Unique Fashion Collide
04.06.2010 – ATLANTA - April 6, 2010 - Popular Atlanta electroacoustic band, Stokeswood (www.stokeswood.net), has partnered with Miami Clothing company FACA – An International Affair, (www.facaclothing.com, www.shopfaca.com). Stokeswood is known for its unique approach to both music and fashion; "Stokeswood..a group of musicians who have managed to not only invent their own dress code but their own style of music." (Judas Moon, The Silver Tongue - www.thesilvertongueonline.com), "Their live shows are charged with energy and linger with anticipation of the next costume-theme they will present on stage (we’ve gone to “The Future,” and gotten men in red tights and cowboy boots!). You will be all but forced to dance when they get going! The music is beautiful, the vocals are soulful, and the fun is outstanding." (Nadia Lelutiu, The Silver Tongue - www.thesilvertongueonline.com). Mark Godwin, Stokeswood guitarist says,"We met one of the desginers/founders, Mario, on a Miami tour stop and really liked his shirts, we felt like they fit right in with the fresh energy we bring to the table and began talks of a cross-promotional deal that could benefit both parties." Stokeswood will soon be seen sporting FACA clothing at their upcoming shows and there is talks of a summer rock/fashion show.
About FACA
FACA Clothing was launched in Miami, in 2007 by two brothers who have always been intrigued with fashion and have developed a unique sense of style, taste based on their diverse, international background; growing up in Croatia and also having lived in Hong Kong and Japan. The name FACA is pronounced "Fazza," and it literally means "Face" in English. FACA is a Croatian word originally stemming from the Italian, "faccia." In Croatian it is often used as a slang to address people who live life according to their own rules and achieve great things. Legends for example; James Dean, Bob Marley, etc.
Quality, authenticity and originality is the staple of the FACA brand. They use 100% premium organic cotton tees. In addition, garments are printed in an eco friendly facility using water based inks. All chemicals utilized in the production process are 100% biodegradable and made from either soy or corn. Needless to say the quality and feel of the FACA label is truly premium and this has proven to be FACA's key competitive advantage and has helped build a loyal customer base.
FACA - An International Affair -
FACA strives to shine a new light on fashion design. By acknowledging our cross-cultural differences, FACA Clothing delivers a look that is in essence both, individual and universal. At its very core, their designs are artistic expressions through fashion. The artists at FACA Clothing are dedicated to creating t-shirts of the highest quality and striking design.
FACA is a Miami fashion house and every article of FACA Clothing is individually handcrafted in Miami. It is their aim to retain that personal connection with each piece of clothing produced and released to the customer.
You can currently find FACA – An International Affair in high-end boutiques and boutique chains in Miami, NYC, ATL at The Fashion Industry (www.thefashionindustryatlanta.com), and London – UK. They have recently partnered up with a prominent showroom in NYC and a distributor in Europe.
Whether wearing a sports coat in Palm Beach or sporting bare feet in Monte Carlo, fashion is An International Affair.

www.facaclothing.com
www.shopfaca.com

About Stokeswood
The electracoustic band, Stokeswood released their debut album, "Carassia," in April of 2009 and have since undergone a "caterpillar-to-butterfly" type metamorphosis, pushing their deeply layered sound into a realm of dance-beat-laden, synthesized indie rock. They return to the studio in May of 2010 to record their much anticipated follow up album, "Neon White"

"Stokeswood is a marvel to watch, as they switch between instruments, giving up their spot on keys, synths and guitar like a game of musical chairs, all the while keeping up an irresistible, danceable backbone to the imaginative melodies and powerhouse, gut-wrenching vocals of Adam Patterson. The band undeniably owns the room with their unique unpredictable sound, expressive beats and high-energy presence. The new songs were infused with confidence in a sound that can only really be called Stokeswood’s.." - Performer Mag (www.performermag.com)

"Stokeswood’s sound is full of sonically integrated electric and acoustic guitar, piano, organ, synth and percussion. Their songs are so layered and euphonious, you’ll find yourself playing the music over and over just to catch all of the idiosyncrasies found within it." The Silver Tongue (www.thesilvertonugeonline.com)

"Atlanta’s Stokeswood have all the attributes to be a massive international success. They combine excellent vocals with incredibly proficient yet understated instrumental performances perfectly. Their big, rather Britis - press release


What up good people! It’s B-Dirty with The Dirty Word, telling you what’s hot, what’s not, what could be and what should be.


