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The best kept secret in music



Stylofone is a gruff and aggressive act from Brooklyn with a massive sound. Jason Maartens Klauber forgoes actual singing for affectingly old-school screaming, eleveted by the jackhammer guitar hooks of Simon Benedict O'connor. a solid adrenaline rush for you closeted arena-rock loyalists.


- Time Out NY


These guys are so brave that running in the dark through a graveyard doesn’t scare them one jot. This “no danger” attitude shows through in their music as well. Stylofone rocks hard, with an emphasis on percussion, although this doesn’t overshadow their sensitive, melodic side.

AM New York 12/23/04




This band definitely is making me feel like I'm living in the 70's and should be driving a Trans Am. With hard rocking tunes and blasting guitars I'm getting a strong Thin Lizzy/Sweet vibe.

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At the turn of the millennium, Jason Maartens Klauber and Simon Benedict O'Connor were spending their days locked up in a loft in Little Italy popping (prescribed) Ritalin, staying up all night wailing on guitars and dreaming up the band they were gonna start.

Enter Will Berman and Stephen Levin in the summer 2002. Sweaty, sticky days and nights are spent spilling primitive rock magic... but alas, they would have to separate once again in order to earn their college diplomas. Jason plays guitar with ideological allies, Diamond Nights for several months but decides to band back together with Stylofone bretheren to bring righteousness back to the people.

Since the summer of 2004, Stylofone has been a consistent presence downtown and in Brooklyn. Time Out NY has called its sound "massive" and the live show, "A solid adrenaline rush for all you closeted arena rock loyalists." A burgeoning loyal audience has been getting wild with the boys at a lot of venues and loft parties. Rothko, Pianos, The Delancey and Sin-é have been regular arenas. New Years Eve 2005 at Mercury Lounge was fun too.

In terms of influences . . . think of the most elegant harmonic guitar work Queen and Thin Lizzy combined with Kiss and T Rex’s primal, confrontational rhythms. But that is what you hear on the surface. Dually fixated upon the punk rock and heavy metal spanning the past 30-odd years the music of Stylofone reveals more than aping of a single era’s sound. Musical sources such as Danzig, Christian Death, and the Wipers lend a cerebral and brooding darkness to Stylofone that contrasts with its glittery shell, while Jason's hoarse cry has often been compared with Paul Westerberg's.

Stylofone branches out with a sound all its own and brings forth a white-hot fire that no audience member can deny. Presently holed up in the studio, Stylofone remains deeply commited to the trail first blazed in Jason's highschool bedroom -- A band of young brothers setting itself out upon a harsh planet and returning as kings one way or another.