Stoney

Stoney

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A multi-instrumentalist with the talent, looks, and songs to become a big star. Likened to the Small Faces, McCartney, & Hunky Dory Bowie, with a musical eccentricity that calls to mind Beck, Super Furry Animals and Badly Drawn Boy - weird enough to be hip, commercial enough to be huge!

Biography

Sifting through the reviews of Stoney’s music over recent months, two things seem to stand out. One is the overwhelming acclaim bestowed upon the music of the 24 year old from those who have discovered it. The other is the diversity of artistic comparisons drawn by writers trying their best to accurately categorize it.

Most are valid, but none are completely definitive, as the music of Stoney has never been easy to define. Multi-faceted and highly eclectic, but always outstanding, it’s just distinctly Stoney.

Mark Stoney writes, records, produces & plays nearly all the instruments on his records himself and his extraordinary talent first came to light in 2001, when barely out of his teens, he tentatively handed a few copies of his debut album ‘Amber’ to his local record shop in Sheffield, UK. A homegrown and highly eclectic collection of songs recorded in his basement, word quickly spread about the record and Amber received a rapturous reception in the steel city, winning much acclaim for its highly inventive & quirky style.

With the overwhelming response to Amber, Mark set about forming a band to take the music to the live stage. A few months later in early 2002, their first two gigs, both headlining slots at the Sheffield Barfly a fortnight apart, were sold out. It wasn’t long before the ears of a few well connected individuals had pricked and with management secured and top promoters and producers keen to work with Stoney, the limited edition ‘Amber ep’ - comprising of 3 songs taken from the album - was released nationally in December 2002 on the tiny Thunderbird label. The haunting lead track ‘How can I ask you again?’ received widespread regional & national radio play including Radio1, and stayed on the Xfm playlist for over 10 weeks.

After a long period of writing and rehearsing, a problematic major label deal, and more sell-out shows both in Sheffield and London, another single was released on the small but perfectly formed Transistor label. ‘Constantly Running’, a growling song of frustration & loss clashing with steely determination, seemed to sum up the proceeding period perfectly. Despite an instant playlisting on Xfm, it turned out to be somewhat of a grower as a record and it wasn’t until the first week of 2005, when Mark had already returned to the drawing board, and re-emerged simply as ‘Stoney’ that ‘Constantly Running’ made Single of the Week, worldwide, on the iTunes Music Store. In its first week, it received nearly 17,000 downloads in the UK alone with thousands more throughout Europe!

Stoney’s latest release shows that he has drawn in from all this experience and emerged truly refined and lyrically brilliant while still retaining the originality, wit and quirkiness that has always made him stand out from the rest.

Much excitement surrounds the outstanding follow up single ‘Soap in a Bathtub’, which has received massive support from across the board at UK radio (BBC Radio 2, XFM, BBC 6 Music), and rave reviews from both The Sunday Times and The Guardian. The long awaited release of the album is on the horizon...as is Stoney's rise to the top!

Discography

'Soap in a Bathtub' - June 2005 (single)
Radio support includes: BBC 6 Music 'Single of the Week', BBC Radio 2 Dermot O'Leary 'New Favorite Tune', XFM Playlist.

Constantly Running - July 2004 (single)
itunes 'single of the week' worldwide, and received nearly 17,000 downloads in the UK in just 1 week.
Radio support includes: BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, XFM

Amber - 2001 (EP)
Radio support includes: BBC Radio 1, XFM Playlist

Set List

No 'set' set list, works through tracks from the forthcoming album.

A usual set lasts between 30-45mins.