Tom Stone and the Soldiers of Fortune

Tom Stone and the Soldiers of Fortune

 Croydon, New South Wales, AUS
BandBluesClassic Rock

Old School Progressive Blues jam band in the tradition of Cream, The Groundhogs and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac meets 60s west coast psych like Love, Buffalo Springfield, Spirit and Moby Grape

Biography

Tom Stone and the Soldiers of Fortune first got it together in Jan 2006.

Tom had a show lined up and no band. So he called up Chris Duffy (Bass) and Dan Nash (Drums), some friends who he had played with over the years before in various formative bands.

With no rehearsal the three played a show that included every tune they collectively knew from previous bands. To extend the time they jammed those tunes out. At the end of it they were a band.

From then on they got together when they could over the next few years, finding time to record "Passing Ships in Foreign Lands" (released 2008). It was during the sessions that made up this record that the Soldiers found Tim Byron (Keys). Tim and Tom had known each other for a few years but had never played together. Tim's keys, though found late in the process, added extra depth to the sound of the soldiers which was immediately shown in the live shows following his enlistment.

So it was no surprise that before their debut was even released that Tom Stone and the Soldiers of Fortune found themselves beginning to record it's follow-up "Albatross" (To be released in early 2010). The songs on Albatross explore a more progressive blues strain of songwriting and playing than had been heard on the more eclectic first album.

These are the songs which are the foundation of the Soldiers current live set. While Tom Stone is a songwriter whose tunes mine melodicism and psychedelic exploration while maintaining their rock and roll heart, it is on stage that Tom and the rest of the Soldiers shine.

Together the Soldiers share a love of playing loud and fuzzy, stretching the songs till breaking point or compressing them down and firing them out like a machine gun - laying into the material as the mood and the sound dictates. Able to play 20min or 2 hour sets as required while still conveying the heart of the material to their audience.

Using the chemistry that has come from playing together over the years they readily improvise their performance - taking their cues from the great British Blues bands of the late 60s - Cream, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, The Groundhogs and Jimi Hendrix.

Never slavish copyists they hope the spirit of the music they love comes through when they get up to play their tunes.

Lyrics

Passing Ships in Foreign Lands

Written By: Tom Sowonja

Let's forget the way we talked
and compliment civility,
we're passing ships in foreign lands.

Don't wake me.
It's not tomorrow,
it's not too late.

Let's forget the way we walked
like honeymooners on the beach,
pressing pages to the sand.
We're passing ships in foreign lands.

Don't wake me.
It's not tomorrow,
it's not too late.

Edge of Dawn

Written By: Tom Sowonja

Sometimes I get the feeling,
That I'm not here at all.
I may drift from my eyes
and in through yours.
You may say they're my friends too.
But that's not really true.

And you left me standing on the edge of dawn.

Fall prey to lack of motion,
I can hear it when you call.
Painted ships on painted oceans,
there's no movement in this war.
You may say let's sail away.
It's only easier on you.

And you left me standing on the edge of dawn.

Paranoid Blues, Pt 2

Written By: Tom Sowonja

Even though you're far away
I can sense the danger
Every little word I say
Is talking like a stranger.

Paranoid I'll lose you
I can't get it together
think i'm gonna hurt you
talking like a stranger

Walking through the tress I see
The path is so much clearer
All this time it's been just me
Looking through a mirror

Paranoid I'll lose you
I can't get it together
think i'm gonna hurt you
talking like a stranger

In the morning light
The waves are crashing
I steal their sound
in place of dying

Even though you're far away
I can sense the danger
Every little word I say
Is talking like a stranger

Discography

Passing Ships in Foreign Lands (LP 2008)

Tracks streamed and/or radio played - Trainwreck, Quiet Anger, Cold in Stockholm and Passing Ships In Foreign Lands

Set List

Typical set list is made up of songs from our first records, songs from our second (currently unfinished record) and some favourites from our influences.

Songs usually played are:
Quiet Anger/The Outro;
Paranoid Blues Pt 2;
You're Not Going Home Peter;
Edge of Dawn;
Passing Ships In Foreign Lands;
Trainwreck;
The Dark Ahead;
And In The End;

Covers include:
My Little Red Book (Love);
EZ Rider (Hendrix);
Spanish Castle Magic (Hendrix);
Like It This Way (Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac);
Cherry Red (The Groundhogs);
Be My Friend (Free);
Funk #48 (James Gang);
I Want You (She's So Heavy) (The Beatles);
We're Going Wrong (Cream);
You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care) (Bo Diddley);
Lover of the Bayou (The Byrds);
Cortez the Killer (Neil Young);
Honky Tonk Woman (The Rolling Stones);
plus others.