Have you ever wondered what would happen if The Killers and Coldplay had a kid and that kid grew up next door to Radiohead? Well, wonder no more because that hypothetical kid would be Atlanta’s own Stokeswood - six super-talented, multi-instrumentalist/slash vocalists who seem to do it all.


Formed about four years ago, and named after the street in east Atlanta that two of the band members lived on, the group started writing the songs that would eventually become their debut album Carassia, which was released in April 2009. Produced by local wonder boy indie producer Justin Mullinix, Stokeswood’s album serves up a healthy dose of danceable, melodic, soulful, rock that pulls you in and makes you an instant fan.


Throw into the mix a high energy live show where the guys might take the stage dressed in bunny outfits or looking like pimps who escaped from the ‘80s and it’s easy to see why they’re always the coolest cats in the room. Stokeswood is the band your girlfriend loves and you secretly wish you could be in. For a body moving good time, do yourselves a favor and check out the good young men of Stokeswood - you’ll be glad you did.


Want more Stokeswood? Check them at Facebook.com/Stokeswood for show schedule and more information
- MyDailyThread.com


The Moon and Pluto did it again, March 11th at The Highland Inn Ballroom, by setting a stage for the audience and the talent to gently collide their worlds into a bounce of melodic harmony.

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Next up was Stokeswood; this was my second time seeing the group of musicians who have managed to not only invent their own dress code but their own style of music. I simply cannot define Stokeswood’s genre but they never disappoint and always leave me with a Stokeswoody. The band greeted the crowd with a bunny-masked member that seemed to have leaped straight out of Donnie Darko. Lead guitarist, Mark Godwin drew a black bandit strap around his eyes, which began to smear with the sweat dripping off his face; a definite sign of the intensity of their performance. During several songs, the percussionist, and then the vocalist, stepped off of the stage to play not just to the crowd, but within it. I realized at this show that they are outgrowing the bars, clubs and small venues and the large arenas are awaiting their arrival. A Stokeswood show always becomes an exercise of musical aerobics and melodic acrobatics.......

Judas Moon, Contributor

- The Silver Tongue


We got wood - Daily Candy Miami


When Stokeswood took the stage last month to open up for Jungol at the Drunken Unicorn, they did so with finesse...and then brought the walls down; subjecting the audience to an onslaught of melody and spacey, funk infused rock and role...and then the crowd was a movin. Stokeswood was energetic, sharp and on point the entire show. The variety of instruments and musical elements they introduce during their shows exudes expertise and sophistication while the mix of sounds and concepts create a soaring and light aura around the entire room. This was my second time seeing Stokeswood since their debut full length titled Carassia release show just short of a year ago, and they have progressed marvelously. The videos speak for themselves...?

Stokeswood brings to the stage a level of pragmatic maturity that makes the difference between "going somewhere" and "headed nowhere." They redefined themselves with Carassia and have kept the momentum going since, and they're not stopping. They have a number of shows this month and last around Atlanta and surrounding areas. You can find their entire show calendar at Stokeswood on myspace.
- beatlanta.com


Stokeswood brings a well crafted style of music that is a warm welcome from the norm of today's over saturated music scene. Their live show will impress even the indie kid with skinny jeans on. - Talent Buyer @ CW Midtown Complex ATL, GA


You would’ve had a hard time on this night, if being stuffed into a room like a sardine in a can disturbs you. But, such is the atmosphere when Stokeswood and Jungol co-headline a stage in Atlanta.

Christmas-themed décor abound, both bands electrified the night through sight and sound, illuminated by a well-orchestrated light show. The bands each bestowed their holiday gift to the massive crowd in the form of several new songs along with familiar favorites.

Stokeswood started off with a maddening, magical array of voices speaking upon voices, almost like a subliminal rush of frenzied thoughts that found their way through the speakers. The introduction was menacing and suspenseful, a gorgeous build up into their first song, “The Extraordinary Mrs. Crickett,” with its soulful melody that gives way to carnival-type sounds, only to accentuate the chorus as it returns.

