Liverpool post-punk band STONE release ‘Money (Hope Ain’t Gone)’, a new single and a taste of their upcoming debut EP ‘Punkadonk‘
This relentless energy is definitely present in their new single, ‘Money (Hope Ain’t Gone)’; its sound is infectious and filled with the power of a live performance.
The track is powered by driving guitars and drums from Elliot Gill and Alex Smith. The production is clean but just raw enough to bring these vital elements the visceral quality that they need. The highlight of the track comes in the pre-chorus breakdown where the band cuts out, leaving only a wavy guitar line, before the tempo slowly accelerates and Smith’s drums build the energy once again into the raucous chorus. This technique builds the listener’s excitement massively and the payoff is definitely worth it.
Fin Power’s vocals are just as powerful as any indie-rock frontman and, co-written with Gill, their lyrics are emotionally effective. Their goal was to share the anxieties they both face while also showcasing “love, hate and hope for the future” and this is all successful.
For the anxiety, see the driving guitars and uneasy acceleration. For love and hope, see the optimistic melody and the infectious energy that never fades throughout.
Listen to ‘Money (Hope Ain’t Gone)’ here:
Catch STONE at the following:
Rock City, Nottingham (w/ The Wombats) – 22nd October
O2 Academy, Birmingham (w/ The Wombats) – 23rd October
UEA, Norwich (w/ The Wombats) – 25th October
NX, Newcastle (w/ The Wombats) – 27th October
O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester (w/ The Wombats) – 28th October
Jack Saunders’ Hopscotch @ Omeara, London – 11th November
The Ferret, Preston – 18th November
Foundry, Sheffield – 26th November
Omeara, London – 11th April 2023
Cluny, Newcastle – 13th April 2023
SWG3 Warehouse, Glasgow – 14th April 2023
Junction 2, Cambridge – 15th April 2023
The Castle & The Falcon, Birmingham – 18th April 2023
Wardrobe, Leeds – 19th April 2023
Metronome, Nottingham – 21st April 2023
O2 Academy, Liverpool – 22nd April 2023
Thekla, Bristol – 23rd April 2023