STUMPTONE — Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Indie

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Artist Profile

Label: Works Progress / Two Ohm Hop
Location: Fort Worth TX


With sublime influences emminating from the shimmer of a highway mirage, more possibilities for subterranean exploration, searching for questions to answers and schottische in a roar of amplified static;

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"Gravity Suddenly Released” is a great, highly addictive sonic bath that conflates indie-“roots” sounds with psychedelia in a manner that recalls the best of “Piper”-through-“Meddle”-era Pink Floyd, Skip Spence, Elliott Smith, the Flaming Lips, and Mercury Rev. Its songs recede into ambient fields like soundtracks to dreams. ...Already on my short list for “best of 2008”. - Ken Shimamoto, from ILOVEFTW.COM

"Brilliant, beautiful, heartbreaking -- that's Stumptone in a nutshell. The Fort Worth foursome's follow-up to 1999's self-titled debut is a wash of ambient, visceral rock delicate enough to cushion dreams and off-kilter enough to hasten nightmares. ...They've set the bar quite high for anyone who dares follow." - Preston Jones, FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

"Gravity was a long time in the making, but this psychedelic masterpiece was worth the wait." - Jesse Hughey, THE DALLAS OBSERVER

"Meandering, echoing, exquisitely melodic but never predictable, Plavidal's sensibilities blithely step right off the indie rock ship and into Oz. He's a fantasist who loves the warm texture of acoustic guitars, a traditionalist who loves tweaked-out sound effects and new recording technologies. That he manages to balance these two conflicting camps has much to do with his sticking to very personal and connective themes. Travel, exploration, weather, organic transmutations--things that evolve and take you with them. The record comes off like nearly three years of deep meditation, like reading a person's private travelogue. This is delicate, beautiful music often pushed to even more beautifully raw agitation, constant restlessness dosed with gentle goodwill." -Christina Rees From THE DALLAS OBSERVER

"Somewhere Syd Barrett and Skip Spence are smiling."-Fred Mills, from MAGNET

"The guitar parts can be fantastically interstellar. When this band soars they burst through the atmosphere and the ride is hard but fun." -Jerry Kranitz From AURAL INNOVATIONS No.9

"...but the greatest part came 33 hours into the Wall of Sound Festival. I'd packed up my laptop and was ready to go home a tired old man when Fort Worth's Stumptone took the upstairs lounge stage. And I mean took it. Their 20 minutes of rock were over far too soon, as their mid-'90s space-rock sound was infused with urgent guitar lines that forced me to stop gazing at my shoes and look at the crowd instead. These were not passive, bored festivalgoers who'd been beaten down by an overlong schedule, and the room wasn't barren, either--it was packed full of head-bobbing music lovers. Wall Of Sound Festival needs some fine-tuning next year, but sets like Stumptone's were proof enough that the Wall...stood tall."-Sam Machkovech from THE DALLAS OBSERVER

Background Information

Date Started Playing: 08/09/1999
Number of Members: 4
Gender of Members: Male

Band Members / Instruments:
Chris Plavidal: Guitars, vocals, Harmonica, trumpet, Loops, Field Recordings
Mike Throneberry: Drums, Percussion, vocals
Peter Salisbury: Bass, Keys, vocals, Steel
Frank Cervantez: Guitars, Sounds

Musical Influences:
Numerous bad influences...


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