Stone Senses
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Stone Senses

Oceanside, California, United States | SELF

Oceanside, California, United States | SELF
Band Rock Reggae


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"Stone Senses -Live It Up - CD Review"

On its sophomore album, Carlsbad’s Stone Senses has made that critical step from wearing its influences on its sleeve, to defining its own sound – establishing its own identity. Live it Up is a short but sweet collection that doesn’t over stay its welcome.

With two distinct lead vocalists it is hard not to listen to the album’s songs and categorize them into two separate groups. Particularly, as the accompanying music for each vocalist also seems separated in style. Eric Castaneda takes the lead on the more upbeat tunes like on the fiery title track, the ska bounce of Man on the Run and the funk, metal, reggae opus that is Burning Down. I am sure this rock experiment would be a blast to play live.

Guitarist and co-lead vocalist Mike O'Gara is the perfect counter balance to the “in your face” vocal style of Eric. Mike shines when he is at his quietest, like on: Someone to Hold, with its acoustic GnR Patience-like intro; the heart-break of Regret; and the straight-up acoustic re-recording of Broken Crown. However, he saves his best for the near to last track with My Little Angel, demonstrating a vocal soulful tenderness at a whole another level. Hopefully, his confidence will grow to try more stuff like this in the future.

It’s rare you can listen to an album and tell immediately where the band is from. One spin of Live it Up and you know… no you feel the sound is brewing from way down in the south of California. Building on its debut, this is a pretty great follow-up album. - The Pier


Stone Senses EP 2005
Harder Than The Rest LP 2006
Live It Up LP 2008

"Open Mind" single - Airplay on FM94.9, FM91X, Rock 105.3

Pandora streams both LPs.



Coming straight out of the melting pot of San Diego CA, Stone Senses brings together five musicians with diverse musical backgrounds. Influenced by many genre's of music, Stone Senses takes traditional reggae and builds on it blending elements of upbeat ska, hard-hitting rock, and the soulful groove of reggae to make a sound unique to itself. Influenced by bands like Pepper, 311, Iration, and Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Stone Senses sets out to make it's mark on today's scene of New-Wave reggae rock. Stone Senses formed in 2004 and has been playing around the west coast, from San Diego to the Bay Area, all the way out to Aspen CO, and Tempe AZ. We are about making strong, driving music that get's an audience on it's feet and dancing.