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The best kept secret in music

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Finally the band to really look out for had arrived. Known as The Stoned Messiahs, they had this Suicidal Tendencies-meets-early-90s metal sound, and boy did it work. The trio left in haste before I could get any of their names, but word through the grapevine is these guys play throughout the bay frequently. They’ll be playing at the Rooster’s Roadhouse in Alameda next.

Despite a strong performance by the Messiahs, the story of the night was Pleasanton’s own “Elf Farm Raffle”(EFR). After winning Savage Productions Battle of the Bands last March, this sextet has really emerged with a traveling fan base and an ideal sound that no band in the Oakland East Bay Area has yet to match. Even with a time slot of 1 a.m., the place was packed and everyone stopped to focus on there set. Most regulars at the Pine Street have deemed EFR their favorite band.
-Tom Turpel
- BUZZ Magazine


I got there as the Stoned Messiahs busted out--a great three-piece band that got the party started with solid songs and awesome instrumentals. Two Tongue Tribe were celebrating the release of their CD. They reminded me of a hard version of the Counting Crows. Planting Seeds are one of those bands that just get better and better as their set goes along--reggae influenced songs that kept the crowd moving and the girls dancing. Lica Sto closed out the evening and brought the roof down. This was the first time I had seen them and I was quite impressed with the live show. They had the crowd jumping, dancing, slamming and, hell, they even got a dozen ladies on the stage during a song--one of which thought it was Mardi Gras, if you know what I mean. It was a great weekend of music at Rooster’s Roadhouse.
-Josh Santaga
- Zero Magazine


The Stoned Messiahs (TSM) opened the show with a triumphant 'Get stoned!' into the microphone, and a full frontal assault into every eardrum in the place. TSM, a Bob Marley meets Chili Peppers meets Fishbone meets Guns 'n' Roses three piece operation, are players. Geoff Svendsgaard (guitar) has Satriani-esque fluidity in his lead playing, but is also capable of locking in with the talented rhythm section of Salvador Ayala (bass) and Trevor Cook (drums) for maximum thud. In addition to playing complex, melodic, and deep in the pocket bass groves, Ayala also provides quality vocals for the Hayward based outfit. Cook plays his drums with the exuberance of a six year old on ritalin; chock full of joy and out for blood. In the span of two songs he switched from reggae to rock to ska to punk to rock to metal to jazz with rock solid timing and feel. In the undeclared Battle of the Double Bass Drummers (which I held privately in my head) I'm calling it a dead heat between Cook and Fellatia's Nick Benigno, who put on quite a clinic of his own during their closing set. Overall, TSM put on a good show with quality musicianship, well written songs, and good tone. I look forward to seeing them again at a larger venue with better sound.
-Jimmy McManus
- Powerslave


The instrumental track, “Solitary Injustice”, showcases some serious rhythmic chops and tempo shifts, while on the prog-flavored “69420 B.C.”, the guitarist lays down a fast, solid, note-heavy riff that should not be dismissed as wanky stoner retro. If given half a chance, The Stoned Messiah’s unfashionable, slightly funky, heavy-rock sound, may impress more people than just Joe Satrianabees and Guitar Center clerks.
—Mike Alexis
- A.M.P Magazine


Discography

Where you at? EP
Amazon Sunrise EP
Delirium EP

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

The story of this powerful and creative trio is like that of many great bands in Rock ‘n’ Roll history, absolutely incredible. The life struggles in younger years, lack of encouragement, and tales of consistent disappointment and pain are enough to bring a tear to the most macho eye.

The band has an extremely powerful stage presence:
Salvador “Smooth” Ayala is the lead vocals and bass. He has a very “Santana” look, and his stage presence, body motion, and hand gestures during performances are unequaled.

Geoff “The Samurai” Svendsgaard is lead guitar and back up vocals. His “over the top” long hair, “old school” Rock guitar solos, and body motion during performances are a concert promoters dream come true.

“Iron” Mike Bryson on drums and back up vocals is the self proclaimed “Bad Boy”, but one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. His drums set the groove. His look, and back up vocals close the loop.

A chance meeting between now manager and promoter, Michael Street, a pilot and former airline executive, and Salvador, one afternoon in Niles, CA. has created another historic partnership not seen since Elvis and The Colonel, Epstein and the Beatles, or Bill Graham and the Airplane. Just about ready to give it all up, Street has grabbed the boys by the scruff of the neck, and explained the difference between “noise” and music. The rougher and uneven edges, typical of less mature bands have now been softened and straightened out. The music is popular, tight, rhythmic, and extremely danceable. The Stone Messiahs are on an orbital trajectory destined never to look back. “Always advance, never retreat, Super Bowl on 3”, is the phrase you will here before every rehearsal, performance, or public appearance. The ultimate performance venue goal is for The Stone Messiahs to play halftime at the Super Bowl.

In years to come, the license to have The Stone Messiahs on PR material as a previous act will be invaluable to any venue, or promoter they play for. The music is absolutely unbelievable. The band could easily open for any national act and please the taste of the most fickle rock crowd.

All songs are original. Their range of music styles from straight rock, to funk, to hip-hop/rap, and finally metal allows them to navigate a very diverse ocean of venue requirements. Each song selection list is tailored to the requirements of the venue, promoter, and opening act. Communication with all those involved is paramount in designing a successful performance that audience, promoter, venue, and band will never forget. In this way, every performance is halftime at the Super Bowl.

35858 Plumeria Way, Fremont, CA. 94536 Phone: (650)380-6090 Fax: (510)792-3352