Article by: Leanne Ridgeway
Formed in 2014, STONE DEAF‘s approach to music is a timeless fusion of melody and driving rhythms. Blending the rock vibes of The Hellacopters and Queens of The Stone Age with the sludgy thickness of Kyuss along with the punk sensibility of TSOL and Agent Orange, changing gears between chugging riffs, punk rhythms, and laid back moments of unadulterated heaviness.
They’ve already released three records – debut full-length ‘Stone Deaf‘ (Jan. 2015), sophomore album ‘Royal Burnout‘ (May 2018), and ‘The Bobby Peru EP‘ in the same year (June 2018). Their fourth record and third full-length, ‘((Killers))’, is slated for release through Coffin & Bolt Records. Today we’re honored to present a premiere of the band’s new single from that upcoming album, with the “Cloven Hoof” video presented below.
STONE DEAF emerged from a small town in the desert in strange circumstances. Front-man Dust Chapin wrote the first record on his own due to frustration with a lack of musicians in his area, with each song given a one-day deadline to write and record all the parts.
“The idea was to capture the spontaneity of previous punk bands I played in only having a few hundred bucks to make a record. I’d start at 9 a.m. with nothing tracked and whatever was done by midnight was the end of that song.”
As luck would have it, he owns a pizza shop working alongside bassist Cody Isaman, having later recruited drummer Kristofer Petross and guitarist Scott Anderson. When you find out that Dust Chapin’s mother was a close friend of Hunter S Thompson’s, it all locks into place – this band has always known the true meaning of weird.
“Cloven Hoof” is the follow-up to their recent single “Polaroid” [premiered here]. There is a uniqueness to STONE DEAF, they manage to blend desert and stoner rock with an old-school US punk edge and that is evident on “Cloven Hoof“. They produce a unique fusion of genre-bending sonic goodness. The band invites you to take a ride with them in this new single from their third full-length ‘((Killers))‘.
From the band, about “Cloven Hoof“:
“Inspired by ethereal desert landscapes and bizarre life circumstances, there is a certain madness that serves to make the band’s unique stoner rock stomp special. This is the sound of ancient aliens poking through the lonely AM waves, the light of the radio your only company in the vastness of sonic absolution.“
It is a David Lynch-inspired sonic palette to accompany the hope of lights in the distance under a dome of desert stars. With a bevy of tours under their collective belts all around the great American West and with many more yet to come, it’s time to leave your watch behind, forget about the grind and soak in the sounds of the middle of nowhere. Find “Cloven Hoof” on streaming or digital download.