Stokeswood is a marvel to watch, as they switch between instruments, giving up their spot on keys, synths and guitar like a game of musical chairs, all the while keeping up an irresistible, danceable backbone to the imaginative melodies and powerhouse, gut-wrenching vocals of Adam Patterson. The band undeniably owns the room with their unique unpredictable sound, expressive beats and high-energy presence. The new songs were infused with confidence in a sound that can only really be called Stokeswood’s, with subtle influences of MGMT, observed during the band’s cover of “Kids.” - PerformerMag


Discography

"2075" - June 16, 2015
"In the Field of the Vibrations" - 2011
"Carassia" - 2009

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Bio

“The five members of Stokeswood woke up one day in a black van with a trailer full of equipment and not one of them knew how they got there,” says the Facebook page of the Atlanta-based pop outfit. While that lead-in is delivered with a wink, there is a genuine immediacy to Stokeswood. Right at home on the stage and purveyors of a spontaneous party vibe, this band inspires instant fandom and uninhibited dance moves. Really, Stokeswood requires little in the way of introduction

 The current lineup includes founding members Adam Patterson (vocals) and Mark Godwin (lead guitar) with Michael Roman (keys), Jon Joiner (drums) and Justin Mullinix (bass and live production). The musicians are known to switch instruments between songs — one hint as to their eclecticism and energy — and they eschew limits on influences. From Atlanta hip-hop beats to indie-rock melodies, "We walk the fine line of so many genres," says Patterson. "We're taking all the parts of what we know and making it a cohesive sound." Proof that the formula works: Since releasing its first album in 2009, Stokeswood has been landing pop tracks on radio stations in the Southeast where that genre is often overlooked and jam is king.

 The title track to the band's new EP, “2075” is all futuristic thrum, thick with static, driving percussion and swirling high notes. The song nods to both power-pop and the shimmering danceability of new wave. Meanwhile, "Forget" — at once anthemic and heart-on-sleeve — pulses with choppy beats and swooping melodies. "Please go on and stop me if my tongue's too rough / and interrupt me if I talk too much / I never wanted that for us," Patterson sings, his vocals sailing through cool crests of synthesizer.

 Running like a thread throughout Stokeswood's career is an emphasis on a captivating live show — an approach felt consistently on the band's albums, too. This holds true on 2075, where the track "Current" pairs palpable ache with fast strums and rhythmic pummel. "Bloody History" is a sparring match. Swift and lithe, the song sounds heavy but bounces through power chords and muscular beats, never weighted down by its own fierce attitude. Here, as on rest of the EP, sounds are expertly layered to maximize textures and sonic impact. These are songs that earn their place on the dance floor as well as on that most personal of gestures: the mix tape.

 On 2075's final track, "Stop By," the lyric asserts, "Stop by, come on up and see me, because I'll be doing fine." It's a song of equal parts anger and seduction — a heady blend set to ricocheting percussion and melody lines that morph into spacey blips and warbles. It launches at a fully caffeinated pace and builds in intensity, though the sense of joy that the musicians take in crafting each note is never out of sight.

 Accolades include being named best local rock band by Creative Loafing Atlanta in 2013 and 2014. The publication also honored Stokeswood for best band name — apt, as the group's moniker comes from a well-known thoroughfare where Patterson and Godwin once lived in a haunted house — and best music video for "Our Streets." That the awards are bestowed by Creative Loafing readers, aka Atlanta's music fans, makes them that much more meaningful. It's a sign that even without label backing, Stokeswood is reaching the masses.

 And, although all of Stokeswood's members are Atlanta natives, they consider Miami (among with other Florida markets) a home away from home. That city was one of the first to embrace Stokeswood's sound; the group went on to play events such as The Rock Boat, Sweetwater 420 Fest, and CounterPoint Music Festival. They've opened for Wiz Khalifa and, because the Stokeswood sound nods to such a range of musical categories, they've shared stages with the likes of Sister Hazel, MGMT, Girl Talk, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Minus the Bear, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Michael Franti and Barenaked Ladies.   

 Learn more at stokeswoodmusic.com

Band Members